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2018 Escorted Antarctica ToursThe Arctic Peninsula, which stretches in the direction of South America, is the coldest, driest, most desolate uninhabited continent on Earth. It is visited by only scientists and adventure travelers. Well over 90% of Antarctica is covered with ice and surrounded completely by water. On most 2018 Antarctica cruises, you would depart Ushuaia, Argentina or Punta Arenas, Chile one of three ways:

  • Small Expedition Ship

  • Luxury Ship, or...

  • Fly/Cruise Combination

Some Antarctica expeditions include camping in Antarctica, kayaking in Antarctica, whale watching in Antarctica, and wildlife viewing. If you are cruising from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas, you'll be cruising the Drake Passage or Mar de Hoces (Sea of Hoces), named after Francisco de Hoces who was a Spanish sailor who during the Loaisa Expedition in 1526 was said to precede Sir Francis Drake's expedition by over 50 years. The Drake Passage, which historians in both Argentina and Chile believe should be renamed Mar de Hoces is a 600 mile wide tumultuous body of water lying between Cape Horn and Antarctica. Some consider the voyage to be a rite of passage into Antarctica due predominantly to what is known as The Drake Shake, named after the rough seas caused by the unpredictable weather patterns. The Drake Passage Crossing takes approximately 48 hours and that's if you're traveling through favorable conditions.

Landing Rights are required in order to step foot onto Antarctica...  Antarctica Tour operators and cruise lines that offer Antarctica alike must be members of IAATO (International Association Antarctica Tour Operators), companies that are committed in supporting and preserving Antarctica. There are a total of fifty travel companies that are currently IAATO Members that provide 2018 trips to Antarctica, some of which are:

Traveling to Antarctica can run a pretty penny, actually, tens of thousands of pennies, which is why it's important to know that there is much to be saved when knowing where to look...

For example, on their 2018 Early Booking Bonus, Quark can save you upwards of $8,000 per couple on certain 2018 Quark Antarctica vacations:

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Most Popular Antarctica Tours

Antarctica, South Georgia, and The Falklands

By National Geographic. 24 Days starting at $25,490

Set out on an epic voyage to the remote lands made famous by Ernest Shackleton. Traveling aboard the ice-class expedition ships, National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, spend six days discovering the icy wonders of the Antarctic P.. (click for more)

 

Journey to Antarctica

By National Geographic. 14 Days starting at $13,360

Traveling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. Glide around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac, walk along bea.. (click for more)

 

Arctic Circle and Fjords by Rail

By G Adventures. 13 Days starting at $CALL

The Arctic Circle may sound like a chilly destination, but when you go in the summer, there’s plenty to see and do by the light of the midnight sun. Begin in Kiruna and take two weeks via rail on this scenic train route, crossing to Norway above the .. (click for more)

 

21 Day South America and Antarctica Explorer

By Holland America. 21 Days starting at $3,699

Cruising south, we arrive at Puerto Montt in the heart of Chile’s Lake District, a magical landscape of forested hills, lakes and volcanoes. Beauty continues on Chiloe Island and in Puerto Chacabuco, in northern Patagonia. Be up on deck as we crui.. (click for more)

 

South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

By National Geographic. 18 Days starting at $16,990

Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to the spectacular isles of the South Atlantic, discovering remote landscapes seen by few others on Earth. In the Falklands, see symbols of British culture while hiking amid dramatic landscapes har.. (click for more)

 

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21 Day South America and Antarctica Explorer

21 Days starting at $3,699

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21 Day South America and Antarctica Holiday

21 Days starting at $3,699

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