Voyage through the vast beauty of the White Continent, featuring pristine polar wilderness, abundant wildlife, and spectacular scenery.

Highlights:

  • Explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, a beautiful island chain filled with an impressive variety of wildlife.
  • Enjoy the company and keen insights of expert expedition guides, scientists, and lecturers throughout the journey.
  • Join the optional sea kayaking excursions ($995 per person; limited availability): Paddle among the penguins and alongside glittering glaciers—a rare opportunity. Gaze up at towering glaciers and ice shelves, cruise along the shoreline and observe seals, penguins, and other wildlife up close.
  • Explore at your own pace, with numerous passenger landings and exploration throughout the voyage, aided by a nimble fleet of Zodiacs and knowledgeable guides.
  • Cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer—the perfect vessel for exploration—ice-strengthened and agile, with comfortable cabins and the ability to navigate narrow channels and bays closed to larger ships.

Itinerary at a Glance

February 4 En route from U.S.
February 5 Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina
February 6 Ushuaia—Embarkation
February 7–8 Drake Passage
February 9–12 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
February 13–14 Drake Passage
February 15 Ushuaia—Disembarkation | Depart for U.S.

Optional Extensions:

Pre-tour: Buenos Aires

Post-tour: Iguazú Falls

Trip Scholar

Stephen Pruett-Jones

Steve Pruett-Jones is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on evolutionary biology and animal behavior, primarily involving studies of wild birds. For more than 40 years he has conducted fieldwork in Australia and New Guinea on birds of paradise, bowerbirds, and fairy-wrens. During the academic year, he teaches classes in Animal Behavior and Field Ecology at UChicago and is also actively involved in the study of introduced parrots in the United States. Steve has previously led alumni trips to Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, and New Zealand.