Trip Overview

Antarctica’s legendary raw beauty invites you to explore the world’s southernmost snowfields and fjords, glaciers and coastal wildlife as massive icebergs float by glowing an hypnotic blue hue.

Come explore the South Pole’s greatest mysteries on this once-in-a-lifetime polar journey with AdventureWomen, cruising the shores of Antarctica on a small expedition vessel of comfort, elegance, and advanced polar design. The spirit of sharing sightings and scenery, storytelling, and enjoying great meals together is conducive to a fuller experience for each woman in your group and the building of friendships onboard and off!

A direct flight from Punta Arenas in Chile ensures a quick arrival to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands where you’ll embark on the Magellan II, a ship that’s tough enough to churn through pack ice yet very well appointed with a sauna, artfully designed bedrooms, lecture halls, and al fresco dining so you don’t miss a moment outside!

While underway, resident historians and naturalists offer talks on board to enrich your experience, and expert polar guides accompany every expedition. This custom-designed vessel will get very close to shores and inlets where larger ships can’t go and disembarking onto Zodiac pontoon boats is fast so you can spend more time exploring Antarctica’s coastal wonders out in the bracing arctic air. Cruise in and out of ice-filled fjords and navigate massive icebergs, as guides point out important landforms, wildlife, and photo opportunities such as waddles of penguins leaping off an iceberg or the likelihood of a breaching Minke or Orca whale. Make land to explore the polar landscape, glaciers, crevasses, and rookeries. At an abandoned whaling site, Ernest Shackleton rests in eternity among relaxing penguins and seals. At St. Andrew’s Bay in South Georgia, experience the joy among 150,000 utterly enchanting king penguins, and from a safe distance, view the largest seal in the world, Antarctica’s elephant seal. A male can grow to 20 feet long and 8,800 pounds, or almost twice as long as an SUV!

Cruise among the otherworldly icebergs of Gerlach Strait and past Elephant Island, the commemorative site of Shackleton’s 22 crew members who survived four months waiting for rescue. Conditions permitting, you’ll land on Cooper’s Island where yellow-browed macaroni penguins and thousands of black-browed albatrosses nest. Other visits are planned with that special polar caveat, “weather permitting!” Your return to South America passes scenic Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island before disembarking in Ushuaia, Argentina. Enjoy the ride back with your shipmates as you share and compare photographs and videos, and recall moments that were infinitely more thrilling when experienced with friends!

This trip to the southern hemisphere features travel on a beautiful expedition vessel designed for arctic conditions to view one of the most dramatic, completely pristine locations in the world. It’s a true “bucket-list” adventure!


Main Attractions

  • Travel to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere in the footsteps of explorer Ernest Shackleton.
  • Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula on a small, modern expedition vessel.
  • Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience.
  • Unique route allows for ample wildlife sightings and land excursions.
  • Each day disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.
  • Visit the King Penguin and Macaroni penguin’s immense colonies as well as witness an abundance of wildlife on South Georgia Island.

What You'll See and Do

  • Birding
  • Boat Cruise
  • Glacier Exploration
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Wildlife Viewing

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Punta Arenas
You will be picked up at the Punta Arenas airport and transferred to your hotel for a briefing on your adventure.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Antarctica!

Overnight: TBD


Day 2

Punta Arenas to Antarctica
Take a two hour flight form Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands.

Explore King George Island when you land. Hop on a Zodiac, and you’ll be ferried out to your expedition vessel – your home for the next two weeks! You will be provided boots for shore landings when you board the ship. These will be collected at the end of your voyage.

Spend some time getting to know your AdventureWomen group and Ambassador this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 3

Shore excursions will be published each day and outlined during pre-landing briefings and daily recaps. Weather and sea conditions permitting, two excursions per day are usually planned. Before disembarking, information about the visit and the type of landing will be provided. Excursions may include Zodiac cruises and shore landings in sites rich with wildlife, of particular scenic beauty or historical interest, or at international scientific stations. Duration of excursions usually varies between one and three hours, depending on weather and interest at each landing site. During shore landings, short walks with a medium level of difficulty are offered according to the conditions of the local terrain.

No journey is the same, and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team will set the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. The order of the visits in this itinerary is an example of what you will do on your voyage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 4

Enjoy another day of excursions from your ship today. Disembark on the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and explore the area.

Between your excursions, relax on the ship with your group. Perhaps play some games, or read a book!

For those who have reserved a sea kayak in advance, you are able to go sea kayaking in tandem kayaks whenever the weather permits – just ask the Expedition Team. Unfortunately, the boat has limited kayaks, so if you have not confirmed this option, it will not be possible to add it or borrow someone else’s kayak spot.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 5

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Head onto shore to explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands further.

Snowshoeing is available on many shore landings for a limited number of participants each day. These are arranged directly with the ship for an extra cost. Space is limited in these small groups, but it is a wonderful opportunity!

During the Antarctic expedition you will be invited to meet for regular briefings where you will be provided with extensive information about the landing sites and the itinerary. On a daily basis, the Expedition Team will summarize experiences ashore and update you on the plans for the next day. Your qualified team of Antarctic experts will be pleased to invite you to join their lectures on biology, history, and climate, and to watch documentaries that will lead you to discover more about the fascinating continent of Antarctica.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 6

Sailing north, you will hopefully stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five hand-picked men carried on to South Georgia. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 7

Start your journey north to South Georgia Island. There will be a series of presentations offered on board by the ship’s historian and naturalist. Keep your eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 8

Continue your journey to South Georgia. Take some time to relax with your group in the ship’s lounge as you continue your journey northward to South Georgia Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 9

The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands, and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you can visit the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 10

At St. Andrew’s Bay, you will be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins. Spend some time taking photographs and marveling at the masses of birds!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 11

At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, you’ll see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favorable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 12

Begin your journey back to South America. You’ll have many more opportunities to attend presentations that will enhance your understanding of the region and its history.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 13

Continue your journey towards South America on your ship. Enjoy the presentations, play games, read a book, or just relax.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 14

Continue your journey towards South America.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 15

Aproach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you make your way to Ushuaia.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magellan Explorer


Day 16

You’ll arrive in Ushuaia today. Timing is not confirmed, as it is weather dependent.

Transfer to the airport in Ushuaia for your flights home. Do not book a flight until the late afternoon.

It may be safer to spend an extra night in Ushuaia, just in case of delays on the ship. Let AdventureWomen know if you’d like to book an extra overnight after your cruise ends.




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Traveling to Antarctica

Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) on March 1, 2020 before 10:00am.

Depart: Depart Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) on March 16, 2020 after 3:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Challenging. Our Challenging adventures get your heart rate pumping, these are demanding yet deeply rewarding and designed for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. You should be in excellent physical condition, and be able to hike up to 10 miles, in steeper, more rugged terrain.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

General Preparation Guidelines

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at:

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Chile, Argentina, or Antarctica, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

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Services rendered on board the ship (communications, laundry, gratuities, etc.) and purchases are kept on record and summed up at the end of your voyage. Accounts can be settled before disembarkation in cash, both in U.S. Dollars and Euros, or by credit card. Please check at the Reception Desk about credit cards accepted on board, besides Visa and Mastercard. Credit cards are charged by international companies that may be located outside Chile or Argentina. Please check with your bank that geographical restrictions are not applied.

Suggested Gratuities: Everyone on board the ship will work hard to make your experience special. Although this is a personal choice, it is customary for passengers to leave a gratuity to the crew, service personnel, and expedition staff as a sign of appreciation. You can make a single contribution at the end of the voyage. As a general guideline, we recommend US$15 per passenger per day is recommended. Gratuities can be added prior to settling your shipboard account, or put in an envelope and dropped in a box set out on the last days of the voyage.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering! Please note that cancellation policies for this adventure are different from our standard policies.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $3,000, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before November 2, 2019.

You may also need to fill out information in the online portal for the ship. More information will be provided on this closer to departure.

Possible Flight Delays and Contingency Plan:
Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility.

Antarctica21 has been organizing Antarctic air-cruises since 2003. They have extensive experience in the delicate coordination of land, air, and sea operations in the extreme Antarctic environment. While historically a majority of flights has operated on the scheduled day, in some instances weather conditions have required that adjustments to the departure time of Antarctic flights be made to avoid protracted delays. In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place on the scheduled day due to unfavourable weather conditions, they will apply a Contingency Plan.

The Contingency Plan is included in the cost of your expedition. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while we adapt to the weather. A change in the flight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or return back to Punta Arenas, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers you financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent you from reaching Antarctica.

In case the outbound flight to Antarctica is moved forward:
In some cases it may be necessary to move forward the Antarctic flight to the afternoon or evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. This will result in early departure from Punta Arenas and early arrival in Antarctica.

In case the outbound flight to Antarctica is delayed:
The group will remain in Punta Arenas while waiting for an improvement in the weather and for the opportunity to fly to Antarctica. Included are accommodation at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, meals, and guided excursions to local attractions. If by 2 PM on Day 4 of the itinerary it is still impossible to reach Antarctica, the trip will be interrupted and the cruise fare will be refunded.

Read more about the Contingency Plan in the Antarctica 21 Terms and Conditions which will be sent directly to booked guests.


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What's Included


  • Group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1
  • One overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks
  • Group transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island
  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
  • All guided shore excursions
  • Lectures and entertainment on board
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
  • Contingency Plan
  • IAATO passenger fee
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to Punta Arenas and from Ushuaia
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686


Your hotel in Punta Arenas will be determined closer to departure.

Magellan Explorer
Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom-built for Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications. The ship has capacity for 73 passengers accommodated in seven categories of cabins. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower. The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of ten Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

  • The following dining options will be served during the cruise:
  • Early bird (tea, coffee and pastries)
  • American buffet breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Cocktails
  • Set menu dinner

Unless otherwise advised, breakfast is usually served one hour before the morning excursion. Lunch and dinner are served at fixed times which may vary depending upon the shore excursions. Meal times are announced in the daily program and confirmed through the PA system. No room service is available on board. A vegetarian option is always available. If you have any special requirements, please let AdventureWomen know prior to departure. Kosher and vegan food are not available.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

We will send you more information on preparation soon - there are extremely detailed guidelines, so stay tuned!


If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686