15 DAYS 

Day 1UshuaiaBoard your boutique ship before departing for your journey
Days 2 & 3 At Sea, The Drake PassageEnjoy the many facilities available, taking in incredible views, informative talks from our knowledgeable experts
Day 4 Point Wild, Elephant IslandSee where Shackleton's crew made their first landing after the loss of their ship Endurance
Day 5 Weddell Sea, Devil IslandActivities planned in Erebus and Terror Gulf. Possible visits to Beak Island and Devil Island, pack ice and stunning scenery
Day 6 Erebus and Terror GulfContinue exploring these gulfs in search of new opportunities for activities
Day 7Antarctic Peninsula, Orléans Strait Sailing down the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula hoping to see humpback and orca whales
Day 8Lemaire Channel Arriving in the area of Port Charcot, great variety of birdlife to see today possible leopard seals, crabeater seals, minke whales, humpbacks and gentoo penguins
Days 9 & 10Detaille IslandHistoric station, Crystal Sound (an area of beautiful ice formations and wildlife)
Day 11Argentine islandsYalour Islands, a small archipelago composed mostly of isolated rocks, Adélie penguins and gentoos
Day 12Melchior IslandsFarewell Antarctica heading towards the Drake Passage
Days 13 & 14At Sea, Drake CrossingWhile crossing the Drake, you’re greeted by the vast array of seabirds
Day 15UshuaiaDisembark and continue your onward journey
ATC Silver Explorer - 11 Day Ushuaia - Ushuaia


Plancius In ice

The Plancius accommodates up to 108 passengers in 53 passenger cabins all with private ammenitiies. Built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy she sailed for the Navy until 2004 when she was used as an expedition vessel. Completely rebuilt in 2009 and later upgrades in 2019, the complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations. Offering a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3, a spacious observation lounge with large windows and a bar on deck 5 and a library on deck 5there is no shortage of places to relax. There are large open deck spaces on the Plancius, especially on Deck 4 with full walk-around possibilities for optimal wildlife spotting and enjoying the scenery. The Plancius carries 10 Mark V zodiacs, with 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation. Whilst the Plancius is comfortable and well equipped, she is in no way a luxury vessel. The focus is in spending as much time on shore as possible with an exploratory educational travel programme with 8 highly knowledgeable expedition staff.

Day 1 Ushuaia

Nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Martial Range, Ushuaia’s colourful streets and mismatched buildings cascade from the imposing mountains before coming to an abrupt halt at the shores of the Beagle Channel. As one of the world’s southernmost cities, Ushuaia carries its ‘end of the world’ reputation well. The moody weather and dramatic surroundings certainly help. Board your boutique ship before departing for your journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions of the world.

Days 2 & 3 At Sea , The Drake Passage


Spend your day at sea enjoying your boutique 5-star ship. Treat yourself to a spa day, attend an expert-led onboard lecture or enjoy the ocean views from the deck or the comfort of our Observation Lounge.

Days 4 Point Wild, Elephant Island

seals underwater antarctica

We will arrive early to the famous Point Wild, Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s crew made their first landing after the loss of their ship, Endurance. This inhospitable spit of land is a favorite among our guests, and if conditions permit, we will offer activities around the point before setting off for the Weddell Sea.

Day 5 Weddell Sea, Devil Island

Weddell Sea Tabular Icebergs

Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

Day 6 Erebus and Terror Gulf

As we continue to explore the area of Erebus and Terror Gulf, we look for new opportunities for activities. You may also visit Vega Island, experiencing the wilderness of Antarctica in its most remote places.

Day 7 Antarctic Peninsula, Orléans Strait

Humpback Whale Fin, Antarctica

Now we sail down the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, entering the Orleans Strait. Here we hope to see humpback and orca whales as we sail toward Mikklesen Harbor for our afternoon activities.

Day 8  Lemaire Channel


Passing the Lemaire Channel, you next arrive in the area of Port Charcot, where there is a cairn that was erected by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903 – 05. In the afternoon, we head to Petermann Island to see a great variety of birdlife. You might also enjoy Zodiac cruises among icebergs that are highly popular with leopard seals and crabeater seals. Minke whales, humpbacks, and gentoo penguins can also be found here.

Days 9 & 10 Detaille Island

Detaille Island

Today we reach Crystal Sound, viewing the area’s beautiful ice formations and wildlife before landing at Detaille Island. This remote island was once home to a British research station that is now an historic monument.

Day 11 Argentine islands

Courting Gentoo Penguins by Jacqui Read

Next you arrive at the Yalour Islands, a small archipelago composed mostly of isolated rocks and one principal island that offers us a rewarding landing. Home to Adélie penguins and some of the most southerly gentoos in the world, Yalour also has small patches of bearded and crustose lichen, including xanthoria, buellia, caloplaca, and usnea. Extensive moss beds and some Antarctic hair grass (Deschampsia antarctica) can be seen as well.

Day 12  Melchior Islands

Bird at Sea

We have our farewell to Antarctica in the Melchior Islands for our final activities before heading towards the Drake Passage.

Days 13 & 14  At Sea, Drake Crossing

Crossing the Drake

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 15 Ushuaia

Ushuaia, Hayley

Every adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next journey leads.

To book this cruise call 1300 784 794 or email

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.