Basecamp - Antarctica - 13 Days

Aboard Hondius– 170 passengers

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

All activities are included in the trip cost. 

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation from Ushuaia, Argentina
Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening. 

Day 2-3: Drake Passage
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Days 4 – 10: Antarctica
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Places you might visit include:

Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. At the nearby sites, such as Damoy Point there may be the opportunity for snowshoeing to the old ski-way, this is also one of our favourite camping sites.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location. 

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay– You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer, enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.  

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 11-12: Drake Passage
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 13: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for our vessel is 10.5 knots.

Route Map

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Quad Porthole
$9,700
Limited
Triple Porthole
$10,900
Full
Twin Porthole
$11,950
 
Twin Window
$12,600
 
Twin Deluxe
$13,500
Limited
Superior
$14,400
 
Junior Suite
$15,350
 
Grand Suite
$17,150
 
Quad Porthole
$9,700
Limited
Triple Porthole
$10,900
Limited
Twin Porthole
$11,950
 
Twin Window
$12,600
 
Twin Deluxe
$13,500
 
Superior
$14,400
 
Junior Suite
$15,350
 
Grand Suite
$17,150
 
Quad Porthole
$9,100
Full
Triple Porthole
$10,200
Full
Twin Porthole
$11,200
Limited
Twin Window
$11,750
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$12,450
Full
Superior
$13,250
Full
Junior Suite
$14,100
 
Grand Suite
$15,800
 
Quad Porthole
$9,100
Full
Triple Porthole
$10,200
Full
Twin Porthole
$11,200
Full
Twin Window
$11,750
Full
Twin Deluxe
$12,450
Full
Superior
$13,250
Full
Junior Suite
$14,100
Full
Grand Suite
$15,800
Full
Quad Porthole
$8,800
 
Triple Porthole
$9,900
Limited
Twin Porthole
$10,850
 
Twin Window
$11,400
 
Twin Deluxe
$12,050
 
Superior
$12,850
 
Junior Suite
$13,650
 
Grand Suite
$15,300
 

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a share cabin in Quad – Twin Deluxe
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $450/person for 2024 season and $470/person for 2025 season – requires experience

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a share cabin in Quad – Twin Deluxe
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $560/person – requires experience
  • On Basecamp departures all activities are free

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Hondius Grand Suite

Grand Suite with private balcony

Located on deck 7, the six Grand Suites are the only cabins on the ship with a private balcony. Features: 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private balcony, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. 

291 square feet / 27 square meters.

Hondius Junior Suite

Junior Suite

The eight Junior Suites are on deck 7. Features: 1 double window, 1 double bed, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. 

205 to 215 square feet / 19 to 20 square meters

Hondius - Superior cabin

Superior

Eight Superior cabins on deck 6. Features: 2 windows, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. 

215 to 226 square feet / 20 to 21 square meters

Hondius Twin Deluxe

Twin Deluxe

Eleven Twin Deluxe cabins on deck 6. Features: 2 windows, 2 single beds, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. 

205 to 226 square feet / 19 to 21 square meters

Hondius Twin Window

Twin Window

The fourteen Twin Windows are the only cabins on deck 4. Features: 1 window, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. Please be aware that the view from some windows might be partially obstructed due to the design requirements of the ship. Please note that all cabins will not necessarily have the same layout and surface area, nor will they be identical to the examples used in the photos

129 to 151 square feet / 12 to 14 square meters

Hondius Twin Porthole

Twin Porthole

The twenty seven Twin Porthole cabins are on deck 3. Features: 2 portholes, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. Please note that all cabins will not necessarily have the same layout and surface area, nor will they be identical to the examples used in the photos

143 to 172 square feet / 13 to 16 square meters

Hondius Triple Porthole

Triple Porthole

Two Triple cabins on deck 3. Features: 2 portholes, 1 upper & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. 

172 square feet / 16 square meters

Hondius Quad Porthole

Quadruple Porthole

Four Quad cabins located on deck 3. Features: 2 portholes, 2 upper & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Cabinet, Safe deposit box & Wardrobe. 

165 to 172 square feet / 15.3 to 16 square meters

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

 
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge.
 

Exclusions: 

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).