Note: While this program is in extremely high demand, we are only able to take preliminary, fully-refundable "pre-reservations" at this time. We are constantly monitoring travel conditions in coordination with tour operator Gohagan & Co., and we will update this webpage with the final program brochure as soon as all travel details receive final confirmation.
Be among the fortunate few to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. During this extraordinary 14-day journey to the bottom of the world, retrace sea lanes navigated by storied explorers Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott, inspired to seek out “The White Continent.” See how spectacular illuminations of this last frontier reveal the majesty and contrasts of its unique wilderness. Watch as normal human scales and reference points disappear amidst the grandeur of nature in its most pristine form, from extended sunrises that paint the icescape in soft shades of pink to the lingering golden light of the austral summer, where humpback whales, leopard seals and Adélie penguins swim among turquoise glaciers and glimmering icebergs.
Cruise for nine nights aboard the the exclusively chartered L'Austral—both Five-Star and ice-class rated—and one of the ships within of the finest fleet plying Antarctic waters. All accommodations afford ocean views and 95 percent feature private balconies.’s state-of-the-art technology and design set high standards in environmental protection and comfort.
Your onboard team of naturalists will guide excursions aboard sturdy Zodiac craft as you explore amid floating ice sculptures, intricate ecosystems and abundant wildlife species that have adapted to the harshest weather conditions on Earth—including penguins and seals that exhibit little or no fear of humans. A comprehensive schedule of exclusive and specially arranged lectures will complete your optimal Antarctic adventure.
We invite you on this expedition of a lifetime—a one-of-a-kind Antarctica experience. All excursions are included and complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served on board.
Day 1: Depart the U.S.
Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Day 4: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Day 5-6: Cruising Drake Passage
Day 7-11: Cruising Antarctica
Day 12: Cruising Drake Passage/Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 13: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Day 14: U.S.
Post-Program Option: Iguazu Falls
Ross Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and serves as Director for the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. His current research examines the impacts of climate change on the polar deserts of Antarctica and in the Arctic tundra of western Greenland. Ross is active in polar science and policy issues as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board and as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute. He is an elected fellow of the Explorers Club and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a frequent Alumni Travel faculty host.