To commemorate a decade of journeys, Out Adventures returns to Antarctica. This was the place that actually inspired the company, so it’s a sentimental journey for us. After boarding the World Explorer we'll cross the notorious Drake Passage and make our way to the South Shetland Islands and the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. This once-in-a-lifetime expedition will have you enjoying sub-zero safaris, otherworldly hikes, whale watching, and -- if you're brave enough -- a Polar Plunge. Though we join a larger expedition aboard the World Explorer, we’ve arranged exclusive excursions and events for you. Interested in checking Antarctica off your bucket list in 2019? Well, we're the ONLY gay tour operator with space available this year. Book now!
DEPARTURES & PRICES:
• Learn about the environment and local wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
• Enjoy daily treks through the snowy landscapes.
• Row the arctic waters on a kayak or stand up paddle board
• Test your limits with a Polar Plunge in the sub-zero waters
• Spend a night in Ushuaia, Argentina
• Travel safely and comfortably aboard the ice-strengthened World Explorer
• Enjoy all the luxuries of this brand new cruise ship
• Explore famous highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
¡Hola! Welcome to Argentina. Surrounded by sea and mountains, Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city and a perfect departure point for our cruise expedition. Things kick off tonight with a group meeting, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before check-out today, then we’ll board the World Explorer this afternoon. After we pass through the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, we’ll bid farewell to land for a couple of days.
Prepare for rough water, but hope for smooth sailing: the Drake Passage is unpredictable, but you’re in good hands with our professional Expedition Team. Spend this time getting to know fellow shipmates, attending safety briefings, and finding out what lies ahead.
The excitement begins once we cross through the Antarctic Convergence, and the southernmost continent is upon us. From here we’ll enjoy Zodiac excursions to local bays, channels and landing sites. We’ll visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for southern seal species. We’ll scramble up snowy pathways to admire serene views. For the more adventurous amongst us, take to the waters for guided kayak and stand up paddle board excursions. You can even sit on a pebbled beach admiring penguins, or partake in the invigorating Polar Plunge. Without a doubt, your five days on the Antarctic Peninsula will be some of the most memorable of your life. Take advantage of as many outings and expeditions as you can!
Our return trip through the Drake Passage is another chance to birdwatch, scout whales from the deck, and enjoy presentations. Or simply chill out and breathe in fresh Antarctic air one last time.
We disembark today early in the morning. This leaves you with plenty of time to continue your adventure or catch your flight home.
• Welcome Dinner
• Hotel room and breakfast on Day 1 in Ushuaia
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All onboard meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices
• Beer and wine with dinner
• Out Adventures dry bag
• Quark Expeditions parka
• Shore landings per the program
• Experienced Expedition Leader throughout voyage
• Photographic journal of the expedition
• Photography guide on Expedition Team
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person. This does NOT include any other form of travel insurance including basic medical coverage, which is required for all Out Adventures travellers.
• Land transfer from airport to hotel, group transfer from hotel to ship, and group transfer to airport upon disembarkation
• International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Travel insurance such as trip interruption, trip cancellation, medical coverage, baggage loss/delay. Emergency evacuation coverage is provided by the World Explorer ship, with limitations. View the insurance section of the trip notes for more information.
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional adventure activities
• All gratuities, including ship and expedition crew (we recommened $200 per passenger)
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
ARGENTINA VISA: Americans, Australians, and EU citizens do not need a visa for Argentina. Canadians must pay a reciprocity fee online in advance, then travel with a printed copy of their payment receipt. For more info, click here.
ANTARCTICA VISA: As no country owns Antarctica, no visa is required.
CULTURE SHOCK: Ushuaia is a well-developed tourist hub, offering familiar western comforts. The ship is also well-appointed and luxurious. As for Antarctica, with no permanent residents, there really is no culture to speak of.
LOCAL LGBT SCENE: With only 60,000 people, Ushuaia doesn't have much of a scene, but Argentina's LGBT rights are among the most progressive in the world. Once aboard the ship, we will be a small group in a mixed/straight crowd, with up to 175 passengers in total aboard. There is definitely no gay scene in Antarctica, but we'll make up our own while there!
WEATHER: Ushuaia's average temperature in December is 9.6 °C/49.3 °F. Once at the Antarctic Peninsula, the average temperature will be barely above freezing. As the continent's northernmost point the Peninsula has the most moderate climate and increased precipitation, but also the fiercest winds, with gusts up to 200 mph.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: For Argentina, the WHO suggests typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and influenza vaccines. No vaccines are required for Antarctica. Consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic for more info, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
ELECTRICITY: Click here for info on Argentine sockets. The ship offers 220v power onboard.
CONNECTIVITY: Our hotel offers wi-fi. During the cruise, you can purchase ship-to-shore satellite communications Wi-fi access, but it can be unpredictable and expensive.
The World Explorer is one of the finest ships to sail Antarctica, with six tiers of accommodation. Most cabins have a private walk-out or Juliet balcony with direct ocean views. There's plenty of public space to unwind in after a day outdoors, and wellness facilities include an outdoor running track and spa. Out Adventures will be our own group of guys within a larger straight/mixed crowd. The ship holds up to 175 passengers.
Veranda Suite (4 Cabins/8 Spaces Available. $15,395 USD*)
Infinity Suite (2 Cabins/4 Spaces Available. $15,395 USD)
Superior Suite (1 Space Available. $16,995 USD*)
Deluxe Suite (1 Cabin/2 Spaces Available. $17,695 USD*)
Owner's Suite (0 Spaces Available. $18,595 USD*)
*A 25% deposit is required to secure your space on this trip, with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. Please see the next section “Special Booking Conditions” for more information related to cancellation terms.
This tour is subject to special payment terms. A 25% deposit is required to secure your space on this trip, with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. The following cancellation penalties apply:
180 days or more prior to departure - $1500 USD cancellation fee
120 to 179 days prior to departure - 25% cancellation fee
Less than 120 days prior to departure – 100% cancellation fee
If full payment is not received 120 days prior to departure, Out Adventures reserves the right to cancel your booking based on the above cancellation terms.
Our Welcome Dinner, breakfast at the hotel, and all meals aboard the cruise are included.
This tour includes Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person, provided by Quark Expeditions. Emergency Evacuation Insurance covers you to travel to the nearest area where you can obtain medical care. Your own mandatory travel medical Insurance then takes over to cover medical expenses, such as medical procedures, doctor/hospital fees, prescriptions, etc. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details on our requirements and how to obtain coverage. We highly recommend that you insure your full purchase, including trip cancellation and medical.
All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you'd like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you're pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day...they'll certainly appreciate it!
Out adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what's available.
Las Lengas Hotel
1722 Goleta Florencia, Ushuaia
Standard check-in time is between 2PM and 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check ins, however you are able to store your luggage and explore the central area near the hotel while you wait. If you would like a guaranteed early check-in, you will need to reserve a pre-tour night of accommodation.
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Details will be provided with your final documents, but budget $200 USD.
Argentina's currency is the Peso (ARS). Some stores take US dollars, with Visa and MasterCard widely accepted, although some restaurants offer a discount if you pay cash. Onboard the ship, settle your tab by cash or credit card.
Most Out Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.
The following packing list is a guideline, not gospel. Our Out Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much or little to bring.
• Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
• Pre-trip packet
• Credit/ATM card
General Personal Items:
• Eye mask/ear plugs
• Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug
• Luggage lock
• Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
• Comfortable Walking Shoes/‘nice’ shoes for dinner
• Protection for your devices from water
• Shirts: t-shirts/collared or polo shirt for upscale dinners/sweaters and longsleeve shirts for day-to-day activities.
• Pants for upscale dinners and pants for expeditions.
• Thermal undergear including socks, underwear and undershirt.
• Winter accessories: gloves, scarf, headband/beanie etc.
• You will receive waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
• You will receive an official Quark Expedition parka upon arrival to keep. It is suitable for Antarctic conditions.
• Personal medication/antihistamines
• Sunscreen/lip balm
• Antibacterial gel/wipes
• Travel First Aid Kit
All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case by case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise Out Adventures of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.
Below is a breakdown of our Physical Rating guide.
1 - Relaxing
- Very little or no hiking
- Light activities such as walking, bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
- Low altitude
- Suitable for all fitness levels
2 - Light
- Light walking and hiking (2 hours or less per day and at low altitude)
- Light activities such as bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
- Suitable for most fitness levels
3 - Average
- Light walking and hiking (3 hours or less per day, rarely at high altitude)
- Some activities such as biking, paddling or swimming. Active days are mixed with relaxed days
- Suitable for an average fitness level
4 - Demanding
- Walking, hiking is a component of the tour (can range from 2 hours to 6 hours per day, at various altitudes)
- Activities such as biking, paddling or swimming may be mixed in
- Suitable for a good fitness level
5 - Challenging
- Walking, hiking, biking, paddling or kayaking are the vast majority of the trip (can range from 2 hours to 8 hours per day, generally at high altitude)
- Activities will likely happen day after day with limited rest days
- Suitable for above average fitness level