2021 Astounding Antarctica

Jan. 27 – Feb. 7, 2021
Tour Operator: Orbridge

From $9,795 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 12 days
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World Explorer Deck Plan

Travel with Tar Heels on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to experience the boundless beauty and pristine vastness of Antarctica. This remote continent and its precarious waterways have hosted some of the most courageous explorers in history and have been the scenes of both triumph and tragedy since Captain Cook first sailed the region in 1773.

Embark from Ushuaia, Argentina, and cruise through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands amid the Antarctic Peninsula — exploring the dramatic landscapes and remarkable wildlife that call this continent home. Trek through penguin rookeries, observe vast flocks of seabirds, learn about Antarctic ice conditions and discover the sites of both past and present scientific expeditions.

Your expedition vessel for this amazing journey is the World Explorer.  She is among the highest rated vessels sailing Antarctica waters, boasting a cruising speed of 16 knots in open water, which is significantly higher than average. (For a comprehensive overview of the ship, please visit World Explorer for a 3 minute virtual tour.).

Throughout this program, enjoy the company and keen insights of expert expedition guides, scientists, and lecturers throughout the journey. And take advantage of the ship’s impressive amenities, including a heated infinity swimming pool, two hot tubs, spa, gym, lounges, outdoor bar and interactive dining experience.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 3 : Ushuaia
  • Day 4 : Drake Passage
  • Day 5 : Drake Passage
  • Day 6 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 7 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 8 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 9 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 10 : Drake Passage
  • Day 11 : Drake Passage
  • Day 12 : Ushuaia | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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