2022 Astounding Antarctica

Jan. 13 – 24, 2022 – Sold Out
Second Departure, Jan. 4 – 15
Trip Operator: Orbridge (Learn more and reserve online.)

From $9,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 12 days
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Join this truly life-changing 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 modern, 190-guest Ocean Victory, a nimble craft designed specifically for polar cruising — with large cabins, exceptional amenities and a knowledgeable and friendly crew. Carefully selected specifically for this program, her small size provides the ability and agility to maneuver narrow channels and access bays that are closed to bigger vessels. The craft also boasts innovative new features including Rolls-Royce zero speed stabilizers and a patented X-Bow that offers a more comfortable and stable voyage.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 3 : Ushuaia | Embarkation
  • 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 become a GAA member online.

Additional Information

Note: Trip 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 trip 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 2022 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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