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2017 Antarctica's White Wilderness

Argentina: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego • Antarctic expedition cruise: Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands

EXPLORE IN SMALL GROUPS OF 25 ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 98-PASSENGER M/V CORINTHIAN
OPERATED BY GRAND CIRCLE CRUISE LINE
90% Traveler Excellence Rating Read reviews

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Courtesy Vanessa Stephen and Kirsten Horne
Awesome Antarctica!

The South African team finally reaches the Seventh Continent—Antarctica—and marvel at its stark beauty.

Courtesy Dylan Thuras
100 Wonders: Blood Falls

Marvel at Antarctica’s unusual natural wonder, Blood Falls—a blood red waterfall.

Courtesy Vanessa Stephen and Kirsten Horne
Friendliest Seals Ever?

Discover trusting elephant seal pups lounging by the water and a massive King penguin rookery.

Courtesy Lisa Dupenois and Ian Cross
Bazaar: Buenos Aires

Explore the many sides of Buenos Aires, from its luxurious shops to its bustling, colorful barrios.

Courtesy Kico Santos
A Maquina

Get a glimpse of daily life in Brazil, which you can experience on our post-trip extension.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Icecapades in Antarctica

Solo woman traveler finds unforgettable beauty and adventure on the seventh continent

by Carley Thornell, for Grand Circle

Until winter of 2012, Corine Freeman, a first-time traveler from McDonough, Georgia, had two continents to check off on her world list: South America and Antarctica.

“I didn’t even know I could go there,” she said of the seventh continent. But Corine soon discovered that Grand Circle could get here there, and that they would treat her well as a solo traveler. “And that was the truth. Some people say, ‘Girl, you’ve got a lot of nerve going to place like that by yourself.’ I think we are here for a purpose, and we’re supposed to go where we’re supposed to go without fear, or hesitation.”

And although she was aware that the turbulent Drake Passage at times provides challenges—and excitement—all its own, Corine said the rewards were worth it.

“There’s nothing else that compares to the beauty of Antarctica. That trip just stands up by itself. It stands alone. You’ll never be able to find any other like it. It’s just so beautiful. It’s something you’ll never forget.”

Corine and her fellow travelers were able to explore what they saw from their portholes each morning on daily shore excursions—and getting to land was one of the most memorable parts of her adventures. “I loved those Zodiacs—it’s really exhilarating. My daughter and I had looked at the video on the Internet of the trip, and she said, ‘Mom, are you going to get on one of those things?’ and I said, ‘I’ll try it at least one time.’ You could tell the guys driving it really enjoyed it too!” As it turned out, the rafts’ small size made her feel quite secure.

Corine was also impressed by her Trip Leader Berna. “He was so sweet, and I’ve traveled a lot. He was the best guide I’ve had.”

As a solo traveler, Berna made Corine feel right at home. But it was also her fellow travelers that made her Antarctic experience a trip she’d never forget. “Everywhere I go, I make friends with other single people. But all of the couples are always willing to share a table with you at dinner. A lot of women will not travel by themselves, because they feel that if they don’t take someone with them, they’ll be alone. I always tell them, ‘That is not true!’ Everyone on the ship was great, right down to the housekeeper.”

As for the next time she boards a plane, Corine said she will likely be heading back to Italy—though the seventh continent has left an indelible impression on her. “When we would go onshore and stand there and see nothing but ice. It looked like someone had created a work of art.”

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