ZODIAC cruising, snowshoeing and cavorting with penguin colonies are all on the agenda with Quark Expeditions’ 16-day South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari adventure. With departures from Ushuaia, Argentina taking place between November and January, the cruise loops around the southern peninsula of Antarctica allowing guests to view a plethora of wildlife in this remote region, such as the Chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins, as well as Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals.

Most people enjoy the breathtaking views of this amazing continent from the comfort of a Zodiac, but for those who want to have their breath literally taken away, an icy polar plunge in the glacial waters followed by the warm adoration of your fellow guests is also on offer.

Experts will be on hand to help passengers learn more about Antarctica’s natural landscape and ecology, and naturally also provide astute advice as to where the best social media photos can be taken.

Further highlights of the tour include a visit to South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries — the largest in the world, the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, and on-board lecturers delivered by a panel of polar specialists. This very cool adventure leads in at $10,495 per person.

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