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Ride to Ushuaia – Then Take a Cruise to Antarctica!

Our 24-day Antarctica Adventure combines a motorcycling odyssey from Bariloche, Argentina to Ushuaia, followed by a 12-day (11-night) cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard a luxury expedition cruise ship. Almost all of the route is paved. The hundred or so miles section which is not paved is hard-packed gravel in good condition. The trip is very suitable for two-up riding. Non-riding companions are welcome to ride in one of our comfortable support vehicles. Companions who may not wish to make the entire trip y motorcycle may y to Ushuaia to join the group for the Antarctica cruise.
Attractions of this Super Tour include:

  • A two-night stay in an exclusive resort hotel in Bariloche
  • A free day in Bariloche to provide the opportunity to ride the beautiful motorcycling roads in the area.
  • A two-night stay in El Calafate, the point of departure for a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • A two-night stay in Torres del Paine National Park – one of South America’s most popular national parks.
  • A visit to the historic town of Puerto San Julian, where Magellan and his crew spent the winter in the town’s harbor in 1520.
  • ANTARCTICA! – A cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Daily excursions onto Antarctica via Zodiac.

We’ll sail through scenic waterways and witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. While underway, we’ll spot occasional whales and seabirds as we make our 600-mile voyage between Ushuaia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Arriving at Antarctica, we’ll make several landings using the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, navigating numerous ice floes, making our way toward the beaches.

Even while underway, we’ll be able to spot the occasional whales and seabirds as we make our 600-mile voyage between Ushuaia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

(This Adventure does not include the opportunity to ride a motorcycle on Antarctica).

At a Glance Your Antarctica Adventure

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 1 Our Tour Leaders will meet you at the gate and will escort you to your hotel. We’ll introduce you to your motorcycle and to your fellow travelers.
Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 2 Bariloche has a lot to offer; you can easily spend the day walking around in the city, having coffee and tasting the famous pastry and chocolates. As for riding: everything from a short ride on pavement up to 155 miles partly on gravel is possible. The Nahuel Huapi National Park provides us with the stunning beauty of the “7 Lakes Road” and some incredible views – a day in paradise!

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 3

Today we ride through the famous “Butch Cassiday and The Sundance Kid” region to Esquel, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. We’ll be surrounded by mountains as we travel on relaxing, country roads. Esquel – which appears like a smaller and more laid back Bariloche – welcomes us again with scenic beauty and a luxurious hotel.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 4 The ride across Patagonia will be desolate, but beautiful, with several interesting stops along the way.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 5 It’s a beautiful ride along the coast out of Comodoro Rivadavia, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean to your left. By now, we’ll probably start to experience the Patagonian winds. Puerto San Julian is a quaint little fishing village that is best known for the many famous explorers who have spent time there. Ferdinand Magellan spent the winter in 1520. Sir Francis Drake and Charles Darwin also spent time here. The town has a replica of one of Magellan’s ships at the harbor.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 6 We’ll leave the Atlantic coast behind as we turn inland to El Calafate, a charming little town with numerous shops, cafés and restaurants. Our 5-star hotel is only a few blocks from downtown and we’ll arrive early enough to enjoy our first evening in El Calafate. By the time we reach El Calafate, you will have enjoyed many fine dining opportunities. Be prepared for one of the best of the trip at the very special restaurant we’ll use this evening.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 7 Today we’ll visit one of the most popular attractions in South America – the Perito Moreno Glacier – just a one hour ride from El Calafate. We’ll be taken to Los Glaciares National Park by comfortable motor coach where we can enjoy a cruise approaching the face of the glacier, followed by lunch.
Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 8 Today we cross the border into Chile where we’ll visit one of the most popular National Parks in South America: Torres del Paine National Park. Be prepared to be blown away by the stunning scenery, as we cross a footbridge to our very special “boutique” lodge located an island in the middle of Lago Pehoe (pictured below). The lodge affords a stunning view of the “Towers”.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 9 From your island hotel, the riding in the park is stunning in every direction. Take your camera and be prepared for a relaxing ride through stunning scenery with shimmering lakes around every corner. Or spend a relaxing day on your island retreat. There are no bad options!

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 10 We’ll have another nice day of riding through Patagonia in Chile to Punta Arenas – the largest city south of the 46th parallel, south. We’ll stop for a photo opportunity at the “Monument to the Wind” – a monument paying tribute to the strong Patagonian winds that are often present in the region. The monument was created in 2000 by noted Chilean sculptor Alejandra Ruddoff.
Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 11 We’ll ride along the Straits of Magellan to Punta Delgada, where we’ll take a ferry (20 minutes) across the Straits of Magellan and onto the island of Tierra del Fuego. Once on the island, gravel will change with pavement, while we cross into Argentina again. Our destination is Rio Grande and the hotel there provides us with all conveniences!
Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 12 It’s a very short ride from Rio Grande to Ushuaia, so you’ll be able to have a leisurely departure, pickup some last minute souvenirs, and have plenty of time for some interesting photo opportunities along the way. You’ll also have time to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and have your photo taken at the famous “Sign”.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 13 Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 14

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Days 15 - 16

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of the 3rd day of the cruise.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 17 - 21

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Days 22 - 23

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of the final day.

Antarctica Adventure, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 24

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Total – 2,100 miles

Roads are mostly paved and in very good condition. There is several hundred miles of gravel in Patagonia, but the gravel is hard-packed and well maintined and does not require technical skills. The entire trip is very suitable for two-up riding. In Patagonia, high winds are often prevalent. The windy section of the trip is almost entirely on straight roads, which we’ve classified as “Tame”. The “Tame” designation is not to suggest “uninteresting”. It’s meant to designate good paved highways that do not entail twisties or significant changes in elevation.

This trip is intended for experienced riders.




Please contact us about low frame and/or low seat options for our bikes.

  • Includes BMW F700GS
  • Additional charge of $300 for a BMW F800GS
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW F800GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $1,050 for BMW R1200GS
  • Additional charge of $1,550 for a BMW R1200GS Adv
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $2,300 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • Upscale accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
  • All breakfasts
  • 21 dinners
  • All meals while on cruise
Special Inclusions
  • Cruise to Antarctica
  • Boat excursion to view Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Cave entry fee in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Ferry across Straits of Magellan
  • Entry fee to Tierra del Fuego National Park

Deposit per person: $1,600

The base price of the Antarctica Adventure includes the Vista Suite cabin class. To upgrade to a different cabin class a surcharge will apply. You can view information about the ship and the various cabin classes here.

Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Trip cancellation protection is highly recommended.

Fuel surcharge – a fuel surcharge may be applied if the price of oil is significantly higher than current rates. We will not know this for certain until approximately 90 days before the date of the cruise.

Single room supplement for land portion: $975

2023 Schedule
Start Date2023 AdventuresDurationPrice (USD)Co-RiderNote
January 11 - February 3Antarctica Adventure24 Days$18,100$14,200Contact us for latest Antarctica cruise prices
2024 Schedule
Start Date2024 AdventuresDurationPrice (USD)Co-RiderNote
January 13 - February 5Antarctica Adventure24 Days$18,100$14,200

If I have to pick one word, it's "professionalism"!

Geoffrey R Smith, Testimonial, Ayres Adventures

I guess after six trips with the gang from Ayres, I should write something about why I keep coming back for yet another tour. If I have to pick one word, it's "professionalism". Although they make each day look easy in terms of getting from point A to point B, on reflection it becomes so apparent that each route is well thought out and chosen for specific reasons, whether it be the scenery, road conditions, or degree of difficulty. It all seems to work so seamlessly which allows the rider to focus on the ride and his or her surroundings. Whether it's Claus or John or Axel, you know that one of them has your back, especially when you tackle a road that a month ago was paved but is now a mess and foot deep in mud or the road is closed and the detour a real challenge. And finally, at the end of the day, they're a hell of a lot of fun to have a drink with! In the final analysis, it makes for pretty much a perfect vacation.

Geoffrey's Adventures include:
Under the Tuscan Sun
Machu Picchu Excursion
Ushuaia and Antarctica
Norwegian Midnight Sun
Munich to Istanbul
The Epic Journey Riga to Hong Kong
Iceland Adventure
North Pole Adventure

Geoffrey has written several articles/blogs about his experiences on our tours:
BMW Owners News - Antarctica
BMW Owners News - Iceland
Blog – Under the Tuscan Sun

Geoffrey R. Smith
West Hollywood, LA

The cruise to Antarctica will be an unforgettable time in our lives

Heidi and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the recent Escape to Antarctica/Ushuaia tour. This was our first tour of this sort and any expectations we had were met and far exceeded. Your tour staff was excellent and helpful, as well as our traveling companions.

The cruise to Antarctica will be an unforgettable time in our lives. The ship and crew were all first class. The sights and wildlife in Antarctica are indescribable, and need to be experienced first hand to grasp the magnitude of the seventh continent. Walking amongst the penguins and the seals was a kick. This is an experience enjoyed by few, due to the limited numbers allowed to this truly wild place.

We thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime to have joined you on this tour, and hopefully we can join another Ayres Adventures tour in the future.

Bob and Heidi's Adventures include:
Ushuaia and Antarctica
Viking Run

Bob and Heidi Still
Yuma, Arizona

We have now set foot on all 7 continents, thanks in part to Ayres Adventures

Escape to Antarctica was one of the most wondeful adventures we have undertaken. If you like biking and wild life then this is the one for you. We have now set foot on all seven continents thanks in part to Ayres Adventures and the crew. The support team were professional to the last.

Thanks Ron & Barb.

Keith and Anne's Adventures include:
Escape to Antarctica (and Ushuaia)
Southern Cross (Africa)
Machu Picchu Excursion

Keith and Anne Leaver
County Offaly, Ireland

Once again, we came away thrilled...

"The Antarctica trip was our fifth tour (or 6th if you count Hyder) with Ayres Adventures and once again we came away thrilled with the experience.

The Antarctica portion was a life changing event, much the same as our three trips in Africa with Ayres forever changed our view of the world. Having now toured on all 7 continents, we can say that while the trip to Antarctica is costly and can be difficult at times, it is worth every cent if you enjoy adventure travel to new places. It will change your perspective of our planet and all it entails in a way that is impossible to explain unless you have made the voyage!

Mike and Cara's Adventures include:
Escape to Antarctica (and Ushuaia)
Call of the Wild (Africa)
Southern Cross (Africa)
Namibian Splendors (Africa)
Into Africa
New Zealand Top Down Tour
Greece and Italy - Golden Odyssey
Machu Picchu Excursion
Portugal and Spain Adventure
Portugal, Spain and Morocco Adventure

Mike and Cara Hardinger
Southern Pines, North Carolina

How does Ayres Adventures keep coming up with these ideas?!

Recipe for an awesome motorcycle adventure: start with a destination that's on every motorcyclist's bucket list (Ushuaia, "The End of The World"), toss in a trip to Antarctica on a world-class cruise ship, and then finish it off with drop-dead gorgeous scenery in the southern Andes.

How does Ayres Adventures keep coming up with these ideas?!

I've been looking forward to this trip for 2 years, and yet, despite having been on other Ayres Adventures and knowing what an outstanding outfit they have, Ron, Barb, Mauricio, John, and Nuno again managed to exceed my expectations. So, for that matter, did Antarctica.

Well done, Ron and Ayres Adventures!

Don's Adventures include:
Escape to Antarctica (and Ushuaia)
Call of the Wild (Africa)
Brazil - Rendezvous in Rio
Heart of Africa

Don created a blog post about his Heart of Africa Adventure. Click here to read Don’s blog.

Don Toothman
Cornelius, North Carolina
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