Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon (March 2016) (MAN11)

Country Visited: Antarctica, Argentina
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
  • Running
$ 6990 (₹4,71,825) Basic


The 16th Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon, running’s greatest adventure, was held on March 9, 2015. The details of the 2016 trip dates and prices are yet to be announced; however, the 2015 details are as follows:  
  • The tour starts with a three-night stay at Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires in Argentina's capital with a welcome reception and banquet. Race check-in and a mandatory briefing on the rules and regulations governing this event takes place the same evening.
  • Due to the incredible popularity of this event, this race is already sold out for 2016  waitlisted for 2017 and open only for 2018. A completed booking form and a deposit of US$300 per person is required to request reservations. Friends and family are welcome to join runners as they chase their goal of running 42.2 kms on 7 continents; in this case on the end of the Earth. 


  • The Akademik Ioffe will make the journey from Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of Argentina, through the Beagle Channel across Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Antarctica provides some of the world's most incredible wildlife encounters. Whales, seals and penguins are some of the many you will encounter on this trip.
  • The running course on King George Island is located off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. All attempts are to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem. This is why the race accommodates maximum of 100 travellers ashore for the event at any one time. Go on, take up the most challenging running experience as well as an experience of a lifetime.
Waitlist 2016 and sell 2017


Day 1
Arrive in Buenos Aires; Run Open or Close

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the Plaza HOTEL BUENOS AIRES. There is a light training run in the late afternoon.
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2
Buenos Aires Open or Close

A half-day city tour will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina. Join in the evening cocktail reception, race check-in and welcome banquet and briefing in the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3
Buenos Aires Open or Close

Another day is free to explore Buenos Aires.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4
Buenos Aires - Ushuaia; Sail Open or Close

Transfer to the domestic airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost city. You will have half of the day to explore this interesting town with plenty of shops and restaurants. Board the ship at about 4:00 pm for the departure to Antarctica. Onboard, there is a welcome reception and briefing on shipboard safety. Enjoy an evening film on Ice Birds.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 5
Drake Passage Open or Close

Spend the days at sea, crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. The open bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird's eye view of the navigational activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce you to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6
Drake Passage Open or Close

Day 7
Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula; Sail Open or Close

Land Ho! The race operations crew will be dropped on King George for a day of race preparation. The weather will be the master as you spend a couple of days cruising in and among the bays and channels of the Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The ship's zodiacs will carry you to shore wherever possible, weaving safely among the icebergs and floes to visit seals and penguins.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8
Antarctic Peninsual; Run Open or Close

Today is Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The race will start about 09:00 am. In the evening, enjoy a post-Race party and celebration.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9
Antarctic Peninsula; Sail Open or Close

Head south toward the eastern side of the Peninsula, cruising among the fjords and islands. Weaving among the icebergs, your destination today is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will allow for a barbecue and race awards ceremony on the aft deck. The zodiacs will bring you to shore for a visit to the vacated Argentine base nestled at the base of a hill where visitors are welcome to climb to the peak for a bird's eye view of the area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10
Drake Passage; Sail Open or Close

Find yourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill. Leave the "White Continent" to re-cross the Drake Passage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11
Drake Passage; Sail Open or Close

Day 12
Cape Horn - Ushuaia; Sail Open or Close

Spend two days at sea on your return voyage hoping for calm seas to take in the memory of accomplishing a life-changing experience. You will first sight land at Cape Horn, Chile from where you approach Ushuaia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 13
Cape Horn - Ushuaia; Sail Open or Close

Day 14
Ushuaia - Buenos Aires, Departure Open or Close

Reach Ushuaia at about 8:00 am, disembark and check-in for your return flights to Buenos Aires and then onward to your international flights back home.
Meals: Breakfast.

Dates & Prices

  • US$ 6990 to US$ 9290 per person, depending on cabin type on the cruise. Single share not available on the cruise.
  • Additional entry fee of US$ 200 per person and Non - refundable deposit of US $ 500
  • Additional Service charge of US $ 550
  •  Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The prices exclude 4.35% service tax.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • All accommodation as per itinerary based on twin sharing basis at the Marriott Plaza Hotel located on Plaza San Martin, Buenos Aires
  • 10 nights on the Akademik Ioffe cruise.
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary, welcome reception and dinner in Buenos Aires.
  • Buenos Aires city tour.
  • Round trip flights to Ushuaia from Buenos Aires.
  • Round trip airport transfers in Ushuaia.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on self-service basis on the ship.
  • Lecture program.
  • Zodiac and wildlife excursions.
  • Race shirt.
  • Services of tour operator staff. 


  • Race Entry Fee $200.
  • International Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance, Excess Baggage, Porterage, taxes
  • Reciprocity tax charged on arrival for passports holders of the U.S. ($160USD), Canada ($75USD for single entry or $150USD for multiple entry) and Australia ($100USD).
  • Departure tax of about $8 is collected when departing Ushuaia.
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on arrival in Buenos Aires is provided only if arriving on the standard itinerary dates between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary.
  • Single Room and hotel upgrade supplement
  • Tips for guides
  • Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip. It may be necessary for some guests to overnight in Ushuaia on the return due to delays, flight availability or other reasons. In this case, the guest is responsible for the additional hotel cost which will be approximately $100 per person in a double room. 
  • Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge
  • Service Tax of 4.35% applicable for Indian tours and Indian Residents
  • Optional Tours
  • Any item not specified in the itinerary
  • Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, aerated drinks etc.
  • Any new tax imposed by any government agency.


The course starts and ends outside the Russian research base and passes near Uruguayan, Chilean and Chinese bases. The course is entirely on dirt roads which often can be muddy. Regular training shoes are sufficient to handle these conditions. We do not recommend minimalistic shoes or barefoot running under these conditions. The course changes each year based on base operations and road and weather conditions. All runners must be self-sufficient and cannot expect any access to indoor facilities.

Weather - Temperatures range from -10 to +1 degrees Celsius minus the wind chill which can lower it by about 5 to 6 degrees. Snow is rare but light flurries are common.

Race Timing – Typically it is 9:00 am but it also depends on the weather on race day. Marathoners must finish under 6 1/2 hours. You must pass the halfway mark in 3 hours 10 minutes. Course marshals have the responsibility to disqualify any runner who might endanger himself through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.

Aid Stations - Drink stations are positioned at the corners of the course about every 3 km. You must bring your own water bottles along with any electrolyte replacement fluids that you commonly use. Only water is provided along the route. Portable toilets will be available in tents at the start/finish area and two remote parts of the course. There are no indoor facilities for changing clothes or to stay warm. 

Terms & Conditions

Prices are subject to change due to changes in any taxes or fuel increases. A booking deposit of $300 must be paid to secure your running spot. A second deposit of $3500 per person must be received at least one year prior to the race. Balance payments are expected 9 months before departure.
Cancellations: A full refund of the initial deposit of $300 will be made if cancellation is received in writing before April 15, 2016. A $2300 per person cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after June 30, 2015 and before October 1, 2015. A $4300 per person cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after October 1, 2015 and before December 1, 2015. If a full paying substitution is found before December 1, 2015 only a $500 cancellation fee will be charged.
Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.

Medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for all passengers. All passengers are responsible for any expenses incurred due to airline or ship delays.
If the event is not held due to circumstances beyond our control such as but not limited to weather, acts of God or force majeure, no refund of travel expenses or entry fees will be reimbursed.
The Active Holiday Company, the agents and the tour operators assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions for this race are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a full refund made as full settlement to the passenger
We reserve the right to change the itinerary due to flight schedule changes, weather or any other reason that may deem necessary for the safe and enjoyable execution of this trip.

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