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Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon - 17 March 2019

Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon - 17 March 2019 (MAN11)

Country Visited: Antarctica, Argentina
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
  • Running
$ 6990 (₹5,01,183) Basic


The Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon are running’s greatest adventure. Due to the incredible popularity of this event, this race is already wait-listed for 2019 and 2020 and open only for 2021. This race presents a truly formidable and genuine Antarctic challenge with underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout, an average windchill temperature of -20℃, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds to contend with. Furthermore, 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.This is a trip where both the race medal and bragging rights are well earned.


Day 1
March 09 (Fri) - Arrive in Buenos Aires; Run Open or Close

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the Alvear Icon HOTEL BUENOS AIRES. There is a light training run in the late afternoon. transfers are arranged for only those arriving at this airport between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Day 2
March 10 (Sat) - 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 & Dinner

Day 3
March 11 (Sun) - Buenos Aires Open or Close

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

Day 4
March 12 (Mon) - 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
March 13 (Tue) - 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
March 14 (Wed) - Drake Passage Open or Close

Continue to discover the wildlife at Drake Passage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
March 15 (Thu) - 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
March 16 (Fri) - 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
March 17 (Sat) - 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
March 18 (Sun) - Drake Passage; Sail Open or Close

Find yourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11
March 19 (Mon) - Drake Passage; Sail Open or Close

This afternoon we leave the "White Continent" to re-cross the Drake Passage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12
March 20 (Tue) - 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
March 21 (Wed) - Cape Horn - Ushuaia; Sail Open or Close

Continue the voyage and have the best of it as this is your last day on the cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14
March 22 (Thu) - 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

09th to 22nd March, 2018
 Cabin Type  Price per person on Twin  Price per person on Triple
 Main Deck  US$ 7690  US$ 6990

  • Single occupancy on the Ship is not available.
  • Single Room Supplement at the Plaza Hotel can be provided on additional cost.
  • Pre/Post extension of the stay can be arranged on request.
  • Race entry fee is US$ 250 additional.
  • This cost exclude GST 5%
  • Travel insurance covering medical and evacuation is mandatory for all travellers.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 03 nights accommodation as per itinerary based on twin sharing basis at the Alvear Icon Hotel in 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. 
  • Airport transfers 
  • Official Antarctica Marathon Tech Race Shirt
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on self-service basis on the ship.
  • Lecture program on board your ship
  • Zodiac and wildlife excursions.
  • Services of tour operator staff.


  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are subject to change due to changes in any taxes or fuel increases. A booking deposit of $500 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 $500 will be made if cancellation is received in writing before April 15, 2019. A $2300 per person cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after June 30 and before October 1. A $4300 per person cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after October 1 and before December 1. If a full paying substitution is found before December 1 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.


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. 


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