Antarctica Marathon® Voyage One
Marathon Tours & Travel has been offering the Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half-Marathon since its inception in 1995. As the proud event organizer and the exclusive tour operator, we are excited to bring a total of 360 runners and their supporters to this authentic event in 2024 on our two voyages with the addition of an Ultra 50K on Voyage One!
The Antarctica Tour Package begins with three-nights in Buenos Aires for time to meet your running peers, participate in a few training runs, and attend the mandatory race briefing and welcome dinner. We will fly you to Ushuaia, which is located at the southern tip of Argentina. It is here where you will start your journey to Antarctica aboard our significantly enhanced new ship, the Ocean Victory. Over the course of several days you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and before reaching King George Island – the location of the Marathon and Half-Marathon!
During your travels you will explore the most pristine corner of the planet, coming face-to-face with Antarctic gems such as glaciers, icebergs, penguins, seals and whales. Historians and scientists will provide lectures on board your ship and you will experience wildlife excursions during landings in remote areas, such as seal colonies and penguin rookeries as well as the research bases.
The course on King George Island has marked gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Great care is taken to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem. As part of this, we are restricted to having a maximum of 100 passengers ashore for the event at any one time. Marathon Tours & Travel takes their part seriously and in fact has raised more than $550,000 for Oceanites, the non-profit scientific organization that monitors the effects of climate change and the impact of tourism on Antarctica.
To race on all seven continents is a goal of many runners and we can make that happen for you! On average we have runners from more than 25 countries represented each year including: Canada, United States, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Bermuda, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Chile, Colombia, Russia, Poland, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Japan, China, India, Uruguay, Guadeloupe, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Due to the incredible popularity of this event, we are currently accepting booking forms for 2026 and 2027. We still welcome you to apply to be on the waitlist for 2025. A completed booking form and a deposit of $300 per person must be submitted to request reservations.
Travel Package Information
Tuesday, March 5
Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and passengers are transferred to the Alvear Icon Hotel. There will be an optional light training run in the late afternoon. Most flights will arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and transfers are arranged for only those arriving at this airport between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You have this evening to explore some of the city’s famous restaurants, which are a short walk from your hotel.
Wednesday, March 6
Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour, which will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina. There is an optional 4:00 PM light training run in the National Park. We look forward to seeing you at the evening cocktail reception, followed by a welcome dinner and the important mandatory race check-in/briefing at the hotel. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Thursday, March 7
Enjoy today to explore more of Buenos Aires and/or participate in a group light training run at 4:00 PM in the National Park. You have this evening to explore some of this city’s famous restaurants just a short walk to Puerto Madero. (Breakfast included)
Friday, March 8
Guests on the Ocean Victory will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, the world’s southernmost city. Depending on flight arrival time, it’s possible you will have time to explore this interesting town with plenty of shops and restaurants; and then be ready to board the ship in the afternoon for your departure to Antarctica. Once you are settled in your cabin, we will regroup with a Welcome Reception and briefing on shipboard safety. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Saturday, March 9
Today is spent sailing down the Beagle Channel and at sea crossing the Drake Passage. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Sunday, March 10
At sea. Enjoy the free time as well as videos and lectures that will introduce you to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. When we arrive at King George Island this afternoon, the race operations crew will go ashore to set up the course for the following day. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday, March 11
Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. Those running the Ultra 50K should plan on an eight (8) hour time limit. Marathon runners should plan on a six (6) hour and thirty (30) minute time limit and half-marathoners have a four (4) hour and thirty (30) minute cutoff (weather permitting). After this major accomplishment, enjoy a post-race party and celebration this evening! The ship heads south overnight toward the Antarctica Peninsula. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Tuesday, March 12
We awake to the panoramic views of glaciers mountains and pristine bays and channels. Weaving among the icebergs, our destination is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will permit us to have a barbecue and race awards ceremony on the stern deck. The zodiacs will bring us 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. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Wednesday, March 13
Today will be a day of exploring. We hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans). (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Thursday, March 14
Today will be a day of exploring. We hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans). (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Friday, March 15
The morning will be one of exploration before we leave the “White Continent” in the afternoon to re-cross the Drake Passage. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday, March 18
This morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00 AM, where we disembark and check-in for our return flights to Buenos Aires and then onward to your international flights back home. Flights departing from Buenos Aires to your home city should not depart before 8:30 PM. You should consider booking a one night (or more) stay on the return to relax before your long flights home. (Breakfast included)
Marathon Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to flight schedule changes, weather or any other reason that it deems necessary for the safe and enjoyable execution of this 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 $130 per person in a double room.
Please contact Marathon Tours & Travel should you wish to extend your trip in Argentina, Patagonia, or another South American destination. We are happy to customize an itinerary for you.
Packages & Rates
Antarctica Marathon® Package | 13 Night Package: March 4 – 18, 2024
- Three nights hotel accommodations at the deluxe Alvear Icon Hotel in Buenos Aires from March 5 to 8
- All hotel taxes
- Full breakfast each morning at the hotel
- Airport Transfers (see note below)
- Half-Day Guided City Tour (and tips) in Buenos Aires
- Welcome Reception and Dinner
- Roundtrip flights to Ushuaia
- Ten nights on the Ocean Victory – Explore the ship and staterooms HERE
- Three meals daily, afternoon tea and happy hour on board your ship
- Drink Package during lunch and dinner
- Special VIP Package for Premium Suite, Category A and B Suite
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception
- Official Expedition Parka
- Official Antarctica Marathon Tech Race Shirt
- Lecture program on board your ship
- Zodiac and wildlife excursions
- Kayaking in Antarctica option (additional cost)
- Photographic package including race, excursion and trip-log
- Ocean Victory Staff Tips
- Services of Marathon Tours & Travel staff
- Race entry fee is $250 additional
- Meals unless noted on the itinerary
- Gratuities and tips, unless noted
- Travel Insurance
- Airfare to/from Buenos Aires
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
Single occupancy on the ship is not available. All cabins are shared. If you are traveling alone, we will match you with another runner of the same gender. You may elect to have a single hotel room in Buenos for a single supplement fee. See pricing below.
Airport transfers are provided for guests on arrival day (March 5) from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM from the Ezezia International Airport (EZE). Outside of these days/times, you are responsible to get to the Alvear Icon Hotel in Buenos Aires on your own. Airport transfers are included for your roundtrip flights to/from Ushuaia. Transfers are also included from the airport back to the Alvear Icon Hotel if you book extra nights after the cruise. Transfers back to the airport are on your own.
You are responsible for booking your own airfare to Buenos Aires. Airfares are constantly changing and we can quote you the lowest available rates and most convenient flights for this package. Please call 617.242.7845 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday for assistance.
Important Travel Notes (per U.S. regulations):
Airline ticket names need to match your passport exactly. All passports need to have a blank page for visa space (if required) as well as a validity date of six months from the date your trip departs. If your passport expires less than six months prior to the departure of this tour, you need to renew this passport for valid travel. Click for more information on travel details.
2024 Rates (all prices are per person in US dollars)
Antarctica Tour Package Double Occupancy Single Occupancy Category F Stateroom - * Triple Occupancy $8300 per person* N/A Category E French Balcony Stateroom $9300 per person N/A Category D Porthole Stateroom $9000 per person N/A Category C Balcony Stateroom $9900 per person N/A Category B Balcony Suite $11,400 per person N/A Category A Jr. Suite $13,900 per person N/A Premium Suite $15,900 per person N/AAdditional Options Race Entry $250 per entry Single Supplement: Buenos Aires Hotel Only $500 Additional Night: Buenos Aires $145 per person | $290 Single
Enjoy a luxurious escape in this newly built 5-star hotel owned and managed by the Alvear Group. You are a walk away from many restaurants at Puerto Madeira. With elegant guest rooms, gourmet restaurants, and five-star amenities it’s the perfect location to kick-off our Antarctica Tour. You are also just a few blocks away from great running trails in the park along the Rio de la Plata.Ocean Victory
Our new stylish cruise ship is ideally suited for small ship expeditions. With a total of 93 comfortable staterooms for our guests, all with a view of the ocean, (and 90% with their own balcony), several restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other amenities, the vessel will also be environmentally-friendly onboard, with an implementation of the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests.
Race Date: March 11, 2024
Race Time: 7:00 AM
Course: The course will be routed over a roller coaster course toward Artigas, the Uruguayan Base at the western end of Collins Glacier. The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy. The course changes each year based on the base operations as well as road and weather conditions. All runners must be self-sufficient and cannot expect any access to indoor facilities.
Environmental Commitment: The course on King George Island has marked gravel roads that connect the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia. Great care is taken to leave behind zero impact on the environment in this sensitive ecosystem. As part of this, we are restricted to having a maximum of 100 passengers ashore for the event at any one time. Marathon Tours & Travel takes their part seriously and in fact has raised more than $550,000 for Oceanites, the non-profit scientific organization that monitors the effects of climate change and the impact of tourism on Antarctica.
Charitable Objective: Each year Marathon Tours & Travel offers runners the opportunity to sponsor an official Antarctica Marathon®️ and Half-Marathon Mile Marker(s). The proceeds of the Mile Markers are donated to Oceanites, which is the official non-profit organization of the Antarctica Marathon®️ and Half-Marathon. In return, the runner gets to keep his/her sponsored mile marker after the race as a great souvenir! You can sponsor a mile marker by completing the Antarctica Marathon®️ Mile Marker Sponsorship Form. Oceanites has been researching the effect of climate change and tourism on Antarctica for more than 20 years. They have collected valuable data on wildlife and plant populations to support further research on this most pristine part of our planet. In addition to the sponsored mile markers there is a live on-board auction during the tour with all proceeds also going to Oceanites!
Temperature: Average temperatures range between 15F-34F minus the wind chill, which can lower it by about 10F. Heavy snow is rare but light flurries are common.
Course Time Limit: Ultra-Marathon runners must finish in under eight (8) hours, weather permitting. Marathoners must finish under six (6) hours and thirty (30) minutes, weather permitting. You must pass the halfway mark in three (3) hours and 10 minutes. Half-Marathoners must finish under four (4) hours and thirty (30) minutes, weather permitting. Course marshals have the responsibility to disqualify any runner who might endanger himself or herself through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.
Number Pickup: Race check-in and the briefing with emphasis on the environmental rules and regulations governing this event will be held at the welcome dinner in Buenos Aires. Attendance is mandatory for participation in the race.
Shoes: You will not need any special shoes. A training shoe designed for off-road running is best. Bring two pair since it might be wet and muddy. Racing flats are not recommended.
NOTE: trekking poles or any other aid are not allowed in either event.
Recommended Packing List: LINK
Eligibility: All runners must be at least 18 years of age on race day for participation in the marathon. There is no age limit for the half-marathon..
Awards: The top three overall for males and females in both races will be recognized. In the marathon, the top two in each age category will be recognized (under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over). All finishers will receive a finisher certificate and a medallion.
Difficulty: Very Difficult.
Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half Marathon Official Merchandise Store – Closed.
We are excited to offer you discounted, high quality running gear through our online Antarctica Marathon® store. You will not find these low prices in retail stores! We have chosen items that have been popular and often requested by our clients. It is very important that you read the following directions carefully before placing your order.
- The Antarctica Marathon® online store is now closed. Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 11:59PM ET was the deadline. No orders are accepted after this date.
- Since each item is customized there are no returns or exchanges. It is very important that you order the correct size. The CRAFT sizing chart can be found here. CRAFT is a Swedish brand and focus more on a performance fit. Therefore, their product tends to run smaller than other apparel companies. Please follow the sizing chart carefully.
- ONLY items in the store are available to purchase with the Antarctica Marathon® logo. Please do not choose any other items that IPA offers through their shopping platform. These will NOT be processed.
- All sales are final.
- U.S. orders are shipped from Marathon Tours & Travel. Your shipping fee is included when you checkout.
- When placing an international order, please use Marathon Tours & Travel’s mailing address (international addresses are not accepted in the system): 100 Everett Ave, Suite, 2, Chelsea MA 02150
- International orders will incur additional shipping charges. You will be responsible for providing a valid credit card to Marathon Tours & Travel upon request in order for us to ship your items. Your items will not be shipped until the shipping fee has been paid. Please note that international shipping is expensive and will depend on the weight and size of your package.
- Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration & Booking
General Conditions for 2024
Rates: Prices may change due to changes in rates, taxes and/or fuel increases.
Reservations and Payments: A Tour Application must be completed by each traveler. The initial deposit of $300 must be previously received. A second deposit of 35% of package price per person is required upon your official confirmation letter that includes your ship assignment, cabin type, and travel dates. This payment confirms you on a definite basis. A third deposit of 45% of package price per person is due August 1, 2023. The balance of payment is due October 31, 2023.
Cancellations: A full refund of initial deposit of $300 will be made if cancellation is received in writing before May 31, 2023. A per person cancellation fee equaling 50% of monies on deposit will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after June 30, 2023 and before August 1, 2023. A 75% of monies on deposit per person cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is received in writing after August 1, 2023 and before October 1, 2023. No refund applies to cancellations after October 1, 2023.
Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features. Please note, currently the reciprocity fee for U.S., Canadian and Australian residents is on a temporary hold, which means it is not required. We will continue to update you on this. Any new tax imposed by any government agency. Any fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines or cruise company. All taxes are subject to change. The entry fee of $250 for either race event is additional and non-refundable. Airport transfers on arrival in Buenos Aires are provided only if arriving on the standard itinerary dates between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Insurance: Medical evacuation insurance for a minimum of US$200,000 in coverage is mandatory for all passengers. For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.
Security Policy: Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.
Event Waiver: In consideration for my entry acceptance, I hereby for myself my heirs, executors and administrators release any and all rights for damages I may have against the sponsors, organizers, government officials, Marathon Tours, Inc. and Albatros Expeditions A/S or its affiliates, or any individual associated with the event. I attest that I am physically fit to complete in this challenging event. I grant full permission to any and all of the foregoing to use my likeness in all media including photographs, pictures, recordings, or other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. I also understand that I am traveling to a very remote destination and that weather, acts of God and other forces beyond any person’s control may prevent the event from taking place. 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, I understand that no refund of my travel expenses or entry fees will be reimbursed.
Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes 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 offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft. All race participants must sign the trip application which acts as the race entry form and liability waiver.
"Otherworldly, incredibly beautiful..." - 2023
Otherworldly, incredibly beautiful, eye-opening, deeply informative, comfortable, so well put together by very experienced people, and “go to Antarctica with Marathon Tours & Travel”."This was a life enhancing experience..." - 2023
This was a life enhancing experience. To have been able to share this with two of my sons, made the experience even more special. It was the realization of a dream – for me, but also for them."Two waves with the half and slower runners was ideal..." - 2022
Two waves with the half and slower runners was ideal. It gave slower people (like myself) ample time to finish (providing the weather cooperated). Allowing people to drop from the full to half if they are not feeling it is/was a VERY nice perk that (in my opinion) shows that you care about how the runners are feeling.COVID-19 - Messages of Client Support 2020
Thanks for the update and all the work you are doing. I can’t begin to image the logistics issues you are having to deal with right now. Thanks so much.COVID-19 - Messages of Client Support 2020
Thank you and everyone at Marathon Tours for taking all of these curve balls and handling them like champs. I love that I haven’t had to worry about my Antarctica trip in the midst of the chaos. Looking forward to 2021."This trip was expertly planned..." - 2019
This trip was expertly planned and I feel like we got a steal for what we paid vs. what we got. It was truly incredible and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!! Many thanks and compliments to everyone involved with your operation and company!!!"Paul, Alyssa, and Jeff were so much fun!" - 2019
Paul, Alyssa, and Jeff were so much fun! They clearly blend well as a group, work together seamlessly, make sure everything is in place, and work around the clock for us. Loved getting to know them — thank you!"The area we stayed in Buenos Aires was fantastic..." - 2019
The area we stayed in Buenos Aires was fantastic, very beautiful near the river and the park and not far from the city center and for the excursions to Uruguay. There were plenty of restaurants and shops and places to run."One of the most challenging..." - 2019
One of the most challenging, thus one of the most rewarding for having completed it. As I said to Thom, I don’t care about the wind, sleet, hills, mud or any other conditions; I’m just glad he pulled it off and we got an opportunity to run. What an amazing marathon with all of the politics, weather, logistics and other pieces that have to come together. We’re so fortunate that Thom was crazy enough to do it for 20 years."Antarctica is just such a spectacular destination..." - 2019
Antarctica is just such a spectacular destination, and the staff made us feel right and home. The entire expedition was extraordinary. I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to run in an event like this. The expeditions were probably my favorite part, outside the marathon itself. I was not expecting the rest of the trip to be so inspiring that I almost forgot about the marathon by the end!"The pre-trip conference call was excellent!" - 2019
The pre-trip conference call was excellent! Jeff did an outstanding job covering what we needed to know about the race. I really appreciated his guidance on layering; it was detailed and very specific. I followed his advice to the letter and was perfectly dressed for race day. He was timely, covered all the details, and answered all the questions with the information runners wanted to know. It was a very well run conference call. It’s clear he’s a seasoned professional and I felt in good hands with his guidance."The coaching sessions were a great extra add-on..." - 2019
The coaching sessions were a great extra add-on and I found them very helpful in mentally preparing for the race. I took notes through each session and referenced them on the ship the night before the race. Christine’s coaching definitely helped my mental game on race day, particularly during the hail storm!
Meet the Reps
Senior Trip Designer
Senior Trip Designer
Ann joined the Marathon Tours & Travel team after spending five years working as Group Sales Manager for a domestic tour operator specializing in train travel. She has now been a member of the team for eight years and hopes to continue to expand her knowledge of the world. Since her seventh grade world geography class, she has had an interest in learning about all the world has to offer.
During her time majoring in geography at the University of New Hampshire, her love of travel really kicked into high gear after spending a semester abroad in Australia. Let’s just say it was love at first flight! She has completed several half-marathons, 10K and 5K’s around the globe and in her local community.
Ann currently manages trips to Bhutan, Dragon Challenge, Comrades Ultra Marathon, Rio de Janeiro, Big Five, the Australian Outback, Sydney, Cape Town, Dublin and Patagonia in addition to being an Oceania Cruise Line Specialist.
Jeff first found Marathon Tours & Travel as a client while pursuing his interest for international adventure travel. He is respected for being an innovative corporate and philanthropic leader with a passion for helping clients accomplish their goals.
Prior to joining Marathon Tours & Travel, Jeff enjoyed a 28 year career in various client centric leadership roles at Morgan Stanley. Jeff is a middle of the pack runner who enjoys a good challenge – like earning the Abbott World Marathon Major Six Star Medal twice and becoming a Seven Continents Club Finisher at the 2019 Cape Town Marathon
In addition to completing 44 marathons, Jeff is also an avid climber, skier and paddler. Jeff is a proud member of the Oceanites Board of Directors, President of T.O.U.R.S. (Tour Operators United for Runners), a Founding Board Member and Past President of the Make A Wish Foundation in North Texas, and recently concluded ten years of service on the National Board of Back on My Feet.