Classic Antarctica

from £4672
excluding flights *
9–13 nights Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

Overview

The Peninsula offers dramatic scenery and the greatest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. This adventurous voyage also offers an unequalled introduction to the stunning scenery of the Great White Continent.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the antics of gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins
  • Encounter a wealth of other wildlife including seals, seabirds and whales
  • Enjoy shore landings and Zodiac cruises past glistening icebergs
  • Cross the fabled Drake Passage en route from Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Choose from a range of adventure options (depending on departure)

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

During the austral summer, large areas of the Peninsula are ice-free making exploration possible and affording truly amazing photographic opportunities such as curious penguins, seals hauled out on ice floes and intricate ice sculptures. With routes dictated by sea, ice and weather conditions, no two voyages are the same - adding a real sense of adventure to your expedition.

Offering the classic Antarctic experience, this voyage is both affordable and well-paced making it our most popular choice for first-time Polar travellers.

Special Interest Departures

Select departures will be accompanied by leading experts, from renowned scientists to professional photographers - view the 'Special Interest' section for details.

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Antarctica was breathtaking. The ship and crew were great and very informative but always approachable and friendly. I can thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure.
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Offers

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2019/20 Departures - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
30 Oct 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £8,400
03 Nov 2019 11 days World Explorer £9,000
05 Nov 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,600
09 Nov 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £8,400
10 Nov 2019 11 days M/V Plancius £6,636
11 Nov 2019 13 days G Expedition £6,299
12 Nov 2019 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,200
14 Nov 2019 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,672
19 Nov 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £8,400 - Waitlist only!
20 Nov 2019 11 days M/V Plancius £5,591
21 Nov 2019 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,192 - Waitlist only!
22 Nov 2019 11 days G Expedition £6,399
29 Nov 2019 11 days Sea Spirit £7,836 Guest lecturer Robert Falcon Scott
01 Dec 2019 13 days G Expedition £6,399
01 Dec 2019 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,192 - Waitlist only!
02 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,600
02 Dec 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,000
07 Dec 2019 12 days World Explorer £10,500
08 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £8,396 Guest lecturer Robert Falcon Scott
11 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,400
11 Dec 2019 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,069 - Waitlist only!
11 Dec 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,000
12 Dec 2019 11 days G Expedition £6,499
17 Dec 2019 13 days Greg Mortimer £9,520
17 Dec 2019 12 days World Explorer £10,500
18 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £10,396 Guest lecturer Robert Falcon Scott
18 Dec 2019 11 days Island Sky £9,196
20 Dec 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,636
21 Dec 2019 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,223 - Waitlist only!
27 Dec 2019 11 days Island Sky £8,842 - Waitlist only!
28 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £10,396
29 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,900
29 Dec 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,636
03 Jan 2020 10 days M/V Ortelius £7,364
07 Jan 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £10,396
07 Jan 2020 11 Days M/V Hondius £7,364
07 Jan 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,400
09 Jan 2020 11 days M/V Plancius £7,364
17 Jan 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £5,636
17 Jan 2020 11 days Hebridean Sky £9,196
26 Jan 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £10,396
28 Jan 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,400
04 Feb 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £10,396
05 Feb 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £10,396
05 Feb 2020 11 days M/V Hondius £7,364
05 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,500
06 Feb 2020 11 days M/V Plancius £7,364
06 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,900
07 Feb 2020 11 days M/V Ushuaia £6,528
07 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £7,300
15 Feb 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £8,396
15 Feb 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £6,636
27 Feb 2020 14 days Hebridean Sky £11,436 Whale Research
03 Mar 2020 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,200
07 Mar 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,900
08 Mar 2020 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,192 - Waitlist only!
13 Mar 2020 11 days G Expedition £5,499
16 Mar 2020 11 days World Explorer £9,000
17 Mar 2020 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,672
17 Mar 2020 14 days M/V Hondius £7,773
20 Mar 2020 10 days M/V Plancius £5,318

S - this voyage will start and finish in Stanley (Falklands)
U - this voyage will embarks from Stanley (Falklands) and disembarks in Ushuaia

All other departures embark and disembark in Ushuaia

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Snowshoeing

Diving

Mountaineering

Cross-country Skiing

Paddle-boarding

Special Interest departures - please refer to 'Special Interest' section for more details.

2020/21 Departures - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
03 Nov 2020 12 days World Explorer £10,600
04 Nov 2020 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,168
04 Nov 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £8,000
04 Nov 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £6,450
10 Nov 2020 13 days G Expedition £6,399
13 Nov 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £8,000
13 Nov 2020 12 days World Explorer £10,600
13 Nov 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £6,450
20 Nov 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £7,676
21 Nov 2020 11 days G Expedition £6,699
21 Nov 2020 12 days M/V Hondius £7,636
22 Nov 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £6,450
28 Nov 2020 12 days Greg Mortimer £9,680
29 Nov 2020 11 days Sea Spirit £7,916
29 Nov 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £7,676
30 Nov 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £8,300
30 Nov 2020 13 days G Expedition £6,799
01 Dec 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £6,935
02 Dec 2020 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,912
09 Dec 2020 11 days World Explorer £11,000
09 Dec 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £8,300
10 Dec 2020 10 days Ocean Endeavour £6,450
11 Dec 2020 10 days M/V Ushuaia £6,168
11 Dec 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £6,227
11 Dec 2020 11 days G Expedition £6,999
18 Dec 2020 11 days World Explorer £11,400
18 Dec 2020 11 days Sea Spirit £9,676
18 Dec 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,065
20 Dec 2020 10 days M/V Ushuaia £6,168
20 Dec 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £6,909
27 Dec 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £10,716
27 Dec 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,065
29 Dec 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £6,909
29 Dec 2020 11 days M/V Ushuaia £6,856
01 Jan 2021 11 days G Expedition £7,799
03 Jan 2021 11 days M/V Ortelius £7,636
04 Jan 2021 11 days Ocean Adventurer £9,100
07 Jan 2021 10 days M/V Hondius £6,909
07 Jan 2021 11 days M/V Plancius £7,636
08 Jan 2021 10 days M/V Ushuaia £6,168
10 Jan 2021 11 days World Explorer £11,000
16 Jan 2021 11 days M/V Hondius £7,636
21 Jan 2021 13 days Island Sky £10,876
25 Jan 2021 11 days M/V Hondius £7,636
28 Jan 2021 11 days World Explorer £11,000
04 Feb 2021 11 days M/V Plancius £7,636
05 Feb 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,065
06 Feb 2021 11 days Ocean Adventurer £7,600
06 Feb 2021 13 days Hebridean Sky £10,876
07 Feb 2021 10 days M/V Ushuaia £6,168
07 Feb 2021 12 days Sea Spirit £9,676
13 Feb 2021 13 days Island Sky £10,076
14 Feb 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,660
16 Feb 2021 11 days Ocean Diamond £8,000
16 Feb 2021 13 days Hebridean Sky £10,076
17 Feb 2021 12 days Sea Spirit £8,796
23 Feb 2021 10 days Ocean Endeavour £6,450
26 Feb 2021 15 days Hebridean Sky £10,876 Whale Research
03 Mar 2021 10 days Ocean Endeavour £6,450
13 Mar 2021 11 days G Expedition £6,199
16 Mar 2021 11 days M/V Ushuaia £5,456
18 Mar 2021 10 days M/V Hondius £5,545
19 Mar 2021 13 days M/V Plancius £7,636
26 Mar 2021 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,912

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Snowshoeing

Diving

Mountaineering

Cross-country skiing

Paddle-boarding

Snorkelling

Photography workshops

Special Interest departures - please refer to 'Special Interest' section for more details.

Note the inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though the following are applicable to all.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Buenos Aires, with return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, is included on voyages aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Two pre-voyage nights in a hotel are included on voyages aboard the Island Sky and Hebridean Sky for the 2020-21 season
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included with all other ships, except for the MV Ushuaia, RCGS Resolute, Plancius, Ortelius and Hondius

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

After embarkation in the late afternoon, you will cruise down the historic Beagle Channel towards open sea. Stay on deck to keep watch for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.

Days 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if your crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing and provides excellent opportunities for spotting seabirds, including many species of albatross and petrels.

Days 5-8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition's itinerary, including sea, ice and weather conditions, but the plan is to take Zodiac excursions from the ship at least twice a day. You will have the opportunity to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

Perhaps you'll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scramble to the top of a craggy ridge on Danco Island or visit the remote British post office at Port Lockroy. Listen to the boom of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour or sit quietly on a pebble beach as penguin chicks squabble around you. If you’re feeling brave, take to the icy waters for a memorable Polar Plunge!

Each day will be different, with your Expedition Team on hand throughout to entertain and educate you about this fascinating part of the world.

Days 9-10: Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11: Ushuaia

Arrive back in Ushuaia this morning and disembark, ready for your onward adventure.

Notes

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 11-day voyage on the G Expedition. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, ie alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or do not include the pre-voyage hotel night. Please contact us for specific details.

RCGS Resolute

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Purpose-built for polar expedition cruising, the RCGS Resolute features state of the art stabilisation technology, superior comfort and a dedicated team of Adventure Concierges.   

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Ocean Diamond

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

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Hebridean Sky

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

The ice-strengthened Hebridean Sky is an ‘all suite’ vessel offering a classic expedition cruising style, combined with superior accommodation and an exceptional level of service.

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Island Sky

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

The Island Sky is a small expedition vessel offering spacious suites and elegant touches throughout.

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G Expedition

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

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Ocean Adventurer

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

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Polar Pioneer

Multi-destination

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

One of our smallest ships, the Polar Pioneer offers traditional expedition voyaging with a range of optional adventure activities.  

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Sea Spirit

Multi-destination

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

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The Greg Mortimer

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

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M/V Ortelius

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

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M/V Plancius

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

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Silver Explorer

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

The luxurious Silver Explorer is purpose-built for expeditions in some of the most remote waters in the world, including both Polar regions.

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World Explorer

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

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M/V Ushuaia

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

A former research vessel offering affordable Antarctic voyages, the M/V Ushuaia is small, simple and comfortable.

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Ocean Endeavour

Multi-destination

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

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M/V Hondius

Multi-destination

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

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Excursions

Special Interest

On these special departures join a selection of leading experts for a Classic Antarctica voyage with a twist:


Whale Research

Hebridean Sky: 27 February 2020
Explore Antarctica with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world's leading independent non-profit organisation dedicated to ocean research. WHOI’s ground-breaking research aims to understand how global warming will affect large whale populations. During this voyage you can help the team track whales and collect data, as well as attend an exclusive panel discussion featuring the WHOI team, alongside the Hebridean Sky’s own on-board whale expert, Annette Bombosch PhD.

Hebridean Sky:  26 February 2021
During this voyage you can help track whales and collect data for cutting edge marine mammal studies with the on-board whale expert, Annette Bombosch PhD.


Special Guest: Robert Falcon Scott

Sea Spirit: 29 November, 08 and 18 December 2019
Robert Falcon Scott will be joining selected departures on board the Sea Spirit in November and December 2019, sharing stories of his family’s fascinating heritage and his own adventures in Antarctica.

Falcon Scott is the only grandson of legendary Antarctic explorer Captain Scott, and the son of Sir Peter Scott, a well-known wildlife conservationist who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and co-founded WWF. After a period based in Yorkshire as an engineer, Falcon set up as a self-employed builder, designing and building houses and extensions. In 2012 he spent 5 weeks as an Antarctic Heritage Trust conservation carpenter working on his grandfather's Terra Nova Expedition Hut at Cape Evans along with a team of experts from around the world. As Captain Scott's main family representative, Falcon was involved with events in 2012 to celebrate the Centenary of the Terra Nova Expedition, including a visit to the South Pole with the American Antarctic Program. Falcon Scott is an artist, and during recent years has been inspired to capture the beauty of Antarctic landscapes and wildlife.


 

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