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Classic Antarctica

from £5,545 excluding flights

  • 9-13 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Enjoy shore landings and Zodiac cruises past glistening icebergs

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Spot adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins

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Encounter a wealth of wildlife including seals, seabirds and whales

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Marvel at towering mountains and exquisite blue-hued icebergs

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Cross the fabled Drake Passage en route from Ushuaia, Argentina

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Choose from a range of adventure options

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Special interest

Leading experts from renowned scientists to professional photographers accompany select departures

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.

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 down the page for details.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Expedition ship on board lecture - Quark
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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.

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.

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Penguin
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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.

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.

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Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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G Expedition

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 134
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Hondius

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

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

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 174
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Ortelius

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Helicopter: on selected dates
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Plancius

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Adventurer

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Diamond

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

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

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 189
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Endeavour

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.  

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.  

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sea Spirit

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

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

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Greg Mortimer

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

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

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 120
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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World Explorer

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.

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.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 176
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sylvia Earle

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 126
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Janssonius

Built specifically for exploring the Polar regions, the M/V Janssonius is amongst the strongest and most environmentally friendly vessels on the Polar seas.

Built specifically for exploring the Polar regions, the M/V Janssonius is amongst the strongest and most environmentally friendly vessels on the Polar seas.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 170
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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MS Seaventure

A classic and strong Polar expedition ship, the MS Seaventure immerses passengers in their surroundings with opportunities to participate in important scientific research projects and activities including kayaking and camping.

A classic and strong Polar expedition ship, the MS Seaventure immerses passengers in their surroundings with opportunities to participate in important scientific research projects and activities including kayaking and camping.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 139
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Load of Rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Optional Activities

Special Interest Departures

On the following special departures, join a selection of leading experts for a Classic Antarctica voyage with a twist.

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Antarctic Whale Focus

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.

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Antarctic Whale Focus

Ocean Endeavour: 16 March 2022

This whale focused voyage offers the opportunity to spot orcas, minke and humpback whales.

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Cape Horn Landing

Ultramarine: 09 November 2021 & 20 February 2022

This voyage provides the opportunity to land at the historical landmark of Cape Horn, and potentially visit albatross nesting grounds at Diego Ramírez Islands as well.

Prices and Departures

Price from £5,545 excluding flights

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

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

2021/22 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
31 Oct 2021 11 days Ultramarine £13,592
02 Nov 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £5,830
03 Nov 2021 11 days World Explorer £11,196
09 Nov 2021 13 days Ultramarine £16,792 with Cape Horn
10 Nov 2021 12 days Sea Spirit £9,295
11 Nov 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £5,830
11 Nov 2021 13 days G Expedition £6,699
15 Nov 2021 11 days Greg Mortimer £9,596
20 Nov 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £6,665
20 Nov 2021 ~ 11 days Ultramarine £13,992
22 Nov 2021 11 days G Expedition £6,699
01 Dec 2021 13 days G Expedition £7,199
07 Dec 2021 12 days Sylvia Earle £10,876
10 Dec 2021 13 days MS Seaventure £10,076
11 Dec 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330
12 Dec 2021 11 days G Expedition £6,999
12 Dec 2021 11 days M/V Plancius £7,182
14 Dec 2021 10 days M/V Janssonius £6,500
15 Dec 2021 10 days M/V Hondius £6,500
19 Dec 2021 11 days World Explorer £12,796
20 Dec 2021 11 days Sea Spirit £9,295
20 Dec 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330
20 Dec 2021 13 days MS Seaventure £10,076
23 Dec 2021 13 days M/V Janssonius £8,909
24 Dec 2021 11 days M/V Hondius £7,909
27 Dec 2021 12 days Greg Mortimer £11,836
29 Dec 2021 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330
29 Dec 2021 12 days Sea Spirit £10,795
02 Jan 2022 11 days G Expedition £7,899
03 Jan 2022 10 days M/V Hondius £7,182
03 Jan 2022 11 days M/V Ortelius £7,909
04 Jan 2022 11 days M/V Janssonius £7,909
06 Jan 2022 12 days Greg Mortimer £11,836
07 Jan 2022 11 days World Explorer £12,396
09 Jan 2022 12 days Sylvia Earle £11,836
12 Jan 2022 11 days M/V Hondius £7,909
12 Jan 2022 11 days Ocean Adventurer £10,396
16 Jan 2022 11 days World Explorer £12,396
17 Jan 2022 11 days Ocean Diamond £9,996
21 Jan 2022 11 days Ocean Adventurer £10,396
22 Jan 2022 10 days M/V Hondius £7,182
29 Jan 2022 12 days MS Seaventure £9,068
30 Jan 2022 11 days G Expedition £7,699
30 Jan 2022 11 days Ocean Adventurer £10,396
31 Jan 2022 11 days M/V Hondius £7,909
01 Feb 2022 11 days M/V Janssonius £7,909
03 Feb 2022 11 days M/V Plancius £7,909
07 Feb 2022 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330
08 Feb 2022 12 days Sea Spirit £9,295
10 Feb 2022 10 days M/V Hondius £7,182
11 Feb 2022 11 days M/V Janssonius £7,909
13 Feb 2022 11 days Ocean Diamond £9,996
18 Feb 2022 12 days Sea Spirit £9,295
19 Feb 2022 12 days M/V Hondius £7,909
20 Feb 2022 13 days Ultramarine £16,792 with Cape Horn
16 Feb 2022 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330
25 Feb 2022 12 days MS Seaventure £8,276
04 Mar 2022 11 days G Expedition £6,499
06 Mar 2022 12 days MS Seaventure £8,276
06 Mar 2022 11 days Ocean Diamond £9,196
13 Mar 2022 11 days G Expedition £6,299
15 Mar 2022 10 days M/V Janssonius £5,773 Whale focus
20 Mar 2022 12 days M/V Plancius £7,045 Whale focus

See more information about Special Interest departures higher up the page.

2022/23 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
11 Nov 2022 13 days G Expedition £6,699
19 Nov 2022 12 days MS Seaventure £8,276
22 Nov 2022 11 days G Expedition £6,699
28 Nov 2022 12 days MS Seaventure £8,276
01 Dec 2022 13 days G Expedition £7,199
07 Dec 2022 13 days MS Seaventure £9,196
12 Dec 2022 11 days G Expedition £6,999
02 Jan 2023 11 days G Expedition £7,899
14 Jan 2023 13 days MS Seaventure £10,076
30 Jan 2023 11 days G Expedition £7,699
05 Feb 2023 13 days MS Seaventure £10,076
15 Feb 2023 12 days MS Seaventure £8,276
04 Mar 2023 11 days G Expedition £6,499
13 Mar 2023 11 days G Expedition £6,299

Activity Icon Key

  • activity camping Camping
  • activity diving Diving
  • activity kayaking Kayaking
  • activity mountaineering Mountaineering
  • activity paddleboarding Paddleboarding
  • activity photography Photography
  • activity snorkelling Snorkelling
  • activity cc skiing Cross-country skiing

NOTES

  • Two pre-voyage nights in a hotel in Ushuaia are included on voyages aboard the MS Seaventure
  • One pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included with all other ships, except for the M/V Plancius, M/V Ortelius, M/V Hondius and M/V Janssonius
  • The inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though those shown are applicable to all

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