Classic Antarctica

from £3734
excluding flights *
9–13 nights Nov-Mar

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.

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Prices & Dates *

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.

2018/19 Season - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from
05 Nov 2018 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330
05 Nov 2018 10 days M/V Ushuaia £3,931
06 Nov 2018 ~ 11 days RCGS Resolute £9,381
06 Nov 2018 11 days Ocean Diamond £7,600
12 Nov 2018 13 days MS Expedition £5,899
13 Nov 2018 P 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,800
19 Nov 2018 11 days Akademik Ioffe £8,304
23 Nov 2018 11 days M/V Plancius £6,455
23 Nov 2018 11 days M/V Ushuaia £4,992
23 Nov 2018 11 days Hebridean Sky £6,150
26 Nov 2018 11 days Sea Spirit £5,612
28 Nov 2018 13 days RCGS Resolute £11,150
30 Nov 2018 11 days Island Sky £6,150
02 Dec 2018 10 days Ocean Endeavour £7,630
05 Dec 2018 12 days Sea Spirit £8,919
08 Dec 2018 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,800
09 Dec 2018 11 days Ocean Diamond £7,600
09 Dec 2018 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,773
09 Dec 2018 11 days Island Sky £6,150
10 Dec 2018 11 days RCGS Resolute £9,381
10 Dec 2018 10 days Ocean Endeavour £7,630
12 Dec 2018 11 days MS Expedition £6,299
13 Dec 2018 10 days M/V Ushuaia £5,646
15 Dec 2018 13 days Sea Spirit £10,227
18 Dec 2018 12 days Island Sky £9,612
18 Dec 2018 12 days Polar Pioneer £8,154
20 Dec 2018 11 days RCGS Resolute £9,381
22 Dec 2018 10 days M/V Ushuaia £5,646 - Waitlist Only!
26 Dec 2018 12 days Sea Spirit £9,688
28 Dec 2018 12 days Island Sky £9,612
02 Jan 2019 11 days MS Expedition £7,199
03 Jan 2019 11 days World Explorer £9,700
08 Jan 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,630
12 Jan 2019 11 days World Explorer £9,700
17 Jan 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,630
18 Jan 2019 12 days Hebridean Sky £9,612
19 Jan 2019 10 days M/V Ushuaia £5,646
28 Jan 2019 10 days M/V Ushuaia £5,364 - Waitlist Only!
28 Jan 2019 11 days M/V Plancius £7,136
30 Jan 2019 11 days World Explorer £9,215
30 Jan 2019 11 days MS Expedition £6,699
06 Feb 2019 11 days M/V Ortelius £7,136
06 Feb 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £9,688
07 Feb 2019 11 days M/V Plancius £7,136
09 Feb 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,630
16 Feb 2019 10 days M/V Ushuaia £5,646
16 Feb 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £9,688
17 Feb 2019 13 days RCGS Resolute £11,150
24 Feb 2019 12 days Ocean Adventurer £7,500
01 Mar 2019 11 days RCGS Resolute £9,381
02 Mar 2019 W 14 days Island Sky £9,612
03 Mar 2019 W 11 days Akademik Vavilov £7,889
04 Mar 2019 12 days World Explorer £10,800
04 Mar 2019 11 days MS Expedition £6,399
04 Mar 2019 11 days Akademik Ioffe £8,304
11 Mar 2019 11 days RCGS Resolute £9,381
13 Mar 2019 11 days MS Expedition £5,299
17 Mar 2019 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,492
21 Mar 2019 11 days RCGS Resolute £9,381
22 Mar 2019 W 10 days M/V Plancius £5,182
23 Mar 2019 W 11 days Akademik Vavilov £8,304
24 Mar 2019 11 days Akademik Ioffe £8,304
26 Mar 2019 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,492

Please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

* Special price - only available when booking voyage in conjunction with flights
~ This voyage will depart from Punta Arenas (Chile), and disembark in Ushuaia
W This voyage will have a special whale watching focus.
P This voyage will have a special photography focus.

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Snowshoeing

Diving

Ski Touring

Mountaineering

Cross-country Skiing

Paddle-boarding

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from
30 Oct 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £7,615
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 £7,615
11 Nov 2019 13 days MS Expedition £6,299
12 Nov 2019 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,200
14 Nov 2019 10 days MV Ushuaia £4,492
19 Nov 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £7,615
22 Nov 2019 11 days MS Expedition £6,399
29 Nov 2019 11 days Sea Spirit £7,535
01 Dec 2019 13 days MS Expedition £6,399
02 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,600
07 Dec 2019 12 days World Explorer £10,500
08 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £8,073
11 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,400
12 Dec 2019 11 days MS Expedition £6,499
17 Dec 2019 13 days Greg Mortimer £8,615
17 Dec 2019 12 days World Explorer £10,500
18 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £9,996
18 Dec 2019 11 days Island Sky £8,842
27 Dec 2019 11 days Island Sky £8,842 - Waitlist only!
28 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £9,996
29 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,900
07 Jan 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £9,996
07 Jan 2020 11 days Ocean Adventurer £8,400
17 Jan 2020 11 days Hebridean Sky £8,842
26 Jan 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £9,996
28 Jan 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,400
04 Feb 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £9,996
05 Feb 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £9,996
06 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,900
07 Feb 2020 11 days MV Ushuaia £6,277
07 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £7,300
15 Feb 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £8,073
27 Feb 2020 14 days Hebridean Sky £10,996
03 Mar 2020 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,200
07 Mar 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,900
13 Mar 2020 11 days MS Expedition £5,499
17 Mar 2020 10 days MV Ushuaia £4,492

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Snowshoeing

Diving

Ski Touring

Mountaineering

Cross-country Skiing

Paddle-boarding

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

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included with all other ships, except for the MV Ushuaia, Plancius, Ortelius and Hondius
  • Expedition jackets are NOT provided on the MV Ushuaia, Plancius, Ortelius or Hondius. A jacket is loaned for the duration of the voyage on the Akademik Ioffe, Akademik Vavilov and RCGS Resolute. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.

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 5-9: 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 10-11: 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 12: Ushuaia

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

Notes

Shorter itineraries spend less time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Some options have alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or do not include a pre-voyage night's accommodation - contact our team for full details.

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!

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Sea Spirit

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The Greg Mortimer

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World Explorer

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M/V Ortelius

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