Classic Antarctica

from £4492
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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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.

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 £8,077
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 £8,077
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 £4,492
19 Nov 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £8,077
20 Nov 2019 11 days M/V Plancius £6,636
21 Nov 2019 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £10,762
22 Nov 2019 11 days G Expedition £6,399
27 Nov 2019 11 days Akademik Vavilov £8,688
29 Nov 2019 11 days Sea Spirit £7,535
01 Dec 2019 13 days G Expedition £6,399
01 Dec 2019 11 days RCGS Resolute £10,762
02 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,600
02 Dec 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,000
06 Dec 2019 11 days Akademik Ioffe £8,688
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
11 Dec 2019 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,069
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 £9,154
17 Dec 2019 : 12 days Akademik Vavilov £11,458
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
20 Dec 2019 10 days M/V Hondius £6,636
21 Dec 2019 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £11,223
27 Dec 2019 11 days Island Sky £8,842 - Waitlist only!
28 Dec 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £9,996
28 Dec 2019 AC* 11 days Akademik Ioffe £10,381
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 £9,996
07 Jan 2020 11 Days M/V Hondius £7,364
17 Jan 2020 11 days Hebridean Sky £8,842
19 Jan 2020 11 days M/V Plancius £7,364
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
05 Feb 2020 11 days M/V Hondius £7,364
06 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,900
06 Feb 2020 11 days M/V Plancius £7,636
07 Feb 2020 11 days M/V Ushuaia £6,277
07 Feb 2020 11 days Ocean Diamond £7,300
15 Feb 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £8,073
15 Feb 2020 10 days M/V Hondius £6,636
21 Feb 2020 AC 14 days Akademik Vavilov £11,227
27 Feb 2020 14 days Hebridean Sky £10,996
03 Mar 2020 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,200
04 Mar 2020 11 days Akademik Ioffe £8,688
05 Mar 2020 11 days Akademik Vavilov £7,788 Whale Research
07 Mar 2020 11 days Ocean Endeavour £7,900
08 Mar 2020 S 11 days RCGS Resolute £10,762
13 Mar 2020 11 days G Expedition £5,499
17 Mar 2020 10 days M/V Ushuaia £4,492
17 Mar 2020 14 days M/V Hondius £7,773
18 Mar 2020 U 11 days RCGS Resolute £10,377 Whale Research
20 Mar 2020 10 days M/V Plancius £5,318

AC - this voyage attempts to cross the Antarctic Circle
AC* - this voyage attempts to cross the Antarctic Circle and embarks from Ushuaia and disembarks in King George Island (Chile)
S - this voyage will start and finish in Stanley (Falklands)
U - this voyage will embarks from Stanley (Falklands) and disembarks 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
10 Nov 2020 13 days G Expedition £6,399
20 Nov 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £7,381
21 Nov 2020 11 days G Expedition £6,699
29 Nov 2020 12 days Hebridean Sky £7,381
30 Nov 2020 13 days G Expedition £6,799
11 Dec 2020 11 days G Expedition £6,999
01 Jan 2021 11 days G Expedition £7,799
21 Jan 2021 13 days Island Sky £10,458
06 Feb 2021 13 days Hebridean Sky £10,458
13 Feb 2021 13 days Island Sky £9,688
16 Feb 2021 13 days Hebridean Sky £9,688
26 Feb 2021 15 days Hebridean Sky £10,458 Whale Research
13 Mar 2021 11 days G Expedition £6,199

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Camping

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, Akademik Vavilov, Akademik Ioffe, RCGS Resolute, 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 5-8: 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.

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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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

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

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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Akademik Ioffe

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The Akademik Ioffe is fast and stable, but what really sets her apart is a high level of personal service and a focus on well-being.

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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

Antarctica

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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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

One of our fastest and most stable ships, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov delivers excellent service levels with a focus on well-being and learning.

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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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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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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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Excursions

Special Interest

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

Whale Research

Akademik Sergey Vavilov: 05 March 2020
RCGS Resolute: 18 March 2020
These special interest itineraries will visit known whale feeding grounds along the Antarctic Peninsula. These areas are the focus of long-term research projects by the Australian Antarctic Division's Marine Mammal Centre, the University of California, and the California Ocean Alliance. Several world-renowned cetacean experts will be joining these departures, offering the chance to observe their scientific fieldwork. They will share unique underwater footage and scientific data and interpret the behaviour, migration characteristics and feeding patterns of the whales.

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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