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.

Special Interest Departures

Take a look at the 'Other Information' section for details about select departures that will be accompanied by leading experts, from renowned scientists to professional photographers.

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

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
05 Nov 2018 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,330 Penguin Research
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 G Expedition £5,899
13 Nov 2018 11 days Ocean Adventurer £6,800 Photography
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 Penguin Research
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 Penguin Research
12 Dec 2018 11 days G 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 G Expedition £7,199
08 Jan 2019 11 days Ocean Endeavour £8,630
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 G 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 14 days Island Sky £9,612 Whale Research
03 Mar 2019 11 days Akademik Vavilov £7,889 Whale Research
04 Mar 2019 11 days G 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 G 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 10 days M/V Plancius £5,182
23 Mar 2019 11 days Akademik Vavilov £8,304 Whale Research
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
: This voyage will depart from King George Island (Chile), and disembark in Stanley (Falklands)
Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Snowshoeing

Diving

Mountaineering

Cross-country Skiing

Paddle-boarding Special Interest departures - please refer to 'Other Information' section for more details.

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 £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
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 £4,492
19 Nov 2019 12 days Greg Mortimer £7,615
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 £8,615
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 Ocean Adventurer £8,400
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 'Other Information' 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

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, 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.

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Hebridean Sky

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Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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Island Sky

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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G Expedition

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Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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Ocean Adventurer

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Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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Akademik Ioffe

Antarctica

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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Polar Pioneer

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Type: Expedition Ship

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Sea Spirit

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Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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The Greg Mortimer

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

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M/V Ortelius

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

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M/V Plancius

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Antarctica

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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M/V Hondius

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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Silver Explorer

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

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World Explorer

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Type: Expedition Ship

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Excursions

Other Information

Special Interest Departures 

Join a selection of leading experts for a Classic Antarctica voyage with a twist – assist with important cetacean research, learn how to photograph icy landscapes or play your part in monitoring penguin populations…

Whale Research

Island Sky: 02 March 2019
Explore Antarctica with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world's leading independent non-profit organization 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, the Island Sky’s on-board whale expert Annette Bombosch PhD, and special guest Peter Neill, the founding Director of the World Ocean Observatory.

A film crew from the BBC will also be joining this voyage, gathering footage of the whale study for inclusion in the forthcoming production of Blue Planet Live.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov: 03 & 23 March 2019; 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.

Penguin Research

Ocean Endeavour: 05 November, 02 & 10 December 2018
Leading scientists from Penguin Watch will be on board to identify risk factors to the Antarctic penguin population. Their work includes conducting long-term rookery monitoring and carrying out genetic analysis to obtain information on how these populations are changing and declining.

Photography Workshops

Ocean Adventurer: 13 November 2018
Travelling with professional guides to one of the most photographic destinations on the planet, you will be able to watch photography experts in action and perfect your skills through special workshops and lectures.

 

 

 

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