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Expedition Antarctica

With ten nights at sea on a superb polar ship, this terrific tour takes the intrepid traveller to the tip of the American continent and beyond, crossing Drake Passage to sail between icebergs and isolated islands to the glacial cliffs of the Antarctic Peninsula

An unforgettable experience for avid adventurers, the White Continent is a world of its own, an inhospitable wilderness where wonderful wildlife, jaw-dropping landscapes, and gigantic icebergs reward the explorers who reach its shores. This cruise takes you there in the stylish luxury of the environmentally friendly Hurtigruten ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen; its restaurants, hot tubs, and relaxed atmosphere complementing a state-of-the art science centre and indoor / outdoor observation decks. In two weeks of exploration, what you see and exactly where you go will depend on the ocean, the ice, and the weather conditions, and on the whims of the wildlife, from whales to seals and penguins. However, the polar vessel’s pioneering design, its team of expedition guides, and its fleet of small launches to go ashore, all combine to let you delve into inlets and bays, to see the seabirds circling the islands, and to traverse the Drake Passage, its strong winds nicknamed The Roaring Fifties. The ship sails from Ushuaia, long recognised as the southernmost city on Earth; and the tour is bookended by the tempo of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, with its European look, Latin American rhythm, and ‘milonga’ tango shows.

Overview - Feb 2025

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Buenos Aires  - 1 night
  • Ushuaia  - 1 night
  • Beagle Channel  - 1 night
  • Drake Passage  - 2 nights
  • South Shetland Islands  - 2 nights
  • Antarctica Peninsula  - 2 nights
  • Drake Passage  - 2 nights
  • Buenos Aires  - 1 night
  • Flight  - 1 night

Overview - from Nov 2025

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Buenos Aires  - 1 night
  • Beagle Channel  - 1 night
  • Drake Passage  - 2 nights
  • Antarctica Peninsula  - 5 nights
  • Drake Passage  - 2 nights
  • Buenos Aires  - 1 night
  • Flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Wander the streets of Ushuaia
  • South Shetland archipelago
  • Totally unique landscapes
  • A variety of animal sightings
  • Cruise past Cape Horn
  • Enjoy a Tango show

With ten nights at sea on a superb polar ship, this terrific tour takes the intrepid traveller to the tip of the American continent and beyond, crossing Drake Passage to sail between icebergs and isolated islands to the glacial cliffs of the Antarctic Peninsula

Notes:

The itinerary and activities during our Antarctica experience are dependent on weather and ice conditions.

The final route, landfalls and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven or slippery surfaces.

Some cruise excursions involve the use of zodiac boats and are subject to weather conditions.

Accommodation

Recoleta Grand Hotel – Buenos Aires

A modern 5-star hotel in the vibrant Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool (seasonal) and WiFi (free). 79 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Emperador

A traditional 4-star hotel on Avenida del Libertador, close to Avenida 9 de Julio and to Recolata neighbourhood. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 265 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Los Cauquenes Hotel - Ushuaia

he only luxury hotel situated on Beagle Channel beach, located 7km from Ushuaia with access to a private beach. The restaurant serves award-winning cuisine with a strong Patagonian influence. There is a spa, fitness room and WiFi throughout. The 54 rooms decorated in soft creams with subtle red and olive accents, offer spectacular views over the Beagle Channel. Rooms have fridge, safe and TV.
Notes:

Accommodation tax to be paid in Buenos Aires locally, currently 1.5 USD per person/per night (can be paid in USD or Pesos).

Vessels

MS Ocean Victory

The new luxury infinity vessel, MS Ocean Victory, is one of the most modern small polar ships, part of a brand new generation of low-energy vessels. The 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines are all controlled electronically to optimize speed, lower fuel consumption and manage fewer emissions. Holding the highest Polar code 6, Ice class 1A and a pioneering new design and bow shape, X-Bow®-Infinity class, inverting typical cruise ship design, splitting wave energy and providing faster, more comfortable travel. This luxury cruise vessel, ideally suited for small ship expeditions, has a total of 93 comfortable cabins, all with a view of the ocean allowing you to behold the magnitude of the open waters and polar landscape, a wellness area, a bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge and two restaurants. The MS Ocean Victory features unique viewing platforms, custom-built for the this new class of vessel, the two platforms fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds.The vessel will implement the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for all guests.



CABIN CATEGORIES:
Category G: Single cabin with porthole16 sq.m.
Category D: State cabin with porthole 22 sq.m.
Category C: State cabin with balcony 24 sq.m.
Category B: Suite with balcony 28 sq.m.
Category A: Junior Suite with balcony 42 sq.m.

MS Fridtjof Nansen

The new hybrid vessel, MS Fridtjof Nansen, is the newest addition to the fleet of HX Hurtigruten Expeditions and is at the forefront of sustainable exploration. The innovative technology reduces the ship's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 20%. The HX vessel holds the polar class 6 certification which is the highest ice class. The vessel has 265 cabins and a maximum capacity of 530 passengers. All cabins have a view of the ocean allowing you to behold the magnitude of the open waters and polar landscape. The vessel has a gym, a sauna, a wellness area, bars, an outside observation deck, a modern lecture hall, a library, a science centre, and three restaurants.

CABIN CATEGORIES:

Polar Outside twin/double cabins with window - 204 sq. ft. on Deck 4 or 5

Arctic Superior twin/double cabins with seating area, tea/coffee making facilities and window and most with a private balcony - from 161 sq. ft. on Deck 7 or 8

Expedition Suites are larger twin/double cabins with private seating, a coffee machine and tea/coffee making facilities, an opening window to a private balcony. Guests staying in a suite have access to fine dining at Lindstrøm restaurant. - 236 sq. ft. - on Deck 8 or 9

Extra Nights

Stay in Buenos Aires pre/post tour

Extra nights at this hotel are on request, please call to discuss your requirements
(per night) £116 (2025 £130)
Single supplement £116 (2025 £130)

Recoleta Grand Hotel – Buenos Aires

A modern 5-star hotel in the vibrant Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool (seasonal) and WiFi (free). 79 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin Cat. C Cabin with balcony or a single Cat. G Cabin with porthole

per person in a twin/double Polar Outside cabin (From Nov 25)

British Airways from Heathrow

February
February 22 (Saturday)
November
November 18 (Tuesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, included on board gratuities, 2 nights' hotel accommodation, 10-night cruise (3 nights hotel/9 night cruise Feb 25), breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board on the cruise with wine, beer and soft drinks at meal times (Feb 2025) or most drinks included (Nov 2025 onward), visits to sub-Antarctic and South Shetland Islands, exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, Zodiac excursions and shore landings, on board activities, lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting, port fees, taxes and IAATO fees, expert local guides and expedition leader, distinguished lecture programme. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes:

Accommodation tax to be paid in Buenos Aires locally, currently 1.5 USD per person/per night (can be paid in USD or Pesos).

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2025: Feb 22
  • £1545
  • 2025: Nov 18
  • £2495
  • 2026: Feb 16
  • £10745
Upgrades
  • Category G Single Outside Porthole Cabin
  • £1475
Flight Options
  • British Airways World Traveller Plus
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways Club World
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £65

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