Antarctica is a land like no other, a place of ethereal icescapes and breathtaking scenery, glaciers, icebergs, mountains and abundant wildlife including penguins, seals and whales
Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Day 3 - Ushuaia
Day 4 - Beagle Channel
Days 5 & 6 - Drake Passage
Days 7 & 8 - Shetland Islands
Days 9 & 10 - Antarctica Peninsula
Days 11 & 12 - Drake Passage
Day 13 - Buenos Aires
Day 14 - Return Flight
In the 1770s, Captain Cook sailed into the Southern Oceans but could not penetrate beyond 70° South. Many attempts followed, the most compelling being that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Shackleton’s ship Endurance departed the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia in December 1914, navigating a maze of pack ice, when an ice floe ensnared Endurance and unable to live up to her name, she succumbed to the unforgiving ice. Eclipsing disaster, the team set off across Drake Passage onto deserted Elephant Island. Shackleton forged onward to South Georgia returning to rescue his crew. An expedition of epic proportions!
The splendour of Antarctica – the great white continent is largely unchanged since the early explorers. Home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife, where a variety of penguins, seals and whales are the only permanent residents. This unique environment is awe-inspiring with towering icebergs amid the deep blue sea, pure white lands that expands toward the horizon, mountains exposed in ice sheets and unique wildlife – all these unique elements create a true adventure, to the 7th continent.
Sculptural white icebergs, ice floes and deep blue seas flank the barren, rocky coastlines, which are home to moss, lichens and small plants and an incredible abundance of marine mammals and seabirds. On board the ice-classed expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, a unique experience for the few, shore landings, excursions, lectures and whale safaris are at a distinct advantage on a small ship, with better access to the dramatic coastlines and the deep fjord systems, enabling travellers to set foot several times on the Continent of Antarctica and surrounding sub-Antarctic islands.
Lectures and Workshops
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4 – 20
An Antarctica Expedition is a unique experience, a voyage in the true pioneering spirit, pretty much as far south and remote as you can get, to a land less visited.
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow overnight direct to Buenos Aires.
Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Sofitel Recoleta for an overnight stay. Afternoon tour of the city stopping at the famous Café El Ateneo.
Day 3 Fly to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town for overnight at the 5-star Los Cauquenes Hotel. Afternoon exploration of Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lapataia Bay. (B)
Day 4 Embark on MV Ocean Atlantic. Navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. (B, D)
Days 5-6 Cross the famed passage, named after Sir Francis Drake – a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Catch the first sight of seals and penguins as well as an abundance of birdlife. (B, L, D)
Days 7-8 Explore South Shetland islands with their penguin and sea bird rockeries. Projected landfalls include King George and Deception islands, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson’s storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. (B, L, D)
Days 9-10 As Antarctica looms on the horizon, the presence of wildlife multiplies with many species of penguins, seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds on the projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula, leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island, humpback whales of Gerlache Strait and Paradise Bay, and Lemaire Channel’s orcas. (B, L, D)
Days 11-12 Spend two days at sea on the return to Beagle Channel and Ushuaia. Cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America. (B, L, D)
Day 13 Fly to Buenos Aires for overnight at the 5-star Sofitel Recoleta. Dinner and Tango show. (B, D)
Day 14 Return overnight flight. (B)
Day 15 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Excursions are by Zodiac or on foot, they may be over uneven ground and a reasonable level of mobility is required.
There will be a combination of wet and dry landings. Landings are projected and the final schedule is dependent on weather conditions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
A stylish hotel in the heart of Recoleta, surrounded by elegant restaurants, traditional cafes, art galleries and boutiques. The hotel has a pool, gym, garden and WiFi throughout. The 175 air-conditioned rooms are styled in cream-coloured hues, have stylish mahogany furniture, with mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and TV.
The 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.
The 459 ft. MV Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising, with an international ice class rating of 1B. The shallow draft allows for extended voyages into isolated fjords and bays, creating exciting adventures for the intrepid traveller. Renovated in 2016 and with a crew of 140, accommodation is for 214 passengers (198 in Antarctica). With five decks and two lifts, facilities include elegant public areas, a restaurant, panoramic lounge, library, observation deck, lecture theatre, sauna, pool and gym. Cabins have twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe and TV.
Cat. E Inside (215 sq. ft.) – Deck 5
Cat. G Outside Single with porthole (97 sq. ft.) – Deck 4
Cat. D Outside (113 sq. ft.) with porthole – Deck 4
Cat. C Outside (129 sq. ft.) with window – Deck 5
Cat. B Outside (215 sq. ft.) with window (limited view) and seated area – Decks 7 & 8
Cat. A Outside (204-258 sq. ft.) with window and seated area – Deck 5
Premium Suite (376 sq. ft.) 2-room suite – Deck 5
Iguassu Falls Extension
Recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Iguassu National Park is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The largest water fall system in the world, where three countries share a border, the Iguassu river tumbles over the edge of the Parana plateau.
Sharing the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Iguassu Falls is a mightily impressive mass of water that leaves visitors speechless. Stay at the 4-star Mercure Iguazu in the heart of the Iryapú Jungle. Breakfast daily and visits to both sides of the falls included.
Day 1 Fly to Iguassu, the largest waterfall system in the world. Transfer to the 4-star Mercure Iguazu for two nights. Afternoon exploration of the Brazilian side of the falls.
Day 2 Visit the superior and inferior circuit, and the Devils Throat on the Argentinian side of the falls. (B)
Day 3 Return flight to London Heathrow via Sao Paolo. (B)
Day 4 Arrive London Heathrow.
Modern 4-star hotel in the heart of the Iryapú Jungle. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 100 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room and Cat. E cabin
British Airways from London Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room and Cat. E cabin
British Airways from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £2795
Cat. G single cabin £2245
Cat. D cabin £1650
Single supplement £4995
Cat. C cabin £2395
Single supplement £6095
Cat. B cabin £2650
Cat. A cabin £3595
Premium Suite £3995
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £595
British Airways Business Class from £2375
Extension - Iguassu Falls
2 nights £645
Single supplement £165
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £55
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 3 nights’ hotel and 9-night cruise, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board and complimentary tea, coffee and water on board, excursions, cruise director, on board lecturer, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
Accommodation tax to be paid in Buenos Aires locally, currently 1.5 USD per person/per night (can be paid in USD or Pesos).
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