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From £8495pp
15 days & 12 nights
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Classic Antarctica

This expedition journey to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula offers the chance to set foot on the ultimate frontier and discover towering icebergs, stunning scenery and an array of wildlife.


DAY 1: Fly to Buenos Aires
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Fly to Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires with British Airways. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meal

DAY 2: Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires

Morning arrival. Transfer to the Hotel Intersur Recoleta or similar for 1 night. Hotel upgrades available. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional city tour. (N)

DAY 3: Fly to Ushuaia
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Fly to Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city and stay overnight at Hotel Albatros or similar. (B)

DAY 4: Ushuaia & embarkation
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Ushuaia & embarkation

Morning at leisure to explore the town or take an optional excursion, such as a visit to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This afternoon, board your expedition vessel for a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. Set sail through the Beagle Channel, which is particularly rich with birdlife. You may see penguins, cormorants, petrels, and black-browed albatrosses. (B, D)

DAY 5: The Drake Passage
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The Drake Passage

Undertake the 640km crossing of the legendary Drake Passage to reach the waters of the Antarctic Convergence and the Southern Ocean. Enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team on wildlife, history and the environment. Spend time on deck keeping watch for first sightings of icebergs or spotting the seabirds that follow in the ship’s wake. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: The Drake Passage
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The Drake Passage

At leisure onboard (B,L,D) 

DAY 7: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
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South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Over the next four days, navigate south stopping at the South Shetland Islands, then pass through the Bransfield Strait and on to the Antarctic Peninsula. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of icebergs, calving glaciers, snowy mountains and ice-choked waterways. Enjoy the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. You may spot seals hunting or sunbathing, visit seabird and penguin rookeries, or see humpback, minke, and orca whales. Learn about the remarkable human history and the feats of polar explorers.

The expedition team aims to make two daily shore landings by Zodiacs. Hike along snowy ridges or pebbled beaches, explore bays and channels and navigate amid icebergs.

The voyage itinerary and excursions are subject to weather, sea and ice conditions, as well as wildlife sightings.

DAY 8: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
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South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

At leisure onboard (B,L,D) 

DAY 9: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
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South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

At leisure onboard (B,L,D) 

DAY 10: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
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South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

At leisure onboard (B,L,D) 

DAY 11: Drake Passage
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Drake Passage

Head north back across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. (B L, D)

DAY 12: Drake Passage
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Drake Passage

At leisure onboard (B,L,D)

DAY 13: Ushuaia * Buenos Aires
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Ushuaia * Buenos Aires

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport. Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel for 1 night. (B)

DAY 14: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Fly to London with British Airways. (B)

DAY 15: London
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Morning arrival. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Immense icebergs & spectacular glaciers
  • Penguin rookeries & basking seals
  • Take Zodiac rides & shore Excursions
  • Learn about the human history & polar exploration
Low Season
From £8,495 per person
High Season
From £9,995 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local excursions where applicable

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Optional activities
Optional camping and kayaking excursions are available on some ships, but space is limited and pre-booking is essential.
Cruise programmes & durations
The itinerary above is based on a 10-night cruise programme on the G Expedition. Longer cruise programmes are available offering a more in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, including the chance to navigate further south to cross the Antarctic Circle and celebrate a special geographical milestone, or the chance to explore the lesser-visited eastern side of the peninsula and the Weddell Sea. It is also possible to combine the Antarctic Peninsula with the wildlife rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Additionally, there are also fly-cruise programmes, which enable travellers to save time by taking flight (one-way or both ways) across the Drake Passage. We offer a range of different expedition vessels such as the G Expedition, Seaventure, Island Sky, Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova, Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, Ultramarine, World Explorer, Silver Wind, Silver Cloud and Silver Endeavour.
Tailor-made travel
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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