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Classic Antarctica

Private Travel | Cruises 15 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £6295

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.

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
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: 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:

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

Day 4: 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)

Days 5–6: 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)

Days 7–10: 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.

Days 11–12: Tierra del Fuego

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

Day 13: 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

Fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Day 15: London:

Morning arrival. (N)

Meal basis:

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

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.

Flexible prices & itinerary

The price acts as a guideline only and will vary according to the time of year, the boat used and exact cruise duration. We offer a range of different expedition vessels such as the G Expedition, Sea Spirit, Hebridean Sky, Island Sky, Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova, Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, Ocean Endeavour, Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud and the Greg Mortimer. Please enquire for further details, dates, availability and prices.

The price is based on two people travelling on a twin share basis.

Inclusions: International flights and internal flights; transfers; and generally, 2 nights pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires; 1 night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia and an expedition cruise*.

* Itineraries with the Silver Explorer and Polar Pioneer may differ slightly with regard to inclusions and pre/post cruise arrangements. Please enquire for details.

An Antarctic cruise itinerary can be combined with other tailor-made arrangements within Argentina, Chile or the rest of South America. For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor the itinerary pre- or post-cruise, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Single supplements

Single travellers can avoid paying a single supplement on selected vessels if they are willing to share a twin, triple or quad cabin.

Alternative cruises

Alternative longer programmes are available offering cruises that combine the Antarctic Peninsula with the wildlife rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia, or the Chilean fjords and Antarctica. 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. Please contact your Travel Consultant for more details.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Intersur Recoleta
    Intersur Recoleta

    Hotel Intersur Recoleta has a prime location in the heart of this fashionable neighbourhood and is close to many cultural attractions. This elegant four-star hotel features a classical facade and 100 stylish rooms equipped with all modern conveniences. There is a small spa, a restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine and a bar serving traditional afternoon tea.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £6295 per person

High season from £7995 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 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

Destinations on this tour

  • Ushuaia

    Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, and is situated at the southern tip of the...

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