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Classic Antarctica

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

Bariloche

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 1966 1559 1050 745 745 846 1152 1457 1763 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 745 643 439 236 134 -130 -130 -130 32 134 439 643
Sunshine hours 11 10 8 6 4 4 4 5 6 8 10 11
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 10 9 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 331 351 572 572 1566 1817 1677 1335 783 492 452 472
Rainy Days 5 5 6 8 14 14 15 13 10 8 6 5
Humidity E VH H M L L L M M H VH E
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Buenos Aires

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2474 2373 2169 1762 1356 1051 1050 1152 1356 1661 1967 2272
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 80 120 90 80 60 60 70 80 100 90 100
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Cachi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2373 2272 1966 1763 1559 1661 1864 2170 2272 2475 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1050 948 541 236 -130 -130 32 337 643 948 1050
Sunshine hours 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 8
Daylight hours 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 502 412 211 20 0 10 0 20 20 50 110 392
Rainy Days 16 14 11 4 1 1 1 1 2 4 7 14
Humidity E E E VH H M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Cafayate

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2679 2475 2170 1966 1763 1864 2170 2373 2679 2679 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1355 948 643 337 337 439 745 1050 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 7 6 6 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 8 288
Daylight hours 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 482 412 231 20 0 10 0 20 20 60 141 432
Rainy Days 14 12 11 5 2 1 1 1 2 5 7 12
Humidity E E E VH H M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Cordoba (Argentina)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2781 2577 2272 1864 1864 2170 2373 2679 2882 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1559 1254 948 541 541 643 948 1254 1559 1763
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 7 6 5 6 7 7 8 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1165 1014 1014 482 211 110 110 120 311 673 974 1285
Rainy Days 11 9 10 7 4 3 3 3 4 7 9 12
Humidity H M M N N N N N N N L M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

El Calafate

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1355 1050 541 337 236 439 846 1152 1355 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 541 541 337 134 -228 -425 -523 -327 -228 32 337 439
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 5 4 3 3 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 16 14 12 11 9 8 9 10 12 14 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 422 402 512 502 482 472 462 442 392 361 361 422
Rainy Days 6 5 6 8 8 6 7 6 5 6 5 6
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 8/VH 7/H 5/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 1/L 1/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

El Chalten

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1763 1661 1559 1254 846 643 643 643 948 1254 1457 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 745 745 541 337 32 -130 -130 -228 134 337 541 643
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 5 4 3 3 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 16 14 12 11 9 8 9 10 12 14 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 582 622 693 924 904 873 733 673 502 643 472 522
Rainy Days 4 4 5 7 7 6 7 6 5 5 4 5
Humidity VH H M L L L L L M M VH VH
UV 9/VH 7/H 5/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mendoza

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2679 2373 1966 1559 1559 1864 2068 2577 2882 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1661 1457 1050 643 236 236 439 643 1152 1457 1661
Sunshine hours 10 9 8 7 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 361 351 291 120 60 50 60 40 100 131 191 271
Rainy Days 6 5 6 3 2 2 2 2 4 3 4 5
Humidity H M L N N N N N N N L M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Puerto Madryn

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2475 2170 1661 1254 1254 1457 1763 1966 2373 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1152 846 439 236 134 236 439 745 846 1254
Sunshine hours 10 9 8 7 5 4 5 5 8 8 9 10
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 11 13 13 15 151
Rainfall (mm)(in) 110 151 131 120 201 161 141 90 131 191 191 100
Rainy Days 4 5 4 5 6 7 5 5 5 5 4 4
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1864 1457 1254 1254 1050 1050 1152 1355 1559

Purmamarca

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2373 2373 2068 1864 1559 1559 1864 2170 2373 2475 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 948 846 541 134 -228 -327 -130 337 643 846 948
Sunshine hours 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 8
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 622 361 70 10 30 10 20 30 120 221 562
Rainy Days 18 15 12 4 1 1 1 1 1 4 7 15
Humidity E E E E H H H VH E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 7/H 6/H 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Salta

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2679 2577 2373 2170 1966 2068 2272 2475 2679 2882 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1457 1152 745 337 236 439 745 1152 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 6 5 4 5 5 5 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1747 1556 1094 301 70 30 20 50 60 241 612 1215
Rainy Days 14 13 12 7 3 2 2 2 3 5 9 13
Humidity M L L N N N N N N L L M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

San Martin de los Andes

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2068 1864 1559 1559 1864 2170 2373 2475 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 745 643 846 541 134 -228 -327 -130 337 643 846 948
Sunshine hours 11 10 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 301 361 70 10 30 10 20 30 120 221 562
Rainy Days 5 5 12 4 1 1 1 1 1 4 7 15
Humidity E VH E E H H H VH E E E E
UV 11+/E 10/VH 11+/E 11/E 7/H 6/H 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Ushuaia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1152 846 541 337 337 439 745 948 1050 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 439 439 236 134 -130 -327 -327 -228 -130 134 236 337
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 2 3 4 5 6 7 6
Daylight hours 17 15 12 10 8 7 8 10 12 14 16 17
Rainfall (mm)(in) 442 492 562 542 492 492 381 442 402 361 381 452
Rainy Days 14 12 10 12 11 8 8 7 7 8 10 11
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 7/H 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/N 0/N 1/L 2/L 5/M 6/H 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 846 745 745 643 643 643 643 745 745

Villa La Angostura

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2170 1966 1559 1152 846 643 846 1050 1457 1763 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 745 643 541 337 236 32 32 -130 32 236 439 643
Sunshine hours 11 10 8 6 4 4 4 5 6 8 10 11
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 452 582 984 1215 954 1054 26711 2329 1486 944 853 723
Rainy Days 5 5 6 7 12 12 12 10 8 7 5 5
Humidity E VH H M L L L M M H VH E
UV 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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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.

Ship information

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Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hotel Intersur Recoleta
    Hotel 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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  • Hotel Albatros
    Hotel Albatros

    Located close to the waterfront and a short walk from the restaurants and shops of central Ushuaia, the Hotel Albatros is a comfortable modern 4-star hotel offering views over the Beagle Channel and the snow-capped mountains surrounding the city. All rooms have minibars and direct-dial telephones, while hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant and coffee shop with internet access.

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  • G Expedition
    G Expedition

    The G Expedition is stable and spacious, yet small enough to offer an up-close expedition cruising experience with a great team of skilled crew and expert Polar guides. Following a comprehensive refurbishment in 2009, she features comfortable cabins, all with exterior portholes or windows, and large public areas including 360-degree observation decks built especially for wildlife viewing. Views can also be enjoyed on three sides through the large windows of the comfortable lounge and spacious dining room. Polar barbecues can be experienced on the aft deck surrounded by amazing scenery, should weather conditions permit. The Zodiac platform allows for quicker disembarkation from the ship during landings.&nbsp;<h3>Ship capacity</h3><ul class="crowns"><li>132 passengers</li><li>55 crew &amp; 14 expedition staff</li></ul>&nbsp;<h3>Onboard features</h3><ul class="crowns"><li>Heated mudroom for wet weather gear</li><li>Lonely Planet library &amp; computer room</li><li>Polar Bear pub &amp; Discovery Lounge</li><li>Gym &amp; sauna</li><li>Gift shop</li><li>Medical clinic</li><li>Complimentary waterproof boots</li><li>Optional camping &amp; kayaking available</li><li>No single supplement for those willing to share</li></ul>

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Dates & prices

CAT2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £6295 per person

High season from £7995 per person

 

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

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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