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The Antarctic

Mountains in Antarctica Landscape

The World's last great wilderness is Antarctica, the breathtaking continent at the South Pole. For many, this is a must do on their travel list – for others just a step too far.

Those who have taken an Antarctica holiday can never forget the extraordinary wildlife here – the seething mass of penguins, the sealions and fur seals, the mass of marine and birdlife enjoying the all too short summer months.

But more than that, the scenery itself is formidable: the icebergs with their glowing colours and extraordinary sculpted shapes, the snow-covered mountains, the steaming pools, all is quite alien and amazingly beautiful.

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An Antarctic holiday should be taken between November and March, with December and January being considered the height of the summer.

In our view there are three types of Antarctic cruises: those departing from Ushuaia and visiting South Georgia; those departing from Ushuaia and NOT visiting South Georgia; and more unusually, those departing from Bluff in New Zealand which takes you to Antarctica via the Southern Ocean, following in the footsteps of the great Antarctic Explorers.

Holidays to the Antarctic Peninsula are as individual as nature. The itinerary is guided by the movements of the ice, and the weather conditions from hour to hour.

Hapag Lloyd Ice…The Final Frontier

Day 1 – Fly London to Buenos Aires. Transfer for a two night hotel stay
Day 2 – Buenos Aires. Take a city tour of Buenos Aires
Day 3 – Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Embark Hanseatic
Day 4 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 5-6 – Falkland Islands
Day 7-8 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 9-11 – South Georgia. Three days surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, huge glaciers, icebergs and of course the wildlife. Fur seals, Elephant seals, penguins, albatross to name but a few of the highlights
Day 12 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 13-18 – Cruise & Explore the South Orkney Islands, Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula. See spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs, travel through the pack ice and land on the continent by Zodiac.
Day 19-20 – At sea. Travelling through the Drake Passage
Day 21 – Ushuaia, Argentina. Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires for a one night stay.
Day 22 - Fly Buenos Aires to London
Day 23 - Arrive London

Highlights:

  • Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires
  • The huge array of wildlife on the stunning island of South Georgia
  • Ice landings by Zodiac on the Antarctic Peninsula

Extend your trip:

  • Visit the majestic Iguassu Falls on the Argentine/Brazil boarder
  • Take a side trip to the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park in Chile
  • Cruise the Chilean Fjords

Antarctica Penguins

22 Nights
Prices from

£8,900pp

Departures: 02nd, 20th January 2015; 07th February 2015; 20th December 2015; 08th, 26th January 2016

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This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.

Silversea Antarctica Discovery

Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 – Day at Sea
Day 3 – New Island & Westpoint Island, Falkland Islands
Day 4 – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 5-6 – Day at Sea
Day 7-10 – Cruise & Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 11-12 – Drake Passage
Day 13 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctic Penguins

12 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£9,750pp

Departures: 22nd December 2015
Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires & Ushuaia

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Compagnie du Ponant The Great Austral Loop

Day 1 – Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 – At Sea
Day 3 – New Island – Grave Cove, Falklands
Day 4 – At Sea
Day 5 – At Sea
Day 6 – Salisbury Plain – Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
Day 7 – Grytviken – Baie de St. Andrew
Day 8 – Gold Harbour
Day 9 – At Sea
Day 10 – At Sea
Day 11 –  Brown Bluff / Weddel Sea, Antarctica
Day 12 – Antarctic Sound / Deception Island – Paradise Island
Day 13 – Half Moon – South Shetland Islands
Day 14 – At Sea – Drake Passage
Day 15 – At Sea – Drake Passage
Day 16 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Compagnie du Ponant - Ushuaia - 15 nights

15 Nights cruise only
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Departures: 15th November 2015; 01st, 15th, 19th December 2015

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Compagnie du Ponant Antarctica Peninsula & The Falkland Islands

Day 1 – Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 – At Sea – Drake Passage
Day 3 – At Sea – Drake Passage
Day 4 – Neko – Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Day 5 – Port Charcot – Port Lockroy
Day 6 – Whilhelmina – Enterprise
Day 7 – Deception Island
Day 8 – Weddell Sea
Day 9 – Sailing towards South Shetland Islands
Day 10 – At Sea – Drake Passage
Day 11 – Port Stanley – Volunteer Point , Falkland Islands
Day 12 – Saunders – Grave Cove
Day 13 – At Sea
Day 14 – At Sea
Day 15 – At Sea
Day 16 – Montevideo, Uruguay

Antarctica

15 Nights cruise only
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Departures: 17th February 2016

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Hapag Lloyd Pure Antarctica

Day 1 – Flight to Buenos Aires
Day 2 – Overnight Stay
Day 3 – Charter flight  to Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 4-5 – Sailing through the Drake Passage
Day 6-11 – South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, South Orkney Islands
Day 12 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 13-15 – South Georgia
Day 16-17 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 18 – Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 19-21 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 22 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 23 – City tour
Day 23-24 – Flight Back Home

Antarctica JL Hurtigruten 6

23 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£10,200pp

Departures: 13th February 2016

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When to go:

Cruises to Antarctica operate during our winter. Although you can cruise to Antarctica at anytime throughout these months, we would recommend travelling in January through to March as this is when the penguins and baby seal pups are born. We would also strongly recommend ensuring that the wildlife haven of South Georgia is part of your trip.

What to pack: 

Practical, comfortable clothing is a must. For any Antarctic cruise layers and thermals are essential, as well as good quality sunglasses, and high factor sunblock. This destination is all about the scenery and very appealing to photographers – remember to come well equipped as you are unlikely to be able to get everything you need locally.