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Classic Antarctica Holidays To The Antarctic Peninsula

To the South Shetland Isles
After an included night in Ushuaia we navigate the Beagle Channel then head south
across the Drake Passage and across the turbulent waters of the Antarctic
Convergence. This meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial
water moving south pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety
of seabirds, whales and other species. Reaching land at the South Shetland Islands
we hope to sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island.
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Ice-capped mountains, crevassed glaciers and endless white expanses herald our
arrival in Antarctica. Possible landings include Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour or
Wilhelmina Bay and cruising Lemaire Channel, Errera Channel or Neumayer
Channel. Scientific research stations and abandoned whaling stations will also be of
interest. Conditions permitting, we'll attempt two excursions per day to explore the
rich diversity of wildlife and potential wildlife sightings include Gentoo, Adelie and
Chinstrap penguins, Fur, Leopard, Weddell and Crabeater seals, Minke and
Humpback whales - and possibly even Orcas. Not to mention the abundance of
seabirds, most notably the albatross that spend the day soaring above our wake.
Enormous icebergs and the sheer walls of their glacial parents provide virtually
limitless photo opportunities.

Tour Highlights

  • Join this classic expedition voyage exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Superb wildlife-viewing opportunities on land and at sea
  • Enjoy the freedom of being in the vast, ice-sculpted Antarctic wilderness
  • Join expert naturalist guides to learn about the wildlife and history of the region
  • See penguins, whales and sea birds


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Arrive Ushuaia

  • 2
    Embark on the Expedition

  • 3
    The Drake Passage

  • 4
    The Drake Passage

  • 5
    Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

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    Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    The Drake Passage

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    The Drake Passage

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Trip notes

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We have the following different versions of the Classic Antarctica - Expedition trip available at present.

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Classic Antarctica - Expedition
Included meals 10 8 9
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Zodiac, Expedition
1 night Standard Hotel
9 nights Premium Boat
Trip Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
At a nimble 105 metres (345 ft) in length, with a capacity to hold 132 guests, the Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply polar waters. The ship is large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, but small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas and get you close to the action. Ship stabilisers ensure a smooth ride in rough waters, such as the infamous Drake Passage, allowing you to enjoy more of your time at sea. A fleet of ten zodiacs allows passengers to get out and actively explore the remote shores of our destinations. The Expedition is a speedy vessel. A top speed of 16 knots means you'll spend less time getting from A to B, and more time to explore your surroundings.