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Antarctica Holidays

Lemaire Classic Tour

12 Night Itinerary from £7,857

Private Individual Tour


Head straight to Ushuaia to embark on a classic ten night Sea Spirit expedition cruise to the remote South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

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Travel Highlights

  • Departure dates: 10 Nov, 20 Dec 2020; 29 Dec 2021; 8 & 18 Feb 2022 
  • Embark on a ten night expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Travel aboard the excellent M/V Sea Spirit with expert crew and guides
  • Marvel at remote icescapes seen by so few
  • Get up close to penguin colonies, seals and sea birds
  • Undertake a range of activities to immerse yourself in the frozen landscapes
  • Enjoy free time in Buenos Aires to get to know the 'Paris of the South'
  • Fly direct to the Argentine capital with British Airways

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

1690 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - 1 Night

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Day 2 - At leisure in Buenos Aires 

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Day 1

Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Depart London on an overnight direct British Airways flight to Buenos Aires (other airlines/airports are available).

Day 2

At leisure in Buenos Aires

On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your chosen hotel in the centre of the city for a 1 night stay. In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore the city at your own pace, perhaps discovering its colourful La Boca neighbourhood, the old-time cafes of San Telmo and the grand architecture of the northern barrios.

De las Americas

Buenos Aires - Tourist Hotel

An elegant hotel with spacious rooms and situated in the heart of the Barrio Norte, an elegant residential and commercial district, within comfortable walking distance of the exclusive shops of the Santa Fe and 9 de Julio avenues. All 162 rooms have private facilities, TV and telephone, mini-bar, and air-conditioning. There is 24 hour room service, a restaurant, two bars and a weekend tango show.

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Mine Boutique

Buenos Aires - First Boutique

This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Palermo Soho, metres from Plaza Julio Cortazar and many other touristic points of the city such as La boca, San Telmo, and the Plaza de Mayo. With strong Thai influences mixed with modern elements, the ground floor is warmly decorated.

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Alvear Palace Hotel

Buenos Aires - Deluxe Hotel

In 1932 a classic was born in Buenos AIres, the Alvear Palace Hotel, a genuine palace right in the heart of the city. Constructed of materials imported from France, the hotel became one of the most characteristic buildings in town, strictly keeping the Louis XVI style.

Situated in the elegant quarter of Recoleta, close to the Park, lined with excellent restaurants and street cafes. Rooms are spacious and service and decor are first class

Recently the hotel has been completely refurbished, sticking to the original glory.


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2391 Antarctica

Antarctica Expedition Cruise - 10 Nights

Day 3 - Fly to Ushuaia

Day 4 - Ushuaia & embark the Sea Spirit

Day 5 - Crossing Drake Passage

Day 6 - Crossing Drake Passage

Day 7 - South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula 

Day 8 - South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 9 - South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 10 - South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 11 - Back across Drake Passage

Day 12 - Back across Drake Passage

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Day 3

Fly to Ushuaia 

Transfer to the airport for a mid-morning flight south to Ushuaia, the capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego and the world's southernmost city. You will be met upon arrival and taken to your hotel for an overnight stay, with the afternoon at leisure.


Day 4

Ushuaia and embarkation 

Morning at leisure to explore Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to the port and embark the M/V Sea Spirit for your luxury expedition cruise to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula. We set sail south along the Beagle Channel.


Day 5

Crossing Drake Passage 

We sail past Tierra del Fuego Islands to cross Drake Passage. Albatrosses are common here and the ship’s fins help with stability in the event of rough seas. Enjoy briefings and lectures as expert naturalist guides prepare you for your visit to Antarctica.


Day 6

Crossing Drake Passage

Continue sailing through Drake Passage towards the White Continent.


Day 7

South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

We explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The captain will take advantage of weather conditions and long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to observe wildlife, view amazing scenery and take excursions ashore by zodiac. Waters rich in krill are home to a wide variety of whale, penguin and seal species.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbours an abandoned whaling station.


Day 8

South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Continued exploration of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

We stop at an Antarctic research station and sail to the vast Gerlache Strait, with sheltered bays, accessible wildlife and stunning scenery. Pass the famous Lemaire Channel with calm waters, mountains and icebergs of every size and discover Paradise Bay. Everyday there are memorable excursions, sumptuous meals and incredible scenery. 

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.


Day 9

South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.


Day 10

South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Our final day exploring in this most remote and breathtaking environment. You will feel invigorated and excited, with every day bringing new explorations and adventures in the company of the Sea Spirits expert naturalist guides. 

Day 11

Back across Drake Passage

Sail northbound through Drake Passage offering the chance to relax and savour the memories created on the frozen continent. The Sea Spirit team will continue to provide on board lectures giving you a deeper perspective on your Antarctic experience. 

Day 12

Back across Drake Passage

Sail to Ushuaia. Enjoy a memorable farewell dinner tonight to celebrate the end of your Antarctic adventure.

Sea Spirit

Antarctica - First Expedition Ship

The 114 passenger Sea Spirit is one of our favourite Antarctica expedition vessels. It has a comfortable and welcoming feel, with spacious lounge areas and superior manoeuvrability. Guests are infused with an adventurous spirit by the enthusiastic and highly experienced guides, who lead excursions in the zodiac boats and shore landings which take you onto the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

The Sea Spirit has a number of different suites to choose from. All suites are a minimum of 20 square metres, with en-suite facilities and either two porthole windows, a large picture window or, in the case of Deluxe and Premium suites, private balconies.

There are large communal areas, including an outdoor bistro, the Club Lounge and a library. A presentation lounge features state-of-the-art technology to facilitate informative discussions, lectures and social gatherings to prepare you for the upcoming excursions and reflect upon the unforgettable experiences enjoyed.

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Return to Buenos Aires - 1 Night

Day 13 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 14 - Return flight to UK

Day 15 - Arrive in the UK

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Day 13

Fly to Buenos Aires 

After breakfast disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, staying for one night.

Day 14

Return flight to UK

This morning you will have some time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before being taken to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.


Day 15

Arrive in the UK

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates November December - February
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £7,857 £8,934

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 15 Days / 12 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Ten night Sea Spirit Antarctica Expedition Cruise, all meals & excursions on the cruise
  • Poseidon Parka jacket and rubber boots for shore landings
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails and tea/coffee station throughout the cruise
  • All port fees on the cruise
  • Breakfast every day on land arrangements 
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person 

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