Expedition cruise to the frozen continent; a mysterious land of immense glaciers & remote wildlife

Embark on a luxury expedition cruise across the Drake Passage to one of the world's true wildnernesses. Admire the towering glaciers, penguin colonies and breathtaking icescapes of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Travel Highlights

  • Embark on a memorable journey from Argentina to the remote Antarctic wilderness
  • Start with a tour and free time in Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of South America'
  • Admire the colourful houses of La Boca and choose to attend a tango show
  • Continue to the Lake District, a region of pristine forest, lakes & volcanoes
  • Follow walking trails, horse ride or enjoy picnics in splendid alpine scenery
  • Fly to Tierra del Fuego to begin your ten night Antarctica Expedition Cruise
  • Sail on-board the luxury Sea Spirit, with superior comfort and spacious cabins
  • Explore the icy landscapes on regular excursions
  • Discover sheltered bays and gaze at huge glaciers and icebergs
  • Encounter penguins, sea birds, seals and whales

Journey Breakdown

The Explorer Tour
Travel Itinerary

Buenos Aires Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Day 3 - Buenos Aires

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Depart on overnight flight to Buenos Aires. 

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

On arrival transfer to your hotel staying for 3 nights. In the afternoon we have a tour of Buenos Aires, named the “Paris of South America” for its turn of the century French architecture. We visit La Boca, with its brightly coloured houses, the Cathedral, Recoleta area and the Presidential Palace, with its famous balcony where successive leaders have made appearances. Optional dinner and evening to experience a tango show. 

Day 3 - Buenos Aires

Day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires or choose from a number of optional tours & excursions:

  • Tango classes
  • Traditional bars & cafes of San Telmo
  • Colon Theatre
  • Evita & Peronism tour
  • Art in Buenos Aires
  • Argentine Dinner experience
  • Buenos Aires' Jewish heritage
  • Hidden Buenos Aires
  • Underground tunnels of Buenos Aires
  • The life & times of Diego Maradona
  • Estancias of the Pampa
  • Delta del Tigre day trip
  • Day trip across the Rio Plata to Uruguay

Argentine Lake District Days 4 - 6

Days 4-6 Lake District

Itinerary Description

Days 4-6 Lake District

Flight to Bariloche, in Argentina’s Lake District, staying for three nights. This alpine town is surrounded by beautiful mountain countryside, with excellent hotels and country lodges. The scenery ranges from lush, snow-covered mountain peaks and beautiful lakes, to the dry Pampa in the lowlands. It is a hub for outdoor activities, horse riding and walking the numerous trails; a wonderful place for picnics on the shore of picturesque lakes. Gabriela, our local guide, has a detailed knowledge of the area.

Antarctica Expedition Cruise Days 7 - 17

Day 7 - Fly to Ushuaia

Days 8-17 - Sea Spirit Antarctica Expedition Cruise

Itinerary Description

Day 7 - Fly to Ushuaia

Flight to Ushuaia and transfer to your hotel for one night.

Day 8 - Ushuaia & Embarkation

Morning at leisure to explore Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to the port and embark on the M/V Sea Spirit luxury expedition cruise, and sail south along the Beagle Channel.

Sea Spirit Expedtion Vessel in detail

Antarctica cruise map

Days 9-10 - 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 briefi ngs and lectures as expert naturalist guides prepare you for your visit to Antarctica.

Days 11-15 - Antarctic Peninsula

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.

Antarctica Cruise Holiday

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

Days 16-17 - Return to Ushuaia

Sail northbound again. Enjoy a memorable farewell dinner.

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.

Buenos Aires Days 18 - 21

Day 18 - Disembark & fly to Buenos Aires

Day 19 - Buenos Aires 

Day 20-21 - Overnight return flight to UK

Itinerary Description

Day 18 - Disembark & fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your fl ight to Buenos Aires, staying for two nights.

Day 19 - Buenos Aires

One free day to enjoy the artistic, bohemian district of Palermo with cafes, galleries and shops; or take the ferry across the river to the old colonial settlement of Colonia in Uruguay, or enjoy cafes and shopping.

Day 20-21 - Overnight return flight to UK

Travel Details
Explorer

What's Included

  • 21 Days / 18 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Ten night Sea Spirit Antarctica Expedition Cruise, all meals & excursions
  • Breakfast every day
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 21 Days / 18 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Ten night Sea Spirit Antarctica Expedition Cruise, all meals & excursions
  • Breakfast every day
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 21 Days / 18 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Ten night Sea Spirit Antarctica Expedition Cruise, all meals & excursions
  • Breakfast every day
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

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

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates November December - February
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - - £9,292 - - £12,964
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - + £8,494 - - + £10,894
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates November December - February
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - - €10,250 - - €15,853
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - + €10,193 - - + €11,877
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates November December - February
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - - $11,079 - - $12,964
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - + $11,042 - - + $17,052
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

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