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What’s included

  • 9 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing
  • Prices based on Category 2 cabins
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs
  • A free high performance expedition parka
  • Use of onboard gym, sauna and library
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • 2 nights good standard 4* hotel accommodation, in Buenos Aires (1 each at the start and end)
  • 2 nights 4* accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's UK sized 7-13 & women's UK sized 3-7
  • All meals included on board the M/S Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotels.
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests.(the highest ratio amongst Polar ships 1:10)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms micro-fleece

Antarctica Classic Wildlife

Polar Cruising

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Antarctica | Polar Cruising

Antarctica Classic

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: Regular landings on the Antarctic Peninsular

Flight inclusive from £7,615,
Land only from £6,345

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Antarctica is a destination of spectacular icy white scenery, where astounding encounters with wildlife await

Highlights

  • Explore South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Astonishing scenery, towering icebergs, glaciers and snow-capped mountains
  • Zodiac excursions, taking you closer to beautiful landscapes and wildlife
  • Expert guides, great food and en suite cabins on the M/S Expedition cruise ship

Reviews          

Nothing quite prepares you for a trip to the great white continent. It was the most breathtaking, jaw dropping, tears in the eyes, and lump in the throat experience of my life to have had the privilege to visit Antarctica.
Mr S, Wiltshire

Antarctica is beyond words, a calming, incomparable continent which claimed my silence.
K Robins, Mountain Kingdoms Marketing Manager

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The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. The few travellers who are fortunate enough to explore Antarctica’s vast expanses return home forever changed by an experience so awe-inspiring that it reaches to their very core. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning is unforgettable. This is an adventure to a continent of immense scale and visual splendour. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed.

We are introduced to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day presents a new discovery, whether we’re cruising through ice-choked waterways with spectacular icebergs carved by wind and sea into incredible shapes, or walking through chattering penguin rookeries, or watching minkes and humpbacks breaching in the pristine waters. Massive, magnificent and unforgiving, Antarctica is a continent of superlatives that will leave you searching for words to describe it.

Travelling aboard the M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience with spacious cabins, great food and passionate expert guides.

Our ‘Land Only’ and ‘Flight Inclusive from’ prices are based on category 2 cabins, twin-share with porthole windows, and include 2 internal flights (Buenos Aires - Ushuaia return), all airport-hotel-airport transfers, 2/3 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires and 2 nights in Ushuaia, all in 4 star hotels.


At a glance

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: Regular landings on the Antarctic Peninsular

Max. Altitude: Not applicable

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 1 clients

Maximum group size: 0

Land only joining city: Buenos Aires

Accommodation types: Hotels, Expedition Ship

Hotels:

The M/S Expedition boasts spacious, en suite, cabins. Our prices are based on Category 2 twin cabins which have a porthole window and ample storage for all your kit.

Upgrades are available to the following cabin types: Category 3 twin cabins which are slightly roomier and have a picture book window; Category 4 twin share which are larger still with a bigger window; and Category 5 cabins that offer a junior double suite with separate living area as well as larger bedroom and bathroom.

        Safety Features:
• Designed to Ice Class 1B specifications for service in sea ice.
• Four totally covered lifeboats provide capacity for all passengers and crew, while six life-rafts boast a capacity of 150 persons.
• Full immersion cold weather survival suits for all passengers and crew

Facilities & Amenities:
The M/S Expedition offers stability at sea, comfortable cabins and ample communal areas. With a maximum of 140 guests you will be well catered for by expert guides, staff and crew.
• 360° top observation deck
• All cabins with private, en suite bathrooms and outside views
• Raised forward observation deck
• Large fleet of Zodiacs with four stroke engines
• Complimentary wellington boots for duration of your cruise
• Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
• Large aft deck with barbecue facilities
• Polar Bear Pub
• Gift shop
• Medical clinic
• Sauna
• Computer room with internet where available
• Gym
• Expert guides, 55 members of staff & crew

Meal arrangements: Full board is provided during your cruise. Bed and breakfast in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.

Leader: Specialist Leaders, Polar cruises
Specialist Leaders, Polar cruises

On board are expert, English-speaking guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and an infectious passion for nature. They are very hard-working, attentive and helpful. On your Expedition cruise, shore excursions, and on board, lectures will be provided by knowledgeable, expert members of the crew.


The M/S Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every 10 guests there is always someone on hand to answer your questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.


DayActivity
1
Fly London to Buenos Aires overnight.
2
Arrive and overnight in Buenos Aires
3
Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, overnight in Ushuaia
4
Free day Ushuaia
5
Embark M/S Expedition at 1600, sail the Beagle Channel.
6-7
At sea, Drake Passage
8-11
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands.
12-13
At sea, Drake Passage
14
Disembark M/S Expedition. Fly back to Buenos Aires for last night.
15
Transfer to airport to fly Buenos Aires to London
16
Arrive UK

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 9 Dec - Sun 24 Dec 2017Limited & Guaranteed£6345 Book£7615 Book
Sat 30 Dec - Sun 14 Jan 2018Limited & Guaranteed£6995 Book£7945 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 27 Jan - Sun 11 Feb 2018AvailableContact usContact us
Thu 1 Mar - Fri 16 Mar 2018AvailableContact usContact us
Sat 10 Mar - Sun 25 Mar 2018AvailableContact usContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single Room Hotels
    From £465
Insurance
No Surcharge Guarantee

No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • 9 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing
  • Prices based on Category 2 cabins
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs
  • A free high performance expedition parka
  • Use of onboard gym, sauna and library
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • 2 nights good standard 4* hotel accommodation, in Buenos Aires (1 each at the start and end)
  • 2 nights 4* accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's UK sized 7-13 & women's UK sized 3-7
  • All meals included on board the M/S Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotels.
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests.(the highest ratio amongst Polar ships 1:10)
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms micro-fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Airport departure taxes, excepting UK Departure Tax
  • Optional kayaking and camping excursions from the M/S Expedition (must book in advance - contact the office for details)
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Majestic and Miraculous Antarctica          

There's nowhere to compare with Antarctica. Whether it's staring at the jaw-dropping magnificence of the scenery or being delighted by the antics of the penguins, you won't find a similar experience anywhere else. For me, as for many others, it was the chance to finally encounter the seventh continent. I walked on and sailed past ruggedly and eerily beautiful mountains, volcanic islands, glaciers and icebergs and saw with my own eyes a constantly changing array of birds, whales and seals. There was something new every day. The experience was supported by lectures on the ship, given by the same environmental and wildlife experts who accompanied us on every excursion. The food and quality of service on the ship were faultless. This isn't a cheap holiday but, if you can afford it, one you'll never forget.

Fullfilling a lifelong dream          

This was the most perfect trip we have ever undertaken. The guides and staff on the MV Expedition were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble and the service was excellent. The scenery and wildlife sightings were beyond expectations and the knowledgable guides gave us lots of information on everything we saw.

A scenery beyond words          

Antarctica is beyond words, a calming, incomparable continent which claimed my silence.

Incredible          

Nothing quite prepares you for a trip to the great white continent. It was the most breathtaking, jaw dropping, tears in the eyes, and lump in the throat experience of my life to have had the privilege to visit Antarctica.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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