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What’s included

  • Free high performance expedition parka
  • Zodiac excursions with the expert Expedition team
  • Use of onboard library, gym and sauna
  • Presentations and educational programs
  • 12 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing
  • Prices based on Category 2 cabins
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • 3 nights good standard 4* hotel accommodation, in Buenos Aires
  • Half day city tour of Buenos Aires
  • 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 onboard 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

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Polar Cruising

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Antarctica | Polar Cruising

New for 2017
Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Duration:  20 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £8,735,
Land only from £7,795

Book now or call 01453 844400

An adventure of a lifetime sailing through the icy waters of Antarctica aboard the superbly equipped M/S Expedition polar cruise ship.

Highlights

  • Explore the South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
  • Regular Zodiac excursions take you close to the astonishing wildlife
  • Spacious cabins, great food and first rate facilities on the M/S Expedition cruise ship
  • Encounter enormous penguin colonies and keep lookout for whales, dolphins and seals

Reviews          

Nothing quite prepares you for a trip to the Great White Continent. It was the most breath taking, 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

I loved every minute from start to finish, even the slightly bumpy crossing of the Drake Passage, but especially walking through the penguins. I would have stayed watching their hilarious antics for hours.
Mr T, Gloucestershire

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On this awe-inspiring voyage we’ll head to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, abounding with wildlife. Here penguins gather in vast colonies with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and numerous seabirds trail in the ship’s wake.

Heading further south than most travellers get to experience, into the Antarctic Circle, there is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breath-taking scenery of blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. And, with regular shore landings, we’ll get to set foot on the ‘Great White Continent’, building memories which will last a lifetime!

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:  20 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: n/a

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: Bed & Breakfast in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, full board on M/S Expedition.

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
1-2
Fly London to Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel for the night.
3
Full day in Buenos Aires with city tour.
4-5
Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, overnight in Ushuaia and spend the day at leisure.
6
Embark on the M/S Expedition at 16:00 and sail through The Beagle Channel.
7-8
Crossing of The Drake Passage.
9-10
South Shetland Islands & The Antarctic Peninsula.
11-12
Antarctic Peninsula & The Antarctic Circle.
13-15
Antarctic Circle & The Drake Passage.
16-17
Sail north across The Drake Passage to reach Ushuaia.
18
Disembark the M/S Expedition. Fly back to Buenos Aires for the night.
19-20
Transfer to airport to fly Buenos Aires to London.

Map

Map Key

  • AirportAirport
  • General point of interestPoint of interest
  • Mountain RangeMountain Peak
  • TrekDay walk in this area
  • FlightsFlights
  • Internal TransfersInternal Transfers
  • Trek routeTrek

2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 17 Dec - Fri 5 Jan 2018Limited & Guaranteed£8295 Book£9270 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 4 Feb - Fri 23 Feb 2018Limited & Guaranteed£8295 Book£9260 Book
Fri 16 Feb - Wed 7 Mar 2018Limited & Guaranteed£7795 Book£8735 Book

Hold your place

Not quite ready to book? Why not call us on 0044 (0)1453 844400 to hold a no obligation place while you make up your mind?

 
Optional supplements
  • Single Room Supplement - Hotels
    From £595
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

  • Free high performance expedition parka
  • Zodiac excursions with the expert Expedition team
  • Use of onboard library, gym and sauna
  • Presentations and educational programs
  • 12 nights aboard the M/S Expedition in twin-share cabins (all with en suite bathrooms and window). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing
  • Prices based on Category 2 cabins
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • 3 nights good standard 4* hotel accommodation, in Buenos Aires
  • Half day city tour of Buenos Aires
  • 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 onboard 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
  • 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.

Loved every minute          

I loved every minute from start to finish, even the slightly bumpy crossing of the Drake Passage, but especially walking through the penguins. I would have stayed watching their hilarious antics for hours.

Breathtaking          

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.

Incomparable          

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


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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