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What’s included

  • Free high performance expedition parka
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Use of onboard library, gym and sauna
  • 19 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
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • 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
  • 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

Spirit of Shackleton, Antarctica Wildlife

Polar Cruising

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Antarctica | Polar Cruising

Spirit of Shackleton, Antarctica

Duration:  26 days from the UK  
Walks on: Regular landings on the Antarctic Peninsular

Flight inclusive from £11,955,
Land only from £10,895

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Discover the abundant wildlife and the unrivalled landscape of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsular

Highlights

  • Fascinating wildlife and birdlife of the Falkland Islands
  • King Penguin & macaroni penguin rookeries of South Georgia
  • Explore South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Zodiac excursions, taking you closer to beautiful landscapes and astonishing wildlife
  • Expert guides, great food and spacious 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 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

The cruise with couldn't be faulted. Great staff, organisation and food.
Mr & Mrs A, Gywnedd

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On this awe-inspiring voyage you’ll visit the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters.  Weather permitting; you will then have three full days to explore wildlife rich South Georgia. Visiting a huge colony of king penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. It’s also home to many interesting historical sites including former whaling stations and with inspiring lectures onboard, illuminating Ernest Shackleton’s legend, it will be poignant to visit his final resting place.

As if that weren’t enough you’ll then head to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Penguins gather with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous seabirds trail in our wake.  You may visit scientists working in modern research bases, and there is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains…and you’ll set foot on the Great White Continent.  Dreams are made of this!

Our ‘Land Only’ and ‘Flight Inclusive from’ prices are based on category 2 cabins, twin-share with picture 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:  26 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 offers stability at sea, spacious cabins and ample communal areas. With a maximum of 140 guests you will be well catered for by expert guides, staff and crew.

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:
• 360° top observation deck
• All cabins with private en-suite 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
1-2
Fly London to Buenos Aires.
3-4
Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, overnight in Ushuaia. Free day Ushuaia
5-6
Embark M/S Expedition at 1600, sail the Beagle Channel.
7-8
The Falkland Islands
9-10
The Great Southern Ocean
11-14
South Georgia
15-16
The Scotia Sea
17-21
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands.
22-23
Crossing the Drake Passage
24
Disembark M/S Expedition. Fly back to Buenos Aires for last night.
25-26
Transfer to airport to fly Buenos Aires to London

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Mon 20 Nov - Fri 15 Dec 2017Limited & Guaranteed£10895 Book£11955 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Mon 8 Jan - Fri 2 Feb 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

  • Free high performance expedition parka
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Use of onboard library, gym and sauna
  • 19 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
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • 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
  • 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
  • Airport departure taxes, excepting UK Departure Tax
  • Lunch and dinner in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Optional kayaking and camping excursions from the G Expedition (must book in advance - contact the office for details)
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Antarctica cruise          

Excellent organisation.

Faultless          

The cruise with couldn't be faulted. Great staff, organisation and food.

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.


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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