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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 £6,485,
Land only from £5,550

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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.

Itinerary overview
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
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.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Buenos Aires

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES. AT LEISURE

    On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Intersur Recoleta, Buenos Aires
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO USHUAIA

    Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Ushuaia. On arrival in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Ushuaia has plenty of bars, coffee shops and restaurants catering for all tastes and plenty of shops to get those last minute bits of extra kit you forgot to pack.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Albatros, Ushuaia
  4. Day 4 - USHUAIA AT LEISURE

    Sitting on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia actually means 'the bay facing westward' in the language of the original Yamna inhabitants. It was once a penal colony (the presidio was disbanded in the 1940s) for political prisoners as well as hardened criminals. Ushuaia is now a major tourist attraction, particularly catering for people about to embark on a cruise to Antarctica. The town of 40,000 is also a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers and offers magnificent hiking in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the only coastal national park in Argentina.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Albatros, Ushuaia
  5. Day 5 - FREE MORNING. EMBARK ON THE POLAR CRUISE SHIP M/S EXPEDITION SAIL THE BEAGLE CHANNEL
    antarctica classic ms expedition docked a palmer.

    After a night in a hotel and a good breakfast your sense of anticipation grows as your ship, the MS Expedition is positioned in the port being readied for your embarkation in the afternoon.
    Embarkation time is set for 1600hrs. The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier (arranged locally). The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel which is around 150 miles long and forms part of the border between Argentina and Chile. The Beagle Channel was named after the HMS Beagle from its 1820s voyage around the southern coasts of South America. On board was Captain Robert Fitzroy whose name was later given to the famous Fitzroy and Paine mountains in Chile. On a later voyage to the region he brought along a young naturalist called Charles Darwin!
    Please note that while it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  6. Day 6 - CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

    Your adventure begins with a 497 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th Century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never-ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.
    As you make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas which include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where you meet your guides, ship's crew and expedition staff. The lecture and information sessions begin as you start to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  7. Day 7 - CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

    At some point today you cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-Antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-Antarctic waters, while further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling create an ocean very high in marine productivity. When you pass this zone, you have entered the most nutrient rich waters on the earth - the Southern Ocean.
    Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join you in your journey as you cross into Antarctica.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  8. Day 8 - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

    This is what you have all been waiting for - a chance to explore and step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next 4 days you will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while you navigate through the area, but your itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that you encounter.

    The continent itself is roughly circular with a spindly arm, called the Antarctic Peninsula, reaching northwards towards Tierra del Fuego. South America is the nearest landmass, some 600 miles away. Considerably larger than either the United States or Europe, and twice the size of Australia, the continent is surrounded by a frozen sea that varies in area from one million square miles in summer to 7.3 million square miles in winter. Ninety-five percent of the continent of Antarctica is ice covered and contains the freshest water on earth - about 70 percent of all fresh water on earth in fact. The highest point in Antarctica is Vinson Massif, with an altitude of 4,897m/16,067ft above sea level; the lowest point is the Bentley Subglacial Trench at 2,500m/8,200ft below sea level, located in West Antarctica. Antarctica has the highest average elevation of all the continents at 2,300m/7,500ft above sea level.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  9. Day 9 - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
    antarctica classic penguins zodiac excursion.

    The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. If you are travelling early in the season your landing today will have you walking amongst Penguins as they gather with their fast-growing chicks, and later in the season whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and always numerous seabirds trail in the ship's wake. There is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, you will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Keeping a lookout from the Bridge or the deck of the ship, as you thread our way along the continent, you will feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers.

    Penguins
    'Penguin' is the common name for all flightless, aquatic birds and they are only found south of the equator. Penguins have been grouped into 18 species and 6 genera, with most making their homes in Antarctica and the sub Antarctic islands, though others are native to the coasts of Australia, South Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands. Penguins are speedy and agile swimmers, but extremely slow on land. The regions you visit aboard MS Expedition are inhabited by 6 different species including the Giant King Penguin which can grow up to 1m in height (found only on South Georgia Island), the Adelie Penguin named after French explorer Dumont d'Urville's wife, the Chinstrap Penguin identified by the distinctive black line connecting the black cap to below the chin, the Gentoo Penguin with its orange bill and white flash above and behind its eyes and the Macaroni Penguin which is the most numerous and the most difficult to see (only on South Georgia Island). They number roughly 12 million and are easily identified by the orange tassels meeting between the eyes. There is also the Rockhopper Penguin (seen only in the Falkland Islands) and are similar to the Macaroni in appearance, but slightly smaller and have yellow tassels.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  10. Day 10 - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

    Another day of exploring and more landings as the Zodiacs deliver you to shore. You might enjoy a walk up a small peak to get a magnificent vista back across the bay and towards the shore. Your guides will accompany you and assist in picking out the best route and one that does not interfere with the wildlife. The schedule can vary greatly in Antarctica and while no two days are alike we cannot guarantee which days certain excursions will occur.

    Whales
    Thanks to the abundance of the small, shrimp like krill as the basis of the food chain, many species of whale make the water south of the Antarctic Convergence their summer home. Some of the species found in the frigid southern waters include: the Humpback Whale, which consumes over a ton of krill each day, the Southern Right Whales easily identified by the whitish callosities on the jaws and forehead, the Sperm Whales made famous in Moby Dick, the Killer Whale which is actually not a whale at all, but the largest of the dolphin family, the Sei Whale which can achieve speeds up to 55km/h over short distances, the playful Minke Whales very common in the peninsula area, and the Fin Whale which can attain a length of 25 to 27m, making them the second largest whales.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  11. Day 11 - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
    antarctica classic icy landscape view from ms expedition.

    Today there will more landings in the Zodiacs. It is possible that today you will enter a massive caldera (as always the schedule varies from trip to trip). It is incredible when you get to shore inside the caldera, pulling up on beaches that appear to bubble slightly due to the heat from beneath. This of course is in contrast to the air temperature and an imposing glacier that stops short of the sea. You might even spot some krill on the beach that has been gently and slowly cooked to a pinkish colour. As well as taking in the spellbinding scenery this could be your chance to brave the waters and take an Antarctic plunge. On almost every Expedition there are a few game souls, so if you do elect to take a dip you won't be alone. This is a spa with a difference!

    Antarctica is a continent of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest, driest, iciest and highest of all the major landmasses in the world. It is the continent with the longest nights and the longest days. The coastal areas you will visit have some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the continent. It is also one of the last true wildernesses and largest wilderness area left on earth - largely unchanged since the first sealers, whalers, and early explorers landed on its inhospitable shores less than two centuries ago.

    The lowest temperature ever recorded anywhere on earth, -89.2°C, was recorded on July 21, 1983, at Vostok Station. Winds have been recorded at 200 mph in the interior of the continent and the average annual water precipitation in the interior is only about 50mm.

    Historical Figures
    Some of the bravest and best known explorers have sailed south in search of adventure and recognition. James Cook, the most travelled explorer of his time, was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica and the first to cross the Antarctic Circle. There was Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole and reached the pole on 14th December 1911, followed by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, famous for being 35 days late, who arrived at the South Pole on 17th January 1912 only to find the dark green tent and a note left by Amundsen. All 5 men in the Scott expedition perished on their way back from the pole. The best-known adventurer would have to be Sir Ernest Shackleton. On his attempt at the South Pole his ship, Endurance, was captured by pack ice in the Weddell Sea on 19th January 1915. The ship was destroyed by heavy ice, forcing him and his men to travel over the ice and sea to Elephant Island. However, because the island was uninhabited, Shackleton and 5 others made the 1300 km voyage for help to South Georgia, amazingly arriving at Stromness Harbour whaling station on 20th May 1916.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  12. Day 12 - CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

    Today you leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for albatross, prions, and whales.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  13. Day 13 - CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

    This is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. This is your last night onboard the M/S Expedition and a chance to celebrate having had the experience of a lifetime with your fellow travellers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: M / S Expedition
  14. Day 14 - DISEMBARK THE M/S EXPEDITION. FLY USHUAIA TO BUENOS AIRES

    Today you will disembark the M/S Expedition between 08:00-09:00hrs. Depending on the time of your flight back to Buenos Aires you will either be transferred directly to the airport at Ushuaia, or have free time with additional transfers provided at 12:30hrs or 16:30hrs. Fly to Buenos Aires for your last night. You might choose to take in a Tango show or enjoy a meal in one of the many fine restaurants available. For steak lovers, Argentinean steak is arguably the best you will ever taste.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Intersur Recoleta, Buenos Aires
  15. Day 15 - FLY BUENOS AIRES TO LONDON

    Some free time to enjoy the city before your transfer to the airport for your flight from Buenos Aires to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Departure Day
  16. Day 16 - ARRIVE LONDON, UK

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
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Sat 30 Dec - Sun 14 Jan 2018Limited & Guaranteed£6995 Book£8230 Book

2018

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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

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)
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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

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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