Small Group Safari

Classic Antarctica Expedition

A classic adventure exploring Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands. Spot a wide variety of whales, penguins and gigantic icebergs; as well as spending some time exploring the surprisingly vibrant grasslands of the South Shetland Islands.

Duration 11 days
Price From $5,178
When Nov - Mar
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

This incredible journey departs Ushuaia to explore the outstanding Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, which contrary to popular belief, is far from a world of white desolation. Vivid emerald, violets and blues colour the landscapes on this truly adventurous Antarctic Safari. Pass huge icebergs, encounter huge whales and witness massive rookeries of penguins as you explore this vast icy wilderness. Subject to weather and ice conditions you will have the opportunity to stand on the continent itself.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Visit the continent of Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands.
  • Cruise in a zodiac alongside incredible icebergs and ice formations.
  • See vast colonies of penguins.
  • Spot orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.
  • Cross the famous Drake Passage, followed by an array of seabirds.

The tried and tested, classic Antarctica safari. A great option!

Day by day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Today you will arrive in the world’s most southerly city, you will have the opportunity to explore (depending on your flight time) before returning to your hotel to ensure that you are well rested for your voyage tomorrow.

Day 2

Beagle Channel

This afternoon embarkation will take place in the port of Ushuaia where you will be able to settle into your home for the next 12 days and meet your fellow passengers. The boat will begin by sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Overnight: M/S Expedition B, D

Days 3-4

The Drake Passage

Your adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Take in daily lectures from your expedition team and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in our sturdy ship's wake.

Overnight: M/S Expedition B, L, D

Days 5-8

Antarctic - South Shetland

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather conditions permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Overnight: M/S Expedition B, L, D

Days 9-10

The Drake Passage

Today you will begin your journey back towards the port of Ushuaia- where your incredible adventure began. Make sure to spend some time on the observation deck for some final whale sightings.

Overnight: M/S Expedition B, L, D

Day 11

Ushuaia

This morning disembarkation will occur and you will be transferred either to your hotel or airport depending upon your future travel plans.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group departure leaving on set dates.

2017 - 2018 Departures  Safari Length  Price 
Dec 12-22  11 day From £3,699 per person 
Jan 2-12  11 day From £3,699 per person
Jan 30-Feb 9  11 day From £3,699 per person
Mar 4-14  11 day From £3,699 per person
Mar 13-23 11 day From £3,699 per person


2018 - 2019 Departures  Safari Length  Price 
Nov 12-24  13 day From £4,739 per person 
Dec 12-22  11 day From £4,299 per person
Jan  02-12  11 day From £4,999 per person
Jan 30 - Feb 09 11 day From £4,999 per person
Mar 04-14 11 day From £3,999 per person
Mar 13-23 11 day From £3,699 per person

Note that all prices exclude international flights.

These are from prices based on Category 1A prices.

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