• South Shetlands

Itinerary Summary

11 Days
DEC 2022- MAR 2024
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
11 Days £5695 DEC 2022- MAR 2024 Antarctica Small Group Safari
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Classic Antarctica Adventure

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.

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.

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A magical 11 day classic Antarctic expedition

from $5,866 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1


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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(B, L, D)

Day 11


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




This is a small group, set departure available on a number of expedition ships. Please note that all trip prices exclude the cost of international flights.

Prices vary depending on the expedition ship. Length of expedition can also vary by one or two days. 



Trip date Prices from
Dec 10 - Dec 20 2022 £6795
Trip date Prices from
Feb 08 - Feb 19 2023 £7195
Feb 18 - Mar 01 2023 £7195
Nov 12 - Nov 22 2023 £5691
Nov 21 - Dec 01 2023 £6026
Dec 10 - Dec 20 2023 £6026
Dec 19 - Dec 29 2023 £6566

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