Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Antarctic Explorer

An 11-day expedition adventure from Ushuaia through the Drake Passage and the channels of the Antarctic Peninsula, which form arguably the most spectacular and pristine wilderness on earth, with included zodiac excursions for close encounters with wildlife

Cruise Only - Package Possible
10 nights from £6640pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Antarctic
  • Chinstrap Penguin
  • Zodiac Excursion
  • Whale spotting
  • Seal
  • Ice-capped mountains

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


This is an exciting adventure from Ushuaia through Drake Passage into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing aboard our well-appointed expedition vessel, we see Antarctic nature in all its glory.

It is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife from penguin rookeries of Gentoo, Adelies and Chinstraps to five seal species, a profusion of seabirds the incredible whales, all seen from the shore, the Zodiacs and from on board. See the spectacular landscapes which make Antarctica a unique region with its large icebergs and sweeping ice-capped mountains.

Zodiacs allow for incredibly close encounters with wildlife and an expert expedition team will share their wealth of knowledge on the history of the Antarctic and the wildlife you spot. This is a journey that appeals to many: photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, or those who simply want to see the impressive natural surroundings.

P410 Operated by Exodus


Antarctic Explorer Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia

Embark your ship in Ushuaia and hear introductions from the expedition team about the itinerary before setting sail through the Beagle Channel early evening where you'll have your first chance to spot wildlife. (D)

Day 2 -3 - Drake Passage

Spot whales and seabirds with help from the expedition team as your ship crosses the Drake Passage. There is also a programme of talks about the wildlife you can see and the history of this unique area which prepares you as you make your way to the Antarctic. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 8 - Antarctica

Follow in the footsteps of great explorers in Antarctica. Take zodiac excursions to explore the bays, channels and landing sites for the best opportunities to spot wildlife from penguin rookeries to Humpback whales and the Leopard Seal. Walk up the snowy paths to the mountains for 360° views and see Chinstrap penguins high up on the ridges. (B,L,D)

Days 9 - 10 - Drake Passage

Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula head back through Drake Passage and round Cape Horn, subject to weather permitting. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Ushuaia

In the early morning you arrive back in Ushuaia where your voyage ends. You are transferred either to town or to the airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires. (B)

Note: Weather, ice, or other conditions may necessitate changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions. Key: B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board cruise in cabin category of choice
  • Experienced expedition team
  • Onboard lectures, videos, slide and film shows
  • Shore excursions by zodiac boat
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights - A flight package can be arranged, please call us for details.

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Price from
Akademik Ioffe
Mar 02£6640
Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Mar 03£6640

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on a Triple Cabin and are cruise only. Flights can be arranged, please call us for details.
  • Sea Kayaking, Camping on Ice, Cross Country Skiing and Mountaineering Adventure Options are available on this cruise for suitably experienced people - prices from £150pp - please contact us for details
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