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Antarctic Exploration

Traverse untouched landscapes of ice and snow, witness breathtaking wildlife in its natural habitat, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of this pristine continent. This Antarctica expedition offers a once-in-a-lifetime journey into a world of remote grandeur and rare encounters, promising you an adventure like no other.

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There is nowhere on Earth more awe inspiring than Antarctica.

Add a plenitude of wildlife flying, swimming, and waddling around Antarctica’s shores plus surprisingly rich and varied history and you have a voyage that will keep on giving long after you’ve returned home.

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Antarctic Exploration Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Puerto Williams (Chile)

Puerto Williams is a Chilean city located on Navarino Island on the southern shores of the Beagle Channel. It claims to be the “southernmost city in the world”, however owing to its small size – 2500 residents approximately – the much larger Argentinean city of Ushuaia, which sits on the northern side of the same channel, also claims that title. The surrounding scenery is magnificent. The wild windswept mountains rise above the tree line and are regularly dusted with snow. The city itself has the dramatic backdrop called “Dientes de Navarino” (literally “teeth of Navarino”), which rival the famous Torres del Paine further to the north. The area was originally used by the Yaghan people, hunter-gatherers who despite enduring the harsh regional climate, could not weather the arrival of Europeans. The current city was established as a naval base in 1953 and honours the British-Chilean naval commander John Williams Wilson of the 16th century. Initially it served to protect territorial possessions and fishing rights of the area, as well as offering logistical support to Antarctic bases. More recently it has become a departure point for scientific and tourism trips to the Antarctic region. In contrast to the bustle and traffic of a very commercial Ushuaia, Puerto Williams offers a quieter, more relaxed experience. It charms the visitor with a small village feel, complete with rustic buildings and the homely smell of drifting wood smoke. A haven of peace at the end of the world.

Day 2 - Cruising Drake Passage

Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to experience. The southern tip of the Americas already feels like a wild enough environment – but the sensation of watching the distant cliffs of the peninsular known as the ‘End of the World’ fade into the horizon, is one that’s equal parts epic, eerie and magical. Set sail, to slowly drop off the bottom of the map from Cape Horn, and voyage on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. Drake Passage is an extraordinary voyage of romantic ocean faring legend, as you aim for Antarctica’s icy realm. On arrival, skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, as you traverse the waters of this continent where snow and ice dwelling creatures like penguins and whales roam undisturbed. Your first sight of this most-unexplored place will most likely be the South Shetland Islands. Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest and bravest explorers as you explore famed, snow-covered landmasses like Elephant and Deception Island. If the journey across Drake Passage sounds daunting, don’t worry – even in rough seas you’re never alone, and will often be accompanied on this spine-tingling adventure by soaring albatrosses and maybe even a protective pod of humpbacks and hourglass dolphins or two. Converging warm and cool ocean currents attract some spectacular animal life to the passage. If this is your first visit to this magical continent, you’ll also want to familiarise yourself with our blog for first timers to Antarctica.

Day 3 - Cruising Drake Passage

Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to experience. The southern tip of the Americas already feels like a wild enough environment – but the sensation of watching the distant cliffs of the peninsular known as the ‘End of the World’ fade into the horizon, is one that’s equal parts epic, eerie and magical. Set sail, to slowly drop off the bottom of the map from Cape Horn, and voyage on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. Drake Passage is an extraordinary voyage of romantic ocean faring legend, as you aim for Antarctica’s icy realm. On arrival, skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, as you traverse the waters of this continent where snow and ice dwelling creatures like penguins and whales roam undisturbed. Your first sight of this most-unexplored place will most likely be the South Shetland Islands. Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest and bravest explorers as you explore famed, snow-covered landmasses like Elephant and Deception Island. If the journey across Drake Passage sounds daunting, don’t worry – even in rough seas you’re never alone, and will often be accompanied on this spine-tingling adventure by soaring albatrosses and maybe even a protective pod of humpbacks and hourglass dolphins or two. Converging warm and cool ocean currents attract some spectacular animal life to the passage. If this is your first visit to this magical continent, you’ll also want to familiarise yourself with our blog for first timers to Antarctica.

Day 4 - Antarctic Sound (Antarctica)

Few voyages ignite the imagination like a journey down to one of the planet’s most remote, extreme and enchanting wilderness, Antarctica. An adventure in its purest form, only a handful of people will ever be lucky enough to experience the majestic beauty of these monochrome landscapes first-hand. The Antarctic Sound will be one of your first encounters of this whitewash kingdom, located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula - which sprawls up like a tentacle towards Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southerly point, otherwise known as the ‘End of the World’. Taking its name from the first ship to brave the passageway between the peninsular and the Joinville Island groups back in 1902, the Sound is a raw, sensory assault of imposing iceberg slabs, broken away from the disintegrating Larsen Ice Shelf. Come face-to-face with stadium-sized islands of ice and meet the extraordinary birdlife that call this whitewash kingdom home. Watch on, as colonies of Gentoo penguins hop around, and cape petrels sweep overhead, as the continent’s unique wildlife thrives around you. If you’re planning your first venture into Antarctica, you’ll want to brush up on your photography skills in advance, to capture this unforgiving continent in all of its unrestrained glory. Read our blog for tips on how to ensure that your photos do justice to the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 5 - Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

Day 6 - Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

Day 7 - Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

Day 8 - South Shetland Islands

The ice-coated Antarctic Peninsula forms perhaps the most accessible region of mainland Antarctica, lying a mere 480-miles away from South America, across the fabled waters of Drakes Passage. Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews. Don’t be fooled though, these islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on earth. The triple peaks of Mount Foster tower above the archipelago, and you’ll feel your heart pumping a little quicker, as you sail into the core of Deception Island’s magnificent collapsed volcano caldera. Hike the luna landscapes within, and even dip into the improbably warm, geothermally-heated waters of Pendulum Cove. Elephant Island, meanwhile, is written deep into the annals of Antarctic expedition legend, as the site where Ernest Shackleton and the stricken crew of the Endurance miraculously survived a harsh Antarctic winter, in 1916.

Day 9 - Cruising Drake Passage

Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to experience. The southern tip of the Americas already feels like a wild enough environment – but the sensation of watching the distant cliffs of the peninsular known as the ‘End of the World’ fade into the horizon, is one that’s equal parts epic, eerie and magical. Set sail, to slowly drop off the bottom of the map from Cape Horn, and voyage on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. Drake Passage is an extraordinary voyage of romantic ocean faring legend, as you aim for Antarctica’s icy realm. On arrival, skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, as you traverse the waters of this continent where snow and ice dwelling creatures like penguins and whales roam undisturbed. Your first sight of this most-unexplored place will most likely be the South Shetland Islands. Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest and bravest explorers as you explore famed, snow-covered landmasses like Elephant and Deception Island. If the journey across Drake Passage sounds daunting, don’t worry – even in rough seas you’re never alone, and will often be accompanied on this spine-tingling adventure by soaring albatrosses and maybe even a protective pod of humpbacks and hourglass dolphins or two. Converging warm and cool ocean currents attract some spectacular animal life to the passage. If this is your first visit to this magical continent, you’ll also want to familiarise yourself with our blog for first timers to Antarctica.

Day 10 - Sailing around Cape Horn - Puerto Williams (Chile)

Puerto Williams is a Chilean city located on Navarino Island on the southern shores of the Beagle Channel. It claims to be the “southernmost city in the world”, however owing to its small size – 2500 residents approximately – the much larger Argentinean city of Ushuaia, which sits on the northern side of the same channel, also claims that title. The surrounding scenery is magnificent. The wild windswept mountains rise above the tree line and are regularly dusted with snow. The city itself has the dramatic backdrop called “Dientes de Navarino” (literally “teeth of Navarino”), which rival the famous Torres del Paine further to the north. The area was originally used by the Yaghan people, hunter-gatherers who despite enduring the harsh regional climate, could not weather the arrival of Europeans. The current city was established as a naval base in 1953 and honours the British-Chilean naval commander John Williams Wilson of the 16th century. Initially it served to protect territorial possessions and fishing rights of the area, as well as offering logistical support to Antarctic bases. More recently it has become a departure point for scientific and tourism trips to the Antarctic region. In contrast to the bustle and traffic of a very commercial Ushuaia, Puerto Williams offers a quieter, more relaxed experience. It charms the visitor with a small village feel, complete with rustic buildings and the homely smell of drifting wood smoke. A haven of peace at the end of the world.

Day 11 - Puerto Williams - UK

Puerto Williams is a Chilean city located on Navarino Island on the southern shores of the Beagle Channel. It claims to be the “southernmost city in the world”, however owing to its small size – 2500 residents approximately – the much larger Argentinean city of Ushuaia, which sits on the northern side of the same channel, also claims that title. The surrounding scenery is magnificent. The wild windswept mountains rise above the tree line and are regularly dusted with snow. The city itself has the dramatic backdrop called “Dientes de Navarino” (literally “teeth of Navarino”), which rival the famous Torres del Paine further to the north. The area was originally used by the Yaghan people, hunter-gatherers who despite enduring the harsh regional climate, could not weather the arrival of Europeans. The current city was established as a naval base in 1953 and honours the British-Chilean naval commander John Williams Wilson of the 16th century. Initially it served to protect territorial possessions and fishing rights of the area, as well as offering logistical support to Antarctic bases. More recently it has become a departure point for scientific and tourism trips to the Antarctic region. In contrast to the bustle and traffic of a very commercial Ushuaia, Puerto Williams offers a quieter, more relaxed experience. It charms the visitor with a small village feel, complete with rustic buildings and the homely smell of drifting wood smoke. A haven of peace at the end of the world.

Price Includes

  • 10-night all-inclusive cruise
  • All flights and transfers
  • Zodiac landings and lectures led by the Expedition Team
  • Butler service in every suite on board
  • Unlimited free WiFi on board
  • High staff-to-guest ratio
  • Choice of dining venues on board
  • Complimentary beverages on board
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Shore excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 19th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £9200
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9200 Blue Water Price from: £10100 Blue Water Price from: £11000 Blue Water Price from: £13300 Blue Water Price from: £15000 Blue Water Price from: £17500 Blue Water Price from: £19200 Blue Water Price from: £21700
    • Nov 29th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £9200
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9200 Blue Water Price from: £10200 Blue Water Price from: £11400 Blue Water Price from: £13900 Blue Water Price from: £15800 Blue Water Price from: £18400 Blue Water Price from: £20200 Blue Water Price from: £22800
  • December
    • Dec 8th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Wind From: £9600
      Vista Suite Classic Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9600 Blue Water Price from: £10200 Blue Water Price from: £11500 Blue Water Price from: £14200 Blue Water Price from: £16300 Blue Water Price from: £19300 Blue Water Price from: £21700 Blue Water Price from: £24800
    • Dec 9th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £9600
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9600 Blue Water Price from: £10200 Blue Water Price from: £11400 Blue Water Price from: £14600 Blue Water Price from: £16600 Blue Water Price from: £19600 Blue Water Price from: £21700 Blue Water Price from: £24700
    • Dec 19th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £10700
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10700 Blue Water Price from: £11800 Blue Water Price from: £13200 Blue Water Price from: £19100 Blue Water Price from: £22400 Blue Water Price from: £26900 Blue Water Price from: £30200 Blue Water Price from: £34700

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 5th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Wind From: £10700
      Vista Suite Classic Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10700 Blue Water Price from: £12000 Blue Water Price from: £14100 Blue Water Price from: £17800 Blue Water Price from: £21900 Blue Water Price from: £26000 Blue Water Price from: £29100 Blue Water Price from: £33300
    • Jan 13th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £10600
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10600 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £13100 Blue Water Price from: £16200 Blue Water Price from: £18900 Blue Water Price from: £22500 Blue Water Price from: £25200 Blue Water Price from: £28800
    • Jan 15th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Wind From: £10700
      Vista Suite Classic Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10700 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £13800 Blue Water Price from: £17600 Blue Water Price from: £20800 Blue Water Price from: £24800 Blue Water Price from: £27800 Blue Water Price from: £31900
  • February
    • Feb 7th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £10100
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10100 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £13000 Blue Water Price from: £16800 Blue Water Price from: £19200 Blue Water Price from: £22800 Blue Water Price from: £25500 Blue Water Price from: £29100
    • Feb 12th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Wind From: £9600
      Vista Suite Classic Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9600 Blue Water Price from: £11000 Blue Water Price from: £12400 Blue Water Price from: £16000 Blue Water Price from: £18500 Blue Water Price from: £22100 Blue Water Price from: £24600 Blue Water Price from: £28200
    • Feb 17th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £9300
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9300 Blue Water Price from: £10800 Blue Water Price from: £12000 Blue Water Price from: £15700 Blue Water Price from: £18000 Blue Water Price from: £21500 Blue Water Price from: £24000 Blue Water Price from: £27400
    • Feb 27th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £9100
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9100 Blue Water Price from: £10500 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £15200 Blue Water Price from: £17500 Blue Water Price from: £20700 Blue Water Price from: £23100 Blue Water Price from: £26400
  • November
    • Nov 22nd - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Endeavour From: £10400
      Classic Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Premium Veranda Suite Silver Suite Grand Suite Owner’s Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10400 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £12400 Blue Water Price from: £12800 Blue Water Price from: £20200 Blue Water Price from: £37200 Blue Water Price from: £49300
    • Nov 26th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Cloud From: £8900
      Vista Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £8900 Blue Water Price from: £10100 Blue Water Price from: £12100 Blue Water Price from: £17300 Blue Water Price from: £23600 Blue Water Price from: £25400 Blue Water Price from: £29700 Blue Water Price from: £38500
  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Endeavour From: £10600
      Classic Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Premium Veranda Suite Silver Suite Grand Suite Owner’s Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10600 Blue Water Price from: £11900 Blue Water Price from: £12600 Blue Water Price from: £13000 Blue Water Price from: £19600 Blue Water Price from: £36700 Blue Water Price from: £48800
    • Dec 11th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Wind From: £8500
      Vista Suite Classic Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £8500 Blue Water Price from: £10100 Blue Water Price from: £12100 Blue Water Price from: £18000 Blue Water Price from: £24300 Blue Water Price from: £26100 Blue Water Price from: £30000 Blue Water Price from: £38500
    • Dec 12th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Endeavour From: £10400
      Classic Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Premium Veranda Suite Silver Suite Grand Suite Owner’s Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10400 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £12400 Blue Water Price from: £12800 Blue Water Price from: £20200 Blue Water Price from: £37300 Blue Water Price from: £49400

2026 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 5th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Endeavour From: £11000
      Classic Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Premium Veranda Suite Silver Suite Grand Suite Owner’s Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £11000 Blue Water Price from: £12400 Blue Water Price from: £13100 Blue Water Price from: £13500 Blue Water Price from: £20700 Blue Water Price from: £39300 Blue Water Price from: £52400
    • Feb 22nd - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Wind From: £9700
      Vista Suite Classic Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Medallion Suite Silver Suite Royal Suite Grand Suite Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9700 Blue Water Price from: £10700 Blue Water Price from: £12800 Blue Water Price from: £18300 Blue Water Price from: £24900 Blue Water Price from: £26800 Blue Water Price from: £31400 Blue Water Price from: £40900
  • March
    • Mar 5th - Puerto Williams and back - Sailing on: Silver Endeavour From: £10400
      Classic Veranda Suite Superior Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Premium Veranda Suite Silver Suite Grand Suite Owner’s Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10400 Blue Water Price from: £11700 Blue Water Price from: £12400 Blue Water Price from: £12800 Blue Water Price from: £20200 Blue Water Price from: £37200 Blue Water Price from: £49300

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