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

Classic Antarctica Expedition

A once-in-a-lifetime luxury expedition from Ushuaia exploring the Earth's least-visited continent, Antarctica, with its majestic icebergs and abundance of wildlife. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Fly Cruise
15 nights from £9990pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Adelie penguins on Petermann Island
  • the sunken volcano on Deception Island
  • Base Brown Research Station, Paradise Bay
  • Antarctic Scenery

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

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This exciting holiday begins with a hotel stay in Buenos Aires before heading to the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica, explored by Shackleton, Scott and Byrd.

The wildlife, geology and marine life encountered on this cruise of the Antarctic is explained and described by an on-board team of scientists and experts. Along with many other land and sea creatures, seals on moving ice-floes, albatross in flight and Megallan penguins inhabit the region.

Itineraries are intentionally unstructured following a tentative schedule allowing for moment-by-moment flexibility. Staying longer at sites of particular interest, or making slight detours whenever weather, nature or curiosity dictate, the Expedition Leader will work closely with the Captain to maximise opportunities for adventure and exploration based on prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea/ice conditions.

Inflatable Zodiac boats allow exploration to places which would otherwise be inaccessible. They are not only incredibly safe and secure, but also provide opportunities for up-close explorations. All guests will participate in a complete Zodiac familiarisation session upon embarkation.

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Classic Antarctica Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Overnight flight from the UK to Buenos Aires.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Ushuaia

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Ushuaia where you'll embark Silver Explorer, bidding farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the 'Land at the End of the World'. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

Days 4-5 - Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds which glide in the air currents of our ship's wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Have your cameras ready to capture the magical colour of a midnight sunset. As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Explorer and the welcoming Expedition Team members and attend informative lectures.

Day 6 - Antarctic Sound

Historic sites that may be visited in the Antarctic Sound include Paulet Island, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff where Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls, Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. Weather permitting there may be the chance to walk onto a nearby glacier and cruise on a Zodiac past the Argentine Station Esperanza to see the penguins, Weddell seals and Blue-eyed Shags.

Days 7-11 - Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can be a new and breathtaking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it's apparent to everyone that we are moving closer into Antarctica's vast white wilderness. There is the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, minke and orca whales to surface from the waters. Each day we will attempt Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, we will cruise amongst colourful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by our team of natural history experts. Some of the places we may visit ; Aitcho Islands, heavily populated by penguins - gentoos and chinstraps; Brown Bluff, a flat-topped mountain, Paradise Bay which is on the Antarctic peninsula and houses the Base Brown research station; the rock formations of Petermann Island and colonies of blue-eyed shags, the sunken volcano on Deception Island and the WWII listening station at Port Lockroy, now a museum.

Day 12 - South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are made up of nine major islands and the region was the first to be used by sealers in the early 19th century. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here.

Days 13-14 - Drake Passage

Navigating our return through the Drake Passage, we will watch for seabirds and wildlife we may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the on-board lecturers and to swap photos with new-found friends as we journey towards Ushuaia.

Day 15 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires - UK

Disembark Silver Explorer in Ushuaia and board your flight to Buenos Aires, and onward flight to the UK.

Day 16 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 12-night luxury cruise aboard Silver Explorer
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, Buenos Aires
  • Return overnight flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Complimentary, hosted adventures ashore
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Expert naturalists and special guest lecturers on board
  • Complimentary parka
  • Open-seating dining
  • One hour free Wi-Fi per day for all guests and unlimited WiFi for guests in selected suites
  • Butler service for all guests
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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    • Feb 19th - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia - Sailing on: Silver Explorer From: £9990
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