Overview & Highlights
The best Antarctic classic overview holiday at a competitive price. Travel on a stable, high-quality purpose-built cruise ship among bergs and glaciers.
- City tour of Buenos Aires
- Shore excursions on the Antarctic cruise
You don’t have to venture deep into this huge continent – larger than Europe – to have a rewarding experience of what Antarctica has to offer. One of the most frequent and popular itineraries is this journey which crosses the Drake Passage to visit the most accessible region of the continent around the Antarctic Peninsula, a slim finger of land and offshore islands reaching out from the main continental mass towards southern Argentina. You will observe prolific wildlife, extraordinary ice-carved landscapes and evidence of the human impact – derelict whaling stations, and research outposts.
You’ll view the highlights from your ship, zodiac or on shore excursions; but, on some departures and only if conditions permit, you may also be able to opt to venture onto the ice and ski, paddle round the bergs in a kayak, or even indulge in a spot of mountaineering.
This expedition reveals the snow-drenched mountains and icebergs of these more accessible fringes of the White Continent. The cliffs and bays are brought to life by the chattering and wheeling of birdlife, sea-lions and penguins. You pass through the oft stormy Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence, where the upwelling of nutrients as warm water meets cold attracts wildlife in astonishing abundance.
The specific itinerary shown below, departure dates and costs are based on the Ocean Endeavour. Other ships operating the same route on different dates and with different prices include Ocean Diamond, Silver Explorer, Ushuaia, Sea Adventurer. Click on the Departure Schedule tab above for more information.
Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Buenos Aires.
Guided city tour.
Fly south to Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), overnight in hotel.
All aboard for Antarctica! Embark your cruise ship.
Cross the Drake Passage.
Visit the South Shetland Islands, on to and explore the Antarctic Peninsula.
Cross the Drake Passage. Disembark in Ushuaia; fly to Buenos Aires.
Transfer to airport for international flight.
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An excellent holiday that certainly lived up to expectations. Very happy to have travelled again with JLA, after our first trip with you from Brazil to Peru, with an extension to Ecuador (just 26 years ago!) Thanks again.DA, York
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