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.
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.
- City tour of Buenos Aires
- Shore excursions on the Antarctic cruise
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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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What our clients say
It was a wonderful trip. It was all good. In saying what I say next that is not to denigrate anything else. However, here we were at the vineyards outside Mendoza. It is a beautiful day weather-wise. We have had a fine tour of the vineyard and winery. The vineyard is itself beautiful and peaceful. Now we are in a lovely modern building for the 'lecture' and tastings. I am feeling very happy. Can it get any better? Yes. I look beyond the lecturer out of the window and there I see the beauty of the vineyard and 'just' behind that of the high Andes. Breathtaking!IM, London
I have been travelling for over half a century but his was my first organised tour and it was wonderful. As I said on my return I would go again next week if my diary was not full, I needed a rest and was not minded to spend as much again so soon.
Jam packed itinerary with so many great places and sights in such a short time! Iguacu Falls, Rio, La Paz, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu- it really had it all. We had a great tour guide; informative, knowledgeable and extremely personable, with a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for South America. Logistics were seamless- first time travelling to South America, first time travelling solo- highly recommend it!LM, London
For me, it was the Atacama desert. It is the driest desert in the world, and we had thunder storms!! But it left snow on the volcanos and fluffy clouds in the brilliant blue sky. Perfect for landscape photography. The great guides, and the friendly fellow travelers.MB, Chelmsford
The Penguin tour was excellent. It covered all the main places I wanted to see, from the Atacama to Patagonia. There are not many companies that cover so much, for group travellers.
This was a great trip taking in all the highlights of Chile and southern Patagonia before finishing off with a visit to Buenos Aires. The highlight was hiking in Torres del Paine but there were memorable moments throughout. Our tour leader was excellent throughout, helping everybody achieve their individual goals and really adding to the group holiday experience.GD, Cranleigh
Iguazu Falls were out of this world. Machu Picchu was very special and the desert was amazing.IM, Solihull
The tour leader was excellent as was the whole experience, especially the exciting optional excursions, kayaking, horse riding, zip linings, snorkelling and many interesting walks.MG, Glasgow
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