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Antarctica: The Great Antarctic Expedition

An Antarctica Cruise provides an epic journey through the great white wilderness

An Antarctica Cruise provides an epic journey through the great white wilderness

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Unforgettable, 21 day voyage of exploration and adventure, visiting this utterly remote and thoroughly stunning part of the world
  • Spend four days in Antarctica where you’ll discover pristine surroundings and awe-inspiring wildlife as you embark on several hikes
  • See an abundance of wildlife, such as penguins and albatross, as you visit the Falkland Islands
  • Travel to the South Orkney Islands and photograph the fabulous local seals and birds
  • Admire South Georgia’s stunning landscapes and the amazing Drake Passage
  • Attend fascinating onboard lectures, giving you a great insight into the destinations you will visit

Have you ever wanted to venture where the great explorers have roamed? Discover the unspoiled beauty of the extreme southern hemisphere by embarking on the Great Antarctic Expedition. Witness the splendour of the Antarctic wilderness and visit the habitats of the albatross and King Penguins near the borders of Antarctica, on the Falkland Islands. Spend time at sea onboard the specially designed ships, relaxing in comfortable quarters which were created to ensure each moment of the Great Antarctic Expedition is thoroughly enjoyable. Imbibe the wisdom of experienced tour guides at various lectures throughout the trip and learn more about the history of each destination during land excursions and tours.

The Great Antarctic Expedition allows you to visit some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes: travel the icy waters past majestic glaciers and savour the views of the jutting mountain backdrops.

Want to see the Aurora Australis? Take our Antarctic Expedition cruise, travelling off peak to see the region before or after the most extreme conditions set in (October or March) and visiting the sub-Antarctic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia.

If you're not totally sure which break is the right one for you, just take a look at our Antarctica Holiday Ideas and let us point you in the right direction!

  • Day 1 - Arrive

    An Antarctica Cruise provides an epic journey through the great white wilderness - Arrive

    Fly to Buenos Aires in preparation for the start of the Great Antarctic Expedition.

  • Day 2 - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

    Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

    Begin the Great Antarctic Expedition in the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia. Once on board the specially designed Hurtigruten ship, the Captain will introduce you to the crew and the experienced expedition guides. He will then explain the itinerary for the following day. Relax and acquaint yourself with the ship’s facilities and your living quarters.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - At Sea

    At Sea

    As the ship sails towards the Falkland Islands, enjoy the views and perhaps attend the onboard lectures to receive greater insight into the destinations you will visit during the Great Antarctic Expedition. Discover the history of the islands and look out for the dolphins and albatross which frequent these waters.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 4 to 5 - The Falkland Islands

    The Falkland Islands

    Today on the Great Antarctic Expeditionyou will see an abundance of wildlife, from penguins and albatross, to grazing sheep and paddling geese. There are many pubs, shops and charming cafés here, giving you the chance to pick up a few souvenirs and enjoy the local cuisine. If weather permits, you will embark on a hike amongst the spectacular vistas of the Falkland Islands.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 6 to 7 - At Sea

    At Sea

    During the Great Antarctic Expedition you will have the opportunity to learn more about the highlights and history of the destinations you visit. Today, discover what to expect when you arrive at South Georgia. Listen to the tales and legends of the location’s whaling past and in particular, the fateful story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endeavour.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 8 to 9 - South Georgia

    South Georgia

    The landscapes of South Georgia are second to none. The rambling terrains are home to a plethora of wildlife so be sure to take your camera with you when you disembark. If weather conditions permit, you will experience the glorious sight of the mountain-flanked Drygalski Fjord and the seal-lined shores of Fortuna Bay.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - At Sea

    At Sea

    Today is an ideal time to enjoy the landscapes the ship passes on the way to the South Orkney Islands. Take advantage of this time at sea, capturing sensational images of local seabirds and marine life. Again, you can attend onboard lectures and learn of the stringent guidelines in place that protect the Antarctic from environmental harm.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - South Orkney Islands

    South Orkney Islands

    Originally visited for seal hunting, the islands are now a destination for nature-lovers and photographers from all over the globe. The seal population was almost gone in the 19th century, but with their numbers now increasing, visitors on the Great Antarctic Expedition may see them basking on the shores below the craggy cliff faces that are home to a variety of birds.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - At Sea

    At Sea

    Relax during this day at sea on the Great Antarctic Expedition as the ship sails past the Washington Strait and the renowned Coronation Island, given its name as it was discovered in 1821 on the coronation year of King George IV.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 13 to 17 - Antarctica


    The undisputed highlight of the Great Antarctic Expedition is our much anticipated arrival in Antarctica. Bathed in a perpetual, pristine coating of white, Antarctica is an enticing realm that invites discovery and exploration. Various sites will be visited during your time here and, providing you possess an adequate level of fitness, you will embark on hikes amid the vast terrains.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 18 to 19 - Drake Passage

    Drake Passage

    Travel along the picturesque Drake Passage as the ship sails back towards Buenos Aires. The lectures continue, allowing you to relive the highlights of your Great Antarctic Expedition.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20 - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    After breakfast, alight and say farewell to your fellow passengers on the Great Antarctic Expedition.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 21 - Flight to the UK

    Flight to the UK

    Today you fly home to the UK.

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • Return international flights from London (details of regional departures on request)
  • Domestic flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Escorted airport transfers
  • Two nights' (pre and post voyage) accommodation in a local standard hotel in Buenos Aires
  • 19 days' voyage with accommodation in an I grade cabin (upgrade details on request)
  • The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
    • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
    • Oritentation tour
    • On-board lecture program
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Services of a professional expedition team

Not Included...

  • Optional excursions (these can be arranged for you at a supplement)
  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)

Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.

Please note:

  • due to flight departure times, you may need to take an overnight flight to and/or from Buenos Aires
  • a completed pre-departure medical questionnaire is a mandatory requirement
  • itineraries may be subject to change based on local logistical and meterological considerations

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