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What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Buenos Aires
  • Ushuaia
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Travel in luxury on board but still enjoy expedition style landings.

  • On board specialists.

  • High proportion of staff to passengers.

  • Antarctic wildlife and scenery.

Audley Travel specialist Lizzie

What our specialists say...

If you want to sail to Antarctica in luxury you are no longer limited to the huge cruise ships carrying hundreds of passengers. You can now sail on expedition ships with around one hundred passengers in total, allowing you to not only travel in serious comfort but also to enjoy as many landings as you would on other expedition vessels. We have based this itinerary on a trip on the Silver Explorer, using a Veranda Suite. There are less expensive cabins on this ship (and others) and, of course, there are more expensive.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Buenos Aires
  • Ushuaia
  • Antarctica
  • Ushuaia
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires. Have the afternoon to explore Argentina's diverse capital.

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Day 3 Ushuaia

Buenos Aires , Ushuaia

Fly to the world's most southerly city of Ushuaia.

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Day 4 Polar Cruise

Ushuaia , Polar Cruise

Free time to explore the city before you board the ship and set sail along the Beagle channel. Luxury ships in Antarctica give you a five star experience on board but still offer the landings you would expect on an expedition. On board you will find dedicated hotel staff in addition to the expedition team who are there to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible. Ships often have full spa facilities as well.

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Day 5 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Crossing the Drake Passage.

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Day 6 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Come to the end of the Drake Passage and start to spot the first icebergs as you approach the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Day 7 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Shore landings and excursions on the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands such as Peterman, Livingston and Deception. There will generally be two excursions per day.

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Day 8 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today your vessel may visit Deception Island, a horseshoe-shaped volcanic caldera that is part of the South Shetland Islands. After squeezing through Neptune's Bellows, a narrow gap in the rocks, you might go ashore to explore an abandoned research station. There's also the novelty of bathing in Antarctic water in Pendulum Cove's hot springs.

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Day 9 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Make sure you're out on deck today, as your vessel may sail through the Lemaire Channel. Named after a Belgian explorer to the Congo, this strait slicing between Booth Island and the Peninsula is bordered by towering cliffs of ice and glaciers. It's often choked with huge icebergs. If it's a still, sunny day, you'll get an added bonus - crystalline reflections of the cliffs and icebergs in the millpond-like waters.

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Day 10 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today, if weather conditions allow, you might make a shore landing to explore a working research station (most likely a British or Argentine-owned station). You'll meet the people who work here, ranging from engineers to chefs, and get a sense of what it's like to live and work in such a remote place and often in harsh, extreme conditions. It's also a great way of learning about the politics of Antarctica and its global governance under the Antarctic Treaty System.

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Day 11 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

If a shore landing is possible, today might see you walking and sitting among a penguin colony. Species include chinstraps and gentoos, and you'll be surprised at the cacophony they make. It's also possible to view some colonies from on board your vessel.

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Day 12 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Start the crossing back over the Drake Passage.

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Day 13 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

At sea, crossing Drake Passage.

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Day 14 Buenos Aires

Ushuaia , Buenos Aires

Early morning arrival back in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires, where you will spend the night.

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Day 15 International return flight

Buenos Aires , International return flight

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Nik
Audley Travel specialist Lizzie

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The specialist who designs your trip to Antarctica will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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