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Antarctic Explorer in Style

For those travellers prioritising real comfort and ease of travel logistics, this is a great option. Travel in style aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship, with heli-sightseeing available on select departures for a unique bird's-eye view of Antarctica. Plus the comprehensive transfer package from Buenos Aires on select dates makes life easy. Optional adventure activities available.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

11-12 Days

From

$16,390 -$41,190

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Explorer in Style - 11-12 Days - $16,390

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 11–13 days in length, depending on which departure you choose
  • Minimum of four full days exploring Antarctica with daily shore-based landings and zodiac excursions
  • Choice of two luxury expedition ships, with capacity for 172 & 199 guests respectively 
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:6, which is very low & market leading 
  • Optional adventure activities on select departures: camping, kayaking, one-off paddling, paddle boarding (limited places, additional cost for each)
  • Complimentary helicopter “flight-seeing trip” and optional helicopter-related activities (limited places at additional cost) on select departures
  • Comprehensive mandatory transfer package including charter flights to/from Buenos Aires makes for stress-free travel arrangements. Available on select departures
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 expedition parka jacket, loan of boots, and house alcoholic beverages included with dinner

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Explorer in Style

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

Arrive into the elegant capital city Buenos Aires today, making your own arrangements to transfer to your group hotel where your pre-cruise hotel night is included in the mandatory transfer package.

Please note that select departures dates follow an amended itinerary, beginning with an included pre-cruise night in Ushuaia rather than in Buenos Aires. These Ushuaia-starting departures do not include the charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, which must be purchased independently.  For these trips we strongly recommend that you add in a stay in Buenos Aires prior to flying down to Ushuaia for your included pre-night.


Day 2: Flight to Ushuaia & Embarkation

After an early breakfast at your Buenos Aires hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location giving you some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier. The ship sets sail in the late afternoon and you begin your Antarctic journey, passing along the Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, keep your camera ready as this is a great location to spot black-browed albatross in the water along with Magellanic penguins and sea lions. Eventually the channel opens up to the wild Southern Ocean, and you will sail onwards to Antarctica.

For those travelling on Ushuaia-starting trips, you will have the morning at leisure to relax and explore Ushuaia.  Perhaps take a half day trip into the Tierra del Fuego National Park or explore the quirky Maritime Museum in the old prison.  In the afternoon you will embark on the ship and set sail as above.


Days 3 & 4: At Sea

We always hope for a smooth sailing but as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing, it's best to prepare yourself for potentially rough water. You'll spend the first couple of days getting to know your shipmates and we'll provide you with safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.


Days 5 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake and the first sight of land on the Antarctic Peninsula is spotted, it feels as if it is the true beginning of your Antarctic expedition.

This region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike and you will immediately appreciate why this is. Every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, and your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. Each day, we will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites. Wildlife is always at the forefront of our minds: visits to penguin rookeries, scouting for humpback and minke whales and searching for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula's mountains will captivate you, as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360 degree views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, at Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony located high up on a ridge. Here you can choose between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you might consider participating in the Polar Plunge swim.  You will forge indelible memories such as noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Carefully crafted by your Expedition Team, every day will be different and guaranteed to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.


Days 9 & 10: At Sea 

Travelling back across the Drake Passage allows you some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air, spend time on deck scouting for seabirds and whales or enjoying a few final presentations by your Expedition Team.


Day 11: Disembarkation 

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning allowing for you to either continue your adventure elsewhere on land or catch flights home.


NOTEThis itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

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What our customers think of Antarctic Explorer in Style

Antarctic Explorer in Style trips scored 5/5 from 4 reviews

Too many memorable moments to choose from! Humpback whales, penguins, leopard seals, and the polar plunge are highlights, but the landscape itself was magnificent. Waking up every day to new natural marvels was magical. And the helicopter ride was amazing!

Travelled: February 2024

Jennifer -

Zodiac and Kyaking.

Travelled: February 2023

Christopher -

1. surrounding by whales and penguins. 2. wedding in Antarctica is amazing. 3. beautiful viewing

Travelled: January 2023

Yufei -

We see a whale passing under our boat. Penguin parents are taking care of their babies. We had our wedding onshore at Antarctica!

Travelled: January 2023

Xue -

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

2024

2025

2026

Explorer Triple Explorer Suite Balcony Suite Deluxe Balcony Suite Terrace Suite Solo Panorama Penthouse Suite Owner's Suite Ultra Suite
November 2024 Save up to 24%
16-Nov-2024 Save 23%
$16,390
$12,541
*
Save 24%
$18,990
$14,491
Save 24%
$20,990
$15,991
Save 24%
$24,590
$18,691
Save 24%
$25,590
$19,441
Save 24%
$26,190
$19,891
Save 24%
$27,190
$20,641
Save 24%
$33,290
$25,216
Full Enquire
26-Nov-2024 Save 9%
$16,390
$14,850
*
Save 9%
$18,990
$17,190
Save 10%
$20,990
$18,990
Save 10%
$24,590
$22,230
Save 10%
$25,590
$23,130
Save 10%
$26,190
$23,670
Save 10%
$27,190
$24,570
Save 10%
$33,290
$30,060
Save 10%
$36,890
$33,300
Enquire
December 2024 Save up to 24%
6-Dec-2024 Full Save 24%
$18,990
$14,491
Save 24%
$20,990
$15,991
Save 24%
$24,590
$18,691
Full Save 24%
$26,190
$19,891
Save 24%
$27,190
$20,641
Save 24%
$33,290
$25,216
Save 24%
$36,890
$27,916
Enquire
January 2025 Save up to 19%
18-Jan-2025 Full Save 19%
$21,490
$17,391
Save 19%
$23,590
$19,071
Full Full Full Save 19%
$30,790
$24,831
Full Full Enquire
February 2025 Save up to 19%
19-Feb-2025 Save 19%
$17,390
$14,111
Save 19%
$19,990
$16,191
Save 19%
$22,090
$17,871
Save 19%
$26,190
$21,151
Save 19%
$26,690
$21,551
Save 19%
$27,690
$22,351
Save 19%
$28,690
$23,151
Save 19%
$35,390
$28,511
Save 19%
$38,990
$31,391
Enquire
November 2025 Save up to 36%
27-Nov-2025 Save 28%
$17,290
$12,401
Save 29%
$20,090
$14,361
Save 29%
$22,090
$15,761
Save 29%
$25,890
$18,421
Save 29%
$26,790
$19,051
Save 29%
$27,790
$19,751
Save 29%
$28,690
$20,381
Save 36%
$35,390
$22,663
Save 29%
$39,190
$27,731
Enquire
December 2025 Save up to 24%
7-Dec-2025 Save 24%
$17,290
$13,216
Save 24%
$20,090
$15,316
Save 24%
$22,090
$16,816
Save 24%
$25,890
$19,666
Save 24%
$26,790
$20,341
Save 24%
$27,790
$21,091
Save 24%
$28,690
$21,766
Save 24%
$35,390
$26,791
Save 24%
$39,190
$29,641
Enquire
17-Dec-2025 Save 24%
$18,090
$13,816
Save 24%
$21,090
$16,066
Save 24%
$23,190
$17,641
Save 24%
$27,190
$20,641
Save 24%
$28,190
$21,391
Save 24%
$29,190
$22,141
Save 24%
$30,190
$22,891
Save 16%
$37,190
$31,141
Save 24%
$41,190
$31,141
Enquire
27-Dec-2025 Save 19%
$18,090
$14,671
Save 19%
$21,090
$17,071
Save 19%
$23,190
$18,751
Save 19%
$27,190
$21,951
Save 19%
$28,190
$22,751
Save 19%
$29,190
$23,551
Save 19%
$30,190
$24,351
Save 19%
$37,190
$29,951
Save 20%
$41,190
$33,151
Enquire
February 2026 Save up to 32%
8-Feb-2026 Save 11%
$17,290
$15,316
Save 24%
$20,090
$15,316
Save 24%
$22,090
$16,816
Save 24%
$25,890
$19,666
Save 24%
$26,790
$20,341
Save 24%
$27,790
$21,091
Save 24%
$28,690
$21,766
Save 24%
$35,390
$26,791
Save 32%
$39,190
$26,776
Enquire
18-Feb-2026 Save 28%
$17,290
$12,401
Save 29%
$20,090
$14,361
Save 29%
$22,090
$15,781
Save 29%
$25,890
$18,421
Save 29%
$26,790
$19,051
Save 29%
$27,790
$19,751
Save 29%
$28,690
$20,381
Save 29%
$35,390
$25,071
Save 29%
$39,190
$27,731
Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $16390

Additional Notes

Please note:

For 2023/24 season departures on: 04-Jan-2024, 03-Feb-2024, 12-Feb-2024 and 21-Feb-2024.

For 2024/25 season departures on: 16-Nov-2024, 26-Nov-2024, 06-Dec-2024, 18-Jan-2025 and 19-Feb-2025.

The above departures have a mandatory transfer package as outlined below at a cost of USD $995 per person which is included in the pricing of this trip:

  • One pre-night's hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Group flight departing from Buenos Aires' domestic airport (Aeroparque/AEP) to Ushuaia, and returning to Buenos Aires' international airport (Ezeiza/EZE)
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship and return (Note: Transfer on arrival in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel at the beginning of the journey is not included. Please make your own way to the included hotel.)
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, there is a good number of dedicated single cabins available on select departures.  Alternatively, where single cabins are not available, the supplement for solo occupancy is 1.7 times the cost of a standard cabin and 2 times the cost of a superior category. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin with a fellow same sex passenger.

At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2m must be met. Please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $995 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow). Prior kayaking experience is required and you must be able to do a wet exit to participate. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Paddleboarding Paddleboarding $295 On selected departures. Basic competency required.
Heli-landings $395 Available on select departures only. Price is for a single excursion. You will travel in a group of 12, with no more than 4 groups (48 guests total) at one time at the landing site. On arrival at your breathtaking location you’ll have time to relax and soak up the spectacular scenery, after which you’ll be picked up by the helicopters in the same place.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $295 One-off paddle session lasting approximately 60-90 minutes using sit on top kayaks. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Minimal kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Includes

  • Transfers in Ushuaia as indicated
  • Pre-embarkation hotel night and breakfast
  • Online photo journal of the voyage
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • Beer and wine during dinner, and coffee, tea and cocoa throughout the day
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person (please note that travel insurance - including medical and curtailment cover - is still mandatory)

Excludes

  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation not listed as included
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages and communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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