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Holiday Overview


  • Book with KE & receive a free Yukon down jacket worth almost £300
  • Visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Travel through the Drake Passage and whale watch
  • Optional sea kayaking and camping on Antarctica

This 14-day cruise to Antarctica aboard the MS Expedition which is uniquely equipped to meet the demands of cruising in polar regions. This itinerary is similar to the ‘Antarctica Classic' except if you go ‘In Depth' you have an additional two days to explore its majesty. We board the boat in Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth, which is situated in the Argentinean part of Tierra del Fuego. Our journey takes us through the Drake Passage to the so-called Antarctic Convergence, where colliding cold and warm waters force nutrients to the surface, attracting seabirds and whales, and giving us our first glimpses of Antarctic wildlife. Further south, we reach the South Shetland Islands and cross the Bransfield Strait to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Here we enter a world of immense scale and visual splendour, the last true wilderness on earth. Huge blue icebergs calmly floating in the waters, massive penguin rookeries, seabirds diving and whales breaching. Zodiac excursions are guided by the expert expedition staff and there are opportunities for kayaking and also to camp for a night on the Antarctic Peninsula. Built for the Southern Ocean the MS Expedition is a sturdy ship with a passenger capacity of just over one hundred. With its dining areas, presentation rooms, different cabin sizes, mud room and viewing decks you will have plenty of space and entertainment whilst onboard. Each day there are presentations and informative talks from the staff on the wildlife, history and environment of the area. After 6 days around the peninsula, we return through the Drake Passage with magical memories of an enchanted world.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This is principally a touring, sightseeing and wildlife viewing holiday, with minimal exertion required - it is graded easy. If you choose to go ashore, you will need to make the transfers from the ship to a Zodiac and onto land. Short walks on the Antarctic Peninsula are optional and weather dependent. You should also consider that some of the classes of accommodation involve the use of bunk-beds. Whilst on deck or during excursions, you need to be prepared for cold temperatures. The itinerary remains flexible, according to the variability of the weather and sea conditions at these southerly latitudes. On certain departures you can book kayaking, experience is essential for these kayaking excursions. A night camping on Antarctic is also possible. All equipment is provided for kayaking and camping. Early booking is essential. Cabin upgrades are also available.

Please see our online Polar Guide for the differences between our departures, ships and more Polar information. 


Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at group hotel in Ushuaia. Transfers from Ushuaia Airport are provided.
  • Free day in Ushuaia.
  • Morning in Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to board the MS Expedition ship.
  • Across the Drake Passage.
  • Across the Drake Passage.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • Return sail over Drake Passage.
  • Return sail over Drake Passage.
  • We disembark the M/S Expedition in the morning. Ushuaia Airport transfers are provided.
Fri 11 Nov - Thu 24 Nov Code PAD /01/16/ Adult$6,655 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Antarctic In Depth
  • The departure reference for this tour is PAD /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Fri 11 Nov and departs on Thu 24 Nov
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,400
  • Contact us for single room pricing - Single Supplement available for all cabins except CAT.1 and CAT1.A. Call KE for pricing.
Sat 11 Nov - Fri 24 Nov Code PAD /01/17/ Adult$7,015 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Antarctic In Depth
  • The departure reference for this tour is PAD /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 11 Nov and departs on Fri 24 Nov
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,400
  • Contact us for single room pricing - Single Supplement available for all cabins except CAT.1 and CAT1.A. Call KE for pricing.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Ushuaia. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Ushaia Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Final Balance

Full payment for all Polar Cruises is 14 weeks prior to departure. Early booking is recommended as flights  fill early and cabin choice can be more limited nearer to departure.

Free PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth nearly £300 with every booking!

Everyone booking a cruise will receive a FREE PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth nearly £300. Made with probably the warmest down in the world (grade 900), this quality jacket was designed to keep competitors warm at -35C during the Yukon Arctic Ultra sled dog race. Naturally, it's also perfect for spotting wildlife from the deck of your cruise ship. Jackets will be sent out on receipt of full payment.

Medical Form

Please note that for all our Polar Cruises you are required to complete a confidential medical form. This will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Upgrade Price per person and cabins

Our base price for this holiday includes accommodation in a quad cabin with porthole. It is possible to upgrade to cabins with triple or twin berth twin with porthole, or twin with window or superior/suite. If you are travelling on your own you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Please contact the office for further details on upgrade prices. All cabins and have private en-suite bathrooms.  

Cabin Upgrades

All prices are per person.  If you are paying in US$ or € the exact price will be calculated at the current exchange rate when booking.  Please contact the KE team for an exact price and availability.

CAT 1A (quad cabin) - This is our base price as listed above, if you would like to upgrade the cost below is in addition to this.

CAT 1 (triple cabin) - from £400

CAT 2 (twin with porthole) - from £1000

CAT 3 (twin with window) - from £1600

CAT 4 (twin with picture window) - from £2300

CAT 5 (queen bed with picture window) - from £3100


G Adventures Cabin Types

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The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

KE Adventure Travel is a fully ATOL licensed and bonded tour operator with ABTA and AITO.


Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • airport
  • boat

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at group hotel in Ushuaia. Transfers from Ushuaia Airport are provided.

    Meet at group hotel in Ushuaia. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Free day in Ushuaia.

    An opportunity to look around the world’s most southerly city. This is a contingency day in case of any delays to your international flights.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Morning in Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to board the MS Expedition ship.

    The morning is free for independent sightseeing in and around Ushuaia or for any last minute purchases you need for the trip. In the afternoon we embark on the M/S Expedition and settle in to our cabin. We gather for an initial briefing and enjoy our first sailing this evening through the Beagle Channel.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bd

  • Across the Drake Passage.

    Our adventure begins with a two day crossing of the 400-mile Drake Passage, named after the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Spend time out on deck and keep an eye out for first sightings of sea birds and whales that live in these fertile waters. Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may follow the Expedition on the journey towards Antarctica.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bld

  • Across the Drake Passage.

    This is the time to familiarise ourselves with the ship and its routines. There are several common areas including the lounge, dining hall, library, presentation room where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. We will also begin lectures and information sessions to learn about everything from local wildlife to geology to history of the Antarctic region. The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

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  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to explore step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next few days the MS Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bld

  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    We experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. We attempt two shore landings per day, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions. The whole area teems with wildlife activity - Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries with their fast-growing chicks, Orca, Humpback and Minke whales are seen, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in our wake.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bld

  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    During the days here there may also be options to explore the coastline in sea kayaks and to spend a night camped on the Antarctic peninsula itself. These are only available on certain departures.
    Polar Plunge - You remembered to pack your bathing suit, right? Depending on weather conditions, you can opt to do the polar plunge and jump into the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Convince some of your fellow passengers to join and you’ll be left with an amazing group experience no one will ever forget!

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bld

  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. We can keep a lookout from the bridge (which is open to all clients when the ship is not doing manoeuvers) or the deck of the ship, as we thread our way along the continent, you'll feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bld

  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    On this ‘In Depth’ voyage we have an extra 2 days cruising in the Antarctic Peninsula. This enables us to go further to seek out the wildlife and also spending more time in certain areas if we have good sightings. If we have taken the kayaking option then we have more opportunity paddle in these serene peaceful waters.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

    • Meals bld

  • Exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

    These extra days also allow us to listen to further presentations by the staff. This will give us a superb insight into the wildlife and environment issues and we will come home feeling that we have gained a huge amount of knowledge about this amazing continent. This once in a lifetime trip and it is worth that little bit extra to spend extra time here.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

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  • Return sail over Drake Passage.

    We now head north again leaving this incredible continent and crossing back over the Drake Passage. Over the two day crossing we enjoy some final lectures by our expedition staff who by now will be well known to us.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

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  • Return sail over Drake Passage.

    From the viewing decks we catch some final glimpses of the birds and whales in this extraordinary part of the world before relaxing in our comfortable cruise home as we return to Ushuaia.

    • Accommodation MS Expedition

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  • We disembark the M/S Expedition in the morning. Ushuaia Airport transfers are provided.

    Having arrived in Ushuaia during the night, we disembark the M/S Expedition in the morning. Ushuaia Airport transfers are provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Expert Expedition staff
  • Ushuaia arrival airport transfers
  • Single timed departure transfer to airport or into Ushuaia Accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises in Antarctica with expert expedition team
  • Waterproof boots supplied (men's USA sizes 8-14 and women's USA sizes 3-9)
  • Lecture and guidance programs during the expedition
  • Antarctica destination guide book
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Ushuaia airport transfers (except as described)
  • Some meals not included see the Meal Plan
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Cost of optional excursions - Kayaking and overnight camping on Antarctica (see extensions)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Onboard the ship a diverse range of international dishes is available. Meals are prepared and catered by professional chefs and all meals are included in the trip price. Dining is casual, tables are unassigned and the dining room is capable of seating the entire passenger compliment at one time. There is always a selection of different meals available with plenty of options for vegetarians. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice (please advise us at time of booking). Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge. All other beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are not included and can be purchased in the dining room, pub or the lounge.

All meals whilst on board the M/S Expedition are included. Breakfasts are included while staying in the hotel in Ushuaia. All other meals you will pay for directly. In practice this amounts to a total of 2 dinners and 1 lunch while in Ushuaia.
The group will meet at the group hotel in Ushuaia. Airport transfers to the hotel are included for all clients arriving into Ushuaia. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if airport transfers are not required. On day 3 the group will be met at 4pm and transferred to the ship for departure.

Upon completion of the 08:00 disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

For those on morning flights, the 08:00 transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport. The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30 or 16:30, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

With the understanding that most will be needing to connect to their International flights in Buenos Aires, you can arrange departure flights from Ushuaia starting from around 09:00 onwards. Although if possible, we suggest you consider booking after 11:00 as this will provide additional time to connect.

Alternatively if you have post-trip accommodation a transfer to your hotel is provided or you can be dropped off in town where you can store luggage and then hire a taxi to the airport later. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 2 nights at an hotel in Ushuaia at the start of the trip. The following 11 nights are spent on board the M/S Expedition Polar Cruise Ship. Accommodation on board is based on a quad cabin with porthole (CAT.1A). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with other single clients of the same sex. Cabin upgrades to triples, twins and cabins with larger windows are possible as well as singles, all depending on availability. Please contact the office for prices and availability. There is a laundry onboard for a nominal charge. Additional hotel nights in Ushuaia are also available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

After breakfast in the dining room with a view out over the sea to the ice flows and islands of the Antarctic, those who have opted to go out in the Zodiacs will make their way down to the ‘mud room’ to put on waterproofs and boots prior to boarding the boats. Out on the sea we may have a morning of whale watching or tour the coast to view the gathered wildlife who are often as curious about us as we are to see them. On some days we will make landfall and it will usually be necessary to disembark into a few inches of water on the shore. Here we can explore the ice cap or get up close to penguins and other Antarctic seabirds and mammals. After our morning’s exploration we return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon there will sometimes be an opportunity for another Zodiac tour or we can go out to the viewing decks to watch Antarctic life from the ship. If you have booked the kayaking then you will have opportunities to kayak where possible. Dinner is a three course meal served in the main dining room and this will be followed or sometimes preceded by a presentation from one of the Antarctic experts on the expedition staff. We end the day in the pub or lounge chatting about the day’s sights and activities.

A carefully chosen team will lead your voyage. The MS Expedition ships boast an international team of professional naturalists and lecturers. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.

It is not practical to set a recommended amount for personal spending money on a holiday like this. All meals while on board and the daily Zodiac excursions are included in the price. The main extra spend on board will be on drinks and this will vary greatly from person to person. As a guide, we recommend you allow $10-15 per day for tips to your crew and expedition staff. You will also require approximately $15 - $20 per meal while you are staying in Ushuaia. It is possible to withdraw cash US dollars from ATM’s in Ushuaia. On board ship, bar bills can be put on a tab and paid at the end of the cruise by credit or debit card. We recommend that you bring a minimum of US$200 in cash for emergency situations where you are unable to withdraw money from ATMs. On board all prices are in $ USD.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to the staff who have assisted you on your expedition. Tips do not form any part of the wages of the staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally tips are collected by the Hotel Manager at the end of the voyage and distributed amongst the crew and Expedition Staff. The Officers in charge of the ship choose not to participate in the tipping pool. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around $120 - 180 to these tips.

There is no weight restriction on baggage other than that imposed by your carrier (please note that the baggage limit on the domestic flight between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia is 20kg). However, we ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and a small daypack which can be carried on the plane as cabin baggage. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Note that a maximum of 20kg is allowed on the internal flight between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia. Please restrict your baggage to one main bag (your KE Trek bag) and a small daypack. Dress on board is informal. Beware of tight clothing that leaves no room for trapped air, which is an excellent insulator. Wool, silk and some of the new synthetic fibers, like polar fleece, retain heat better than cotton.

You must bring the following items:

  • Causal shoes / Trainers  or similar for onboard

  • Rubber boots (Wellington boots)*

  • Walking shoes*

  • Socks (Warm, high wool or similar socks worn over a thin pair of silk, polypropylene socks should provide enough warmth and insulation for your feet. Bring several pairs of socks, since you will inevitably get your feet wet)

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts / fleece

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Scarf and/or buff

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens (Thin polypropylene gloves under warm and waterproof gloves is a good combination)

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x1

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep rucksack contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Small daypack

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, and plasters. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Warm Ski pants

  • Shorts

  • Spare gloves

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera (in a dry bag)

  • Binoculars

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Seasickness remedy


Rubber boots / Wellington boots: Complimentary waterproof boots are supplied for the following sizes:

  • Men’s USA size 8-14 / UK size 7 to 13½ / Europe 41 to 48½
  • Women’s USA size 3 to 9 / UK size 1 to 6 ½ / Europe 33 to 40

If you have different feet sizes to these you should bring your own rubber boots. These should be rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knee with a strong, ridged non-skid sole.

Although this is not a trekking trip, there is the opportunity to sightsee around Ushuaia. If you intend to make the most of these opportunities, you should make sure that you take suitable footwear.

Kayak Excursion (pre-booking essential) -If you choose the optional Kayak Excursion please ensure you have enough layers with you to keep you warm. You will need thermal underwear and vest (note that cotton is not acceptable), polypropylene/ pile (polar fleece) trousers and non bulky jacket, a fleece or tight knit wool cap (X2), a neck tube or balaclava, mid weight fleece gloves. You should also take dry bags for personal gear/camera. You will be supplied with: Kokatat Supernova Paddling suits, paddles, floatation vest, spray skirt, neoprene pogies (paddling mittens) and neoprene booties. You will be required to have with you thermal layers suitable for temperatures ranging between -5ºC (23ºF to +7ºC (45ºF)

Camping Excursion (pre-booking essential, over 18yrs only) - If you choose the optional camping excursion you should pack an extra fleece or 2 (plus a down jacket) for the chilly evening on the snow. You will be provided with: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat & emergency supplies.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Argentina

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

For USA passport holders there is a $160 fee to enter the country from any entry point – land, sea or plane and is valid for 10 years. It is required that fees are paid online PRIOR to arrival. For further details please visit

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

Transit via Canada

From 15 March 2016

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through Canada

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

When on the ship everything is priced is US$.  If you are paying in cash you will need US$, if you are paying by card your bank will use their exchange rate.

The unit of currency in Argentina is the Peso. 

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

On the ship you will need a plug / adaptor with European 2 pin round holes.  There are also 110-volt shaving sockets in the bathroom for electric razors only.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Although this is principally a cruise holiday you will have the opportunity for walks on the peninsula and a basic level of fitness is required to get in and out of the Zodiacs.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Along the Antarctic Peninsula, temperatures as high as 15°C have been recorded, though during the Antarctic summer temperatures are typically between 0 and 2°C . The wind will be a significant moderating factor and you must come prepared for ‘real feel’ temperatures as low as -20°C. The Antarctic is technically classed as a dessert averaging 166 mm of precipitation per year. Although you are unlikely to experience any precipitation storms can and do occur.

  • South: The Endurance Expedition. Ernest Shackleton

  • Natural History of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sanford Moss

  • The Heart of the Great Alone - Scott, Shackleton 

  • David Hempleman-Adams Polar Exploration

South Shetland Islands. British Antarctic Survey

The South Shetland Islands at 1:200,000 from British Atlantic Survey is a visually impressive topographic and bathymetric overview map of the South Shetland Isles, based on satellite imagery. Double-sided and split into three smaller maps - Livingston Island on one side, around Elephant Island and King George Island on the other.

Extend Your Holiday


When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Antarctic Camping Excursion

On the day of the camping expedition dinner will be served onboard - eat heartily as there will be no personal snacks allowed onshore as per IAATO regulations. After dinner you will go by Zodiac to the campsite and after setting up camp for the evening, you will have time to explore the area and enjoy the Antarctic evening.  The following morning, wake up time will be about an hour before ship's breakfast, allowing time to collect and stow our equipment before journeying back to the ship by zodiac.


Previous camping experience is not necessary, but members of the camping group will be asked to help put up tents under the instruction of the expedition leader. As we are in a ecologically sensitive environment, we ask that members of the group, follow closely the instructions of the expedition leader in order to minimize impacts, and ensure that we at all times, meet and exceed IAATO regulations. Safety is always paramount. Each camping expedition is restricted to a maximum of 20 campers and will be accompanied by a minimum of two experienced Expedition Staff members.


Communication with the ship will be maintained throughout the excursion and we carry emergency rations in the event that our schedule becomes extended as a result of weather conditions. Accommodation on the camping expedition is twin-share. Single travellers will be paired with other single travellers of the same sex.

Antarctic Camping Excursion

From $380 per person

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Antarctic Sea Kayak Excursion

Going eye to eye with an inquisitive whale is a rare and special moment that will carve itself into your memory. Kayaking isn't just an outdoor adventure, it's an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point.  You'll venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by our experienced and skilled leaders. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!


Kayaking excursions are dependent on weather but kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise. Previous kayaking experience is strongly recommended. You do not need to know how to roll a kayak or do a self-rescue. Professional guides will be onboard to help you with new skills or to offer coaching to improve your paddling performance. It is essential to book early for this experience.

Antarctic Sea Kayak Excursion

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