20 days from £7,950 pp sharing (2014 prices)
- Includes all meals, accommodation, activities & guiding on board your ship. Various extra activities available on request.
- Deposit £1,875pp. Single supplement – on enquiry.
- Maximum tour size: Dependent on your choice of ship
- Excludes international and domestic flights
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A land of extremes, Antarctica captures the imagination like nowhere else on earth. Steeped in the historic voyages of Shackleton and Amundsen, the ‘white continent’ continues to attract explorers with its promise of adventure.
The 5.4 million square miles of land and ice, vast tabular bergs, powerful glaciers, and glittering ice are the backdrop to a diverse and abundant marine habitat. The wildlife, still unaffected by the presence of humans, never fails to inspire, and our 19 day voyage has been designed to showcase this wildlife in all its glory.
With extended time set aside on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and on the Antarctic Peninsula itself, this journey will take you through a varied spectrum of landscapes and habitats. Your home for the duration of the expedition is an ice-strengthened ship, designed to withstand the harsh Antarctic climate and navigate the long sea voyage. Your guides and crew are known for their experience, first-rate service, and knowledge of the region.
This journey is unlike anything else. We encourage you to embrace the unexpected and set off on a voyage of discovery.
- Participate in an epic Antarctica expedition to the most remote and inspiring regions on earth, crossing the Antarctic Circle as you venture further south than most other cruises.
- Benefit from the extended voyage time. As well as having plenty of time and space for excursions and activities, you will, most importantly, have plenty of opportunities to simply admire the Antarctic landscape .
- Visit the remarkable Penguin colony on Salisbury Plain, home to 100,000 breeding pairs of king penguins.
- Spot countless whales, sea birds, and seals, as you navigate the frozen waterways of the peninsula. There is nothing quite like the deathly silence before a whale breaches and crashes through the icy water.
- Set out on a sea kayaking excursion to seek out a close encounter with a whale, investigate blue icebergs, and marvel at the imposing glacier cliffs.
- Get a fascinating insight into the Antarctic environment with talks, seminars, and guided excursions from leading expert Naturalist guides, Lecturers, and Ornithologists.
- Visit the wildlife paradise of South Georgia (known as The Galapagos of the Poles), and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton at Grytviken. You can also visit the ghostly old whaling station, a relic from a bygone era.
- Visit the Wandering Albatross colony on the craggy cliffs of Prion Island.
- Visit the Rockhopper Penguin colony on the Falkland Islands and then visit Port Stanley for fish and chips or maybe a pint?
- Spend the day on the ship’s bow, watching for numerous whale and birds species as they pass close to the ship. The abundance of wildlife is something to behold.
For a detailed tour itinerary, please download our Tour Brochure.
Day 1 and 2
Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia offers you the intimacy of a small town feel but has many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. As you board, your crew will be on board to meet you and help you settle in.
There are many activities for you to partake in while you are at sea; learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend illustrated presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings. You’ll also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.
Upon arrival at this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and the rugged terrain of the Falklands (Malvinas). The archipelago contains two main islands – East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings.
In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, Gentoo and Rockhopper Penguins. You can expect to see Black-browed Albatross and two endemic bird species; Cobb’s Wren and the Falkland’s Flightless steamer Duck. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.
Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating an abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world.
South Georgia was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, the island’s wildlife populations have rebounded. You’ll be able to see remnants of the old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.
One of the region’s most significant and historic sites is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, a gift shop, a church and a small research station.
While South Georgia’s has a fascinating history, most visitors are primarily captivated by the islands’ wildlife. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to new wonders.
As we head to Antarctica, you will be able to attend seminars and informal talks given by your Expedition Team. These talks are a fascinating insight into the wildlife that will be greeting you upon your arrival at the peninsula. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.
The most common reaction to arriving at the ‘white continent’ is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next you’ll be inspired by nature’s occurrences as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea, or a penguin comes waddling by.
Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you’ll be trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo penguins are to be found here, along with Weddell, Fur, Crabeater and Leopard seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs too, giving you a chance to get within touching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and every landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.
As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in the Antarctic waters?
After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your own unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. We will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight.
Just some of the wild Antarctica you may encounter:
- Humpback Whale
- Minke Whale
- Sei Whale
- Sperm Whale
- Fin Whale
- Blue Whale
- Killer Whale(Orca)
- Hourglass Dolphin
- Southern bottlenose Whale
- King Penguin
- Adelie Penguin
- Gentoo Penguin
- Chinstrap Penguin
- Macaroni Penguin
- Rockhopper Penguin
- Black-browed Albatross
- Storm Petrel
- Snowy Sheathbill
- Wandering Albatross
- Brown Skua
- Fur Seal
- Leopard Seal
- Elephant Seal
- Weddell Seal
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