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Antarctica
Antartica Cruises

Trip to Antarctica

For many this is the ultimate wildlife and wilderness experience – it’s nature at its most extreme

Our Top Trips to Antarctica

Travel to Antarctica

Emperor Penguin Quest: Expedition to Snow Hill

Antarctica
14 Days from USD 26,260

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

An expedition voyage across the Weddell Sea and a visit to Snow Hill Island Emperor penguin colony

Polar Expeditions

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Antarctica
8 Days from USD 16,795
USD 15,955

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

The perfect short, introductory expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, the most pristine wilderness on earth

Polar Expeditions

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Penguins, Antarctica
14 Days from USD 12,596

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Always one of the most popular departures, this expedition gives more time where it matters, below the Antarctic Circle.

Polar Expeditions

Epic Antarctica: Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Circle Crossing via Buenos Aires

Antarctica
23 Days from USD 29,866

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

All the highlights of the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula as well as crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Polar Expeditions

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

Antarctica
20 Days from USD 21,371

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

The fascinating history and overwhelming wildlife populations of the Sub-Antarctic combined with the awesome beauty of Antarctica itself

Polar Expeditions

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Antarctica
16 Days from USD 18,196

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Enjoy all of the highlights of South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula

Polar Expeditions

Crossing the Circle via Buenos Aires

Antarctica
14 Days from USD 15,616

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Go south of the Antarctic Circle and beyond, into waters untouched by all but the lucky few

Polar Expeditions

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

Gentoo penguin colony, Trinity Island
11 Days from USD 20,471

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, and cross the Antarctic Circle, but skip the Drake Passage

Polar Expeditions

Antarctic Explorer

humpback whale breaching
11 Days from USD 7,976

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Towering blue icebergs, vast penguin colonies, whales, seals and glaciers right in the heart of the peninsula

Polar Expeditions

Activities in Antarctica

WHAT TO EXPECT ON ANTARCTICA TOURS

These Antarctica tours are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers’ wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable with a wet / mud room in which to hang gear and store boots ready for the next adventure.

All Polar itineraries should be treated as a guide only – it is possible that, amongst other things, the capricious nature of wind, visibility and ice, intelligence from previous sailings, changes in local landing regulations or the expert opinion of the crew onboard may lead to adjustments to the route published.

Zodiac Cruises:

Zodiac excursions from the ship allow you to explore the many bays and channels as well carrying you to the landing sites each day. On the longer Zodiac cruises you will be sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind – if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. However, the chance to see penguins gliding through the water and seeing seals lounging on ice floes more than make up for the cold! Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs too, giving us a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals.

Landings:

On the shore excursions, most of the landings are ‘wet’ which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle-deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers). There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. The expedition team will be there to advise where you are free to explore during a landing and make suggestions as to what you can see. On some landings there may be the option to do a guided walk – the expedition team will let you know the details in advance.

Presentations:

We work with many fine Expedition Leaders and Polar Experts, bringing a diversity of interests including zoology, Polar history, geology, ornithology and ocean sciences. During the time at sea, a series of presentations will be scheduled to prepare you for the coming adventure.

Optional activities:

In addition to regular shore landings and Zodiac excursions, on some departures in Antarctica there are other optional activities on offer which you may wish to experience. 

Sea kayaking

On many of our Antarctic voyages there is the chance for some members of the party to take regular sea kayak excursions in place of the Zodiac excursions. There are a limited number of kayaks on each ship and you must book and pay for this option in advance. All kayak trips are expertly guided and are subject to suitable locations and weather conditions. Should the kayaking not be possible, a place on a Zodiac is always available.

Camping on Ice

Spending a night camping on ice is a unique experience we offer on some of our Antarctic departures. No previous experience is needed to participate in our camping option. We provide the equipment: you contribute a desire for a personal and intimate connection with the continent.

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding

Combining surfing with kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddle-boarding will give you a very personal and unique perspective on Antarctica. Guided by experienced staff in small groups in good weather conditions on calm bays and harbours, reservations for a limited number of paddle-boarders will be taken at time of booking. Other paddle-boarding opportunities may be offered via sign-up, onboard ship, on a first-come, first-served basis.

ANTARCTIC POLAR FLEET

Small ships make the difference. The key to really making the most of your time in Antarctica is to ensure maximum shore and Zodiac time. Ships with more than 200 passengers often find their landing sites are limited, and the logistics of disembarking the ship’s complement into Zodiacs can be slow. Our small expedition ships generally offer twice daily ‘off-ship’ activities – both morning and afternoon – with waiting time being almost non-existent. Our ships are all ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters and are able to travel to areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are excellent and every guest will benefit from the technical advances of this superb fleet. For more information see our Polar Fleet page.

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