Few have experienced first-hand the sheer magnitude and awe-inspiring beauty of the Great White Continent. Follow in the footsteps of Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen to this pristine world of drifting ice floes, monumental glaciers and enchanting wildlife.
A mythical land of perpetual snow and ice, Antarctica appears to have been made for the intrepid traveller. The best way to experience this isolated corner of the world is aboard a luxury, purpose-built expedition cruise ship. Most cruises set sail from the southern tip of Argentina, journeying straight across the notorious Drake Passage to reach the Antarctica Peninsula.
Despite the seemingly inhospitable environment, a remarkable array of wildlife awaits you. Colonies of emperor, gentoo and Adélie penguins huddle in huge numbers on the vast snow plains, whilst the beaches are populated by pods of raucous elephant, fur and leopard seals. Humpback and minke whales glide effortlessly through the still, near-frozen waters, whilst giant petrels and wandering albatross soar elegantly across the skies above. Unfamiliarity with humans means you can expect up-close encounters with many of the region’s natural residents.
As you navigate narrow fjords and glacial channels you’ll have the opportunity for shore excursions in Zodiac boats, kayaking among icebergs and hiking on the Antarctic Peninsula - all alongside expert naturalists and guides. You can even spend a night camped out on the ice-shelf. Some cruises can also take you to the sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands to discover yet more fascinating wildlife alongside old whaling stations and historic explorer sites.
With no cars, no pollution and almost no people, a holiday to Antarctica is a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Get in touch with one of our specialists to get started.