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Expedition cruises to the immense white continent

Zodiac cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula

Solar Eclipse in Antarctica
– 04 December 2021

One of the world's most wondrous experiences in one of the earth's most fantastic places! Our partner, Oceanwide Expeditions, will be positioning three of their fleet to give the very best opportunity to experience this phenomenon.

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Antarctica is a land like no other. Regarded by scientists and travellers as one of the last pristine regions in the world, it is a place of incredible icescapes and rich wildlife. Far from being harsh and inhospitable, this awe-inspiring continent and the islands around it teem with life. If you're a penguin enthusiast this is the place to go, but there's much more besides.

The description of Antarctica as an icy wilderness and our planet's last frontier makes it sound a bit daunting. The reality may be just that, but in a wonderful way. Unbelievable scenery and atmosphere combine with stunning close-up encounters with the area's wildlife to produce the kind of experience which can only be described as a total privilege.

Adélie Penguins

The Antarctic Peninsula is the most accessible area of the continent, lying as it does just 600 miles from the tip of South America. Scenically it is the equal of anything to be found elsewhere in Antarctica and its wildlife is stunning. There are vast colonies of penguins, whilst hundreds of seals are to be found on the iceflows or in their breeding colonies. The waters are home to some of the great whales and seabirds such as the magnificent albatross abound.

One of the tours which we have to offer includes a visit to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The very name of South Georgia smacks of romance with its strong association with the explorer, Shackleton. It is also home to vast penguin colonies and dramatic scenery – a destination to be dreamed of, or perhaps even visited!

Humpback Whale

To convey the marvels of this region of the world in words is impossible. It is an experience from which each person lucky enough to enjoy it will come away with strong emotional reactions and lasting memories.

Our holidays are on board the ice-strengthened vessels Plancius and Ortelius. Daily shore excursions are accompanied by expert guides who not only have superb local knowledge but also want to share their love of the Antarctic with their guests. The operators have strong environmental policies which coincide with those upheld by Island Holidays.

Antarctic Expedition Cruises 2018 / 2019

Tour Code Dates Embark /
Nights Starting Price
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Antarctic Peninsula (Basecamp Voyages)
OTL22 07 – 18 Nov 2018 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 11 £5,620*
on Ortelius

on Plancius
Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Route Map PDF icon
OTL2428 Nov – 09 Dec 2018Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
OTL2618 – 29 Dec 2018Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
OTL2729 Dec 2018 – 09 Jan 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
PLA2817 – 28 Feb 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
OTL3207 – 18 Mar 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
Antarctic Peninsula
OTL28 09 – 19 Jan 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10 £5,620*
on Ortelius

on Plancius
Antarctic Peninsula Route Map PDF icon
PLA26 28 Jan – 07 Feb 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10
OTL30 06 – 16 Feb 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10
PLA27 07 – 17 Feb 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10
PLA31 22 – 31 Mar 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia 09
Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
PLA2223 Nov – 03 Dec 2018Ushuaia / Ushuaia10 £5,275*
on Plancius

on Ortelius
Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands Route Map PDF icon
OTL25 09 – 18 Dec 2018Ushuaia / Ushuaia 09
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula
PLA2103 – 23 Nov 2018Puerto Madryn / Ushuaia20 £9,045*
on Plancius

on Ortelius
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map (PLA21 only)Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map PDF icon
PLA2303 – 22 Dec 2018Ushuaia / Ushuaia19
PLA2422 Dec 2018 – 09 Jan 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia18
PLA2509 – 28 Jan 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia19
OTL3116 Feb – 07 Mar 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia19
Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula
PLA2928 Feb – 11 Mar 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia11 £5,775* Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Route Map PDF icon
Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula (Deep South Discovery & Whalewatching)
OTL3318 – 31 Mar 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia13 £6,020* Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Deep South Discovery & Whalewatching Route Map PDF icon
Weddell Sea (Antarctic Discoverer)
PLA3011 – 22 Mar 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia10 £5,775* Weddell Sea – Antarctic Discoverer Route Map PDF icon
Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Voyage (Incl. helicopters)
OTL23 18 – 28 Nov 2018 Ushuaia / Ushuaia10 £8,055* Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Route Map PDF icon
PDF iconAntarctica 2018/19
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PDF iconM/v Plancius
2018/19 dates & prices
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2018/19 dates & prices

* Please note that the prices quoted are for cruise only and do not include flights or hotel accommodation. We will arrange your flights and any accommodation but as fares and rates are subject to change, prices are quoted on request. See below for full details of what the price covers.

Single travellers not wishing to pay the extra cost can opt to share in a cabin of their choice – please enquire.

Included in the price

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius, and of snow shoes on Plancius.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • During voyages OTL23: ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not included in the price

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Transfers to and from the vessel in Ushuaia.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).