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Expedition cruises to the immense white continent

Zodiac cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula

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 2019 / 2020

Tour Code Dates Embark /
Nights Starting Price
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Antarctic Peninsula (Basecamp Voyages)
OTL21 03 – 14 Nov 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 11 £5,955*
on Ortelius
on Plancius
Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Route Map PDF icon
OTL24 05 – 16 Dec 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
PLA25 18– 29 Dec 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
PLA26 29 Dec 2019 – 09 Jan 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
PLA31 27 Feb – 09 Mar 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
PLA32 09 – 20 Mar 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia11
Antarctic Peninsula
PLA23 20 – 30 Nov 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10 £5,410* Antarctic Peninsula Route Map PDF icon
PLA29 06 – 16 Feb 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10
Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula
PLA3016 – 27 Feb 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia10 £5,955* Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Route Map PDF icon
Falkland Islands Exclusive
PLA2101 – 10 Nov 2019Puerto Madryn / Ushuaia09 £4,410* Falkland Islands Exclusive Route Map PDF icon
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula
HDS2103 – 23 Nov 2019Puerto Madryn / Ushuaia20 £7,455*
on Hondius
on Plancius
on Ortelius
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map (HDS21 only)Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map PDF icon
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PLA2430 Nov – 18 Dec 2019Ushuaia / Ushuaia18
OTL2516 Dec 2019 – 03 Jan 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia 18
HDS2707 – 26 Jan 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia 18
PLA2819 Jan – 06 Feb 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia18
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Elephant Island – Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle
HDS3124 Feb – 17 Mar 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia22 £11,455* Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Elephant Island – Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Route Map PDF icon
OTL26 03 – 13 Jan 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10 £5,955*
on Plancius
on Ortelius
Antarctica Route Map PDF icon
PLA27 09 – 19 Jan 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia 10
Antarctica (Discovery & Learning Voyage)
HDS23 02 – 11 Dec 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 09 £4,865* Antarctica – Discovery & Learning Voyage Route Map Antarctica – Discovery & Learning Voyage Route Map (HDS29 only) PDF icon
HDS24 11 – 20 Dec 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia09
HDS25 20 – 29 Dec 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia09
HDS26 29 Dec 2019 – 07 Jan 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia09
HDS29 05 – 15 Feb 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia10
HDS30 15 – 24 Feb 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia09
Antarctica (Whalewatching, Discovery & Learning Voyage)
HDS32 17 – 30 Mar 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 13 £6,320* Antarctica – Whalewatching, Discovery & Learning Voyage Route Map PDF icon
Antarctica (Whalewatching Voyage)
PLA33 20 – 29 Mar 2020 Ushuaia / Ushuaia 9 £4,455* Antarctica – Whalewatching Voyage Route Map PDF icon
Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula (Deep South Discovery & Whalewatching)
OTL2918 – 31 Mar 2020Ushuaia / Ushuaia13 £6,320* Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Deep South Discovery & Whalewatching Route Map PDF icon
Ross Sea – Crossing the international date line (Incl. helicopters)
OTL27 13 Jan – 15 Feb 2020 Ushuaia / Bluff (NZ) 33 £20,455* Antarctica Ross Sea Route Map PDF icon
OTL28 16 Feb – 18 Mar 2020Bluff (NZ) / Ushuaia 31
Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Voyage (Incl. helicopters)
OTL22 14 – 24 Nov 2019 Ushuaia / Ushuaia10 £8,455* Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Route Map PDF icon
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2019/20 dates & prices
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2019/20 dates & prices
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2019/20 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).