Expedition cruises to the immense white continent
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.
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!
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 2016 / 2017
|Tour Code||Dates||Embark /
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|Antarctic Peninsula (Basecamp Voyages)|
|PLA21||08 – 18 Nov 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||10||£4,390*|
|PLA22||18 – 29 Nov 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||11|
|PLA24||17 – 28 Dec 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||11|
|PLA25||28 Dec 2016 – 08 Jan 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||11|
|PLA30||06 – 17 Mar 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||11|
|OTL22||18 – 27 Nov 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||09||£3,985*
|OTL24||07 – 16 Dec 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||09|
|PLA31||17 – 26 Mar 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||09|
|Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands|
|OTL26||03 – 13 Jan 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||10||£4,840*
|PLA26||08 – 18 Jan 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||10|
|PLA28||05 – 15 Feb 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||10|
|Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula|
|OTL21||30 Oct – 18 Nov 2016||Puerto Madryn / Ushuaia||19||£7,605*
£7,765* on Plancius
|PLA23||29 Nov – 17 Dec 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||18|
|OTL25||16 Dec 2016 – 03 Jan 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||18|
|PLA27||18 Jan – 05 Feb 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||18|
|PLA29||15 Feb – 06 Mar 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||19|
|Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula|
|OTL29||17 – 28 Mar 2017||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||11||£4,840*|
|Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Voyage (Incl. helicopters)|
|OTL23||27 Nov – 07 Dec 2016||Ushuaia / Ushuaia||10||£7,155*|
(the above table) M/v Plancius
2016/17 dates & prices M/v Ortelius
2016/17 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.
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).