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Arctic and Antarctic Holidays and Cruises


Expedition cruises to the immense white continent

Zodiac cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula
Adélie PenguinsHumpback WhaleWandering Albatross in South GeorgiaWeddell Seal – © Franco Banfi

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.

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Antarctic Peninsula (Basecamp Voyages)
OTL2216 – 26 Nov 2015Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
PLA2221 Nov – 01 Dec 2015Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
PLA2528 Dec 2015 – 07 Jan 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
OTL3018 – 28 Feb 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
OTL3128 Feb – 10 Mar 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia11 nights
on Plancius

on Ortelius
Antarctic Peninsula (Basecamp Voyages) Route Map
Antarctic Peninsula
OTL2603 – 12 Jan 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia09 nights
PLA2607 – 16 Jan 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia09 nights
OTL2712 – 22 Jan 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
PLA2803 – 13 Feb 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
OTL2909 – 18 Feb 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia09 nights
PLA3117 – 26 Mar 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia09 nights
on Plancius

on Ortelius
Antarctic Peninsula Route Map
Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
PLA 2419 – 28 Dec 2015Ushuaia – Ushuaia09 nights
£4,080Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands Route Map
Falkland Islands – South Georgia
PLA2102 – 21 Nov 2015Puerto Madryn – Ushuaia19 nights
£7,615Falkland Islands – South Georgia Route Map
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula
PLA2301 – 19 Dec 2015Ushuaia – Ushuaia18 nights
OTL2516 Dec 2015 – 03 Jan 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia18 nights
PLA2716 Jan – 03 Feb 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia18 nights
on Plancius

on Ortelius
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Sandwich – Antarctic Peninsula
PLA2913 Feb – 06 Mar 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia22 nights
£9,965Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Sandwich – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map
Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula
PLA3006 – 17 Mar 2016Ushuaia – Ushuaia11 nights
£4,875Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula Route Map
Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Voyage (Incl. helicopters)
OTL2326 Nov – 06 Dec 2015Ushuaia – Ushuaia10 nights
£7,215Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Voyage Route Map
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2015/16 dates & prices
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2015/16 dates & prices
The Antarctic Peninsula