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Island Holidays
Established 1987

The Polar Regions

Whether in Antarctica or the Arctic, expedition voyages take you to remote, unspoilt places with amazing scenery, wildlife and history. Island Holidays offers both land-based holidays and expedition cruises. View our Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruises


South Atlantic Islands

We're talking about some of the most remote places on Earth – St Helena (to which we offer both fully guided tours and independent travel), the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha to name but a few. View our South Atlantic Islands cruise holidays

Featured Favourites

Over many years Island Holidays has been offering fantastic birding, wildlife and history themed holidays, some of which have stood out as being really very special. Some are close to home, some far-flung, all of them favourite! View our favourite guided holiday destinations


Final Voyages of the Royal Mail Ship

A new airport opening on St Helena will see the end of an era with the Royal Mail Ship being withdrawn from service in 2016.

The Royal Mail ShipSt Helena’s long-awaited airport is opening in February 2016. By July the wonderful Royal Mail Ship will be withdrawn from service. Between now and then there are hardly any cabins to be had - all fully booked. However, Island Holidays is holding cabins on our three remaining tours - October of this year for the anniversary of the arrival of Napoleon on the island (just one cabin left) and then one each in January/February and March/April. These are the only remaining opportunities to travel to the island on the ship which has always been so much a part of island life.

But all is not gloom! The opportunities created by the opening of the airport will make it possible for people who simply couldn’t afford the time for the ship to get there and back (a minimum of 3 weeks). Weekly flights will be operating from South Africa with the occasional charter from the UK, the first of which will be over Easter 2016. We are currently waiting for confirmation of schedules and advice on fares but meanwhile we’ll be putting together proposed itineraries - keep an eye on the St Helena page of our website for more information or contact us if you’d like to be on the list to be among the first to receive it.

by Libby 23/06/2015

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