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Exploration cruises

Introduction

An exploration cruise combines the luxuries of life on board a superbly appointed expedition-class vessel with exciting excursions by inflatable Zodiac dinghy and onshore explorations of local wildlife and landscape.

Scandinavian and Arctic cruises are a spectacular way to view the Norwegian fjords and watch for polar bears, while South American and Antarctic cruises sail through the fjords of Chile, or past towering glaciers and innumerable penguins and other birdlife. Whale watching is superb at either pole, depending on the season.

Cruising deep into the rainforest surrounding the Amazon is an exciting option with a growing number of cruise lines, often coupled with a multi-port tour of the Caribbean. Alternatively, a voyage to the Galapagos is a fantastic way to view abundant wildlife, with sailings out of Ecuador and Argentina. Papua New Guinea and Borneo cruises embark in Australia and New Zealand and can be combined with extended stays here whilst African safari cruises can be coupled with a beach and water sports holiday in Mauritius or the Maldives.

Our top itineraries for Exploration cruises

Antarctica in Depth with Taste of Argentina & Brazil

22-day expedition cruise

Pair an ultra-luxury Antarctic sailing with Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the world's largest waterfalls – Iguazú Falls.

Antarctic Express – Fly the Drake Passage

13-day exploration cruise from £12,655 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

Fly out from Punta Arenas, avoiding the choppy waters of the Drake Passage, to arrive into the South Shetland Islands from where you'll embark on an unforgettable voyage into the frozen reaches of Antarctica.

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard on Aurora Expeditions

10-day cruise from £4,210 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Save 20% with our Expedition Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.

Antarctica and the Ross Sea on Silversea

29-day stay & expedition voyage from £29,320 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive Tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

Start 2021 with a bang and prepare for the unforgettable as you set sail on a voyage that takes in 10 different species of penguin, six species of whale and countless seabirds.

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Top offers for Exploration cruises

Antarctic Express – Fly the Drake Passage

13-day exploration cruise from £12,655 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

Fly out from Punta Arenas, avoiding the choppy waters of the Drake Passage, to arrive into the South Shetland Islands from where you'll embark on an unforgettable voyage into the frozen reaches of Antarctica.

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard on Aurora Expeditions

10-day cruise from £4,210 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save 20% with our Expedition Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.

Antarctica and the Ross Sea on Silversea

29-day stay & expedition voyage from £29,320 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive Tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

Start 2021 with a bang and prepare for the unforgettable as you set sail on a voyage that takes in 10 different species of penguin, six species of whale and countless seabirds.

Japan’s Cultural & Coastal Discovery on Crystal Endeavor

19-day expedition voyage from £15,670 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Crystal Endeavor Launch Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

This journey delves into the sacred sites of Japan – locales that have held the captivation of local residents and travelers for centuries. Visit temples, gardens and monumental heritage sites, remote islands of natural beauty and thriving cosmopolitan culture.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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