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Chinstrap Penguins, Antarctica

Antarctica

Adventures at the ends of the Earth

Antarctic cruise holidays

Introduction

A destination of superlatives, Antarctica is a world of vast skies, blue seas and dazzling snow and ice, host to some exceptional wildlife making it one of the most captivating destinations anywhere on Earth. Cruise to the awe-inspiring white space of the South Pole for a truly memorable trip. As one of the world's last great wildernesses, this pristine environment once took years to travel to and explore. These days it's far more accessible, with expedition cruise ships bringing guests in luxurious comfort to explore landscapes and sights seen by only a fraction of people in the world.

Antarctic Peninsula

A dramatic region of ice and rock, the Antarctic Peninsula extends north towards the southern tip of Latin America, offering the most accessible gateway to the 'White Continent'. Here, immense snow-clad mountain ranges spill down to an iceberg-studded coast home to seals, whales and huge colonies of penguins. The highlight of any Antarctic cruise, a visit to these remote shores is the closest you'll get to experiencing your very own polar expedition, with the likes of guided shore walks and kayak excursions bringing you right up close to the action. And, the research stations based here offer a select number of visitors a unique glimpse of the important scientific work being carried out in this remote corner of the planet.  


South Georgia

As one of the main gateways to Antartica itself, this island of spectacular fjords and beaches bursting with wildlife is a popular staging post for many Antarctic cruises. With mountains soaring to almost 3,000 metres above sea level, it's a truly stunning destination, made all the more special by the sheer quantity and variety of its inhabitants, from its 30-million-plus breeding birds to its 7 million penguins.


Falklands (Islas Malvinas)

Penguins, seals and albatross are among the star turns on this group of islands, flung out in the southern Atlantic almost 500 kilometres east of Patagonia. Mix with the hardy locals in the capital, Stanley, then head out to the archipelagos remoter reaches to hike cragged coastlines and come face to face with basking seals and colonies of gentoos, king and rockhopper penguins as seabirds swoop overhead.  


 

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Special offers in Antarctica

Antarctica Bridge, Silversea

Antarctica Bridge with Silversea

11-day expedition fly-cruise from £11,970 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Fly the Drake Fares and save 10%
Book by: 30 April 2020

With an included business class flight across the Drake Passge, this Antarctic cruise with Silversea showcases the wildlife and wonders of the White Continent across six unforgettable days.

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Scenic Eclipse

Antarctica in Depth on Scenic Eclipse

16-day exploration voyage

Explore the White Continent in unmatched style aboard the world's first discovery yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Enjoy a full range of thrilling excursions, from helicopter flights to submarine dives, as you get up close to Antarctica's spectacular natural world.

Silver Cloud Expeditions

Antarctica Exploration on Silver Cloud

15-day Expedition voyage

Traversing Drake’s eponymous passage is a must for any would-be explorer. Begin and end your expedition at the “world’s end”, Ushuaia, and sail around the southernmost continent among towering icebergs and floating glaciers.

King penguins, Antarctica

Antarctic Express – Fly the Drake Passage

13-day exploration cruise from £29,900 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fares
Book by: 30 June 2020

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.

Emperor penguins on the sea ice of East Antarctica

Antarctica and the Ross Sea on Silversea

29-day stay & expedition voyage

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 places to stay in Antarctica

Quark Expeditions' World Explorer

Quark Expeditions’ World Explorer

Luxury cruise ship

This luxury expedition ship blends the best in contemporary design with the latest in cutting-edge technology and all the functionality required when sailing the world’s remotest oceans.

What to do in Antarctica

Antarctica articles

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Emperor Penguin Chick follows after father in Antarctica

The ultimate guide to Antarctica

Travelling to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip, but how much do you really know about this vast white continent? We've put together the ultimate guide.

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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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