Luxury Antarctic Peninsula Holidays

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Step onto the Antarctic mainland & leave your footprint on the white continent

antarctica_elephant_island_yubni3-WebsiteMedium Incredible scenery at every turn

The northernmost stretch of land attached to the main body of Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, is where most visitors take their first steps on the continent, leaving their footprints in the snow. With stunning scenery, twinkling snowy peaks and dramatic ice cliffs plunging into the sea, here is where you’ll experience the true Antarctica.

Weather permitting, your Antarctic cruise should allow for at least two trips out from the ship per day on zodiacs, where you’ll come ashore and explore the white continent. On the mainland, you’ll encounter gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, Adélie penguins, Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, whilst, in the surrounding waters, you’ll catch glimpses of orca pods, as well as minke and humpback whales.

Although desolate Antarctica is the world’s driest desert, there is a plethora of things to see and do here. Cruise the idyllic Lemaire Channel, which has serene waters as still as a lake, populated by floating icebergs. Plèneau Bay is an eerie iceberg graveyard, where giant bergs run aground after getting swept up in stormy seas, ending their journey from the mainland, travelling as far as the Ross Ice Shelf. In Neko Harbour, you’ll marvel at dramatic glaciers, whilst a visit to Paradise Bay means gentoo penguin meetings and colossal whale bones left over from the whaling era of the 1920s.

Get up close and personal with the endemic wildlife of this region and explore the peninsula’s surrounding waters with an Antarctic kayaking excursion. This activity is led when the weather permits by experienced and skilled professionals, allowing you to skim the icy surface of the Antarctic coastline, observing the breathtaking scenery from the same vantage point as the continent’s animals.

If you’re feeling really bold, retrace the steps of Antarctica’s pioneering explorers by leaving the cruise ship and camping overnight. An Antarctica camping experience is a truly unique adventure, where you can fall asleep to the sounds of heaving ice and the crisp ocean air – a complete immersion in nature.

Be sure to bring twice as much camera memory as you think you’ll need, as a trip to the Antarctic Peninsula is a feast for the senses, filled with incredible photo opportunities.

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When to go to the Antarctic Peninsula

Our Antarctica holidays only operate in the region’s summer months (November to March), as this time has the best weather and sailing conditions – ensuring your safety on board the ship, as well as the most rewarding and comfortable cruise experience (plus, the best light).

If you book early or late in the season, you may find that due to slightly less demand, there are fewer travellers on the cruise ships. This means that you may get even more time with the expedition team and a more intimate cruise experience with a smaller group of fellow passengers. If you’re travelling in December, you may be treated to the midnight sun as you approach the Antarctic Circle, where the sun doesn’t set between the 13th and the 30th of December.


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