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- Expedition Grade
With its impressive wildlife, fascinating history and breathtaking ice-sculpted scenery, Antarctica is a place that forever inspires a genuine thrill of adventure and exploration.
Massive, magnificent and unforgiving Antarctica is a land of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on the planet. The interior is the largest desert on earth and its land mass is over 14 million square kilometres with 98% of the continent covered by mile thick ice. This seemingly inhospitable world is home to a surprising abundance of wildlife. Vast colonies of King penguins, pods of Minke and Humpback whales and flocks of gulls and albatrosses are only a few of the many species that abound in the seas, land and skies of the ‘great white continent’.
The lure of the South Pole and the wild landscapes of Antarctica have proved an irresistible draw to explorers over the centuries. Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen and ill-fated Robert Scott are perhaps the most notable of those who have attempted to tame the brutal conditions. And, even today, Antarctica attracts modern-day adventurers hoping to leave their own indelible mark on its rich history.
If you too are drawn to this land of stark beauty then we are delighted to offer three superb Antarctic cruises. On our Spirit of Shackleton holiday we embark on a true voyage of discovery spending a remarkable three weeks exploring the many highlights of the region. We cruise south from Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel to visit the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula before ending our trip with a memorable crossing of Drake’s Passage.
Our Antarctica Classic holiday offers a shorter yet still unforgettable journey through the spectacular land and seascapes of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Whilst our Quest for the Antarctic Circle travels as far south as the Antarctic Circle itself giving you the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent.
On all these Antarctic tours you will have the opportunity to trek through immense penguin colonies, cruise past towering icebergs and observe the wonder of whales breaching in the pristine waters whilst enjoying excellent accommodation and facilities on-board the M/S Expedition ship. Truly, the trip of a lifetime.View our holidays here