Departure Dates and Prices

This website aims to provide  comprehensive information about the full range of Antarctic cruises and expeditions, some of which include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Shetlands.

Most itineraries include the Antarctic Peninsula, some also include the Weddell Sea and there are a few which cross the Antarctic circle.

Most cruises will start or end in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina, from where it is a day and a half’s journey to cross Drake’s Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula.

If time is short and you don’t have particularly good sea-legs, there are some Antarctic Air-Cruises  which include flights from Punta Arenas in Southern Chile to and from King George Island in the South Shetlands, avoiding crossing Drake’s Passage in each direction.

Other itineraries  start on King George Island and end in Stanley, in the Falklands Islands, which would involve a flight southwards from Punta Arenas and crossing Drake’s Passage by boat northwards (or vice versa).

At the end of the season, there are some itineraries which include remote islands such as Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and Ascension Island.

The only practical time of the year to go is October to March, avoiding the darkness of the Antarctic winter. Early booking is advisable – usually a year in advance.

We also book tailor-made tours to the Falkland Islands, with flights from RAF Brize Norton or via Chile.

Departure Dates and Prices

Late Availability:  January – March 2017

Please contact us for any late availability departures for the current Antarctic season. There is currently a discount of some £4800 on a extensive 32 day itinerary starting in New Zealand and ending in Argentina in February 2017. The itinerary starts in Bluff (South Island New Zealand) and includes the Subantarctic Islands, Ross Sea and Antarctic Pensinsula before crossing the Drake Passage to arrive at Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina).

Early Booking Offers:  Many of the Antarctic expedition ships offer early booking discounts with considerable savings. Please check with us.

By Month

Antarctic Itineraries: Oct – Nov 2017

Antarctic Itineraries: Dec 2017

Antarctic Itineraries: Jan 2018

Antarctic Itineraries: Feb 2018

Antarctic Itineraries: Mar 2018

 

IMPORTANT

Prices and information correct at the time of publication in October 2016. Passengers should be aware of the current uncertainty with exchange rates, particularly $/£ fluctuations.

For up to date information on the expedition cruises you are interested in, please contact us:

Tel: 01932 424252

email: enquiries@revealedtravel.co.uk

By Destination

Classic Antarctica: The South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula

The South Shetland Islands comprise a collection of 11 major islands including King George Island, Deception Island, Livingston Island and Elephant Island together with a number of minor ones. The South Shetlands are located around 60 miles northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula. Amongst the wildlife, there are colonies of chinstrap penguins, elephant seals breed on the beaches and humpback whales feed in the rich protected waters.

The spectacular Antarctic Peninsula is 600 miles south of Tierra del Fuego across the Drake Passage with impressive peaks such as Mount Owen, Mount Scott and Mount Jackson which are actually a continuation of the Andes. The north-western tip is ice-free for most of the year, making it the most accessible part of Antarctica, attracting vast colonies of penguins and seals and forming the feeding waters for whales. The Gerlache Strait is the centre-piece for most journeys into the western Antarctic Peninsula with stunningly beautiful scenery and an abundant richness of wildlife.

Most Classic Antarctica journeys combine the southernmost South Shetland Islands with the Antarctic Peninsula, setting out from and returning to Ushuaia spending a couple of days crossing the Drake Passage each way.

Antarctic Peninsula Nov-Dec 2017

Antarctic Peninsula Jan-Mar 2018

 

Fly to Antarctica: Air-Cruise Combinations

Air-Cruise itineraries fly to the South Shetlands and travel to the Antarctic Peninsula from there. This avoids crossing the Drake Passage.

The quickest Antarctic air-cruise itineraries fly from Punta Arenas in Southern Chile to King George Island from where you board your expedition ship to the Antarctic Peninsula. Longer itineraries continue to the Falklands and some also include Elephant Island, which is best known as the place of refuge for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s crew after the loss and break up of the Endurance in 1916. Please note that landings on Elephant Island are difficult and not always possible.

Antarctic Air-Cruise Itineraries 2017-2018

 

Antarctic Circle

Some of the longer trips to the western Antarctic Peninsula aim to navigate through the spectacularly beautiful narrow passage of Lemaire Channel and push further south to cross the Antarctic Circle. Between October and December the sea ice is too dense so such itineraries usually have to wait until January and February.

Antarctic Circle 2017-18

Other Antarctic Itineraries

Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea, on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, has a colder climate and more sea ice, making for more difficult navigation and unpredictable landings. But the sight of vast tabular glaciers (perhaps up to a mile in length) coming out of Antarctic Sound is truly breathtaking. Weddell and crabeater seals, humpback whales, killer and minke whales and adelie penguins abound.

South Georgia

Captain James Cook circumnavigated the island in 1775, made the first landing, claimed it for Great Britain and, for good measure, named it after King George III. South Georgia is 860 miles east-southeast of the Falkland Islands, the greatest breeding and feeding grounds for warm-blooded marine life. The island supports some 5 million fur seals, 100 million sea birds, around half the planet’s elephant seals and millions of penguins. The beach at Salisbury Plain alone is the breeding ground for half a million king penguins. Famously, after leaving his men at Elephant Island, Sir Ernest Shakleton reached South Georgia in dramatic journey in an open lifeboat and returned to rescue them. He is buried at Grytviken.

Falkland Islands

Each year a number of expedition cruises include a stop at the Falklands on a journey to South Georgia and/or on to Antarctica. These itineraries usually only stay for a day or two visiting such places as West Point Island, Carcass Island and Stanley. Amongst the birdlife are southern giant petrels, endemic Falkland steamer ducks, kelp and dolphin gulls, black-crowned night herons, red-backed hawks and peregrine falcons.

Please contact us to discuss longer tailor-made itineraries to the Falkland Islands, which we book either with flights from RAF Brize Norton or via Chile.

Remote Islands

At the end of the season, there are some itineraries which include remote islands such as Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and Ascension Island.

 

Weddell Sea, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and beyond

These pages include itineraries to the Weddell Sea and remote island itineraries such as Elephant Island, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island and other end of season routes such as the Chilean Fjords and Capetown.

 

For tailor-made itineraries to the Falkland Islands, please click onto the link below:

Falkland Islands Revealed

 

Ross Sea and the Subantarctic Islands (from New Zealand)

The Subantarctic Islands south of New Zealand in the great southern ocean that encircles Antarctica are havens for some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on the planet. They have all been declared Nature Reserves with World Heritage status. They comprise six groups: the Bounty Islands, the Antipodes, the Snares, the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island. Itineraries start and end in New Zealand’s South Island. Subantartic itineraries are 8-14 days, longer if travelling as far as the Ross Sea.

Every year there are just a few opportunities to travel as far as the Ross Sea from New Zealand. These tend to be much longer journeys (four weeks or more) and include the subantarctic New Zealand islands. Some itineraries include visits to the huts used by the explorers from the ‘heroic age’ of exploration, such as Captain Scott’s at Cape Evans, Shackleton’s at Cape Royds and Mawson’s at Cape Denison.

Subantarctic Islands and Ross Sea: 2017-18

IMPORTANT

Prices and information correct at the time of publication in October 2016. Passengers should be aware of the current uncertainty with exchange rates, particularly $/£ fluctuations.

For up to date information on the expedition cruises you are interested in, please contact us:

Tel: 01932 424252

email: enquiries@revealedtravel.co.uk

By Expedition Ship

The Ushuaia

Akadamik Sergey Vavilov

Akademik Ioffe

Silver Explorer

Ocean Nova

Expedition

Fram

Plancius

Silver Cloud

Midnatsol

Sea Spirit

Polar Pioneer

Ocean Diamond

Ortelius

Midnatsol

Ocean Adventurer

Hebridean Sky

Ocean Endeavour

Island Sky

Akademic Shokalskiy

Spirit of Enderby

 

IMPORTANT

Prices and information correct at the time of publication in October 2016. Passengers should be aware of the current uncertainty with exchange rates, particularly $/£ fluctuations.

For up to date information on the expedition cruises you are interested in, please contact us:

Tel: 01932 424252

email: enquiries@revealedtravel.co.uk