The magnificent ice continent of Antarctica is an unforgettable destination, teeming with an abundance of wildlife and dramatic sights.
Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest place on the planet and 98% of it is covered by ice that is at least a mile thick. Antarctica has no permanent human population but at any one time there are a number of scientists and staff at the various research stations.
Follow in the path of the great expeditions from the golden age of polar exploration with modern, spacious and well-designed ships for the journey of a lifetime.
These pages are designed to be a comprehensive guide to the full range of Antarctic cruises and expeditions which travel between October and March, avoiding the darkness of the Antarctic winter. Early booking is advisable – usually a year in advance.
Some itineraries 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 the Drake 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 the Drake 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 the Drake 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.
We also book tailor-made tours to the Falkland Islands, with flights from RAF Brize Norton or via Chile.
Important Information about Antarctic Expedition Cruise Ships
Travellers to Antarctica need to understand that landing sites are restricted in Antarctica according to the capacity of the ship.
Category 1 expedition vessels (up to 200 passengers): These have the broadest range of potential landing sites.
Category 2 expedition vessels (201-500 passengers): These are permitted to land in a few restricted areas only.
Cruise-only ships carrying more than 500 passengers are not permitted to make landings.
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Antarctica Revealed – part of Revealed Travel
At Revealed Travel we have a team of professionals with considerable knowledge and first hand expertise in putting together tailor made itineraries for the Falkland Islands and St Helena as well as expedition cruises to Antarctica and the South Shetlands and South Georgia.
Other Destinations in Latin America and beyond
Please contact our colleagues at South America Revealed to discuss your travels to Central America, Mexico, Cuba, Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
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