Antarctica

from South America

(including The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha)

It is hard to describe the Antarctic in just a few words. It is without doubt the most remote and pristine of all the continents. It harbours some of the most awesome scenery on our planet and is home to some of the most spectacular and tame wildlife to be found anywhere. Fortunately the incredibly harsh climate abates for a few short months, allowing the privileged to visit this awe-inspiring continent during the relatively warm Antarctic summer.

Southern South America is the ideal location to begin a voyage to Antarctica as it lies close to the Antarctic peninsula – the most easily accessible part of this wild continent. Some trips also take the opportunity to visit the Falkland Islands and the incomparable South Georgia where the intrepid explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was finally laid to rest. The description of South Georgia as resembling the Alps rising straight from the ocean is no exaggeration; huge glaciers tumble down from the high snow-covered peaks and calve into the ocean below.

Besides the scenery and the spectacular blue-tinged icebergs, the Antarctic has a fabulous array of wildlife that captures the imagination of all. Huge whales may breach alongside the ship, several species of penguins amuse and delight, often in vast colonies, and abundant seabirds glide alongside the vessel. It really is a 'once in a lifetime' journey and one that cannot be too highly recommended.

In our opinion, the best way to see Antarctica is to join one of our group tours and travel with like-minded companions and our experienced leader. Our forthcoming group tours are listed below:


Ocean Adventures Group Tours

The Atlantic Odyssey, 20 March - 30 April 2011
A wonderful opportunity to explore the Atlantic from Antarctica all the way up to such little-known islands as St Helena and Ascension...more
Antarctica, The Falklands & South Georgia, 6 - 29 November 2011
The classic Antarctic adventure with the added benefit of an Ocean Adventures leader accompanying the group...more

 

Cruises for Individuals

Whilst we thoroughly recommend anyone to join one of our Ocean Adventures group tours, we do realize that the dates and itineraries that we offer do not suit everyone's plans. For this reason we have teamed up with some of the most experienced and respected operators in the business, bringing a great choice in dates and itineraries. For a full list of dates and itineraries, please visit the operator's own websites (see below). So why should you book with Ocean Adventures? It's simple really. We offer competitive prices (often cheaper than booking through the operator directly), and offer full ATOL financial protection for any individual that books a flight and cruise package through us. It's also often much easier to deal with and communicate with an experienced UK based tour operator. If any of the cruises listed on the links below appeal to you, please email us or call us and we will be happy to provide you with a competitive quote in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.

 

Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions are a very experienced operator based in the Netherlands who we have worked successfully with for many years now, operating many of our group tours through them. They offer an extensive repertoire of cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, The Falklands and South Georgia. Click here to view their full programme. If you find a cruise that tempts you, please don't forget to email us or call us for a competitive quote for your holiday.



Quark Expeditions
Quark Expeditions are one of the major names in Antarctic Expedition cruising, offering the most extensive repertoire to this remarkable region. We have worked with Quark for many years, operating many of our group tours through them. Click here to view their full programme. If you find a cruise that tempts you, please don't forget to email us or call us for a competitive quote for your holiday.

Photograph courtesy of Quark Expeditions

An Adelie Penguin. Just one of the many friendly penguin species waiting to welcome you to the magical Antarctic.



Photograph by Pete Morris/Birdquest

A stunning King Penguin

 

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