Rob Murray-John

Antarctica Travel Expert

Antarctica. Just saying its name sends shivers down your spine. At once howling across tundra and whispering through icebergs, the untouched and the unknown beckons here. A frozen land that was previously the preserve of explorers on years-long expeditions, it may not be a world-first but it’ll certainly be a personal first. Strap on snowshoes, pick up a paddle – or take an icy plunge as you get to know the White Continent and the wildlife that call it home as you take perhaps that final step into the Seven Continents Club.

Rob Murray-John

Antarctica Travel Expert

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Antarctica Highlights

A destination for those aching to uncover the unknown, Antarctica has a mythical beauty to it which takes a first-person perspective to understand and truly appreciate. A place for adventurers, but also for those who enjoy the finer things in life, it’s unlike anywhere else.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

TAILOR MADE TOUR OF ANTARCTICA

Luxury travel in Antarctica undoubtedly means taking the intrepid route. It means going where the wind takes you, through Glacier Alley to islands with names such as ‘Hope Bay’ and ‘Deception Island’, to the well-known research bases of King George Island but also to the lesser-known reaches of South Georgia. No vacation to Antarctica can ever be the same as the last, forever perpetuating the mystery of the White Continent.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

GO WITH THE WEATHER IN ANTARCTICA

Wrapping itself around the South Pole, the Antarctic climate can be compared to few other places on earth. The winter months of July and August can reach bitter world-record lows, with the best time to visit running from November to March when temperatures usually hover just below freezing. Within the season, the early months are ideal for catching a glimpse of newborn penguins; whilst later in the season, warmer temperatures give rise to striking sunsets. No matter what month you go, our expert guides will set you a course that guarantees you are always seeing the best of Antarctica.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

ANTARCTICA’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

Part of the allure of a private tour to Antarctica is the chance to glimpse its wildlife - to see penguins, orcas and seals in their natural habitat. With life on the White Continent so inhospitable, much of this wildlife makes its home in the icy waters that surround Antarctica, coming together along the Peninsula in the austral summer to feed and reproduce. For the best wildlife experience though, take a detour east to South Georgia where huge flocks of King Penguins can be found huddled together.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

NEW PERSPECTIVES

Every day and every island presents a new perspective in Antarctica - and perhaps a new challenge, too. Get a closer look at Glacier Alley one day from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak before snowshoeing across Paulet Island the next. The iceberg-littered landscapes, the fluke of a whale’s tail - everything looks different from these more intimate perspectives. For the most foolhardy amongst us though, little compares to the adrenaline rush of the polar plunge as you leap into the water and see how long you can bear it.

Antarctica Highlights

A destination for those aching to uncover the unknown, Antarctica has a mythical beauty to it which takes a first-person perspective to understand and truly appreciate. A place for adventurers, but also for those who enjoy the finer things in life, it’s unlike anywhere else.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

A LUXURY CRUISE IN ANTARCTICA

Perhaps the key to the perfect Antarctica vacation is making sure you choose the right vessel. All are equipped with the latest ice-navigation technology but run the gamut from larger cruise ships to smaller, luxury yachts. On a larger ship, more people and fewer RIBs can put you at risk of missing the best landings of the voyage stuck onboard - and that simply wouldn’t do. We never want you to miss out and so, our tip is to opt for as small a vessel as possible, therefore maximising your opportunities to head onshore and explore.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

LESS TIME. MORE ADVENTURE.

For years, accessing Antarctica has meant sailing the notoriously rocky Drake Passage. A testing crossing for even the most accomplished sailor, the ‘Drake Shake’ has never been our favorite way to start a vacation. Instead, find your sea legs on calmer waters by opting to fly direct from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island. A two-hour flight that saves you two days at sea, you’ll have plenty more time to explore - and plenty more stomach for it.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

THE GREATEST DAY

Who’s to say you need to stay in Antarctica at all? For those who are pushed for time but itching to tick off the White Continent, there’s always the option of the world’s best day trip. Setting off from Cape Town, South Africa, it’s just a 5-hour flight onboard a private jet down to Antarctica’s interior. Touch down and spend a couple of hours scaling a nunatak or fat biking across the tundra before enjoying a champagne picnic and flying back to Cape Town - just in time for turndown service.

Luxury Holidays in Antarctica

YOUR ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION

Should you be looking for something more traditionally Antarctic, there’s an answer for that too. Far be it from hotels and resorts, a stay on the White Continent itself comes in the form of luxury expedition camps. Pioneered by the likes of Shackleton and met by the likes of modern-comfort and eco-sensitivity, an expedition camp offers an intimate perspective - all without the frostbite.

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  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Skip the turbulent waters of the Beagle Channel and opt for a fly-cruise of Antarctica, giving you more time on the frozen continent."

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