Overview

Once upon a time, Antarctica and Latin America were one. Then, 70 million years ago, the opening of the Drake Passage kick-started the separation of Antarctica from the rest of the southern hemisphere land mass. Later, the final break with Australia completed the isolation, and created a new, soon-to-be ice-smothered, continent.

Antarctica holidays offer a dazzling display of larger-than-life landscapes, a kaleidoscope of colours and a symphony of sounds. Along the shores and among the hauntingly beautiful bergs and glaciers thrives a vociferous, agitated, sometimes violent, always entertaining wildlife. Penguins in their hundreds of thousands, seals, whales and a huge variety of bird-life breed, wheel, feed and die here. In the translucent light of a never-ending day visitors can watch them, walk among them, film them, and listen to their plaintive cries.

Nowadays, holidays to Antarctica don't have to be just a case of staring boggle-eyed as the drama unfolds. A growing range of active adventures such as camping, hiking and kayaking give visitors a thrilling, intimate experience in the snow and ice.

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Holidays Antarctica

From expertly designed Private Journeys to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.

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Private Journeys

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Antarctic Peninsula: Fly and cruise

14 days from £18,290pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Antarctica: In search of the Emperor penguin

15 days from £13,770pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Signature Antarctica: Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

14 days from £8,250pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Things to do

We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.

Accommodation

Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.

Where to go when - our guide to Antarctica

Antarctica

Wondering when is the best time to visit Antarctica? Explore our in-depth guide to the weather by seasons, as well as wildlife spectacles you’ll find throughout the year.

Antarctica is an otherworldly snow-blanketed wilderness, where sparkling icebergs and stark islands emerge from frosty seas. The continent is only accessible during the southern hemisphere’s summer: late October to March. This is the best time to visit Antarctica as it sees impossibly long daylight hours - around the summer solstice in December, the sun does not set and you’ll experience entire days of perpetual light. You’ll find a typical maritime climate with average temperatures during the cruising season varying between 1°C and -15°C. Whether you time your visit to coincide with the pristine snows of the Antarctic spring (November), the endless days of mid-summer (January) or the March whale-watching season, a rich wildlife experience is all but guaranteed. Spot Emperor, chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins in colonies millions strong, blue, orca, humpback, minke and southern right whales splashing offshore and Weddell, Ross, crab-eater, leopard and elephant seals which sprawl on the beaches.

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    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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