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.

Classic 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)

Emperor penguins

Private Journeys

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Antarctica: In search of the Emperor penguin

15 days from £13,770pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

King Penguin Ross sea ice shelf

Private Journeys

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Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far Side

37 days from £34,090pp

(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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  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    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 Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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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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