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Antarctica: In search of the Emperor penguin

15 days from £13,770pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Antarctica

  • Emperor penguins

Overview & Highlights

Cruise beyond the Antarctic Peninsula to the Weddell Sea in search of Emperor penguins, aided by helicopters. 

Rather than just taking a cruise along oft-sailed routes, why not be part of a true expedition style voyage? As a passenger on a sturdy ice-strengthened vessel, travel east beyond the Antarctic Peninsula towards the Weddell Sea. Here, the only ‘accessible’ emperor penguin rookery in the peninsula awaits on Snow Hill Island.

The route is rarely navigated and ice conditions can make progress slow and sometimes impossible, but, if the weather and ice are favourable, onboard helicopters will lift passengers to a location around a 45 minute walk from the rookery (so as not to disturb the penguins), and you will continue the journey on foot. If the ship doesn't make it as far as Snow Hill, it will position itself on the edge of the ice to try and spot lone emperors heading out to open water, and there may be trips by helicopter to search for individual birds in alternative locations.

Whatever the outcome, the beauty and emptiness of the wild and untamed Weddell Sea - with its striking tabular icebergs and abundant and varied life forms – will make this an unforgettable expedition of a lifetime for all on board.

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  • So many highlights it's difficult to say! The routing was excellent both in terms of acclimatising to the altitude and building to the grand finale at Machu Picchu.

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  • A well thought out tour with a good balance of culture, scenery and larger towns. The tour leader was excellent and the local guides were friendly and knowledgeable with great…

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  • The Central American trip was excellent - really interesting to see the contrast in the countries. Could have spent longer in each country, but then that would have made the…

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  • "I was particularly impressed with the scenery in Bolivia. I had expected the salt flats but the rest of the country was a real bonus. On the optional excursions, I…

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  • We had an amazing time in Colombia. The itinerary was fantastic, covering nearly everything we wanted to see. Our tour leader did a great job in making the tour run…

    IR, London
  • Impossible! Without exception every part of the trip was memorable and as the holiday progressed we ran out of superlatives to describe it! This was an extremely well thought out…

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Charlotte Daubeney Travel Expert Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    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.

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