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Antartica

Plan your next trip of a lifetime. There's a beautiful world waiting for you to explore.

Nothing can compare or prepare you for the sheer natural beauty and wildlife of the untouched ‘White Continent’

Exploring Antarctica is the ultimate adventure, with many visitors - not including scientists or explorers - only heading to the icy region as recently as the 20th century. Exciting tours to this part of the world are typically incorprated in a cruise - where a warm bed is always available. You'll sail across the Antarctic Ocean to visit Antartica - a destination well worth getting to know in its own right - to the Antarctic Peninsula and the various islands of the continent.

Antarctica is the southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. It is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14 million km2 it is the fifth-largest continent -by area after Asia, Africa, North America and South America. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages at least 1.6 km thickness.

Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is considered a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89 °C. There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Only cold-adapted organisms survive there, including many types of algae, animals (mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades), bacteria, fungi, plants, and protista. It's easy to think of Antarctica as a snowy wilderness where not much happens, but the fact is the area is teeming with animals and birds, making this an excellent destination for a wildlife watching holiday with a difference.

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost point of the continent and the perfect place to get to know Antarctica. Here you can visit locations such as Paradise Bay, the Gerlache Strait and the Schollart Channel to marvel at wondrous glaciers and huge mountains, as well as see a plethora of land and sea life.

You might encounter the Gentoo penguin - distinctive by their orange beaks and the single white stripe that flashes across the top of their heads. If you're lucky, you'll get to see their superior diving and swimming abilities compared with other penguin species.

Antarctica's islands are also ideal ports of call for Antarctica cruises and penguin watching holidays. The uninhabited Elephant Island is one of these, providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to spot some of the local wildlife. Elephant Island is home to elephant seals and penguins, among other creatures. Male elephant seals can grow to 6m in length, although this is not why they have been named after the elephant. They boast inflatable snouts that can become similar to a trunk in shape.

While Antarctica will undoubtedly be the highlight of a holiday, the time you get to spend in other destinations is also sure to create some fantastic memories. Try to vist the Falklands. Many Antarctic cruise ships depart from Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet, which is itself accessible from Buenos Aires.

You will have plenty of time to explore both of these locations in most cruise tours of Antarctica, as well as other destinations such as the wildlife-rich Horn Island, Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Puerto Madryn in Patagonia and Montevideo. In Antartica you can expect to enjoy an incredibly diverse cruise holiday that will enable you to fit the best of the natural and cultural worlds into one trip.

A cruise to Antarctica is one of the world's great journeys and is sure to be one you will never forget.

 

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South America and Antartica South America and Antartica 25 Days from £4329 pp
Cruise into the magical, icy world of the Antarctic aboard your spectacular 5-star ship, MS Veendam. You will also have the opportunity to experience some of South America’s most vibrant cities. Return flights from the UK. Transfers between airport, hotel and port. 21-night full board cruise aboard MS Veendam. 1 night bed and breakfast in Santiago.
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Antartica XXI Cruise Antartica XXI Cruise 10 Days from £7252 pp
Drop off the end of the world deep in the Antarctic circle. Remote, inaccessible and inhospitable, the frozen seas and lands of the world’s most southerly continent await you on this adventurous expedition. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Santiago, one of the largest cities in South America before you leave the metropolis and span travel south for a far more isolated experience.
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