Set off on an expedition inspired by renowned polar explorers leading to the Great White Continent.
Cruise by glittering icebergs as you make your way to the shorelines of Antarctica, offering some of the world’s best whale viewing, seal gazing and penguin watching, all against a spectacular backdrop of ocean and ice. This mountainous southern land even has its own modest history, with British outposts – The Falkland Islands and South Georgia – exuding warmth from their pubs and old-world hospitality.
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Introducing new bespoke voyages in 2020/21
In the 2020/21 season our new Antarctic voyages take polar adventure to new heights. With five-star touches, rigorous sustainability standards, an unrivalled crew-to-passenger ratio and superb range of on- and off-board activities, rest assured the finer details are taken care of aboard the Ocean Endeavour. You can instead focus on the stars of the show: the king penguins, humpback whales and the most incredible glacial landscapes on earth. It’s time to experience the very best in polar expedition travel.
Why choose Peregrine
Our ships are built for polar conditions, with ice-strengthened hulls and safety being our biggest priority. Each vessel is equipped with modern conveniences and provides the perfect platform for Antarctic exploration.
Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in the field, including naturalists and ornithologists who are always at the ready to answer questions.
Twice daily excursions
We run frequent excursions to get up-close to wildlife, allowing you to experience what it’s like exploring onshore. Each day includes two excursions with our leaders exploring the sea ice, ready to encounter any wildlife that may waiting. You’ll be given life vests and waterproof boots for each excursion.
All cruises provide three course meals, 24-hour tea and coffee, and main activities including Zodiac excursions, onboard seminars and shore landings. Our chefs know just how to warm you up after your Antarctic outing, just be ready for a second serving!
All of our ships and operations teams undergo strict safety audits. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards on all our trips operating within the Antarctic region.
Peregrine Adventures is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. Our operators are members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and choose carbon neutral vessels.
Highlights of the Antarctic
Take your first steps on Antarctica
Antarctica is so far removed from most people’s reality that it may as well be on a different planet. While it’s a mesmerising travel destination, it is also an interactive experience for travellers. Step from a Zodiac onto land and into the world of bustling penguins.
Witness the wildlife of South Georgia and the Falklands
Savour wildlife encounters while exploring the islands dubbed the “Galapagos of the South”. Venture to the site of black-brown albatross colonies and the breeding grounds for thousands of king penguins. Visit the old whaling settlement of Gritviken and follow in the footsteps of the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Meet penguins on Deception Island
Deception Island, a haunting environment set on a sunken volcano, is the prime place to encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins. While the port has a dark history as a former whaling station, these days it’s used as a scientific outpost and the launching point for expeditions.
Kayak around the White Continent
Glide across glass-like water with nothing to disturb you but the pull of your paddle and the anticipation of your next wildlife encounter. All equipment is provided and the excursion is led with an experienced cold-water guide. Some kayaking experience is essential for this optional activity.
Your home on the sea
We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while onboard, which is why we’ve chosen vessels equipped with modern conveniences like LED televisions and internet connectivity, along with luxurious touches that make each voyage a true pleasure. Each ship boasts onboard chefs to prepare a range of hearty, quality meals, and onboard experts to ensure you spend more time seeing the sights and less time thumbing through a guidebook.
Fly and Cruise Voyages
Short on time for your polar vacation or just want to skip the Drake Passage? Our range of Fly and Cruise Voyages are perfect for travellers looking to get straight into the action.
Browse our range of Fly and Cruise Voyages
There's only so much you can read in a guidebook, especially when it comes to such rare and extraordinary locations. That's why we have a range of specialists onboard for every polar journey, from historians to marine biologists and hiking guides. With experts at hand, you can be assured that no question will be left unanswered.
Annie – Marine biologist
"I love my job because everyday you don’t quite know what’s going to unfold. For me, a big part of it is about being able to educate and shift people's understanding of wildlife, and to give them an experience that will last in their memories for a lifetime"
Todd – Naturalist
"I’m a firm believer in conservation and creating awareness through education and sharing our experience. I love sharing the polar regions with guests, connecting people to the environment and using my job as a platform to teach people."
Wayne – Expedition guide
"The most important piece of advice I can give is to come here with an open mind and open heart. Take the whole experience in, from the vast landscapes, to the glaciers and the incredible wildlife that lives here."
Take your Antarctica experience to the next level with some outdoor adventures. These activities are offered on many of our trips.
Learn more about Antarctica
There is more than one Antarctica. The Great White Continent is a diverse place that offers not only some of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife but also a great breadth of landscapes, geography and human history – even pub culture. Dive deeper and compare the Antarctic peninsula with the Subantarctic Islands. A greater understanding of these regions will help shape your journey and ensure you come away with a richer experience.
Antarctica – the seventh and final continent, where penguins, seals and birds are the only permanent residents. Here’s a snapshot of what you might see when you visit the Southern Ocean.
For in-depth information on our Antarctica tours, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
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