On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, has launched a selection of cruising expeditions, aboard an ice-strengthened polar vessel, in Antarctica.
For explorers looking for a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list adventure, On The Go Tours offers a choice of four expedition cruises starting from $10,240 per person. The frozen and windswept continent of Antarctica is one of the last remaining frontiers and these new tours allow adventurers to discover the region’s natural beauty and marvel at enormous icebergs, breathtaking glaciers, vast polar ice caps, and rugged snow-covered mountains.
Ranging from nine to 20 days, the itineraries allow adventurers to explore the Antarctic Peninsula aboard a polar vessel with just 88 like-minded travellers, ensuring an intimate travel experience and two shore landings per day, a unique capability of smaller vessels. Adventurers can also attend a number of on board lectures, led by expert naturalists.
Departing between November 2016 and February 2017, and again in the first three months of 2018, each of the expeditions will start and end in Ushuaia, and visit the Antarctic Peninsula on the Ushuaia polar vessel.
The nine day Antarctica Taster tour departs Ushuaia and ventures through the scenic Beagle Channel and across famous Drake Passage, to the spectacular South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The tour will then navigate the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the narrow passages of the spectacular Lemaire Channel. The daily shore landings may include a visit to aptly named Paradise Bay, the Melchior Island group and, if ice conditions permit, Petermann Island – home to the southernmost colony of Gentoo penguins. There will also be a visit to Port Lockroy, the British Antarctic Museum or the Post Office at Goudier Island. On The Go Tours (onthegotours.com / 020 7371 1113) is offering a nine day Antarctica Taster from $10,290 per person.
Like the Antarctica Taster tour, this 11-day Classic Antarctica expedition introduces explorers to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but adds on two additional days to explore the delights of the area. With a number of shore landings, travellers will explore ruggedly beautiful islands, get up close with the region’s population of penguins, fur seals and seabirds; and
learn about the history of the area from the expedition crew and lectures on board. On The Go Tours (onthegotours.com / 020 7371 1113) is offering an 11 day Classic Antarctica from $10,240 per person.
Polar Circle Quest
The 12-day Polar Circle Quest tour includes all the above destinations and continues further south, where the Ushuaia ship will endeavour to cross the Polar Circle. On the journey, explorers will have the opportunity to visit the Vernadsky Research Base where Ukraine carries out meteorology research and the rugged archipelago of Yalour Islands. Should the crossing of the Polar Circle be possible there will be a stop on the tiny Detaille Island, a famous end goal for expeditioners. On The Go Tours (onthegotours.com / 020 7371 1113) is offering a 12-day Polar Circle Quest from $14,160 per person.
Classic South Georgia
The 20-day Classic South Georgia tour heads out east visiting the Western Falklands Islands, Eastern Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands and Drake Passage. Shore excursions will range from spotting elephant seals and Magellanic and Gentoo penguins on Carcass Island to visiting the mysterious Elephant Island, the location of the famous Shackleton’s Endurance expedition rescue mission of 1916. With 20 days experiencing a wealth of wildlife, an array of lectures, and impressive glaciers, fjords and landscapes, explorers are bound to have an unforgettable expedition.