Explore Antarctica with hands-on, feet-on, expert-led expeditions.
Join us between November and March to cruise in comfort on well-equipped polar vessels, backed up by three course meals, onboard amenities, and expert leaders. But don’t be fooled: as adventures go, this is the big one. You’ll cross the infamous Drake Passage and set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, explore ice-dotted bays by zodiac and get up close with gentoo penguins and migrating blue whales - the reasons why you should visit Antarctica go on and on. Because you're travelling with Intrepid Travel, you'll experience this incredible part of the world in a way that builds human connection and respects the environment. 'Antarctic tours' doesn't really do it justice. These are Antarctic adventures.
Up to 40% off* Antarctica Expeditions
Explore the ends of the Earth with our latest offers on Antarctic voyages. Find out more
Explore the ends of the Earth with our latest offers on Antarctic voyages. Find out more
1. All Antarctica 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 offers apply to new bookings made and deposited between 09:00pm GMT 2 December 2022 - 07:59am GMT 28 February 2023.
2. The following discounts apply to our Antarctica 2022/2023 offers for trips departing between 1 December 2022 - 31 March 2023 unless otherwise specified on select departures on the Ocean Endeavour.
3.40% off the price of cabins except category 2 and 3.
4. Antarctica 2022/2023 offers above apply on the following Ocean Endeavour cruises only:
Best of Antarctica (GQMDE): 02 January 2023, 11 January 2023.
Journey to the Antarctic Circle (GQMCN): 21 December 2022
Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer (GQMWS): 20 January 2023
Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey (GQMWJ): 08 February 2023
WWF Journey to the Circle and Giants of Antarctica (GQCWF): 17 February 2023
WWF Giants of Antarctica (GQWWF): 01 March 2023
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Odyssey (GQMSG): 10 March 2023
5. The following discounts apply to our Antarctica 2023/2024 offers for trips departing between 1 December 2023 - 31 March 2024 unless otherwise specified on select departures on the Ocean Endeavour.
6.20% off applies to categories 4, 5a, 5, 6, and 7.
7.25% off applies to categories 8, 9, and 10.
Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness (GQMDW): 02 November 2023, 11 November 2023
Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer (GGMWS): 20 November 2023, 08 January 2024
Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (GQMDE): 09 December 2023, 27 January 2024
Best of Antarctica: A White Christmas (GQMAC): 18 December 2023
Best of Antarctica in Depth (GQMAW): 27 December 2023
Journey to the Antarctic Circle (GQMCN): 05 February 2024, 26 February 2024
Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey (GQMWJ): 17 February 2024, 09 March 2024, 18 March 2024
8. All offers apply to the berth price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
9. Offers apply to cruise price only and is not applicable to fuel surcharges, land tours, additional on-board activities, additional accommodation, transfers, flights, travel insurance, local payments/kitty's or to group bookings.
10. Pricing is per person and compulsory single supplements may apply for certain cabin types
11. The cabins and cruises are subject to availability and confirmation by Intrepid Travel and offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time.
12. If you wish to cancel and rebook your trip or change dates outside the promotional period, you will be required to pay the full deposit towards the new trip.
13. Except as set out expressly above, Intrepid Travel's Booking Conditions relating to Antarctic Voyages (Ocean Endeavour) apply.
14. Intrepid’s vaccination policy apply.
Our ships are well-equipped to deal with the harsh environment of Antarctica and safety is our biggest priority. Each vessel has 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 ready to answer questions.
We run frequent excursions to get up-close to wildlife, allowing you to experience what it’s like exploring onshore. Each shore 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, waterproof jackets and waterproof boots for the duration of the activities.
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.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Your home on the sea
The Ocean Endeavour is comfortable, spacious and the place to be in the Antarctic season. Not only is it one of the few polar expedition ships in Antarctica, it also has one crew member for every eight travellers. This means you’ll enjoy a more personal, informative and comfortable trip.
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 on board Ocean Endeavour 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.
Alex – Expedition Leader
Alex has long held a fascination with the natural world and polar regions. A graduate from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, Alex had been a polar guide for over a decade and is the co-founder of the Polar Citizen Science Collective, an organisation devoted to harnessing the research and data collection power of polar tourism. When not on a ship he can usually be found with skis or sticky rubber on his feet.
Eva – Citizen Science Coordinator
Eva is a polar scientist, with a particular passion for marine mammals. Her love for whales led to her graduating at the top of her class with a Masters in Polar Science from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. Researcher, Naturalist, Photographer, Educator, Surveyor, Skipper and Wildlife Officer, Eva has travelled extensively throughout all 7 continents, but her heart remains in the polar regions. When she’s not at sea, Eva works at Whales of Iceland, the largest exhibition of whales in Europe.
John – Expedition Photographer
Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of the New Zealand landscape, John's character and journey into photography were shaped by his environment. A voyage down to the New Zealand subantarctic islands gave him the "Polar Bug" – an obsessive compulsion to see and experience more of the polar regions. John now specialises as a polar guide and photography educator, sharing his passion for the polar regions and helping people to make the most out of their photographic opportunities.
Sophie – Wellness Guide
Sophie has been fuelling her passion for health, photography, an active lifestyle and remote wilderness through travels in various lands and cultures. She owned a dog sledding company, competed in multi-day adventure races and has guided canoeing, sea kayaking and photography trips. Onboard, Sophie will be your wellness guide to help enliven your senses and deepen your experience of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Highlights of the Antarctic
Explore the lesser-visited Eastern Peninsula
Explore Antarctic Peninsula’s remote and rugged east side, a sweeping landscape full of huge icebergs, and islands famous for their enormous penguin colonies, exploration history and geological features and are only navigated a few times per year.
Visit South Georgia Island’s snow-capped mountains
South Georgia Island, a sub-Antarctic island administered by the United Kingdom as part of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, has vast and rugged snow-capped mountains and is the unsung hero of Antarctica.
Take advantage of the holiday period and embark on a festive adventure through Antarctica over Christmas and New Year’s. There will be plenty of unique wildlife to see, so set off and search for penguins, whales and seals among the icy waters. A polar plunge might be the best way to bring in a new year…
Join Intrepid and special guests from the World Wildlife Fund – Australia (WWF-Australia) on a 14-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and Polar Circle. Search the icy waters and white shores for whales and other creatures by day, then relax and enjoy an illuminating lecture program by night.
We strictly adhere to the guidelines of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) who work alongside the Antarctic treaty to enforce environmental standards that guide us to protect the fragile Antarctic ecosystem.
Our entire approach to responsible travel in Antarctica has been broken down into three areas of focus that we believe will create the greatest positive impact: inspiring travellers, supporting science and protecting the environment.
You can read about our responsible travel initiatives in Antarctica below:
Antarctica refers to the seventh continent of the world and is largely situated in the Antarctic Circle - a line of latitude sitting at around 66.5° south of the equator - at the base of the globe. The Antarctic refers to the region made up of south polar zones that include the seas and some outlying islands.