Early explorers didn’t have the luxury of booking their expeditions online.

These days it’s a bit easier: we run a variety of Antarctica cruises and tours between November and March each year, cruising in comfort on well-equipped polar vessels, offering 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, supports local communities, and respects the environment. 'Antarctic tours' doesn't really do it justice. These are Antarctic adventures

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12 Nov 2022
Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)
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20 Jan 2023
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)
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8 Feb 2023
Antarctic Whale Journey (Ocean Endeavour)
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17 Feb 2023
WWF Journey to the Circle and Giants of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)
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WWF Giants of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)
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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Odyssey (Ocean Endeavour)
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20 Nov 2023
Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)
21 11360
9 Dec 2023
Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)
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Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey (Ocean Endeavour)
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Antarctica cruise reviews

Find out if Antarctica is as unbelievable as it sounds from Intrepid travellers who've been there before thanks to these Antarctica cruise reviews. 

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Activities

Take your Antarctica experience to the next level with some outdoor adventures. These activities are offered on many of our trips.

Wildlife

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. Learn more about the wildlife in Antarctica here

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Onboard experts

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. 

Todd the Quark leader

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."

Annie the Quark Leader

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"

John - Eclipse chaser

“I have been involved in the planning and escorting of groups to view solar eclipses since the early 1980s and am looking forward to travelling on the Antarctic Solar Eclipse Cruise.” 

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Your home on the sea

 

We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while on board, which is why we’ve chosen well-equipped vessels with modern conveniences like LED televisions and internet connectivity, along with 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.

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FAQs

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When is the best time to visit Antarctica?

Antarctica is best visited in the summer months from November to March when the weather is warmer and the sea ice has melted enough to get closer to the island shore.

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What is the weather like in Antarctica?

The climate in Antarctica is the coldest one on Earth with cold summers and freezing winters. The warmest month is January with averages of around 10°C.

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What to wear in Antarctica?

You have to be prepared and thorough when packing for Antarctica due to its remote location. Make sure you bring lots of layers, gloves, sunscreen, and moisturiser among other items.

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Will my mobile phone work in Antarctica?

Your mobile phone will not work during your Antarctica cruise as the continent is still considered extremely remote and doesn't have the right telecommunication infrastructure in place.

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Ship equipment onboard the Ocean Endeavour

How to choose an Antarctic cruise

Deciding on the Antarctic cruise that suits you best comes down to figuring out the time of year you want to go, the itinerary, and how long you want the cruise to be.

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The Ocean Endeavour sailing on the Southern Ocean under a clear sky in Antarctica

How much does a cruise to Antarctica cost?

The cost of an Antarctica cruise largely depends on the departure date, how long the cruise goes for, and the type of cabin you book on the ship but most cruises start from GBP£4,000.

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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. 

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Antarctica isn't part of one single country, rather it is a continent governed under a series of recognised guidelines and agreements called the Antarctic Treaty System.

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Each expedition includes stops at various landing sites around the Antarctic but when you stop at them and for how long often depends on the weather, as well as sea ice and wildlife movement. 

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While Antarctica may not be hospitable to human life, there are plenty of animal species that call the seventh continent their home. This includes penguins, whales, sea birds, seals, and more. 

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For more information about our tours in Antarctica, and answers to common queries, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Responsible travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

 

Responsible travel in Antarctica

How we're helping to protect Antarctica

Tourism in Antarctica is overseen by the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO). They work alongside the Antarctic treaty to register tour operators and maintain strict environmental standards and Intrepid are registered through our Antarctic partner, Chimu. We’ve always believed in the power of travel to educate and inspire people, so will continue to do everything we can to help preserve this environment for future generations.

Contact us

Do you have questions about any of our Antarctica trips? Reach out to our dedicated Marine Team below.

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