Antarctica & the Arctic holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

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Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen
Experience sailing in the fjords, from £2050 - £3520 (8 days) ex flights
Arctic diving holiday, marine life & wildlife expedition
Awe-inspiring for divers & non-divers, from £2190 (8 days) ex flights
Polar bear watching cruise in Svalbard, Norway
Cruise through the ice looking for polar bears, from £3550 (9 days) ex flights
Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options
Voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, from US $8725 - US $13000 (11 days) ex flights

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Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia cruises
The ultimate Antarctic and South Georgia adventure, from £7500 - £17000 (19 days) ex flights
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia icebreaker cruises
Water, wilderness & wildlife in breath-taking perfection, from £4990 - £10990 (20 days) ex flights
Antarctica expedition cruise
Experience an adventure tour of Antarctica, from £4100 - £4700 (11 days) ex flights
Antarctic Peninsula cruises, activity-based
Activity-based small ship expedition of Antarctica, from £5990 - £6670 (15 days) ex flights
Arctic icebreaker cruises, Spitsbergen & Greenland
Remove urban cobwebs in the Arctic, from £2190 - £5846 (8 days) ex flights
Greenland sailing holiday
In search of Bowhead whales in remote Greenland wilderness, from £1570 (8 days) ex flights
Antarctic cruise and hiking in Chile
Walk in Atacama and Patagonia before cruising Antarctica, from £10705 (4 weeks) ex flights
Wildlife cruises to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland
Journey through three spectacular arctic countries, from £5900 - £8200 (14 days) ex flights
Antarctica expedition cruise
Classic 10 Day Expedition Cruise to Antarctica, from £3048 (10 days) ex flights
Arctic cruise adventure holiday
Sail from Spitsbergen to Greenland on an arctic adventure, from £3049 (15 days) ex flights
Spitsbergen wildlife cruises
Encounters with glaciers, polar bears and icebergs, from £2349 - £2399 (8 days) ex flights
Kamchatka, Chukotka and Wrangel Island wildlife cruises, Russia
This is one of the last great journeys in the world, from US $11200 - US $13800 (15 days) ex flights
Falkland Islands holiday
Raw and unspoilt nature, from £2463 (8 days) ex flights
Antarctica cruises
Wildlife expeditions to Antarctica's legendary landscape, from US $4995 - US $35000 (11 days) ex flights
Antarctica and New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Wildlife Cruise
The ultimate Antarctic voyage, from US $22300 - US $30200 (4 weeks) ex flights
Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise
An inspiring, beautiful & diverse polar wilderness journey, from £5199 (12 days) ex flights
Antarctica vacation, spirit of Shackleton
Visit the historical sites of past Antarctic explorers, from £7999 - £9999 (21 days) ex flights
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia expedition cruise
Take a voyage to the end of the earth, from £12200 (23 days) ex flights
Antarctica Peninsula holiday, highlights tour
Discover one of the most popular Antarctic itineraries, from £9922 (23 days) ex flights
Antarctic fly and cruise Circle Crossing
Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, going south of the Antarctic Circle, from £8200 - £12200 (10 days) ex flights
Antarctica Peninsula, Falklands & South Georgia wildlife holiday
An in-depth exploration of the Antarctic region, from £6778 (14 days) ex flights
Luxury Antarctica cruise
Cruise to Antarctica without compromising on luxury, from £6795 - £6935 (11 days) ex flights
East Antarctica cruise
A rare expedition to Mawson's hut at Cape Denison, from US $13500 - US $21000 (26 days) ex flights
Journey to the North Pole
The ultimate Polar voyage: sail to 90º north, from £18400 (14 days) ex flights
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia cruise
Embark on a cruise across the Antarctic Circle and cross the Drake passage, from £11100 - £13000 (23 days) ex flights

37 reviews for Antarctica & the Arctic holidays4.5 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Antarctica & the Arctic holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Antarctic cruise and hiking in Chile
Memorable parts? Antarctica was magnificent but if I had to choose but one most memorable moment it would be the sunset and scenes on the night we elected to camp out... Tips? Being prepared for the rapidly changing conditions and being equipped with the correct clothing. Respect where you are and its beauty. Sadly too many noisy co travellers missed out on taking in the beauty and reflecting on the moment.. Local benefits? Tour operators were excellent in maintaining a strict... (more)Edmund Raczkowski
From £10705 excluding flights
Greenland sailing holiday
Memorable parts? The scenery along the coast and fjords of West Greenland was breathtakingly beautiful and constantly changing as we made our slow way north. The weather was bitterly cold but bright and the sun felt warm when we found a sheltered nook on the deck. The beauty of the area was just magical. Tips? Take lots of layers but don't worry too much about buying lots of expensive technical clothing for the trip. Think about what you do have in your wardrobe - an old pair... (more)Christine Symes
From £1570 excluding flights
Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen
Absolutely outstanding, a once in a lifetime experience that surpassed all my expectations...Don't look anywhere else, this is the best way to see the Arctic! (more)Joshua Cox
Watching a mother and cub polar bear for over an hour, watching a male bear stalking reindeer...seeing and hearing a splendid walrus waking up and bellowing atop a small berg echoing around a small remote glacial bay!! (more)Jonathan Turner
Most memorable was watching a polar bear unsuccessfully hunting a seal, and then watching the seal taunt the polar bear by swimming and splashing behind it. Seeing blue whales was pretty amazing too. (more)Justin Watts
From £2050 - £3520 excluding flights
Arctic diving holiday, marine life & wildlife expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2190 excluding flights
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia icebreaker cruises
Fantastic - it's more than a holiday and is so different to anything else I have ever done. South Georgia is an amazing place. The beaches were packed with tens of thousands of penguins and they weren't afraid to come right up to us. The scenery in Antarctica is beautiful. (more)rebecca allcock
Every part of the holiday was memorable including animals, birds, scenery, the ship (Polar Pioneer), fellow travellers and expedition team. (more)Christine Brignoni
From £4990 - £10990 excluding flights
Arctic icebreaker cruises, Spitsbergen & Greenland
Very good... the most memorable parts is arriving at the pack ice on a beautiful sunny evening and then seeing our first polar bear. (more)david rumsey
The most memorable part of this holiday was the astonishing landscapes in general, the walks on the mountains. (more)Bjørn Clasen
From £2190 - £5846 excluding flights
Antarctica expedition cruise
Memorable parts? Kayaking around icebergs in Antarctica Tips? Allow time for stopovers when travelling from UK Local benefits? Absolutely Overall rating? Excellent (more)Andrew Macdonald-Brown
From £3048 excluding flights
Antarctica cruises
Memorable parts? Seeing the interplay between the animals, icebergs, glaciers, sea and sky. Tips? First: TAKE THE TRIP TO ANTARCTICA. It is unforgettable. If Miami is not on a direct route to Buenos Aires, fly there directly.Be sure to bring the right clothing. Being out on the water or a hill is COLD with the wrong clothes. Spend as much time on the bridge of the ship as possible. Go to all of the lectures. Meet new people Local benefits? No people to benefit in Antarctica. However,... (more)Stephen Kohn
From US $4995 - US $35000 excluding flights
Polar bear watching cruise in Svalbard, Norway
Memorable parts? The whole thing was amazing, being able to go out to parts of Svalbard that other ships can't get to was fantastic, and the wildlife that we saw there was the overall highlight. Tips? Book directly with the operator (the actual company that runs the trip - rather than an agent) to ensure that you get the correct packing list, pick-up information, flights, etc. Local benefits? Yes definitely, the operator are obviously very concerned with preserving the nature... (more)Renny Gye
From £3550 excluding flights
Spitsbergen wildlife cruises
Memorable parts? Seeing a mother polar bear and her two cubs walking on the ice floes walking along them then diving in and swimming to the next one. The cubs following on behind her. Fabulous! Tips? Be warm but also have some smart casual clothes to wear in the evening. When inside of the boat you can be relatively warm - have those layers for going out on deck where it can be cooler but you can watch the midnight sun or enjoy the on deck BBQ. If you want good photographs make sure... (more)Susie Barrett
From £2349 - £2399 excluding flights
Arctic cruise adventure holiday
Memorable parts? The holiday was great throughout but the highlight has to be seeing our first polar bear with 2 cubs! The scenery was also spectacular Tips? Take a range of clothes for all temperatures. I did not expect it to be high 20s 200 miles north of the Arctic circle! but I wasn;t complaining! Local benefits? All efforts were made to reduce environmental impact. Overall rating? Excellent trip, good mix of activities and high standard of food and accommodation (more)judith olsen
From £3049 excluding flights
Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise
Memorable parts? The close sighting of a pod of Orca attacking a Humpbacked Whale and penguins. Bird watching from the ship. Visiting the mainland at Neko Harbour. The ideal size of the ship and friendliness of the other passengers and crew. Tips? Don't bother taking your own warm boots. Those provided were perfectly adequate with our own waterproof walking shoes for deck walking. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)Roger Labbatt
From £5199 excluding flights
Falkland Islands holiday
Memorable parts? Everything was memorable from the penguins on the Falkland Islands to the turtles on Ascension Island. Learning about the very different cultures in these places was something life changing and the welcome we received everywhere was the best I have ever known. Tips? The flight from Santiago is very long (14 hours) and as LANChile won't let you book single flights and so charge for return it is better to travel both ways by Airbridge from Brize Norton. This does away... (more)Di Lammas
From £2463 including domestic flights only
Antarctica vacation, classic cruise
The whole trip from the time we boarded the ship to disembarkation. The most memorable thing was not getting sea sick the ship is that stable...The best ever. (more)David Lohan
This was the most incredible holiday - the staff on our ship were so efficient and hospitable, the landings were well managed and offered a diverse range of activities (hiking, sliding down the slopes on our stomachs, seals/penguins/birds - and the occasional whale), fascinating lectures, and a wonderful small ship environment. (more)Barbara Wilson
From £3699 - £4999 excluding flights
South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula cruise
There were many memorable & exciting parts. Just standing on the Antarctic continent for one! Getting close to wildlife. (Actually it was more like wildlife getting close to you - if you sat down penguins would walk right up to you & check you out.) (more)Sara Page
The most memorable part of my holiday was landing on Danger Islands. We got our first real taste of the Antarctic Continent and got beautiful weather. The view of the sea and icebergs was breathtaking. (more)James Keaney
From US $16312 excluding flights
Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options
GREAT!!!!!!! (more)Krisztina Inczedy
The very first Antarctic landing was a photographer's feast that was totally mindblowing at such an early stage of the trip. (more)Louise Yerbury
The most memorable part of visiting Antarctica has to be (as part of the diving contingent) diving with Leopard Seals on two occasions. (more)Mike McCormack
From US $8725 - US $13000 excluding flights
Antarctica cruise
Excellent. Trip of a lifetime. (more)Audrey Nice
An absolutely stunning holiday thanks, just magic! The most exciting part was very close encounters with whales :0) ... Rate holiday 9/10, excellent! (more)Sally Hawkins
No words that I can write nor pictures that I can show will ever capture the magic, the feeling and the mood of Antarctica. You simply have to go there for that. It was beyond compare utterly beautiful in every way. (more)David Oates
From £3700 - £10200 excluding flights
Antarctic diving expedition
Interacting with the wildlife in Antarctica was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Robert Pecoraro
All of it was memorable, but if I had to pick it would be my first sight of Antarctica which was at sunrise, wow! And my 30 minute dive with a leopard seal. But it was all amazing. (more)Stacy Valentine
Most memorable was diving around the ice bergs and snorkelling with the leopard seal. Real WOW factor. (more)Judith Bewell
From £4610 - £4920 excluding flights
Antarctica and New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Wildlife Cruise
Memorable parts? The sub antarctic islands, wildlife and the icebergs. Tips? Prepare for a big sea voyage and lots of time to spare. Local benefits? There are no people, but the environment is excellent and getting better as recovery from last 2 centuries of exploitation has taken place. Nz and Aust governments should be congratulated on the feral pest controls. Overall rating? Up there with the big ones. (more)Robert Mock
From US $22300 - US $30200 excluding flights
Wildlife cruises to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland
Memorable parts? The wildlife, the scenery, the ice, basically all of it Tips? Spend as much time on deck, you never know when you may see something, really take in every moment we are privelidged to be able to travel and see such wonders. Local benefits? I am sure any form of tourism,brings money into the local economy, and as travellers we see the impacts and changes on our planet ,If we trully open our eyes and take it on board, then in any way we can and however small... (more)Paul Lee
From £5900 - £8200 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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