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Emperors and The South Pole

8 Days FROM USD 96,000

Overview

Join us on this unforgettable and luxurious adventure to Antarctica and the South Pole. This 8-day journey begins with a private jet flight from Cape Town to Wolf's Fang Runaway, your first point of contact on the surreal and majestic continent. From your base camp of Whichaway Oasis - a luxury collection of hi-tech polar domes - you will undertake a number of unique adventures completely tailored to suit your needs and wants.

Bear witness to the incredible natural spectacle of newly hatched Emperor penguin chicks at Atka bay. After a 2.5 hour flight from Whichaway Oasis, you will arrive at the magnificent Atka Bay, home to over 14000 pairs of breeding emperor penguins and their newly hatched chicks. With so few visitors to the region, these incredibly curious creatures are mostly unphased by human contact, often approaching close by - making for fantastic photography opportunities. 

Following this unforgettable natural spectacle you will have the rare opportunity to visit the geographic south pole. The very lowest point of Earth, the South pole is the marvelous encapsulation of a true expedition experience. Marvel at a place where there is no more east, west or south - only north. This is a truly unique experience where few have travelled before. 

The rest of your days on the continent will be spent undertaking a number of adventure options - all of which can be as adrenaline filled or as relaxing as you see fit. With only 12 guests on each adventure your guides will ensure the highest degree of safety and flexibility with each activity. Whether its biking, hiking, Arctic truck safaris or simply enjoying the various wellness facilities the days are yours as you see fit. 

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Trip Code: ACWDES

Travel Style: Luxury 

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Emperors and The South Pole

Flights: Please call us for assistance with your international flights.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Your base camp for this journey will be the incredible Whichaway Oasis - These high-tech bi-domes are heated state-of-the-art pods designed to offer the highest degree of polar functionality and luxury camp comfort.

  • You will have the unique opportunity to see recently hatched Emperor penguin chicks - 14000 pairs of breeding emperor penguin chicks wait at Atka bay, for a spectacle of noise and energy that will truly leave a lasting memory. 

  • This incredible adventure truly superimposes the highest degree of luxury - From a private jet flight to your incredible high-tech polar domes, this adventure truly encapsulates luxury and comfort in one of the most remote places on Earth.

CRUISE ITINERARY

We fly over thousands of icebergs on our 5-hour flight across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. During the flight, we enter the Polar Circle and encounter the continuous daylight of the Antarctic summer. After landing on the ancient blue ice of the runway, you will transfer to our camp at Whichaway and take a gentle hike around the Oasis.

Fly Cape Town to Antarctica

Settle into Whichaway Oasis and do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from yoga, massages, and gentle treks to exploring the incredible ice waves, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling! On quieter days, you will hear talks from our polar explorer staff about some of the lesser-known history of Antarctica and their world record-breaking expeditions.

Whichaway Oasis

We fly 2 hours across Antarctica, providing beautiful views of the nearby mountain ranges and coastline, before landing at the emperor penguin colony at Atka Bay. You will be among the very few who have ever witnessed such a spectacle, observing the real-life stars of March of the Penguins.

Here you’ll see over 14,000 breeding pairs and their newly hatched chicks, a spectacle full of noise and energy that is a favourite with wildlife watchers and photographers. There are so few visitors to this colony that the chicks are unafraid of humans and often waddle close by. Mindful of our responsibility to the Antarctic environment and of IAATO guidelines, we keep at least 25m (80ft) from the penguins while taking in all the sights and sounds of this rare wildlife spectacle, which remains one of the greatest thrills on Earth!

Emperor Penguins of Atka Bay

We spend the day exploring the ice waves below our camp, delving into the series of ice tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. Then you’ll be off on an Arctic Truck safari, winding your way through the snow and ice to an incredible vantage point where you can take in the panoramic view over the waves that you have just explored.

Arctic Truck Safari

We leave early in the morning in our Basler BT-67 aircraft, flying over stunning mountain ranges before landing at 83 Degrees South to refuel. After a walk on the High Polar Plateau we will continue to the South Pole, where you will have plenty of time for photos and a chance to stamp your passport before flying back to 83° South and overnighting in the great wilderness of the Plateau.

At the heart the Great White Continent lies the South Pole, one of only two stationary points on this rotating Earth! At exactly 90 degrees of latitude, you can walk around the world in only a few paces and marvel at a place where there is no more east, south or west – the only direction is north! The American Amundsen-Scott research station is the backdrop to this most exceptional place, whose discovery ranks as one of the greatest feats of human The Amundsen-Scott exploration ever known.

South Pole Exploration

After a night under canvas, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before boarding the plane once again for the flight back to Whichaway Oasis. The flight is the perfect chance to appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica, before you return to our camp for a three-course champagne dinner to celebrate your achievement.

Whichaway Oasis

An adventurous hike along a winding cliff face affords guests stunning views over pressure ridges of ice that have been folded over millennia by the ocean. Our world-class mountain guides will lead you on this challenging hike, always ensuring your safety.

Whichaway Activities

The flight out of Antarctica will be the last of your enduring memories of the great White Continent before you dive back into the vibrant energy of Africa. You will be transferred to your hotel where you will have a chance to relax and reflect on your Antarctic adventure!

Return to Cape Town
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Pricing per person & dates

Emperors and The South Pole from USD 96,000
Departing Ending Duration
29 Nov 2021 06 Dec 2021 8
06 Dec 2021 13 Dec 2021 8
13 Dec 2021 20 Dec 2021 8
21 Dec 2021 28 Dec 2021 8
28 Dec 2021 04 Jan 2022 8
03 Jan 2022 10 Jan 2022 8
09 Jan 2022 16 Jan 2022 8
25 Jan 2022 01 Feb 2022 8
30 Nov 2022 07 Dec 2022 8
07 Dec 2022 14 Dec 2022 8
04 Jan 2023 11 Jan 2023 8
11 Jan 2023 18 Jan 2023 8
18 Jan 2023 25 Jan 2023 8

Important Information

  • Return transfers for Antarctic flight on board fully chartered private jet
    All accommodation in Antarctica
    Food and drink (including alcohol) 
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    Payment of 'Carbon tax' offset created by all logistics associated with Antarctic travel
    Safety briefing day before departure (return transfers provided)

    EXCLUSIONS

    International flights to Cape Town
    Accommodation and meals whilst in Cape Town
    Travel insurance
    Additional baggage costs
    Visa and recprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Use of satellite phone whilst in Antarctica
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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