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Polar Regions

TAME THE VAST POLAR REGIONS

The snow and ice of the Arctic and Antarctic has long been a fascination to the more adventurous travellers. Its pristine landscapes and unique wildlife are much more accessible today on board one of the many comfortable ships that cruise the chilly waters around the North and South Pole.

This icy, snowbound region encompasses everything north of the Arctic Circle and the massive southern continent of Antarctica. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural scenery and rich in wildlife - including polar bear, walrus, Arctic fox, penguin, seal, and a wide range of birdlife - it makes and excellent destination for the more adventurous traveller. Expedition cruise ships regularly sail north to the Arctic from ports in Finland, Alaska, Canada, and in our case Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen and Iceland, and south to the Antarctic from Chile, New Zealand, Australia, and in our case Argentina. These expedition ships are specially designed for cruising in the frigid ice covered waters of the Arctic and Antarctic and are often converted from oceanographic research vessels. They vary in size from 50 to 130 passengers and holiday itineraries range from as little as one week exploring Greenland to one month cruising from Chile to Australia.

Polar Regions Countries

TOP TRAVEL DEALS & UPCOMING TOURS

Tour name Country Days Start Date Offer Price
Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic 12 3rd of Nov 2019
Antarctic Peninsula
US$8399 View Tour
Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic 12 5th of Dec 2019
Antarctic Peninsula
US$8399 View Tour
Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic 12 18th of Dec 2019
Antarctic Peninsula
US$8819 View Tour
Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic 12 29th of Dec 2019
Antarctic Peninsula
US$8819 View Tour
Antarctica & Islands Antarctic 19 30th of Nov 2019
Antarctica & Islands
US$13299 View Tour
Antarctica & Islands Antarctic 19 16th of Dec 2019
Antarctica & Islands
US$13999 View Tour
Antarctica & Islands Antarctic 19 19th of Jan 2020
Antarctica & Islands
US$15259 View Tour
Polar Bear Encounters Arctic 8 27th of May 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 View Tour
Polar Bear Encounters Arctic 8 3rd of Jun 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 View Tour
Polar Bear Encounters Arctic 8 10th of Jun 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 View Tour
Polar Bear Encounters Arctic 8 17th of Jun 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 View Tour
Northern Lights Adventure Arctic 8 20th of Sep 2019
Northern Lights Adventure
US$3359 View Tour

Polar Regions TOURS

Antarctic Peninsula

Enjoy the unique wildlife of Antarctica on a 11-night cruise on board a fully equipped expedition vessel. Cross the Drake's Passage and spend time visiting the isolated islands and iceberg dotted bays of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

12

From

$8399


Antarctica & Islands

This 18-night adventure cruise takes you on a journey to the Antarctic Peninsula. Stop off at some of the many islands en route to enjoy the local wildlife, including whales, seals, penguins and myriad birdlife.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

19

From

$13299


Polar Bear Encounters

Take a cruise around the isolated island of Spitsbergen in search of the elusive polar bear. Enjoy the magical landscapes and unique flora and fauna that makes the Arctic a truly unforgettable holiday destination.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

8

From

$4339


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TAILOR-MADE TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

TOUR REVIEWS Polar Regions

We had an amazing trip! Mariska was super helpful in accommodating our requests to upgrade our itinerary and providing all our pre-tour information and details. Hani, our tour guide, was spectacular, and every detail was carefully attended to by the Encounters team in Egypt. We felt safe and relaxed as tours and transportation took place flawlessly and enjoyed every minute we were there.
This tour is incredible - we saw all the major sights in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, and enjoyed several days at the Jaz Makadi Resort in Hurghada. The tour is arranged more or less chronologically and you have the same guide the entire time, so you really get a great experience following the cultural/religious/political development of ancient Egypt over several thousand years.

My dealings with Encounters were all excellent however there must have been a breakdown with Fez Travel as we weren't expected at Istanbul Airport and our guide was unaware we were leaving the tour a day early.( A Fez Travel rep eventually turned up and we were taken to our hotel so it was sorted.)
The tour was well organized and the tour guide and driver were excellent. Being a small group everything ran smoothly.Really appreciated the cold water being provided on the bus as we had some warm days.

The transactions and communications were all very smooth. Except that the tme i reached Morocco and tried to call the guide that was originally assigned were to no avail. The handphone number provided by admin were not correct. Anyway the guide who met us, Idris, was splendid throughout the trip! He made our trip an exciting one!
Mersmerised by the beauty of Morroccan history and landscape! All captured through my lenses and shared to all my friends and circle. Now, more want to experience the wonderful journey I made through the deserts and mountains of Morocco and the Moroccan people.

Everything went really smoothly on the booking end and on the ground in Egypt. The only surprise was when arriving jet lagged at the hotel being presented with a list of fees that needed to be paid right then. The problem was that everything up until then had these fees in US dollars and now the fees were in Egyptian pounds. It pretty much cleaned out our stash of Egyptian money. Had we known we had to pay in Egyptian currency we would have sought out additional currencies places at home to get us the funds we needed. (Banks wouldn't order the funds). However after that the tour itself was great. Our guide Emad did a great job.
This was a great way to see all the primary historical sites in Egypt efficiently and with ease. I can't imagine how slow and difficult it would have been otherwise. It was also a good jumping off point to then spend a few weeks on or own seeing other parts of the country and focus on modern day Egypt

Great tour and good help and quick response from the office. .
It was really good and loved the trip to the village where no other tourists go. The tour guide gave us a real Morrocan flavour. A map of Marrakech and also of the tour route would be a great welcome touch.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 18th, 2016

Guide to Longyearbyen

In Norway

Longyearbyen is the gateway to the Arctic and starting point for many cruise based expeditions operating in the chilly polar waters.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 12th, 2016

Wildlife of Antarctica

In Arctic

The Antarctic continent is surrounded by a boundless and inhospitable ocean, which in itself takes several days to cross by ship.

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