Antarctica’s leading explorers unite for the first time to offer guests an exclusive epic adventure.
If you’ve been cooped up for far too long, and you’re looking for an extraordinary journey, consider booking the Ultimate Antarctica trip. White Desert Antarctica and Cookson Adventures, Antarctica’s leading explorers, have united for the first time to offer guests a bespoke adventure.
Limited to only 12 guests, the 24-day adventure begins with New Year’s Eve celebrations at the One&Only Cape Town under the iconic backdrop of South Africa’s Table Mountain. Guests depart from Cape Town onboard a Gulfstream jet to the remote Antarctic ice runway of Wolf’s Fang before settling in to White Desert’s newly relaunched eco-camp. Dubbed Whichaway Oasis, it’s the only luxury camp in Antarctica’s interior. Next up is an exploration of iridescent blue ice tunnels to marvel at a colony of more than 28,000 emperor penguins and their chicks.
The highlight of the adventure, however, is a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the lowest point on Earth—the Geographic South Pole. Once the elusive goal of explorers, the South Pole is still exceptionally difficult to reach. It represents a place where there is no more east, south or west. The only direction to go is simply north.
From this remote spot, guests then fly across to the snow-tipped mountains and emerald rivers of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, linking the continents of Africa, Antarctica and South America. Once in Patagonia, guests can horseback ride with cowboys, mountain bike and glacier hike before returning to the extraordinary coastline of Antarctica to board the 77-meter luxury explorer yacht M/Y Legend to experience the best of the Antarctic Peninsula via boat, helicopter and submarine.
Sailing south, guests will visit remote inlets, paddle alongside whales and ski entirely untouched routes. With both a helicopter and three-seat submersible onboard, adventurers can take in the magnitude of Antarctica’s icebergs from the sky or from deep underwater as penguins dive en masse and leopard seals forage for prey. Also exciting is the opportunity to meet with leading climate scientists to contribute to wildlife research as part of the Antarctic experience.
Bookings are open for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons. The fully inclusive experience starts at $2.965 million per person.