South Africa, Antarctica

South Pole & Emperors

7/8 days

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November to February

This trip combines the magnificent Emperor Penguins with a flight to the lowest point on Earth - the Geographic South Pole. Explore the surreal terrain of this fascinating continent - an untouched wilderness of extremes and staggering beauty. This journey is combined with pre/post explorations in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands.

Arrive at Cape Town airport (CPT). Transfer via private helicopter charter with a guide to your hotel in the Winelands.

Accommodation for 3 nights in Cape Winelands at the chosen hotel

Meal included today: None

Enjoy a private guided Wineland tour in Stellenbosch. Wine tasting at Waterford (Wine Drive Safari Tasting). Lunch (on own) at Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock Wine Farm (B).

Meal included today: Breakfast

Enjoy a private guided Wineland tour in Franschhoek. Wine tasting at Leeu Passant. Lunch (on own) at Haute Cabrière's restaurant (B).

Meal included today: Breakfast

Private guided transfer to your hotel in Cape Town. Rest of day at leisure (B).

Accommodation for 2 nights in Cape Town at the chosen hotel

Meal included today: Breakfast

Private full-day guided tour of the mother city. Includes a visit to Shimansky Diamond Museum, the "Nelson Mandela Legacy" exhibition at Cape Town's City Hall. Visit Table Mountain (return funicular, fast track). Private 2-hrs Sunset Cruise with canapés and bubbly. Today you will have a safety briefing by White Desert with transfers included (B).

Meal included today: Breakfast

You will be transferred by White Desert to the airport to board your flight to Antarctica. We fly over miles of icebergs on our 5-hour flight from Cape Town to Antarctica. During the flight, we enter the Polar Circle and encounter the continuous daylight of the Antarctic summer. After landing on our blue ice runway, you will transfer to your lodge where cocktails made with 10,000-year-old ice await (B, L, D).

Accommodation for 7 nights in Antarctica at the chosen hotel

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from massages, yoga and gentle hikes to exploring incredible mountains and glaciers, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling! On quieter days, you’ll hear talks from our polar explorer team members about some of the lesser-known history of Antarctica and their world record-breaking expeditions (B, L, D).

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you could visit the Emperor penguin colony at Atka Bay. We fly 2.5 hours across Antarctica, enjoying beautiful views of the nearby mountain ranges and coastline, before landing at the colony. You will be among the very few who have ever witnessed this incredibly resilient species in their natural habitat (B, L, D).

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We can spend the day exploring the nearby mountains and enjoy a gentle hike overlooking the endless ice sheet, followed by a champagne picnic. Then you’ll head off with your guide, winding your way through the snow and ice to an incredible vantage point with panoramic views over the mountains that you have just explored (B, L, D).

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The South Pole trip is a highlight! We leave early in the morning in our Basler BT-67 aircraft, flying over stunning mountain ranges before landing at Dixie’s camp to refuel. After stretching your legs on the High Polar Plateau we 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 Dixie’s Camp and overnighting just like the original explorers (B, L, D).

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a night under canvas, you’ll enjoy breakfast before boarding the plane once again for the flight back to Echo. The flight is the perfect chance to appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica, before you return to camp for a three-course champagne dinner to celebrate your achievements (B, L, D).

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An adventurous hike along a winding cliff face affords guests stunning views over the last pristine wilderness on Earth. Our specialist UIAGM mountain guides will lead you on this challenging hike, ensuring your safety at all times (B, L, D).

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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! (B).

Accommodation for 3 nights in Cape Town at the chosen hotel

Meal included today: Breakfast

Day at leisure to enjoy at the hotel (B).

Meal included today: Breakfast

Private guided full-day Peninsula tour. Includes, Chapman's Peak scenic drive, and Boulder's Beach penguin colony. Lunch (on own) at Harbour House Kalk bay (B).

Meal included today: Breakfast

Private guided transfer to the airport for your homebound flight (B).

Meal included today: Breakfast

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Includes

  • 3 nights in Cape Winelands
  • 5 nights in Cape Town (2 stays)
  • 6/7 nights in Antarctica
  • Private guided transfers
  • Private guided explorations
  • All the entrance fees
  • Daily full breakfast
  • Meals as indicated, including beverages
  • Luggage porters during transfers
  • Water during transfers and explorations

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