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Visiting the Polar regions is truly a once-in-alifetime experience and although these areas are far more accessible than they once were, they remain relatively untouched as one of the last true wildernesses on Earth. For the privileged few that make the journey in the short holiday season, a wealth of wildlife, magnificent landscapes, and a history rich in Polar exploration awaits. With Explore, you’ll travel on small, informal, expedition ships with a variety of cabin types to choose from. Zodiac inflatable boats will take you from ship to shore, allowing you to maximise your time on land or to get up close to the wildlife. Our highly experienced expedition crew and naturalists will give on-board lectures, further enhancing your Polar experience. They will recount the stories of the early explorers and teach you about the wildlife, bird and marine life found in these parts. Being at the mercy of the changing weather patterns, no two trips are the same, and you will come away feeling that you have experienced something quite unique. At Explore, we are passionate about the areas in which we operate and have taken the time to select the right ships and the right itineraries for you. We know that our customers enjoy a variety of interests and activities, which is why you will find a selection of walking options whilst on shore, kayaking for the more energetic, and trips with a specific focus on photography, for those keen to get behind the lens. Whether you are looking to travel to the Arctic or Antarctica, we hope that you will feel inspired by the pages to follow and look forward to helping you plan your next Polar Adventure.

Sarah, Jayne, Rebecca, Melissa, Tanya and Vanessa

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Why choose Explore? Explore has been pioneering adventure holidays for 35 years. Our knowledge, experience and professionalism make us the preferred choice for thousands of travellers heading to remote regions every year. One of the great strengths of Explore’s Polar Voyages is that we are not affiliated to any particular ship or ship operator. We have been able to assess every polar expedition vessel and select the very best expedition ships sailing to the Arctic and Antarctica. Each ship has its own characteristics but all share the same key features: their small size, expert polar guides, pioneering itineraries and focus on exploring the polar landscapes and wildlife in depth. Most importantly, all ships subscribe to the highest environmental and safety guidelines, just as Explore does.

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WHY CHOOSE EXPLORE?

ABOUT OUR POLAR VOYAGES AND TRIPS Photographic departures

Fly-cruise itineraries

Some of our voyages have a specific focus on photography with expert advice on hand to really make the most of the opportunities in front of you.

In Antarctica, we operate ship only itineraries, as well as our combined Fly-cruise option - a perfect alternative for those who wish to avoid sailing across the Drake Passage, or who are short on time. In less than two hours, a jet aircraft flies you from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in the South Shetland archipelago. At the gates of the White Continent, you will join your small expedition ship, the M/V Ocean Nova or the M/V Hebridean Sky, and start your exploration of some of the best wildlife sites along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Some departures aboard the M/V Polar Pioneer include Canon-accredited photography workshops, consisting of informal talks and image reviews. There will also be the opportunity for one-onone tuition and informal side-by-side shooting, from the ship’s deck, whilst on Zodiacs, or during your time on shore. All voyages aboard the Expedition have a resident photographer, so that you can take home some truly memorable photographs of your trip. On-board photography workshops will help you frame your perfect snapshot and assist you with the tricky light conditions found in the polar regions. For those looking for some extra tips, one-to-one advice is also available.

Frank Hurley - Floating Photography Exhibition

Kayaking and camping

Over the next two years, the M/V Polar Pioneer will play host to a very special floating exhibition featuring photographer Frank Hurley’s iconic Antarctica images. Developed in conjunction with the State Library of NSW and curated by Alasdair McGregor, Frank Hurley’s historian and biographer, the exhibition will showcase imagery taken during the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and visually recreate what Shackleton and his men endured.

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Look out for our trips aboard the M/V Polar Pioneer, as many include a flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, where passengers join the ship. Being several hours closer to Antarctica, this significantly reduces the time spent at sea.

To add to your polar adventure, take to a kayak for an eye-to-eye view with seals and whales, or camp in some of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth. Kayaking and camping are offered as an optional extra (subject to availability) on many of our polar voyages. You must book prior to travel and space is limited - so book early to secure your place! Please speak to one of our polar experts for prices and availability.

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Travel with the specialists While you’re in the Arctic or Antarctica, you’ll be wowed by the wildlife, scenery and history of the region. All of our polar ships have a team of on-board expedition staff who’ll make this incredible journey with you, bringing nature to life and fuelling your mind with their expert knowledge and years of experience in the polar regions.

Terence (Scobie) Py

Alex Cowan

Susan Adie

Scientist and Zodiac Master Terence (Scobie) Pye is a research scientist with decades of research time in Antarctica. His main scientific interests are focused on the conservation and management of the sub-Antarctic islands, the impact of introduced mammals on these fragile ecosystems, sustainable tourism in Antarctica and the history of the region. In 1978, Scobie was awarded the Fuchs Medal for outstanding service to the British Antarctic Survey.

Ornithologist and Marine Mammal Expert Holding a PhD in Geology from Cambridge, Alex draws upon his many years as a researcher and lecturer to explain climate change and the fascinating landforms encountered by our travellers from the decks of the ship. An avid mountaineer and professional yacht skipper, he has spent years climbing and skiing all over Europe, Africa and Greenland, and has extensive sailing experience. Alex is at his happiest when sharing his knowledge of natural history and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

Expedition Leader Susan has led more than 140 expeditions in Antarctica. Her passion for the environment was fuelled from a very early age, growing up amid the lakes and mountains of New York State. She carried this enthusiasm through her education to work with state and national governments in environmental education and resource management, working on endangered species re-introduction programmes, for which she has won awards.

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TRAVEL WITH THE SPECIALISTS

Travelling responsibly More than perhaps anywhere else in the world, there’s a critical need for all visitors to the polar regions to treat the environment with utmost respect. Our polar voyage partners lead the way in operating ships and shore excursions in full compliance with the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) guidelines, as well as the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

Gary Miller

Robyn Mundy

Expedition Leader and Lecturer Gary is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He’s studied polar bears in the Arctic, whales in Alaska and Mexico and skuas and penguins in Antarctica, including emperors while over-wintering at Mawson Station.

Assistant Expedition Leader Robyn has visited polar regions almost every year since 1996. She was a field assistant at Davis Station, researching skuas and over-wintered at Mawson station, working with emperor penguins. Robyn has a PhD in Writing. The Nature of Ice, her first novel, reflects her passion for Antarctica.

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On board, you will find a strong emphasis placed on environmental guidelines and wider discussions of the issues facing these fragile environments and their wildlife. One example is the ‘Save the Albatross Campaign’, which has provided vital funds to help conserve this magnificent species through research. By travelling with us, you will be contributing to this and other vital projects to aid polar conservation.

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WHEN TO TRAVEL

When to travel

Antarctica n In November, pack ice is breaking up and the birds are mating, sometimes displaying with elaborate courtship rituals.

n In December and January, penguin chicks hatch and seal pups are born. The long days in December create longer daylight hours and the opportunity for midnight photography.

n In February and March various whale species gather. With less sea ice, you can head deeper into Antarctica on the most adventurous voyages.

Polar experience

Flexible flight options

Many of our trips will offer a choice of walks on the landings and a few have extra hiking options. Kayaking and camping are also available on some of our voyages and can be organised directly with the ship operator.

Antarctica extensions

On all of our polar voyages, the aim is to maximise time spent off the ship, seeing amazing landscapes and wildlife up-close. Because of this, our ships have excellent Zodiac operations, which will make it as easy and quick as possible to get on and off the ship.

The prices featured in this brochure are based on a ship only basis. We have a range of flexible flight and accommodation options available to help you make the most of your time before and after your voyage. Please call our polar specialists for details about the options available for your voyage. We can offer you a selection of Latin America extensions at the start or end of your polar voyage. See page 47 for more details.

The Arctic n 24-hour daylight is experienced from April to August, allowing you to make the most of every minute on-board.

n If you travel early in the season, you’re likely to see more ice - a stunning frozen wilderness.

n Travelling late July or early August gives you the best chance of circumnavigating Spitsbergen, as the ice starts to break up.

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WHY SMALL SHIPS?

Why small ships? Most of our ships carry less than, or just over, 100 passengers. Some carry as few as 50. With so few on-board, you can expect the whole experience to be more flexible and personalised than on larger vessels. Life on-board is relaxed and informal. You will get to know your fellow passengers and have unlimited access to your polar guides and expedition team. At a more practical level, on a small ship you spend less time waiting to embark or disembark for shore landings, plus the ship gets you much closer to the action – be it the wildlife or the spectacular scenery.

off the ship exploring the polar landscapes, and with the wildlife

n Ships are more manoeuvrable, getting you nearer to the shoreline n Flexible and informal - no need to follow a strict timetable n Meal times are organised to suit the day’s activities, not the other way round

n You’ll receive more personalised service and access to committed, knowledgeable and approachable polar guides

n There is a higher ratio of staff to passengers n It’s a good opportunity to meet fellow travellers and make new friends

Life on-board

Life on-board a polar ship is unique, and one you can only truly appreciate by being there yourself! A wake-up call starts your day early, usually about 7am, for breakfast. The schedule of the ship is then largely dictated by the wildlife and your route, but the aim is to make two landings a day. Morning and afternoon Zodiac excursions are ideal, but the captain will ensure the landings are in-tune with the wildlife; if the polar bears aren’t there or the walruses have moved on, you’ll stay on-board and enjoy a lecture on history, geology or wildlife as you continue to travel to the right spot. During your time on-board, there’s plenty to do. You can spend time on the bridge, talking to the ship’s crew and learning about polar navigation, observe the passing scenery on deck, read in the library (they are stocked with a vast range of books on the polar regions) or, for the more energetic and where there is one, exercise in the gym. Lunch and dinner are served in the dining room, and there’s usually an after-dinner lecture before retiring to your cabin or the bar, for a polar night-cap.

Free polar jackets available Expedition

Each passenger travelling aboard the Expedition will Pr bo ovi ded on receive a complimentary polar expedition jacket. Designed specifically for exploring the polar regions, the jacket comes in a range of sizes and includes features like: n Breathable waterproof fabric

n 5cm Thinsulate™ liner n Removable hood with micro-fleece lining n Large rear storage pocket and cuff pocket

M/S Fram

Designed for exploring the Arctic and Antarctica, this weatherproof outer shell comes in various sizes ranging from S to XL and includes features like: n Breathable fabric

n Fully waterproof and windproof n High neck cover with draw-cord hood n Velcro cuff tabs for extra warmth

M/V Polar Pioneer

This stylish 2-in-1 jacket is designed to be worn over your essential base layers and is suitable for the conditions encountered on your polar adventure. Key features include: n Waterproof, breathable outer shell

n Wind-resistant inner jacket n Fleece-lined hand warmer pockets and hood n Drop-tail hem for added warmth and comfort when sitting in Zodiacs

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Arctic Our voyages take place during the Arctic summer, from May until September, when for up to 24 hours a day the sun’s rays thaw the land for an all too brief moment of abundance; rare flowering plants, mosses and lichens spring into life and an array of wildlife makes the most of the season for breeding, preparing to survive the winter. Hungry polar bears can be seen roaming the shoreline, walruses and seals take to the water, Arctic foxes raid nests for eggs and vast flocks of seabirds feed on an ocean teeming with fish. During our Zodiac cruises and shore landings, we will explore this untamed landscape with its jagged coastlines, plunging fjords and elegant shapes carved from ice. We’ll encounter vast kittiwake colonies, such as those found in the bay of Diskobukta and remote inlets like the beautiful Magdalena Fjord, with its crystal clear waters and steep glaciers sliding into the sea.

Insider View “Sailing through the Arctic made me feel like I was on the edge of the world; nobody else in sight and icebergs for miles. I have never experienced anything as magical as spotting my first polar bear; seeing her walk across the ice with her two cubs just took my breath away.” Sarah Slocomb, Explore Senior Regional Specialist

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ARCTIC

Realm of the Polar Bear FROM

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VOYAGE CODE: ACS VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Jun, Jul, Aug ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ACS). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/acs A similar 9-day itinerary also operates on the following ship: n M/S Fram (trip code: FRRP) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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ARCTIC

Spitsbergen - the main island of the Svalbard archipelago - lies deep within the Arctic Circle, a rugged land of snow-covered mountains rising high above blue glaciers and vast pack ice. An intoxicating mix of wildlife lives here; huge populations of seabirds including little auk and kittiwakes - swirl in the moody skies above, while Arctic foxes, walruses and the majestic polar bear patrol the ice in search of food. DAY

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Arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s capital, and board your expedition ship in the afternoon. Depart for the Arctic wilds in the early evening. The Svalbard archipelago hosts a plethora of natural wonders. During your voyage, you’ll walk on land to see reindeer munching on nutrient-rich grasses, take photographs of walruses lying together in a heap on rocky crags and head out in Zodiacs beneath ice-covered fjords and glaciers. On board, experts will also guide you around the area’s long history of polar exploration, including Ny-Alesund, an Arctic research station and base for the first flight to the North Pole in 1926. Polar bears are the highlight of an Arctic voyage and you’ll have ample opportunity to try and spot them hunting and swimming amid the ice. This is one of the best wildlife experiences there is. Spitsbergen has 24-hour daylight during the summer months; the midnight sun is a unique experience and your time to appreciate the majestic scenery around you is maximised. Arrive in Longyearbyen early in the morning for disembarkation.

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Our trip was awesome – by all accounts from John, the expedition leader, the luckiest trip so far this year. We had about 14 polar bear sightings. The two bears that came up to the ship were just amazing.

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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth FROM

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VOYAGE CODE: ACSX VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Jun, Jul, Aug ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ACSX). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/acsx A similar itinerary also operates on the following ship: n M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPSO) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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ARCTIC

This itinerary is similar to Realm of the Polar Bear, but with even more time dedicated to searching for the King of the Arctic. You’ll enjoy three additional days searching the ice, oceans and tundra for polar bears, see lots of glaciers, walk close to reindeer and have the opportunity to fill a whole photo-book full of pictures with smiling seals lounging on ice floes. With the extra time, you may also have the opportunity to circumnavigate the archipelago. Really make the most of your Arctic adventure on this in-depth trip. DAY

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Board your expedition ship and depart on your in-depth Arctic adventure. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural and historical extravaganzas. You will spend the next nine days exploring the remote polar regions. Amid ice-covered fjords, lofty mountains and calving glaciers, keep your eyes peeled for polar bears as they stalk the tundra looking for their next meal. You may be lucky enough to see a mother teaching her cubs to swim, a solitary, hunting male or capture a photo of a polar bear in the archetypal icy landscape. At a number of stops, you may also see reindeer, walrus, seals and Arctic foxes, while the captain will do his best to ensure you see the richest bird life. The longer itinerary also gives you the chance to circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen - ice permitting, of course! Arrive in Longyearbyen early in the morning, for disembarkation after breakfast.

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We were lucky enough to see quite a few polar bears, and one up really close: she came up to the bow of the ship for a good sniff, then wandered off before returning. Elizabeth Cowan

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ARCTIC

Polar Bears in Churchill FROM

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TRIP CODE: CHPB DEPARTING: Oct, Nov ADDITIONAL TRIP INFORMATION This itinerary is based on staying in hotels in Churchill (trip code: CHPB). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/chpb A longer 7-day itinerary is also available; please see our website (trip code: CHPBX)

See the World’s greatest concentration of polar bears with a small group of like-minded people.

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Take a journey to the welcoming outpost town of Churchill to view polar bears up-close. Each day you will head out on a bespoke vehicle, known as a Polar Rover, to watch the bears interact. Take photographs as they walk across the ice in front of you and learn about ‘bear behaviour’ via the in-depth knowledge of our expert guides, further enhancing your polar bear adventure. DAY

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Your trip begins in Winnipeg. Transfer to your hotel and meet your expedition leader at an orientation dinner this evening. Fly to Churchill in the morning, the base for your polar bear adventure. We head to the tundra this evening for our first glimpse of the bears. If we are lucky, our night time excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences - a chance to view the Northern Lights!

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Our expedition leaders know the best places to see polar bears, as these majestic creatures congregate to the region each autumn. As we watch them interact, we’re delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our vehicle, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary grandeur. You will have time to explore historic Churchill before boarding the afternoon flight back to Winnipeg. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill and will have a final dinner reception before our adventure concludes in Winnipeg. After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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ARCTIC

Polar Bears in Churchill - Photo Adventure FROM

CHURCHILL (CANADA)

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TRIP CODE: CHPH DEPARTING: Oct, Nov ADDITIONAL TRIP INFORMATION This itinerary is based on staying in hotels in Churchill (trip code : CHPH) For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/chph

Spend three full days on the tundra with our expert photographer-naturalist, who will lead this immersive journey into the Realm of the Polar Bear. Anticipating the start of their winter hunting season, polar bears congregate here each autumn on the shores of the Hudson Bay, waiting for it to freeze. Our customdesigned Polar Rovers will take you into the heart of their wild habitat, allowing you to get safely up-close to the wildlife. There is plenty of space for equipment and room to manoeuver in order to capture those magnificent shots.

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You will be transferred to your hotel on arrival into Winnipeg, followed by a welcome dinner.

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Spend three full days on the tundra, photographing polar bears. Our uniquely designed Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time amongst the bears. We take a maximum of 16 people in a vehicle that will hold double, ensuring that everyone has a window seat, space for camera gear and plenty of room to photograph. Our viewing platform also allows you to get up close to the wildlife, offering you a chance to view polar bears from literally inches away! Each evening, dinner will be followed by presentations on photography, wildlife and local culture. If the night skies are clear and we’re fortunate enough to see the dancing colours of the Aurora Borealis, we’ll head away from town to capture this magical event on camera. Explore Churchill before boarding our afternoon flight back to Winnipeg. We enjoy a farewell lunch and a final dinner reception in the evening.

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Wild Scotland FROM

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VOYAGE CODE: PPWS VESSEL: M/V Polar Pioneer DEPARTING: Jun ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPWS). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/ppws For polar ship information see pages 48-61

Explore Scotland’s wild islands, home to some of the world’s largest seabird colonies, including adorable puffins and noisy Arctic terns. Take to the wildliferich waters by Zodiac, keeping your eyes peeled for whales, seals and dolphins. Back on land, discover ancient sites, huge monoliths and remote, picturesque villages. This is a diverse exploration of rugged and remote Scottish islands from a unique vantage point.

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The Shetland Islands are Britain’s most northerly isles lying 160 km off the mainland. In summer, they have nearly 24 hours of daylight. Visit large colonies of seabirds, beautiful nature reserves and Iron Age towers. Fair Isle has a major ornithological research station, and is famous for historic shipwrecks and impressive cliffs. It is a bird watchers’ paradise with species such as fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets, shags and puffins. Arrive in Aberdeen, where your trip comes to an end.

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Island hopping around the Outer Hebrides, first visiting the World Heritage Site of Saint Kilda. The island boasts Britain’s highest sea cliff at 430 m and is home to one of Europe’s most significant seabird breeding colonies.

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Head to the Hebrides to explore remote lochs, jagged mountain peaks and picturesque villages. Around the Isle of Skye, look for whales, dolphins, otters and seals. You’ll also explore smaller islands, such as Barra, the Isle of Rum and Iona.

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ARCTIC

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears FROM

SCOTLAND - SVALBARD (NORWAY)

15 £3049 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: ELN VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: May ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ELN) For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/eln For polar ship information see pages 48-61

The visits to the Orkney and Shetland islands, which we saw as an added bonus, did not disappoint. The Norwegian Fjords which we have long wished to visit, just have to be seen. John and Kathy Walker

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ARCTIC

This is a scenic voyage from Scotland along the rugged Norwegian coast to the heart of polar bear land; Spitsbergen. On this epic journey, you will visit the remote Shetland Islands, before discovering Norway’s fjords, medieval villages and glaciers. Exploratory trips by Zodiac will take you deep into wild habitats. Spitsbergen’s wildlife - polar bears, Arctic foxes and a myriad of birdlife – awaits you at the culmination of your expedition. DAY

Board your expedition ship in the suburb of Leith, Edinburgh, and embark on your voyage to the Arctic.

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Visit the mystical historic sites of the Orkney Islands, set amid dramatic coastal scenery. The Orkneys are also a haven for bird-watching.

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Continue north to the isolated Shetland Islands. Under Norse rule until 1469, the islands’ ancient archaeology and spectacular coastlines are an intriguing mix of Scotland and Scandinavia. Crossing into the Arctic Circle, you explore Norway’s most beautiful fjords, glaciers and mountain scenery. Your captain will ensure the best landings along the shore, so you can make the most of your time in this rugged environment. The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea. After landing on the island of Aa, you sail into Trollfjord, home to mythical trolls.

DAY

Visit the Arctic Cathedral at Tromso. Its unique architecture is evocative of snow and icebergs.

DAY

Explore mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls.

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11

DAYS

12-14 DAY

15

During your time in Svalbard, search for walrus, seals, reindeer and Arctic foxes, as well as polar bears. If you’re lucky, you may see a mother with cubs. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures bring you close to icebergs and glaciers. Arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s capital, early in the morning and in time to explore this desolate town.

Pack Ice Limit

Nordaustlandet

SVALBARD

SPITSBERGEN

(NORWAY)

Edgeøya

LONGYEARBYEN

GREENLAND

Greenland Sea

(DENMARK)

Bear Island Zodiac cruise Seabirds

Norwegian Sea

The Lofotens Å

ICELAND

NORWAY Runde Island Zodiac cruise

Shetland Islands Lerwick

Tromso Polar Museum Arctic Cathedral

RUSSIA

Barent s Sea Nordkapp

Træna Archipelago

FINLAND

Trondheim Visit Monk Island & Mt Torghatten Ålesund Bergen

SWEDEN

Orkney Islands

SCOTLAND

Ring Of Brodgar

EDINBURGH km 0

1000

Scilly Isles

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ARCTIC

Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland FROM

SVALBARD (NORWAY) - GREENLAND - ICELAND

15 ÂŁ3049 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: ASG VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Aug, Sep ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ASG). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/asg Similar itineraries also operate on the following ships: n M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPGI) n M/S Fram (trip code: FRNP) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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ARCTIC

The ultimate Arctic voyage, combining the contrasting landscapes of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. Spend time in Spitsbergen in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, before crossing to the wild, desolate shores of Greenland and crowning your expedition with a visit to the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland. Embark your expedition ship in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

DAY

1

Search for the unique wildlife that inhabits Svalbard’s Arctic wilderness, including polar bears, walrus and Svalbard’s species of reindeer; smaller than its southern relatives, they still carry impressive antlers.

DAYS

2-5

Cross the Greenland Sea; orca, humpback and minke whales, plus whitebeaked dolphins feed here in the summer months.

DAYS

6-7

In the remote and untouched landscape of eastern Greenland, look for wildlife such as walrus, seals, narwhals, polar bears, muskoxen, wolves, foxes, Arctic hares, lemmings and a variety of birds. Your southward journey will culminate in Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world.

DAYS

8-12

Sail to Reykjavik, capital of Iceland. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

DAYS

13-14 DAY

Disembark in Reykjavik in the morning.

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OCEAN

ARCTIC

SVALBARD (NORWAY)

Nordaustlandet

Raudfjord

Pack Ice Limit

LONGYEARBYEN

GREENLAND

Spitsbergen

(DENMARK)

Kaiser Frans Joseph Fjord

Barents Sea

Greenland

Scoresby Sund

Sea Ittorqqortoormitt Jan Mayen

m a rk D en

St rai t

Norwegian Sea

Akurejri REYKJAVIK

ICELAND

ATLANTIC OCEAN

NORWAY

km 0

Faroe Islands

1000

Orkney Islands

SCOTLAND

The ship’s facilities, staff and wonderful scenery all exceeded my expectations. Martin Probert

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ARCTIC

Iceland and Northwest Spitsbergen FROM

ICELAND – SVALBARD (NORWAY)

£2195

9

DAYS

SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: FRIS VESSEL: M/S Fram DEPARTING: Jul ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/S Fram (trip code: FRIS). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/fris For polar ship information see pages 48-61

This expedition takes us from Iceland towards Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway. Crossing the Barents Sea, we may encounter a variety of large-bodied marine mammals. On our way, we will make a stop at one of the most isolated islands in the world Jan Mayen. Enjoy your journey through the glacial wilderness and keep your eyes peeled for walrus, whales and of course - the mighty polar bear!

DAY

1

DAYS

2-3

DAY

4

Embark M/S Fram in Reykjavik, where your journey begins. Visit the historical town of Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords. Head north across open sea towards the Norwegian Arctic. Jan Mayen is one of the most isolated islands in the world. Dutch whalers operated out of here in the 16th century. Today, it houses a Norwegian weather station with a few inhabitants year round. Although landings are extremely rare, we will attempt to set foot on this remote outpost.

OCEAN

ARCTIC

DAY

5

SVALBARD

Through our on-board lectures, we prepare ourselves for Spitsbergen – the next highlight of our voyage.

(NORWAY) Moffen Island Ny-Ålesund Longyearbyen Alkhornet

DAY

6

Barents Sea

GREENLAND (DENMARK)

DAY

Greenland Sea

7

Ny-Alesund has been the starting point of several historical attempts to reach the North Pole. Here you can visit the small visitors’ centre and the northernmost post office in the world. Depending on ice conditions, we will attempt to cross the 80th parallel, something that would have been inconceivable for a passenger ship just decades ago.

Jan Mayen

m a rk D en

Prins Christian Sund ATLANTIC OCEAN

St rai t

Ísafjörður

ICELAND

DAY Norwegian Sea

NORWAY

REYKJAVIK

DAY

9

km 0

8

Another full day to enjoy this glacial wilderness. If we are lucky, we will spot some of the larger species who use these waters as hunting grounds. We arrive into Longyearbyen in the early daylight hours. On arrival, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Oslo.

1000

SCOTLAND

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ARCTIC

West and Southern Greenland FROM

ICELAND – GREENLAND

13 £4005 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: FRWG VESSEL: M/S Fram DEPARTING: Jun, Jul ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/S Fram (trip code: FRWG). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/frwg For polar ship information see pages 48-61

This is a varied journey to the little-visited sounds and glaciers of west Greenland. Sail beneath the midnight sun and through majestic fjords, visiting Inuit settlements and discovering abandoned villages and a fascinating Viking history. The area proliferates with icescapes, which you can appreciate up-close from inflatable boats, offering fantastic photographic opportunities.

DAY

Fly to Reykjavik - the world’s northernmost capital – where you will board your ship.

DAYS

Explore the diverse landscapes of Grundarfjorour. Cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland.

1

2-3

DAYS

4-5

OCEAN

ARCTIC

DAYS

SVALBARD

6-7

(NORWAY)

Spitsbergen

Sail beneath sheer granite rock faces in the Prins Christian Sund. Visit Qaqortoq and discover some of the best-preserved ruins from the Norse period in Hvalsey. Step ashore at Narsaq located in the South of Greenland, on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. The glaciers north of town ensure that there are icebergs around and the fjord is rich in seals, salmon, trout and minke whales. We will spend time in the small communities of Qassiarsuk and Ivittuut and learn about the historical importance of these settlements.

Qeqertarsuaq Itilleq

Ilulissat

Barents Sea

GREENLAND (DENMARK)

KANGERLUSSUAQ

Sisimiut

Greenland

Nuuk

8-9

Sea

Ivittuut Igaliku Qassiarsuk Qaqortoq

m a rk D en

St rai t

Grundarfjörður

Prins Christian Sund

ICELAND ATLANTIC OCEAN

DAYS

Norwegian Sea

REYKJAVIK

NORWAY

DAY

10

DAY

11

km 0

1000

DAYS

12-13 SCOTLAND

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Explore Greenland’s capital and oldest town, Nuuk. Visit the second largest community in Greenland, Sisimiut. Here you can visit the local museum and the handicraft workshop, where you can watch the locals make jewellery and artefacts from bone, leather and metal. Ilulissat, meaning iceberg, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an inflatable boat cruise to get close to this huge mass of ice. Visit the small island settlement of Itilleq, surrounded by high mountains and glaciers near the Arctic Circle. You will be transferred to the airport in the evening to join your charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen, where our journey comes to an end. On day 13, your flight arrives into Copenhagen early in the morning.

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ARCTIC

Disko Bay Whale Safari FROM

GREENLAND

12 ÂŁ4505 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: FRDB VESSEL: M/S Fram DEPARTING: Jun ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/S Fram (trip code: FRDB). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/frdb For polar ship information see pages 48-61

Explore the icebergs, rocky islands and glaciers of Disko Bay. Sail with narwhals, beluga, bowhead, minke and humpback whales.

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On the west coast of Greenland, Disko Bay is home to countless icebergs, rocky islands and glaciers. Our favourite way to explore this unique landscape is by inflatable boat and on foot, so you can get close to the birds and ice fields in absolute tranquillity. Disko Bay’s rich waters attract narwhals, plus beluga, bowhead, minke and humpback whales, providing an exciting wildlife experience. DAY

Fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. On arrival, you will be transferred to the ship.

DAY

Visit the local crafts workshop at Sisimiut where you will be able to purchase locally-made artefacts.

DAY

Sail to Qeqertarsuaq with its enormous icebergs. You will spend time walking along the beach amongst the Arctic flora.

1

2

3

DAY

4

DAY

5

DAY

6

DAY

7

Explore the settlement of Qasiguiannguit, founded in 1734. Today we visit Uummannaq for a stroll around this beautiful town. In the early evening, we call at the hunting and fishing settlement of Ukkusissat, where locals will welcome us with traditional songs. Illorsuit lies at the mouth of the Uummannaq Fjord. We visit this traditional hunting and fishing community, rarely visited by tourists. Sail to Upernavik and visit the world’s northernmost open-air museum.

DAY

Go ashore at Qullissat and explore the settlement. Enjoy the stunning views of the Eqip Sermia Glacier and the sheer, raw nature of Greenland.

DAY

The Ilulissat Icefjord was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2004. Take a cruise by inflatable boat and get close to this huge mass of ice.

DAY

Visit the small settlement of Itilleq, where you will be invited by the locals for a ‘kaffemik’ - literally meaning ‘coffee please’.

8

9

10

DAY

11

DAY

12

Kangerlussuaq is situated at the end of the Kangerlussuaq fjord. You will leave the M/S Fram in the evening and will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Copenhagen. Arrive Copenhagen in the early morning.

ARCTIC

OCEAN

SVALBARD (NORWAY) Upernavik Illorsuit Qeqertarsuaq

Ukkusissat Uummannaq

Spitsbergen

Eqip Sermia Ilulissat GREENLAND Qasigiannguit (DENMARK)

Disko Bay Sisimiut

Itilleq

KANGERLUSSUAQ

Greenland

Barents Sea

Sea

m a rk D en

Prins Christian Sund

St rai t

ICELAND

Norwegian Sea

NORWAY

ATLANTIC OCEAN km 0

1000

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Antarctica

Antarctica is a land of abundance; astonishing wildlife, magnificent landscapes, with a rich history of pioneering explorers. The scenery is simply breathtaking; glaciers tumble towards frozen sea, calving spectacular blue icebergs. Equally impressive is the wildlife and for a few brief weeks, vast colonies of penguins, seals, seabirds and whales feed and breed here, giving rise to a frenzy of noise and activity. Our season runs from October to March with a variety of itineraries operating throughout. Our trips to South Georgia will take you on a wildlife journey into the home of the king penguin, whilst encompassing the extraordinary bird-life of the Falkland Islands. Fly-cruise options are available for those less keen to travel the infamous ‘Drake’ and late season departures will allow you to witness the flurry of orca, minke and humpback whales.

Insider View “I returned from Antarctica feeling privileged to have visited somewhere so beautiful and remote. My fondest memory of all was being inches away from a curious humpback, swimming between our Zodiacs, fluking her tail. It was such a peaceful sight - one that will stay with me forever.” Vanessa Fowler Explore Polar Product Specialist

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ANTARCTICA

Classic Antarctica

FROM

ARGENTINA - ANTARCTICA

£3699 SHIP ONLY

11

DAYS

VOYAGE CODE: ANK VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Nov - Mar ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ANK). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/ank A longer and similar, 13-day voyage is also available – Antarctica in Depth (trip code: ANT); please see our website for details. Similar itineraries also operate on the following ships: n M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPAP) n M/V Ushuaia (trip code: USCA) n M/S Fram (trip code: FRCA) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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ANTARCTICA

The South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula form one of the most spectacular wilderness areas on Earth. A remarkable collection of wildlife lives in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and crystal-blue icebergs. Penguins, whales and a rich diversity of birdlife await you on an exploratory journey of the Great White Continent. DAY

Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Your evening is at leisure.

DAY

Board your expedition ship in the afternoon. Spend the evening watching the sun set over the Beagle Channel.

DAYS

Your adventure begins with a 500-mile crossing of the Drake Passage, named after 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake.

1

2

3-4

DAYS

5-8

During your time in the Great White Continent, you will see penguins gathering with their chicks, orca, minke and humpback whales rising out of the ocean, seals hauling out onto ice floes, and numerous albatross and other seabirds flying in the skies above. Your voyage allows you plenty of time to enjoy breathtaking scenery; ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The peninsula also has a remarkable history and during the voyage, you’ll learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

DAYS

It’s time to leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. We have two days at sea, before arriving in Ushuaia.

DAY

Disembark in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast on board.

9-10

11

Santiago de Chile

PACIFIC OCEAN

ATLANTIC OCEAN

ARGENTINA

CHILE

Tierra Del Fuego

USHUAIA Falkland Islands

Cape Horn

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P a

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g e Scotia Sea

South Shetland Islands

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Gr La a h

SOUTHERN OCEAN

King George Island

PENINSULA

ANTARCTICA

South Orkneys

km 0

1000

Enjoy this classic expedition voyage exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, with its superb wildlife-viewing opportunities both on land and at sea.

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ANTARCTICA

Antarctic Circle FROM

ARGENTINA - ANTARCTICA

14 ÂŁ6399 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: APC VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Dec, Feb ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: APC). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/apc A similar itinerary also operates on the following ships: n M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPPC) n M/V Ushuaia (trip code: USPC) n M/S Fram (trip code: FRPC) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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A voyage into the Antarctic Circle will take you as far south as the ice will allow. Our small ships allow access to this inhospitable and impossibly beautiful area, which only the fortunate few will ever see. Imagine being encircled in rookeries of chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins, and being dwarfed by colossal glaciers and icebergs towering high above you. DAY

1

DAY

2

DAYS

3-4

DAYS

5-6

DAYS

7-8

DAYS

9-11

DAYS

12-13 DAY

14

Arrive in Ushuaia. Your evening is at leisure. Board your expedition ship in the afternoon, spend the morning exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park, or hike up to the glacier. Cross the Drake Passage; on the second day, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence, where cold and warm waters mix, attracting a variety of seabirds and whales. Antarctica is home to the World’s greatest concentration of wildlife. Encounter penguin rookeries on two shore landings a day, and see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, plus orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. Push ever further south where few travellers have ventured. Following in the footsteps of early explorers, our ice-strengthened vessel will hopefully take you across the Polar Circle, into remotest and wildest Antarctica. Continue your exploration of the peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Head north across the Drake Passage.

Disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

Santiago de Chile

PACIFIC OCEAN

ARGENTINA

CHILE

Tierra Del Fuego

Falkland Islands

ATLANTIC OCEAN

USHUAIA Cape Horn

D

r

a

k

e

P a

s

s

a

g e Scotia Sea

South Shetland Islands

e r go lm ela Pa h ip c Port Lockroy Ar a md n Weddell Sea ANTARCTIC

South Orkneys

Gr La a h

SOUTHERN OCEAN

ANTARCTICA

PENINSULA

S

King George Island

km 0

1000

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for an absolutely amazing trip, which was all that you promised and more. Every day brought us something new to marvel at and I feel truly privileged to have had such a wonderful experience. Dave Gusterson

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ANTARCTICA

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula FROM

ARGENTINA - FALKLAND ISLANDS - SOUTH GEORGIA - ANTARCTICA

£7999 SHIP ONLY

21

DAYS

VOYAGE CODE: ANS VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Mar ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ANS). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/ans Similar itineraries also operate on the following ships: n M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPFS) n M/S Fram (trip code: FRFS) n M/V Ushuaia (trip code: USSG) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

We even managed to land at Point Wild and Cape Valentine on Elephant Island which very few of the crew had ever done before. For me it made the Shackleton story come alive and still sends tingles through me when I think about it.

Kenny Lee

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ANTARCTICA

This is the ultimate Antarctic adventure, following in the footsteps of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton. Your wildlife journey encompasses the extraordinary bird-life of the Falkland Islands, iconic king penguins of South Georgia, and glaciers and snowcapped peaks of the Antarctic Peninsula. Abundant marine life, including several species of whales and dolphins, will accompany you between landings. DAY

Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.

DAY

Board your expedition ship in the afternoon and set sail across the Beagle Channel.

1

2

DAY

3

DAYS

4-5

DAYS

6-7

DAYS

8-11

DAYS

12-13 DAYS

14-18 DAYS

19-20 DAY

21

Sail east towards the Falkland Islands. The Falklands archipelago is home to a fascinating mix of penguins; magellanic, macaroni and rockhoppers, with their distinctive yellow crest. With luck, you may also see black-browed albatross. Continue east to South Georgia. Keep your eyes peeled for the whales that inhabit these waters and albatrosses that fly above the ship. The highlight of any trip to South Georgia is the 100,000-strong king penguin rookery. At Saint Andrew’s Bay, you’ll see parents with chicks, as well as an estimated five million macaroni penguins. This isolated island also supports substantial populations of elephant and fur seals. South Georgia is steeped in polar history and you’ll have time to visit Shackleton’s grave at Grytviken. Plotting a south-westerly course, you head towards legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. Your voyage allows you plenty of time to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula; ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. It’s time to leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage.

Disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

PACIFIC OCEAN

ARGENTINA

CHILE

Tierra Del Fuego USHUAIA

Falkland Islands Stanley

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Cape Horn

SOUTHERN OCEAN

D

r

k

a

e

P a

e r go l m el a Pa h i p c Port Lockroy Ar Gr La a h

ANTARCTICA

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

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a

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Scotia

King George Island

South Shetland Islands

a md n

s

Sea

South Georgia

South Orkneys

We d d e l l Sea SOUTHERN OCEAN km 0

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ANTARCTICA

King Penguins of the Falklands and South Georgia FROM

URUGUAY - FALKLAND ISLANDS - SOUTH GEORGIA - ANTARCTICA - ARGENTINA

ÂŁ7499 22 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: ABS VESSEL: Expedition DEPARTING: Oct ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship Expedition (trip code: ABS). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/abs For polar ship information see pages 48-61

An epic Antarctic adventure in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton. View large colonies of iconic king penguins on South Georgia and stand amid macaroni and rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands.

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ANTARCTICA

It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure, to the land that entranced Shackleton and countless others. Starting in Montevideo, you’ll set sail to explore the Falkland Islands, visit South Georgia and journey on to Antarctica, where you can see whales and cavorting seals from inflatable Zodiacs. Prepare to be astonished and delighted in equal measure by this glacial wilderness. DAYS

Arrive Montevideo and transfer to your hotel. You will board the ship the following afternoon.

DAYS

Attend informative on-board lectures or spend time on deck spotting Albatross and petrels.

DAYS

We arrive in the Falkland Islands where you will find an abundance of birdlife, catching a glimpse of our first penguins.

1-2

3-5

6-7

DAYS

8-9

DAYS

10-13 DAYS

14-15

DAYS

16-19

DAYS

20-21 DAY

22

We set sail for South Georgia. We arrive in South Georgia, with its incredible scenery and prolific wildlife. Home to many marvels, including the king penguin. We head towards legendary Elephant Island. At last - a chance to set foot on the Great White Continent! We will have plenty of time to explore this frozen wilderness, passing through the Bransfield Strait and on to the Antarctic Peninsula. Cross the Drake Passage, to Ushuaia.

Our journey comes to an end in Ushuaia.

URUGUAY BUENOS AIRES

MONTEVIDEO

ARGENTINA

PACIFIC OCEAN

CHILE

Falkland Islands

Tierra Del Fuego USHUAIA

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Stanley

Cape Horn

D

SOUTHERN OCEAN

r

k

a

e

s

s

a

g e

Scoti a

South Shetland Islands

e r go l m el a Pa h i p c r A Gr La a h

a md n

ANTARCTICA ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

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P a

Sea

We d d e l l Sea SOUTHERN OCEAN

South Georgia

South Orkneys

km 0

1000

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ANTARCTICA

In Shackleton’s Footsteps FROM

ARGENTINA - WEDDELL SEA - SOUTH GEORGIA - FALKLAND ISLANDS - CHILE

18 £9535 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: PPWF VESSEL: M/V Polar Pioneer DEPARTING: Mar ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPWF). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/ppwf For polar ship information see pages 48-61

Travel to the Weddell Sea – one of Antarctica’s premier wildlife havens. View colonies of king penguins, fur and elephant seals.

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ANTARCTICA

This all-encompassing voyage travels deep into the continent to the Weddell Sea, and covers the wildlife havens of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. You’ll enter a world inhabited by king penguins, the second tallest in the world, elephant seals and killer whales (orcas), plus various other penguin species. You’re also in Shackleton’s domain, and will see where this pioneering explorer’s crew survived 100 years ago for four months in the harsh Antarctic winter. DAY

1

DAYS

2-3

DAYS

4-6

DAY

7

DAYS

8-9

DAY

10

DAYS

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Board the M/V Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia and meet your fellow explorers. As you cross the Drake Passage, catch your first glimpses of polar landscapes. Our naturalists will start their presentation programme in preparation for our arrival in Antarctica. Sail through the Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea, taking your first steps on the Antarctic continent. Although landings are rare, we will attempt to make a stop at Elephant Island, home to Shackleton’s men for four months. We will then follow in their footsteps to the mountainous South Orkney Islands. Cross the Scotia Sea towards South Georgia, home to the World’s largest penguin rookeries, including king penguins. You’ll also stand amid beaches of elephant and fur seals and beneath albatross as they soar in the skies above. We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall, before continuing towards Peggotty Bluff, where he and his men set off to cross the island. As we explore South Georgia, we will be spoilt for choice of landings; the World’s largest penguin rookeries, wandering albatross, Shackleton’s grave and beaches full of elephant and fur seals. We will immerse ourselves in one of the World’s greatest wildlife spectacles - king penguin rookeries half a million strong!

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Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands; you will have a short time to explore before continuing on by flight to Punta Arenas.

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ÂŁ5815 SHIP ONLY

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VOYAGE CODE: PPWA VESSEL: M/V Polar Pioneer DEPARTING: Jan, Feb ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/V Polar Pioneer (trip code: PPWA). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/ppwa A similar itinerary also operates on the following ship: n M/V Ushuaia (trip code: USWS) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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Journey deep into Antarctica and experience both sides of the Peninsula. The Weddell Sea is a pristine area of Antarctica, famed for its giant tabular icebergs, brash ice-studded seas and rich polar history. In a land famously travelled by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, observe seals, whales and birds at close quarters and enjoy the serenity of this less visited region of Antarctica. DAY

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, to be warmly welcomed aboard your ship, the M/V Polar Pioneer.

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Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice dependent. Helmed by a highly experienced crew, the M/V Polar Pioneer will thread its way through these icy waters which are alive with penguins, against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery. For the next three days, the whim of weather systems and shifting pack ice, dictate the schedule. Wherever the trip unfolds, wildlife, heroic age relics, and haunting landscapes await. Returning through the Antarctic Sound, we’ll head for the Peninsula’s beautiful Western flanks. We’ll make full use of daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters to experience as much as possible; wildlife stops on off-shore islands and Zodiac cruising amid icebergs and whales, are all possibilities. Return across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Disembark in Ushuaia after a pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and breakfast on board.

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Classic Antarctica - Fly and cruise FROM

CHILE - ANTARCTICA

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VOYAGE CODE: ONCA VESSEL: M/V Ocean Nova DEPARTING: Dec - Feb ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/V Ocean Nova (trip code: ONCA). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/onca A similar itinerary also operates on the following ship: n M/V Hebridean Sky (trip code: SECA) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

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The unique Fly and Cruise format of this Antarctica itinerary offers two fantastic benefits: speed and comfort. Instead of spending multiple days sailing from South America, you board a fourengine jet and in less than two hours y directly to a ship waiting in Antarctica. In doing so, you avoid the often-stormy waters of the Drake Passage and maximise your time wildlife-watching in Antarctica. DAY

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Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, and transfer to your hotel. Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, South Shetland Islands, where you board your expedition vessel. Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the panoramic enclosed lounge. You will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment and wildlife, such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and the Lemaire Channel. Return to King George Island for your flight back to Punta Arenas, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Bid farewell to your fellow expeditioners, as your trip comes to a close.

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Polar Circle - Fly and cruise FROM

CHILE - ANTARCTICA

10 ÂŁ10665 DAYS SHIP ONLY

VOYAGE CODE: ONPC VESSEL: M/V Ocean Nova DEPARTING: Jan, Feb ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/V Ocean Nova (trip code: ONPC). For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/onpc For polar ship information see pages 48-61

Sail far South to the Polar Circle on this unique Fly and Cruise itinerary. See penguins, seals and sea-birds up close on land and from your Zodiac.

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The unique Fly and Cruise format of this Antarctica itinerary offers the benefit of speed and comfort. You will board a four-engine jet and in just under two hours arrive in Antarctica, where you will join your ship, the M/V Ocean Nova. You will sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, you will enjoy Zodiac excursions to get close to the wildlife. The goal of this expedition is to sail far south and reach the Polar Circle. DAY

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Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers. Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in an attempt to reach the Polar Circle. The expedition team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

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Antarctica Express - Fly and Cruise FROM

ARGENTINA - ANTARCTICA - CHILE

£3730

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VOYAGE CODE: ONAE VESSEL: M/V Ocean Nova DEPARTING: Nov - Jan ADDITIONAL VOYAGE INFORMATION This itinerary is based on ship M/V Ocean Nova (trip code: ONAE) For more detailed information, prices and dates please visit www.explore.co.uk/onae Longer Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle fly and cruise programs are also available (see pages 42-45). A similar itinerary also operates on the following ship: n M/V Hebridean Sky (trip code: SEAE) For polar ship information see pages 48-61

This is the perfect trip to give you a glimpse into the untamed landscapes of Antarctica. By flying back to Chile, you can maximise your time amid the breathtaking landscapes, with wildlife such as whales, sea birds and penguins. It’s a great value voyage for those with limited time, or to combine with a longer trip to Argentina and Chile.

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Be one of the few privileged adventurers to set foot on legendary Cape Horn; you’ll journey here by Zodiac, before continuing to Antarctica. Spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatross and petrels, as well as different species of whales, on your way to Antarctica. Exciting times, as you watch for icebergs and your first sight of Antarctic land; make sure you have your camera to hand! Reaching the South Shetland Islands, you’ll sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Because Antarctica doesn’t get dark in the summer months, you can continue exploring well into the evening. On King George Island, you’ll have time to explore two research stations before boarding a flight back to Punta Arenas, where you will be transferred to your overnight hotel on arrival. S OOUCTEHAENR N Transfer to Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

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Antarctic Extensions ARGENTINA - CHILE

We can offer you a selection of Latin American extensions at the start or end of your polar voyage. Argentina and Chile have thundering waterfalls, unique cultures and diverse landscapes, providing the perfect addition to your Antarctic expedition.

Buenos Aires Since its founding in 1536, Argentina’s capital has thrived on European trade. An eclectic mix of Spanish, French and Italian architectures rub shoulders with remnants of Victorian grandeur; its wide avenues earning it the title of ‘the Paris of the South’. Yet behind this elegant façade, each barrio (neighbourhood) brims full of tango rhythms, exotic cuisine and bustling markets. Sit and soak up the atmosphere or join in and tango to your heart’s content!

Iguazu Falls Cascading down a three kilometre expanse of the Iguazu River, the Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian-Brazilian border are undoubtedly one of the most dramatic displays in the world. Emerging from thick jungle onto panoramic walkways, the sheer height and noise of the thundering water will take your breath away. ‘La Garganta del Diablo’, or Devil’s Throat, provides an incredible vantage point to watch several falls steaming together down a narrow chasm.

Easter Island Isolated in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island’s giant stone monoliths have been the subject of conjecture and speculation for centuries. Also known as Rapa Nui and the Isla de Pascua, Easter Island was discovered by the Dutch on Easter Sunday 1722. Today it is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites on the planet and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island is renowned for the magnificent stone heads, or Moai; mysterious monoliths that once numbered 800 in total, looking out across the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Valdes Peninsula A thin strip of land stretching out into the South Atlantic, the Valdes Peninsula is a protected heritage site and Argentina’s premier nature reserve. The beautiful coastline abounds in marine life with a riot of sea lions, elephant seals and magellanic penguins frolicking on the sands. Whale-watching is at its best here at the end of the year when up to 400 can be seen just off the coast, including orcas and southern right whales.

Mendoza In the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza is at the heartland of Argentina’s wine-growing industry. The proximity of the mountains and altitude of 750 m help create an arid and generally sunny climate that is conducive to growing the best grapes. Enjoy fine food in Mendoza itself, tour the region’s many wineries (bodegas) or stay beneath snowcapped peaks at one of the traditional estancias.

Patagonia Combine your Antarctica voyage with an adventure in Patagonia. Visit Torres del Paine National Park, awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier and the spectacular scenery of Los Glaciares National Park.

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Polar Ships It’s important that you choose the right expedition vessel for your journey to the Arctic or Antarctica. Explore has done the work for you, and handpicked a selection of ships that will take you to see the very best of the polar regions. We only use small, highly respected expedition ships captained and crewed by some of the top experts in their field. All the ships have ice-strengthened hulls, enabling them to manoeuvre safely in the ice. All of our ships are comfortable and sensibly kitted out for expedition voyages in the polar regions. Whichever ship you choose, you will enjoy a warm, friendly atmosphere on-board and the chance to witness some of nature’s most extraordinary sights up-close, in the company of a small number of like-minded people.

Insider View “Our ships are perfect for exploring the Polar Regions - big enough to offer plenty of space to relax, with few enough passengers to allow you to get to know your fellow shipmates. Plenty of deck space means everyone can fully enjoy the spectacular scenery and passing wildlife. The biggest plus point for me was the crew – I felt very welcomed by my Expedition family.” Jayne Smith Explore Sales Supervisor

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Expedition Ship Details PASSENGERS: 134 STAFF AND CREW: 55 crew, plus 14 expedition staff DIMENSIONS: Length 105 m; breadth 18.6 m; draught 4.7 m CRUISING SPEED: 13 knots ICE CLASS: 1B

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The Expedition has the best of both worlds: large enough to offer stability, spacious cabins and generous public areas, but small enough to manoeuvre easily and get you close to the action. With a maximum of only 134 guests and a high ratio of expedition staff to passengers, there’s a relaxed, informal atmosphere on-board. The ship was fully refurbished in 2009 so you can expect modern fixtures and fittings throughout.

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n Spacious cabins - all en-suite and sea-facing n Stabilisers and bow thrusters for manoeuvrability and comfort

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Cabin Categories Quadruple cabin

Twin cabin

Two upper and two lower berths; porthole; en-suite facilities.

Two lower berths; window; en-suite facilities.

Triple cabin

Twin cabin

One upper berth and two lower berths; porthole; en-suite facilities.

Two lower berths; large window; en-suite facilities.

Twin cabin

Suite

Two lower berths; porthole; en-suite facilities.

Queen-sized bed; approx 30m2 including separate lounge area; large windows; en-suite facilities.

Galley Galley

Galley Galley Crew dining Crew dining

Galley Galley

Bar / lecture room Bar / lecture room

Galley Galley

Bar / lecture room Bar / lecture room

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M/V Polar Pioneer Ship Details PASSENGERS: 54 STAFF AND CREW: 32 DIMENSIONS: Length 71.6 m; breadth 12.8 m; draught 4.5 m CRUISING SPEED: 10 knots ICE CLASS: 1A

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The M/V Polar Pioneer is an ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Having fewer people on board allows for additional landings; you will often have up to three a day. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about your unique surroundings and the wildlife which lives in these frozen parts; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.

Key Features n Cabins are simple, comfortable and sea-facing

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n Good ice class for polar navigation n Small fleet of Zodiacs so more time with the wildlife on shore landings

Cabin Categories Triple cabin

Mini-suite

Two lower berths and one upper berth; porthole; washbasin; shared shower and toilet.

One double bed in a separate room, plus foldout couch (single); windows; desk and table area; TV; DVD player; fridge; ensuite facilities.

Twin cabin

Suite

Two lower berths; porthole; washbasin; shared shower and toilet.

One double bed in a separate room, plus foldout couch (single); windows; lounge and table area; TV; DVD player; fridge; en-suite facilities.

Twin cabin

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TWIN TWIN TWIN SHARED SHARED SHARED

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MINI MINI MINI SUITE SUITE SUITE

Deck 4

CAPTAIN’S CAPTAIN’S CAPTAIN’S SUITE SUITE SUITE

CAPTAIN’S DECK CAPTAIN’S DECK CAPTAIN’S DECK Level Level Level 5 5 5

UPPER DECK UPPER DECK UPPER DECK Level Level Level 4 4 4

MAIN DECK MAIN DECK MAIN DECK Level Level Level 3 3 3

Two lower berths (or one upper and one lower berth and a couch); two windows; en-suite facilities.

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M/V Ushuaia Ship Details PASSENGERS: 88 STAFF AND CREW: 38 DIMENSIONS: Length 84.7 m; breadth 15.5 m; draught 5.5 m CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots ICE CLASS: 1C

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Built for the US agency NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), the M/V Ushuaia has been constantly modernised and refurbished since it first started operating in Antarctica. The M/V Ushuaia is an ice-strengthened small ship, accommodating just 88 passengers, making it a comfortable and steadfast choice. Knowledgeable staff will ensure you get the most out of your visit and there’s an open-bridge policy, plus ample deck space for wildlife-viewing.

Key Features n Open-bridge policy; talk to the captain and learn how the ship navigates n Observation lounge for watching the passing scenery n Good social areas - large dining room, bar and library n Ample deck space for wildlife-viewing n Knowledgeable naturalists, historians and geologists on-board n Excellent on-board cuisine

Cabin Categories Premier cabin

Outside cabin; porthole; semi-private facilities; one upper and one lower berth.

Outside cabin; window; private facilities; two lower berths.

Outside cabin; porthole (obstructed view); lower berth; private facilities.

Funnel

Premier Single cabin

Outside cabin; porthole or window; private facilities; two lower berths. Captain’s Cabin

Standard Plus cabin

Bridge

Standard Plus Triple cabin

Superior cabin

Outside cabin; porthole or window; private facilities; three lower berths.

Outside cabin; window; private facilities; two lower berths (one double available, on request.)

Chart Room

Bridge Deck H

Standard cabin

Bridge Deck H Upper Deck G

Upper Deck G

Outside cabin; window; private facilities; two lower berths; TV and DVD player; fridge (doubles available, on request.)

Funnel

Chart Room

Captain’s Cabin

Bridge

Suite

5 Suites

2 Twin cabins with private facilities (cat. B)

6 Twin cabins with private facilities (cat. A)

8 Superior twin cabins with private facilities

Main Deck F

Dining Room Observation Lounge, Bar & Library

Panorama Deck

Galley

5 Suites 6 Twin cabins with private facilities (cat. A)

Deck G (upper deck)

2 Twin cabins with private facilities (cat. B) 8 Superior twin cabins with private facilities

Main Deck Deck F E Dining Room Observation Lounge, Bar & Library

Panorama Deck

Galley

12 Twin cabins with semi-private facilities (cat. B)

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Deck E

Lower Deck D

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M/V Ocean Nova Ship Details PASSENGERS: 68 STAFF AND CREW: 38 DIMENSIONS: Length 73 m; breadth 11 m; draught 3.7 m CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots ICE CLASS: 1B (hull 1A)

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M/V Ocean Nova is a modern, comfortable, vessel that offers the exclusive Fly and Cruise combination. Built in Denmark in 1992 and completely rebuilt, the boat has an ice-strengthened hull ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Capacity is limited to just 68 passengers accommodated in cabins with en-suite facilities. On-board is a panoramic observation lounge and presentation room, spacious dining room, bar and library.

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Triple cabin

Lower berth; window; en-suite facilities.

Two lower and one upper berth; window; OBSER VATION en-suite facilities. LOUNGE

OBSER VATION LOUNGE

Twin cabin Two lower berths; window; en-suite facilities.

Staff Cabins

Triple 2 lower / 1 upper berths

Twin lower berths

Dedicated Single Bridge 1 lower berth

Staff Cabins

Triple 2 lower / 1 upper berths

Twin lower berths

Dedicated Single 1 lower berth

Deck

Upper Deck

EXPEDITION LEADER OFFICE

EXPEDITION LEADER OFFICE

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M/V Hebridean Sky Ship Details PASSENGERS: 71 STAFF AND CREW: 85 DIMENSIONS: Length 90.6 m; breadth 15.3 m; draught 5.14 m CRUISING SPEED: 12.5 knots ICE CLASS: 1C

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The M/V Hebridean Sky (formerly the M/V Sea Explorer), is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005. Several improvements have been made since. With an ice-strengthened hull, the ship offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Capacity is limited to 71 passengers, further increasing the comfort on board. Public areas include a panoramic lounge, a library, a presentation room, dining room, outer deck with Jacuzzi, and an exercise room.

Key Features n Exclusive Fly and Cruise format avoids sailing the Drake Passage n Small numbers of travellers increases speed and flexibility of operation n Very high expedition staff to customer ratio n Panoramic lounge and bridge for observation n All suite cabins, offering spacious accommodation

Cabin Categories Penthouse Suite

Window Suite

Two lower berths or double; picture window; private balcony; sitting area; en suite facilities.

Two lower berths or double; picture window; sitting area; en suite facilities.

Veranda Suite

Single Suite

Two lower berths or double; picture window; private balcony; sitting area; en suite facilities.

Two lower berths or double; picture window; sitting area; en suite facilities.

Superior Suite

Triple Suite

Two lower berths or double; picture window; sitting area; en suite facilities. PENTHOUSE Deck

Two lower berths or double; sofa bed; picture window; sitting area; en suite facilities.

PENTHOUSE Deck PENTHOUSE Deck PENTHOUSE Deck

VERANDA Deck VERANDA Deck VERANDA Deck

Penthouse Deck

VERANDA Deck

Veranda Deck Deck 4 Deck 4 Deck 4 Deck 4

Penthouse Suites Penthouse Suites Veranda Suites Penthouse Suites Veranda Suites

Deck 4 Deck 3 Deck 3 Deck 3 Deck 3

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M/S Fram Ship Details PASSENGERS: 318 STAFF AND CREW:77 DIMENSIONS: Length 114 m; breadth 20.2 m; draught 5.1 m CRUISING SPEED: 13 knots ICE CLASS: 1A/1B

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The M/S Fram is a comfortable vessel for your polar exploration and benefits from modern amenities such as a fitness room, Jacuzzi and sauna. The ample indoor and outdoor public spaces are designed to ensure you enjoy the passing scenery and wildlife sightings; each table in the restaurant has scenic views and the observation lounge has panoramic windows. There’s also a selection of shore excursions to choose from, allowing you to experience as much of the polar wilderness as possible.

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Double bed; window; seating area; TV; fridge; en-suite facilities.

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Double bed; inside cabin (no window); seating area; TV; fridge; en-suite facilities.

Double bed; window; seating area; TV; minibar; en-suite facilities.

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Two lower berths (one bed and one sofa bed); window; TV; fridge; en-suite facilities.

Double bed; balcony; seating area; TV; minibar; en-suite facilities.

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Essential Information You need to be aware of the following before you go ahead and book an Explore polar voyage. When you book you will be asked if you have read and understood these pages as well as the booking conditions. Please take the time to read through. Who travels on your voyages?

must inform your travel insurance company of this when you purchase your policy, otherwise you may not have appropriate cover. A medical form must be completed by each passenger before the booking can be fully accepted by the ship operator.

Everyone joining a polar voyage or trip arrives with slightly different expectations. The crew aim to ensure everyone’s expectations are met. Voyage itineraries have to stick to a schedule to ensure that they work logistically so please be prompt; a little flexibility always helps!

What about travel insurance?

Your fellow passengers could be from anywhere in the world. Voyages are conducted in English, so most passengers tend to be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US. These polar ships are not operated by Explore and are not exclusive to Explore customers.

What are the age limits?

The recommended minimum age on all of our expedition ships is 10 years old. Some ship operators will accept younger children, however 5 years old would be the absolute minimum and would depend on the individual ship operator. For our Churchill Bears trips, the age is limited to a minimum of 12 years old. Under 18 year olds, on all of our polar trips, must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. There is no maximum age, and you’ll be travelling with people of all ages. Each passenger will be required to fill in a medical questionnaire and in certain circumstances, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness or a letter from your GP before travelling.

What are the itineraries like?

Polar voyage itineraries are best kept flexible: the weather or the ice conditions may require the captain to make itinerary changes. Itineraries can also be adjusted to take advantage of opportunities such as wildlife sightings. The maps in this brochure are indicative only; each ship tends to follow its own preferred route, which may vary from one voyage to the next depending on conditions.

What about accommodation and flights?

You may require international flights or hotel accommodation before or after your voyage. This can be organised through Explore: when you make your enquiry your polar specialist will be happy to look at options with you.

What about cabins?

Most cabins are based on two people sharing, however triples and quads are also available; some ships have a limited number of single cabins (see individual ship details). Double beds are available in some cabins, while most other cabins have twin beds. If you are travelling on your own you can choose to share a cabin with another solo traveller of the same sex (except on M/S Fram) or pay a supplement for sole occupancy of a cabin, if single cabins are unavailable. Single rooms are available on our Churchill Bears trips, but due to the limited accommodation in Churchill, availability is also limited. If you are booking onto our Churchill trips as a single traveller, our operator will try to match you in a twin share. If they are unable to match you with the same gender, you will be obliged to pay half of the single supplement fee. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

What about meals?

All meals are included while on board and all the ships can cater for specific diets: please tell us about any dietary needs when you make your booking.

Fitness and ability to participate

Although high levels of fitness are not necessary for most activities on our polar trips, some physical participation from passengers is required, for example climbing into and out of the Zodiacs and short walks ashore. If in doubt please discuss with one of our polar team: it is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns about your ability to participate. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking – please see booking conditions clause 10 on p65.

Proof of fitness or experience

For certain activities you may be asked to summarise your previous experience and confirm your fitness levels. If unsure we suggest you check the relevant Trip Notes or contact our polar team to discuss.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

If you, others you are travelling with or anyone else upon whom travel depends (including anyone whose illness or death is likely to result in your wishing to cancel or curtail your holiday) have a pre-existing medical condition you

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Valid travel insurance is mandatory for all voyages and trips and you should carry your original insurance policy documents with you on the trip. If you have arranged your own insurance, please ensure that your documentation specifically shows you as the named policy holder and that the cover is valid for the period of travel and also includes cover for visiting the polar regions. It must also indicate that you have cover for at least medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury. Please ensure that a 24-hour contact telephone number for your insurance company is stated on your documentation in case of an emergency.

Campbell Irvine Direct Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. If you have not already arranged cover, please contact our recommended Travel Insurance providers www.campbellirvinedirect.com/explore who offer Travel insurance specifically designed to cover travel with Explore or call Campbell Irvine direct on 0207 938 1734. Explore Worldwide is an Introducer Appointed representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Peace of Mind

2595 Explore is a fully bonded Tour Operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays* in this brochure or on our website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay, you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate**. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to http://www.atol.org.uk/ ATOLCertificate *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK.

As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection No. 5207 is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package. All of our Antarctic operators conform to the guidelines set by The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Voyage and trip only

If you are planning to book only the voyage or trip itself through Explore, we strongly recommend you book flights that are flexible and refundable. Due to the nature of our polar trips, days of operation and itineraries can change. It is important that you are able to amend your connecting travel arrangements should the need arise. Also, in the event of a voyage or trip being cancelled (for whatever reason), it is important that you are able to get your flight cost refunded. We regret we cannot accept liability for any connecting travel arrangements you make (including any cancellation or amendment charges) in the event of changes to or cancellation of our polar voyage or trip.

Flight schedule changes

When you book a flight-inclusive trip with Explore, your holiday confirmation will contain provisional flight details. The timings, flight numbers or route could change several times before departure. We will confirm final timings with your final documents. We will notify you immediately of any significant airline schedule change which occurs after your tickets have been issued. We

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recommend that you defer booking any connecting travel to the airport or arrangements such as car parking or overnight hotels until you have received your final documents, with confirmed travel times. Where Explore are arranging domestic regional flights, these will be automatically rebooked to connect with your international flights. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible, non-refundable connecting rail, air or bus tickets, as they usually incur cancellation or penalty charges in the event of a change to the departure time or date.

Banned airlines

We strongly recommend that you read their comments about the country you are planning to visit; both when you book and again just before you leave. We monitor FCO travel warnings and advice and based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or through the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be made in the interests of your safety and security. We will make these decisions at least four weeks before departure, unless we believe that local conditions will improve before the start of the trip.

In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community List” which contains details of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at www.europa.eu. In accordance with EU Regulations we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your international flight(s) to and from an EU airport at the time of booking. Where we are only ableto inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban and, as a result, we or the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of our Booking Conditions “If we change your trip” will apply. Please note that we will not book our customers onto banned airlines whose flights may be available for general sale and accessible to the public.

Be prepared

Aircraft weight restrictions

What’s included in the price?

For the purposes of flight safety, it is essential that you adhere to the luggage weight restrictions imposed by the airline you are flying with, particularly when flying on internal flights on smaller aircraft.

Passports and visas

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with at least six months validity from the end date of your trip plus sufficient blank pages for visas and immigration stamps. Also, you are responsible for any visas and vaccination certificates necessary to enter or transit any countries involved in your trip. British passport holders require no visas or statutory vaccinations for any voyages in this brochure. However, if you are travelling via the US, it is compulsory for all travellers to provide their personal details online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) well in advance of travel (and not less than 72hrs before travel). If you are not a British national please check with the relevant embassy or consulate of the destinations you plan to visit.

Visa Swift

Explore has partnered with Visa Swift, the experts in visa processing. Visit their website where you can download visa application forms, follow links to important embassy websites and enquire about their visa service. Visa Swift also offers a full range of passport services, including passport renewals, second passports and replacement passports. Please telephone 020 7405 1616 for more information or visit Visa Swift at www.visaswift.com/explore.aspx

Foreign office advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit (www.gov. uk/foreign-traveladvice) provides detailed information about your destination.

Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as possible in our brochure and individual Trip Notes regarding the areas our trips travel to, we would always recommend that you undertake some background research about the places you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most out of your holiday.

Our prices

Prices shown in this brochure are per person in GBP. Prices are correct at time of going to print, however they may increase or decrease at any time during the life of the brochure. The price you pay may vary depending on when you book, as our operators occasionally run price promotions. The most current price for each polar trip can be found at www.explore.co.uk/polar. The lead-in prices for our ship-based trips are usually based on quad or triple share. For our Churchill Bears trips, the lead-in price is based on twin share. Please contact our Polar Sales team to discuss cabin and room options. See individual Trip Notes for detail on what is included in each trip. Normally all meals, Zodiac and tundra buggy excursions, and on-shore walks and hikes are included, but other activities must be pre-arranged and an extra charge will be made. Drinks and items of a personal nature such as laundry are not included in the voyage price. Tips for the crew are not included and are usually expected.

Explore’s price guarantee

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

Caring for the Planet

Explore are proud to support Cool Earth in their effort to reduce global carbon dioxide levels through the prevention of deforestation in the rainforests of South America. Cool Earth focus on areas in immediate danger of deforestation, supporting local communities to be forest guardians. To date 350,000 acres of rainforest has been protected. Saving rainforest also protects rare animals and plants, allows local forest communities to maintain their way of life, and protects a major source of oxygen and fresh water. When you travel on an Explore holiday we make a donation to Cool Earth that exceeds the impact of our customer’s flights each year.

Brochure and website accuracy

The information contained in our brochure and website is believed to be correct at the time of printing or publication (November 2015). However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking.

The Association of Independent Tour Operators AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Its member companies, usually owner managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating.

Professional Service and Continual Improvements

Exclusive Membership

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All members are committed to high standards of service and believe in regular and thorough training of employees. Members continually seek to review and improve their holidays. They listen to their customers and always welcome suggestions for improving standards.

AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance and quality which must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of Business Practice which encourages high operational standards and conduct.

AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire, the results of which are scrutinised by the Association.

Financial Security

All members acknowledge the importance of AITO’s Sustainable Tourism guidelines, which recognise the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of tour operating.

An AITO member is required to arrange financial protection for all holidays and other arrangements (including accommodation only) booked by customers with the member under the AITO logo. This financial protection applies to customers who are resident in the UK at the time of booking and to most overseas customers who have booked directly with the member. In doing so, the member must comply with UK Government regulations. Members are required to submit details of their financial protection arrangements to AITO on a regular basis.

Accurate Brochures / Websites

All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered.

Sustainable Tourism

Customer Relations

All members endeavour to deal swiftly and fairly with any issues their customers may raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and a customer cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion Please note that Dispute Settlement Services Ltd are not listed on the Government’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme ADR list but still able to provide Arbitration. Explore is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. To contact the association visit www.aito.com

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Booking Conditions Please read the following notice as it is your contract with Explore Worldwide Ltd and clearly lays out what you have agreed with us. Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (‘the Company’, “we”, “us” and “our”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by the client with the Company and which the Company agrees to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of their contract with the client. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note, the information appearing in the section headed “Essential Information” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website also form part of your contract with the Company. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract

The contract is between the Company and the client (“the client” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by the Company including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.

2. To secure your booking

(Please refer to Clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, the Company or their authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 20% of the total tour price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 100 days of the start of your tour or at an earlier stage for some tours). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our booking conditions and general information pages, contained in our brochure and/or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip – if any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking as referred to in clause 10 below so that we can advise. d) the person making the booking warrants that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the Company issues a confirmation invoice to the client who makes the booking or their authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between the Company and the client comes into existence. For bookings made via our website, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, the Company reserves the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. The Company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must accordingly check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). All e-mails should be sent to polar@explore.co.uk

3. Payment for your trip

The balance of all monies due must be received by the Company or their authorised travel agent not later than 100 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received at an earlier stage before the start of your trip. You will be advised at the time of booking when this is the case. In the case of nonpayment of the balance by the due date, the Company reserves the right to treat your booking as cancelled

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and cancellation charges will apply. You can pay the deposit and full amount by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard. A credit card fee of 1.52% is payable for all payments made by credit card. We reserve the right to increase this charge if the card issuer’s charges to us increase. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit cards.

4. If you change your booking

a) An administration fee of £50 per booking plus any additional costs or charges incurred by us or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or trip, up to 90 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the charges below. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of £25 per booking, you can request a credit voucher for the amount paid in respect of any cancelled booking less any nonrefundable charges and insurance premiums. This must be redeemed within 3 months of issue against a new booking. The voucher is valid for a one-time only transfer, is not transferable, can only be redeemed against one booking and cannot be exchanged for cash. No refund or further credit voucher will be provided if the cost of the new booking is less than the value of the credit voucher. b) If a client is unable to travel, in circumstances which the Company considers reasonable, the booking or that client’s place on the booking may be transferred to another suitable person (introduced by you). However the trip arrangements must remain the same as originally booked. If a transfer can be made, an administration charge of £100 per person transferring his/her place if the Company is advised up to your balance due date or £150 per person if advised after your balance due date, together with any costs or charges incurred by us or incurred or imposed by any supplier(s) in making the transfer must be paid before the transfer can be made. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight / an alternative flight.

5. If you cancel your booking

Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written or verbal notification is received by the Company or their authorised travel agent as a percentage of the total trip price per person cancelling, excluding any amendment charges and insurance premiums. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 100 and more days before trip start date – retention of deposit b) 60-99 days before trip start date – 50% or retention of deposit if higher c) Less than 60 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges and insurance premiums are not refundable in the event of cancellation. It is strongly recommended that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. All claims must be made direct to your insurance company. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where the client is liable to pay to the Company cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to the Company at the time of cancellation, the client cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining clients. Please also see clause 4b).

No. 5207 The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 2595.

6. If you have a complaint

Should the client have a complaint about any of their trip arrangements, the client must tell both the relevant supplier and the Company’s representative at the time. It is only if the Company and the relevant supplier know about problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. Failure to complain on the spot may result in the client’s ability to claim compensation, if applicable, from the Company being extinguished or at least reduced. If the client’s complaint cannot be resolved on tour they should notify the Company in writing within 28 days of their return from tour. If the client has a dispute with the Company which we are unable to resolve, the client may call upon the low cost AITO Independent Dispute Settlement Service (details on request). Claims which exceed £2,500 per person or £10,000 per booking or claims which apply principally or exclusively in respect of (or as a consequence of) illness or physical injury are not admissible for settlement under the service. If, despite our best efforts and having followed the above procedure for reporting and resolving your complaint, you feel that it has not been satisfactorily settled, we recommend that it is referred for arbitration under the ABTOT Travel Industry Arbitration Service. An Independent Arbitrator will review the documents relating to any complaint and deliver a binding decision to bring the matter to a close. Details of this scheme are available from The Travel Industry Arbitration Service, administered by Dispute Settlement Services Ltd at 9 Savill Road, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2NY or from ABTOT, Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1 HG. This scheme cannot however decide in cases where the sums claimed exceed £1,500 per person or £7,500 per booking form, or for claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequence thereof. Please note that Dispute Settlement Services Ltd are not listed on the Government’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme ADR list but still able to provide Arbitration. Please also see clause 1 Your Trip Contract.

7. Passports, visas and vaccinations

Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey and tour. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the Company. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

8. Travel and cancellation insurance

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a trip organised by the Company. Clients together with their personal property including baggage are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they have personal travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in their trip. Clients should satisfy themselves that all travel insurance purchased meets their particular requirements and should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

9. Consumer protection

We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595) When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists the flight, accommodation, car hire and/or other services that are financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency,

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an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable).You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package

10. Trip participation and client responsibility

Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, trip/expedition leaders and agents whilst on tour with the Company. If in the opinion of anysuch person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), the health, level of fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger the health or wellbeing of the client or any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, the client may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where a client is excluded, the Company will have no further responsibility towards them (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, the Company may make such arrangements as it sees fit and recover the costs thereof from the client. If a client commits an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) the client may be excluded from the trip and the Company shall cease to have responsibility to/for them as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. All clients on Expedition travel must return a signed Medical Form to the Company. The Client acknowledges and understands the destinations visited on Expedition travel are remote, isolated and far removed from medical care facilities. Further, the client understands the honest completion of this form will assist all concerned in an emergency situation. The client must complete the Medical Form honestly, accurately and disclose all medical history and information. The Company will review the information submitted, and keep the information in accordance with the published Privacy Policy. The Company reserve the right to challenge any information submitted, ask for further information or clarity on certain points. In the event there is a dispute between the Company and the Client in regard to the Client’s physical or mental suitability for a trip, the matter will be referred to a medical professional at the Client’s expense. The Company reserves the right to deny any Client on reasonable medical grounds. In the event the Client has made a booking with the Company and subsequently is unable to complete the required Medical Form for any reason by the final payment date the Company reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled, and any applicable cancellation fees apply.

If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed tour and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person develops after your booking has been confirmed.

11. If we change your trip

While the Company will do its best to operate all trips as advertised, it reserves the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services or itineraries described in this brochure and/or on our the website at any time before or after your booking is confirmed. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change. If a significant change has to be made, the Company will inform the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is time before departure. For “Guaranteed Departures”, we promise not to make any significant changes to the “land only” itinerary unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). This guarantee does not, however, apply to any international or domestic flights which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with these conditions. Please also see “Will my trip operate?” in the “Essential information” section for more information on “Guaranteed Departures”. A significant change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your trip. Significant changes are likely to include the following changes when made before departure; a change of the outward or return international flight departure time to/ from the UK (where we have booked your international flight) or of the duration of your trip (excluding international flights) of 12 or more hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between any London airport including Stansted and Luton) to one which is more inconvenient for you (where we have booked your international flight) and, a major itinerary rerouting. Please note, a change of airline, any advertised mode of transport, named accommodation, flight time(s) for any flight other than any international flight to / from the UK or of the flight time(s) for the international flight to / from the UK we have booked this for you of less than 12 hours are not significant changes unless otherwise expressly stated. If advised of a significant change before departure the client will have the choice of accepting the changed arrangements purchasing another available trip from the Company (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or cancelling the trip with a full refund of all monies paid to us. If we have to make a significant change before departure we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exception. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. Such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available where a change is a minor one. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible connecting transport and other arrangements (such as pre or post trip accommodation) which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of any change to your trip. Period of notification given Compensation to you or your travel agent per person More than 42 days: Nil 41-28 days: £20 27-14 days: £30 13 days-date of travel: £40 Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your tour after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.

12. If we cancel your trip

The Company reserves the right to cancel a trip in any circumstances but will not cancel a trip less than 30 days before the start of the trip except for force majeure (see clause 13), or the client’s failure to make all payments (including the final balance) when due. Please note, except for “Guaranteed Departures”, our trips require a

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minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If any trip does not have the minimum number of participants required to make it commercially viable, we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason not less than 30 days before the start of your trip. For “Guaranteed Departures”, there is no minimum group size and we will not cancel the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative tour offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from the Company (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us excluding Annual Insurance premiums if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your trip. In addition, we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation set out in the table in clause 11 above depending on the circumstances and when the cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care (such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”) or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of participants necessary for us to operate your trip has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time).

13. Force majeure

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any injury, damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire and all similar events outside our control.

14. Our responsibility for your trip Bookings are accepted on the understanding that clients appreciate and accept the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured in our programme at their own volition. (1) We promise to make sure that the trip arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide, as applicable, as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these conditions and the other information which forms part of your contract with us, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted tour arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted trip arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss possessions and loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the client(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or the act(s) and/ or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your trip and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 13 above (3). Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract. Any optional excursions or activities booked during your

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holiday do not form part of our contract as these are all arranged for you directly by the suppliers concerned – please see clause 15 Optional excursions and activities below. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. (4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. Please bear in mind that standards of, for example, safety, hygiene, and quality may vary throughout the destinations, services and transport your trip involves and may be lower than or different to those applicable in the UK. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holiday maker to refuse to take the tour in question. (5) As set out in these conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. We do not, however, limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of ourselves or our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under clause 14(6) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis, the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 14 (6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your trip. (6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road carrier, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question were that claim made against it (for example, the Warsaw Convention 1929 as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention 1999 for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention 1974 for international travel by sea and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail. Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. (7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses incurred by or relating to any business including self-employed loss of earnings. (8) You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out in clause 6. If asked to do so, you must transfer to us or our insurers any rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to cooperate fully with us and our insurers if we or our insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred.

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15. Optional excursions and activities We, our leaders and voyage crew members may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on holiday) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked holiday arrangements and which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where a leader or voyage crew member collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the leader or voyage crew member act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator / provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 14(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not, however, exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

16. Flights/Transport/Delays The timings of air, sea, road or rail departures are estimates only. Subject to clause 11 “If we Change your Trip”, we cannot accept any liability for any change, cancellation or delay in your transportation from or to the UK or during your trip whether any change, cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling by a transport supplier, airline or airport authority, action by air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, industrial action or any other event or circumstance outside our control. Where long flight delays result in lost trip time, no refunds are given by hotels or suppliers. Similarly, except where the Denied Boarding Regulations apply, airlines do not offer compensation for flight delays. It is in recognition of the above that the Company’s travel insurance policy offers some monetary compensation for flight delays over 12 hours to cover lost trip time or delayed return (not applicable to flights within a trip itinerary). However, at their discretion your carrier will endeavour to reduce the inconvenience of any delay by providing meals and accommodation, as appropriate for the time of day or night (dependent on local availability), if you are delayed for more than 12 hours. If you incur payments for any services in the event of a delay, the Company will not accept responsibility for payment unless we have given our prior consent. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstance, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under the EC Regulations No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004 where applicable you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payments due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules, you should complain to the CAA at www.caa.co.uk

17. Late bookings We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the popularity of polar voyages.

For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by the Company or our authorised travel agent or by Explore.

18. Brochure / Website / Advertising material accuracy The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking.

Issue date: November 2015 Explore Worldwide Ltd. Registered Office: Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK. VAT No. 358 7552 13. Data Protection Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to us. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“data protection laws”). You confirm that you will only enter information about yourself and those in your party and that such information is true. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we, Explore Worldwide Limited are a data controller. In order to process your booking, brochure and Trip Note requests, provide your trip and to help us provide you with a more personal service, we need to collect certain personal details from you. These details will include, where applicable, the names and contact details of party members, credit/ debit card or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen trip arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs. If we need any other personal details, we will tell you before we obtain them from you. We need to pass on your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your trip can be provided (for example your airline, hotel, other supplier, credit/debit card company or bank). Such companies and organisations may be outside the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if your trip is to take place or involves suppliers outside these countries. We would also like to store and use your personal details for future marketing and trip review purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or details of new features, trips or special offers which we think may be of interest to you, including by email). All details you give us in connection with your booking (including those relating to any disability or medical condition or your religious beliefs) will be kept by us but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have indicated that you do not wish us to do so). We may also send you promotional information about selected third parties’ products and services that may be of interest to you. Occasionally we hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, for example providing holiday reviews and mailing information to our customers. We only provide those companies with the personal details relating to our clients which they require in order to deliver the service. They are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose. We will ensure that anyone to whom we pass your details for this reason agrees to treat it with the same level of protection we are obliged to provide. If you do not want us to do any or all of these things, please let us know as soon as possible. Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act, we will only deal with the personal details you give us as set out above unless you agree otherwise. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect this information. You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We will charge a fee to respond to such a request. We promise to respond to your request within 40 days of receiving your written request and fee. In certain limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request. If you believe that any of your personal details which we are processing are inaccurate or incorrect, please contact us immediately. Please note telephone calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes. From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including pictures of our customers. These pictures may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish for your family to be filmed or for your pictures to be taken or used in this manner, please advise your Explore Leader and/or the photographer at the start of your trip. As our privacy statement may change due to developments in the law, we would encourage you to re-read our privacy statement at www.explore.co.uk/privacy-policy from time to time so that you are aware of any changes in how we gather and use personal information. Please ensure that you have read and understood all the information on pages 62-67 of our brochure, and/or the website, regarding the style of our trips, flights and other travel information.

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How to book

Book early Our Polar trips fill up quickly, so to guarantee your choice of voyage and departure date it is best to book as early as possible.

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How to Plan and Book Your Polar Adventure

Payment Deposit

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the trip price. Sometimes, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. If your travel starts within 100 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking.

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Browse this brochure and our website to get ideas and to see the exciting itineraries available to both the Arctic and Antarctica. Call us - talk to a polar specialist to discuss your travel plans in more detail. Our experts will make recommendations on voyages based on their personal experience of travel in the polar regions. We can also discuss flight details with you, plus any extra hotel arrangements you may wish to make.

Final Payment

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We’ll send you a detailed itinerary, and let you know the price for your holiday. We can usually confirm availability straight away.

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard. A credit card fee of 1.52% is payable if you pay by credit or charge card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card.

If you’re happy with your voyage details, we’ll take a deposit and confirm your arrangements.

Data Protection Legislation

The same polar specialist will be handling your holiday from start to finish, so please feel free to call them at any time with questions. Three weeks before departure, we’ll send you all the details you’ll need for your trip of a lifetime.

Your final balance must be paid 100 days before departure unless otherwise specified by us at time of booking.

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

Explore Worldwide Ltd is registered on the UK Data Protection Register in the UK. For our full data protection and privacy statement please see page 66.

Photography credits

Pg 3 – Ash Christopher, Pg 16 – Erik Rock, Melissa Scott, Pg 17 – Patrick J Endres, Pg 18 – Melissa Scott, Pg 22 – Al Bakker, Pg 25 Mark Mc Dermott, Pg 26 Mark Mc Dermott, Pg 40 – Andrew Halsall, Pg 42 - Arno Luft, Pg 48 – Facundo Santana, Pg 49 – Leo Tamburri, Pg 50 – Erik Berger, Leo Tamburri, Ash Christopher, Pg 52 – Mael Ressos, Pg 54 – Facundo Santana, Pg 60 – Mark Mc Dermott, Arnau Ferrer, Trym Ivar Bergsmo, Marsel van Oosten.

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Choose from our collection of carefully designed cultural and wildlife adventures exploring some of the most fascinating and beautiful places on earth.

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Enjoy the freedom of exploring the world on two wheels whether you are a casual cyclist or dedicated enthusiast. Choose from self-guided or a small group accompanied by a leader.

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