Innovative Expeditions & Adventures So, what’s it like on an Antarctic expedition? The easiest way to describe it is to imagine our expedition ship as a ‘floating wilderness lodge’. It is a moveable base from which we explore the fantastic landscapes that surround us. Our days are filled with exciting activities – zodiac cruises to look at icebergs, excursions ashore with short and longer hiking opportunities, visits to penguin rookeries and seal colonies – combined with plenty of ship-based activities, including an entertaining and informative lecture series. At the end of each day we enjoy a fantastic dinner, great conversation and perhaps a glass of wine, as we reflect on another incredible day in Antarctica.
Personalised service Our guests really matter on our expeditions and we show this at every opportunity, particularly by allowing them to have a say in how their experience unfolds. We provide plenty of options and choices throughout the voyage and this becomes apparent from the moment you step onboard. This really sets us apart from other Antarctic operators. We also have the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the industry and our expedition ‘philosophy’ is unique in the polar travel industry.
of Argentina, neighbouring Chile, or more widely in South America. Contact us with your ideas and we can design a specific tour programme for you.
Important pre-tour information Naturally, you expect detailed information about your Antarctic expedition to help prepare. We provide plenty of pre-trip advice and documentation based on more than more than 15 years experience in arranging travel to Antarctica. We are always available to answer questions about your journey and staff in both our Sydney and Canberra offices have visited Antarctica on a frequent basis for more than a decade. It is your holiday and we want you to enjoy every moment - from start to finish.
A journey to Antarctica requires a fair bit of planning and some special items of clothing and equipment are needed. Unlike many polar operators we lend you a wet weather gear package free of charge, which includes a quality waterproof/windproof jacket and bib-pants as well as insulated, comfortable rubber boots, designed for extended walking. This saves you buying expensive items you may only ever use once, and eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear all the way to and from South America. If you do have your own gear, of course you are welcome to bring it.
Like many of our travellers, we are well aware of the positive and negative impacts of tourism, particularly in the fragile polar environment. We prefer to work with small companies and family-owned businesses where building trust and relationships is of prime importance – and the focus isn’t solely on stock prices and shareholder return. Our relationship with One Ocean Expeditions is a great example of this and we’ve worked with members of the One Ocean team for almost 15 years. Independently owned and operated, with a social and environmental conscience, they work with us to provide an outstanding travel experience for our valued guests. We figure if we do this properly, success follows. It’s a simple philosophy that serves us well. In addition, through our very own Active Travel ‘Savanh Foundation’ - we have been involved in a number of projects, including the refurbishment of a Sri Lankan school destroyed in the Asian tsunami, and the ongoing restoration of a colonial house in Luang Prabang in Laos. In 2008 we raised over $35,000 for the Burma cyclone relief effort with support from our past clients and friends.
More than a cruise
Australian owned and proud of it
Our expeditions depart from the Argentine town of Ushuaia, at the southern tip of South America. Most travellers elect to spend a few days in the lively capital of Buenos Aires en-route and we recommend you do - it’s a fantastic city with great restaurants, superb colonial architecture and friendly locals. You can do this either before or after your Antarctic expedition. The pretty town of Ushuaia is also worth exploring for a day or two. It is also possible to travel to other parts
Small, privately-owned, personalised Australian travel companies are rare today leading to a decrease in flexibility and service. We aim to provide value and quality, service focussed and informative travel, which is only generally achieved when the owners of the business work in the business. As Gandhi said, “our customers are the reason for our existence.” - which sums up the Active Travel approach perfectly.
Antarctica gear package included
Published on May 2, 2011
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