- Tour Highlights
- Price & Dates
29 December 2023 - 2 February 2025
- Safety briefing (return transfers provided)
- Return transfers for Antarctica flights
- All accommodation, food and drinks (including all alcohol) in Antarctica
- All guiding fees, support of field guides and logistics staff
- The use of certain items of polar clothing, as denoted on equipment list
- Payment by White Desert Ltd of a ‘Carbon Tax’ for offsetting emissions created by all logistics associated with Antarctic travel
- Commercial flights to and from Cape Town, South Africa
- Accommodation and meals whilst in Cape Town
- Polar clothing (you will be sent a tailored kit list inadvance of your trip to help you purchase the necessary items)
- Comprehensive insurance cover (White Desert staff can advise you as to the appropriate cover required)
- Additional expenses incurred in Cape Town due to any delay
- Additional baggage costs over the agreed amount
- Use of a satellite phone whilst in Antarctica
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- DAY 2
- DAY 3
- DAY 4
- DAY 5
- DAY 6
- DAY 7
- DAY 8
CAPE TOWN - WOLFS FANG RUNWAY - Echo Camp
We fly over miles of icebergs on our 5-hour flight from Cape Town to Antarctica. During the flight, we enter the Polar Circle and encounter the continuous daylight of the Antarctic summer. After landing on our blue ice runway, you will transfer to Echo where cocktails made with 10,000-year-old ice await
Do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from massages, yoga and gentle hikes to exploring incredible mountains and glaciers, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling! On quieter days, you’ll hear talks from our polar explorer team members about some of the lesser-known history of Antarctica and their world record-breaking expeditions.
Today, you could visit the Emperor penguin colony at Atka Bay. We fly 2.5 hours across Antarctica, enjoying beautiful views of the nearby mountain ranges and coastline, before landing at the colony. You will be among the very few who have ever witnessed this incredibly resilient species in their natural habitat.
We can spend the day exploring the nearby mountains and enjoy a gentle hike overlooking the endless ice sheet, followed by a champagne picnic.
Then you’ll head off with your guide, winding your way through the snow and ice to an incredible vantage point with panoramic views over the mountains that you have just explored.
GEOGRAPHIC SOUTH POLE
The South Pole trip is a highlight. We leave early in the morning in our Basler BT-67 aircraft, flying over stunning mountain ranges before landing at Dixie’s camp to refuel. After stretching your legs on the High Polar Plateau we continue to the South Pole, where you will have plenty of time for photos and a chance to stamp your passport before flying back to Dixie’s Camp and overnighting just like the original explorers.
After a night under canvas, you’ll enjoy breakfast before boarding the plane once again for the flight back to Echo. The flight is the perfect chance to appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica, before you return to camp for a three-course champagne dinner to celebrate your achievements
An adventurous hike along a winding cliff face affords guests stunning views over the last pristine wilderness on Earth. Our specialist UIAGM mountain guides will lead you on this challenging hike, ensuring your safety at all times.
Echo Camp - WOLFS FANG RUNWAY - CAPE TOWN
The flight out of Antarctica will be the last of your enduring memories of the great White Continent before you dive back into the vibrant energy of Africa.
You will be transferred to your hotel where you will have a chance to relax and reflect on your Antarctic adventure.
Almost 2 decades ago, we dreamed of sharing this extraordinary continent, so rarely visited, with people other than scientists and explorers. We wanted to guide people on a personal journey to the last true wilderness and most remote place on Earth – Antarctica. Each year we have the privilege of bringing just 250 guests from our home in Cape Town to the Seventh Continent. We want people to experience this breath-taking place in luxury and to hopefully go home changed in the most positive of ways. With rare access to the interior of Antarctica and the support of our extraordinary guides, you will encounter a pristine glacial landscape of immeasurable splendour. Here icebergs tower like carved cathedrals, wildlife thrives in the harshest of conditions, glistening ice sheets stretch to the skyline and shards of rock pierce through pristine snowfields. The end of the world is unimaginably beautiful. To see the Emperor penguins and their newly born chicks existing in this unforgiving environment is humbling; we bear witness to their fight for survival against seemingly insurmountable odds. Standing on the South Pole is a feat experienced by fewer than 500 people each year! Once here, there is no more East, West or South – only North… The Continent has had a deep and lasting impact on all of us at White Desert and we look forward to sharing it with you.
~Rock-climbing and abseiling
~Hiking multiple nunataks
~Cross country skiing
~Exploring ice caves
|Travel Period||Price Per Person (Echo Camp)||-||-||-|
|Nov 29 – Dec 6 2023||RM 504,400|
|Dec 6 – Dec 13 2023||-|
|Dec 13 – Dec 20 2023||RM 504,400|
|Dec 20 – Dec 28 2023||-|
|Dec 28 2023 – Jan 4 2024||-|
|Jan 4 – Jan 10 2024||RM 504,400|
|Jan 10 – Jan 17 2024||RM 504,400|
|Jan 17 – Jan 24 2024||RM 504,400|
|Jan 24 – Jan 31 2024||RM 504,400|
|Dec 1 – Dec 8 2024||RM 533,500|
|Dec 8 – Dec 15 2024||RM 533,500|
|Dec 15 – Dec 22 2024||RM 533,500|
|Dec 22 – Dec 29 2024||RM 533,500|
|Dec 29 2024 – Jan 5 2025||RM 533,500|
|Jan 5 – Jan 12 2025||RM 533,500|
|Jan 12 – Jan 19 2025||RM 533,500|
|Jan 19 – Jan 26 2025||RM 533,500|
|Jan 26 – Feb 2 2025||RM 533,500|
71°32'47" S 8°50'11" E
Inspired by the seminal age of Space exploration, Echo sits in quiet solitude encircled by pitted rock formations. Echo is as close as you can get to feeling like you’re off the planet without leaving Earth. The space-age design of the ‘Sky Pods’ makes them look like they’ve been beamed down from Mars. Futuristic and luxurious, the six bedrooms are created from composite material with floor to ceiling windows allowing guests to soak in the moon-like landscape beyond. Original photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by former Commander, White Desert guest and retired astronaut, colonel Terry Virts will be featured in each pod. Says Virts of the Echo landscape, “The mountains are the most beautiful I have seen across Earth, Venus and Mars.” Perfect for exclusive use groups and catering for up to 12 people, Echo allows guests to combine an ultra-luxury experience with a once in lifetime adventure on the 7th Continent. As with all White Desert’s camps, Echo is designed to be dismantled, leaving no trace on the Antarctic landscape.