antarctica spectacular blue iceberg reflected istk

Antarctic Semi-Circumnavigation

from £36496 excluding flights

  • 33 nights
  • Feb
Home Destinations Polar Antarctica Antarctic Semi-Circumnavigation


antarctica tabular iceberg ross sea astk

Experience the remote Ross Sea

antarctica emperor penguin couple istk

Observe penguin rookieres and embrace the search for the elusive emperor penguin

antarctica ross sea canada glacier dry valleys oce

Trace the steps of explorers Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott

islands of new zealand albatross istk

Visit New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

antarctica wildlife gentoo penguin istk

Spot adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins

Why this trip

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska immersive exploration white

Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

canada british columbia haida gwaii islands sailing sunset ba style of vessel white

Style of vessel

This holiday is based on a ship ideally suited to the areas visited and the conditions

discover the world escorted holiday group whale fjord iceland expertly guided white

Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip


Join a spectacular expedition to the rarely navigated waters of the remote Ross Sea. Witness wildlife and soak up scenery that precious few have ever experienced before. Immerse yourself in history, as you set foot on lands made famous by legendary stories of expedition heroes of the past. Continue sailing across Amundsen Sea and on to the Antarctic Peninsula, offering dramatic scenery and a stunning variety of wildlife.


Begin your journey in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city and often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. Overnight at your hotel in Dunedin.

new zealand dunedin railway station dco
new zealand dunedin larnach castle td

Spend the morning discovering then city. This afternoon you will embark on your expedition voyage.

Sea days are a wonderful opportunity to relax, meet your fellow travellers and learn about the history, environment, and local wildlife in this fascinating corner of the globe. Make the most of the many services and activities on board and keep your eyes peeled for seabirds as you cruise toward New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands.

First visited by Māori navigators centuries ago, these islands are of great significance to Ngāi Tahu, the indigenous peoples of New Zealand’s South Island. Their natural beauty and incredible biodiversity are recognised globally, but few have had the privilege to visit them. Southern royal, wandering, Campbell, grey-headed, black-browed, and lightmantled albatross may be spotted. Three penguin species – eastern rockhopper, erect-crested and yellow-eyed – also breed here.

islands of new zealand albatross istk

Plot a course for Macquarie Island, again accompanied by circling seabirds overhead. Keep watch for graceful grey-headed, black-browed, and light-mantled albatross, which may venture from their nests to welcome visitors to the island.

Macquarie Island is a Tasmanian State Reserve that in 1997 became a World Heritage Site. The Australian Antarctic Division has its permanent base on this island at Buckles Bay, which Australian sealer Frederick Hasselborough discovered while searching for new sealing grounds. The island supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Ocean. Vast colonies of king, gentoo, and southern rockhopper penguins – as well as almost one million breeding pairs of the endemic royal penguin can be found on the island. Elephant seals and various fur seal species, such as the New Zealand fur seal, are also present.

macquarie island royal penguins istk
antarctica gentoo penguins qe

Continue across the expanse of the Southern Ocean. Along the way your Expedition Team will provide lectures and presentations to prepare you for what lies ahead. Make the most of the many services and activities on board. Visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. Keep watch for porpoising penguins, flocks of Antarctic petrels, or perhaps the more solitary snow petrel.

Explore the highlights of the Ross Sea. Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s itinerary here, including sea, ice, and weather conditions. Each day will be different. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore local bays in search of uniquely adapted Antarctic wildlife. Look out for Ross Sea orcas, Antarctic petrels, and South Pacific Weddell seals. The area is also home to Antarctica’s largest Adélie penguin colony, and many of the largest emperor penguin colonies.

The human heritage of the Ross Sea coast is just as impressive. Since James Clark Ross discovered the region in 1841, countless expeditions have built base camps, leaving equipment and huts behind. You may have the opportunity to explore some of these historic sites.

antarctica ross sea icebergs ocnwde
antarctica ross sea tablular iceberg oc

Sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, taking advantage of the Antarctic coastal current. The journey is lively and sightings of single straggling emperor penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and orca and minke whales are possible.


Continue sailing through the Bellingshausen Sea, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula.

Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s itinerary, including sea, ice and weather conditions, but the plan is to take Zodiac excursions from the ship at least twice a day. You will have the opportunity to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

antarctica weddell seal on ice istk
antarctica humpback whale tail istk
antarctic peninsula lemaire channel low light istock

Sail north across the infamous Drake Passage as you bid farewell to Antarctica at last and start to make your way back to civilisation.

Arrive in Ushuaia where your expedition ends.

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only – embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 34-day voyage on the Douglas Mawson.

Prices and Departures

Price from £36496 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

Voyage prices shown are standard but you can be assured that any relevant offers will be applied with your quote.

What's Included

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Dunedin, with ship transfer
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2025/26 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. The indicative prices shown in the table below are the standard voyage fare and do not reflect any applicable special offers or discounts. Single, triple and quad cabins are also available. Please get in touch for a tailored quote based on the best available price for your preferred voyage and cabin type.

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
08 Feb 2026 34 days Douglas Mawson £36,496

Activity Icon Key

  • Kayaking


  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Dunedin is included on voyages aboard the Douglas Mawson
How To Book BG Large

Personalised adventures. Trusted expertise.

Adventure, Your Way

Our tailor made approach means you can think of us as your personal planning service.

Every Trip is an Original

Whatever the brief we'll create an amazing trip to get excited about. We give you on tap knowledge.

Here's the Plan

View your trip itinerary along with travel tips and maps with our online portal and travel app.

24/7 On Trip Support

No-one likes a plot twist. As standard we provide complete piece of mind with our in country 24/7 support and guidance.

As Standard, Complete Piece of Mind

We’re listening. We always care what our fellow travellers think and love building strong customer relationships so we continuously focus on improving future experiences based on feedback. How incredible for the last three years we have received the Feefo Platinum Award.

The World's Great. Pass it On

To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.