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Camp set up in Antarctica

Antarctic Continent

Travel to Antarctica: the highest, driest, windiest and remotest continent in the world.

Steppes Travel was one of the first UK-based Tour Operators to offer holidays and cruises to Antarctica nearly fifteen years ago. Since then we’ve built an impressive reputation for Antarctica cruises based on detailed first-hand knowledge and forged long-standing partnerships with all the leading small ship boat operators.

Our Antarctic holiday specialists, have over 20 years of Antarctic experience between them and have personally inspected or travelled onboard many of the Antarctica ships we offer. This in-depth knowledge allows us to help you objectively narrow down the options based on your brief, to exactly the right holiday, boat and cabin for you.

Penguin view through tent, Antarctica
Antarctica

Exploring Antarctica with Steppes Travel

For centuries, Antarctica’s powerful siren call has beckoned the intrepid traveller in spite of the danger and discomfort involved. Fortunately, discovering Antarctica risks no such privations today. Embark on your own Antarctic holiday by ice-strengthened expeditionary ship during the summer months, and discover that Antarctica, The Falklands and South Georgia have never been more accessible.

From the spectacular ice-choked channels of the Antarctic Peninsula to the stark beauty and historic huts of The Ross Sea, whether you want an express Fly & Cruise trip or an extended epic voyage to cross the Antarctic Circle, Steppes Travel offers one of the broadest ranges of Antarctic experiences available.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

The vast continent of Antarctica is Sue’s happy place. Immune to the pungent smell of penguin poo and the halitosis of elephant seals, she fell in love with its seemingly endless snowscapes, icebergs the size of stadiums and fascinating history of the explorers.
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James Armitage

James has been lucky enough to visit Antarctica by boat, crossing the infamous Drake Passage and flying down to Antarctica, allowing time to visit the 7th white continent, observe charismatic penguins and kayak beside a breaching humpback whale.
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John Faithfull

It is not often that John struggles with words, but this is a destination that left him speechless.
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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Birding, Antarctica
Antarctic Cruise – Q & A with Julian and Evelyn Dowdeswell
Lara Paxton
Julian Dowdeswell is a glaciologist, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and Professor of Physical Geography in Cambridge University. Evelyn…
Tabular iceberg
The Perfect Antarctic Morning
James Armitage
Our boat, The Hebridean Sky headed off from the Gerlache Straights into Wilhelmina Bay, where we found ourselves surrounded by tall snowy…
Snow Capped Mountains, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Antarctica at the start of the season?
Sue Grimwood
Don't discount a visit the polar regions outside of the peak months of January and February. The shoulder months of October and early…
Kayaking, One Ocean, Antarctica
Steppes Big 5: Antarctica Activities
Steppes Travel
The journey to the Great White Continent is certainly no mean feat. However, to really enhance your experience whilst you are…
Leopard Seal, Antarctica
Leading Ladies: One of our own – Q & A with Sue Flood
Steppes Travel
Sue Flood was an Associate Producer on the award-winning BBC series 'The Blue Planet' and is a photographer, author, wildlife filmmaker…
Iceberg in spectacular light, Antarctica
Antarctica: A night with penguins & killer whales in the Bransfield Strait
Sue Grimwood
Patience is a virtue and having blown in awful weather for 4 days our luck changed dramatically. Our first excursion off…
Sastrugi Ice Formation, Antarctica
The beginning of my Antarctic Cruise
Sue Grimwood
If I had to sum up my Antarctic cruise so far in one word it would be “wind”. We left the UK…
Adelie Penguins on an Iceberg, Antarctica
The Countdown To My Antarctica Holiday Begins
Sue Grimwood
As the nights draw in and the clocks go back the Antarctic season begins and I find myself chatting to lots…
Sea ice, Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Book review | Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
Sue Grimwood
“No matter what the odds, a man does not pin his last hope for survival on something and then expect that…
Humpback Whale, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
An Antarctic Voyage
Steppes Travel
After spending a superb few days in Torres del Paine at the new Awasi hotel, I was so excited at the…

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Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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