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Explore expands polar offering with greater choice for all budgets

Added 28 Dec 2012
  • Explore expands polar offering with greater choice for all budgets
 

28 December, 2012

Explore expands polar offering with greater choice for all budgets

Adventure travel specialist, Explore, has today launched its 2013/14 Polar Adventures brochure with 11 new itineraries on offer. The new collection features a greater breadth of choice for all budgets, with Arctic voyages costing from just £2,299 per person. What’s more, customers can now journey to Antarctica without having to contend with the infamous Drake Passage by taking advantage of the new Antarctica Fly and Cruise voyage.

Four new ships feature in Explore’s latest brochure. The M/V Ocean Nova, M/S Fram, M/V Polar Pioneer and the M/V Ushuaia each have their own unique features but all have ice-class classifications allowing them to travel safely through the remote Polar Regions. Those looking for a particularly intimate experience can travel alongside on-board experts and researchers on the M/V Polar Pioneer, which carries just 54 passengers and contains only ocean-facing cabins.  

Offering fantastic value for money and an in-depth cultural insight is Explore’s new 12 day West and Southern Greenland voyage. This varied journey travels to the little-visited sounds and glaciers of west Greenland and visits Inuit settlements and abandoned villages while learning about their Viking history and admiring the unique wildlife. Travelling on the M/S Fram, the voyage departs in May, July and September 2013 and costs from £4,576 per person to include accommodation and all meals.

Another new itinerary but different from the rest of Explore’s polar offering, is the new land-based Polar Bears in Churchill tour of Canada. Designed especially for polar bear enthusiasts, the six-day tour allows customers the unique opportunity to admire polar bears up-close, from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy - a bespoke vehicle for polar bear viewing. Customers will travel alongside an experienced guide who will explain the bear’s behaviour while watching them. In addition, customers will view other Arctic wildlife and can participate in a dog-sledding excursion. Commencing in October and November 2013, the tour costs from £3,445 per person to include accommodation, some meals, transport and the services of a wildlife guide.

For those who long to visit the opposite pole but are wary of journeying through the infamous Drake Passage, Explore’s new Antarctica Fly and Cruise combos offer the ideal solution. Instead of spending multiple days sailing through its often-stormy waters, customers will avoid the passage entirely and take a two-hour flight to Antarctica, where they will meet the M/V Ocean Nova. Maximum time can then be spent admiring and exploring the wildlife, fjords, icebergs and landscapes of Antarctica. There are three different voyages to choose from; a five day trip departs costs from £2,594 per person. To include accommodation and all meals.

Another unique addition to the collection is Explore’s new 15 day Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea voyage. The voyage journeys deep into Antarctica – an area famously explored by Ernest Shackleton - and will allow customers to experience the vast landscapes and tabular icebergs of Antarctica and the Weddell Sea. Customers may have the unique opportunity to view the world’s tallest penguin, the emperor penguin, as well as seals, whales and a variety of birdlife. They will make ample shore landings, allowing great photographic opportunities. Departing in February and December 2013, the voyage costs from £3,740 per person and includes accommodation and all meals.  

Ashley Toft, Managing Director for Explore, commented “Explore has been offering small group adventures for over 31 years now and Polar Adventures are one of our newer additions. A trip to the Polar Regions was once the stuff of dreams, but with increasing exposure in the media, people are beginning to realise that actually, there’s no reason they why they can’t see the poles for themselves”.

He continued, “Over the last few years we’ve received ever-increasing demand for polar adventures. This year, we’re pleased to offer voyages from just £1,535 per person – an amazing price for a truly fantastic experience.”  

For further information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 0844 875 1895.

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Notes to editors

Please note, flights are not included but can be arranged through Explore.

For more media information, interview requests or images, please contact:

Louise Ponting, PR Officer, Explore – louise.ponting@explore.co.uk, 01252 379 511