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New Arcturus brochure 2019-2020

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Our new Arcturus brochure is hot off the press and we’ve some thrilling new adventures on land, sea and ice for 2019-20! There’s a wide variety of land-based trips for 2019 in Arctic Norway, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Arctic Russia. For our polar voyages, we’ve simplified the options for summer 2019 Arctic and winter 2019/2020 Antarctic exploration, selecting small ships which, in our opinion, run the best voyages in the different regions....

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Dispatches e-news and offers - May 2018 issue

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Lots of interestingly different ideas to tempt you to start planning your next trip! How about a totally unique exploration of India by luxury truck? We've an array of new voyages and activities to build into your holiday, some excellent suggestions for Burma, Thailand, Nepal and Argentina and special offers on voyages - so do take a look !

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Fiona's latest recce trip - Cape Verdes to the Canaries

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April 2018 I'm just back from am amazing ‘ Seminar at Sea ’ sailing from the Cape Verde Islands to the Canaries on board Russian polar expedition ship Sea Spirit. I learned so much with their fantastic on-board lectures about their trips to Antarctica, the Arctic and North Pole for 2018/19 and beyond. Look out for more on my trip in due course and of course do email me if you're planning a trip soon!

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April 2018 newsletter

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Spring has sprung and we’re celebrating with a bumper issue full of new trips, hotels, ships and voyages. There’s a two page report on my recent trip to Oman – where I was really impressed by some of the astonishing new hotels which have appeared on the landscape since my last visit. You’ll also find details of an amazing river trip from China to Laos as well as voyages around Newfoundland, to Spitsbergen or East Greenland, the Galapagos islands or Patagonia and even...

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Beat the winter blues and scope that holiday - March 2018 e-news

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See the wild horses of Delft Island in Sri Lanka ; take a trip on the world's longest cable car at La Paz, Bolivia ; voyage right around Newfoundland and hike in its spectacular scenery; be tempted by the lure of the Gobi Desert and the Altai Mountains of Mongolia or combine your river cruise of the Ganges with a tip to Ladakh. All this and some great offers in our March Dispatches e-news , published today!

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Shaping up for a historic Antarctic challenge

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Arcturus is sponsoring an attempt to make history later this year – with the first ever solo unsupported and unassisted crossing of Antarctica by former Royal Marine Commando Barry (Baz) Gray. In what is the greatest land-based challenge left in the world today, Baz will set off from the UK on 15 October 2018, with the aim of crossing the Antarctic Continent from coast to coast – a distance of 1800 miles - in a target time of 100 days. He will start at McMurdo Sound in the Ross...

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January 2018 newsletter

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Our January 2018 newsletter is a feast for the eyes! We’re featuring Sri Lanka, where I took an extensive tour last September – I can really recommend it as a place that both inspires and relaxes, and there are some gorgeous places to stay. You’ll also find information on Georgia, the former Soviet republic – still very unvisited, so now’s the time to get ahead of the game! On the polar front we’re introducing you to some stunning new ships and...

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Circumnavigate Canada by ship, air and rail - Summer 2018

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Starting and ending in Nova Scotia, this adventure on Akademik Ioffe will be truly a once in a lifetime voyage – an entire circumnavigation of Canada in a single expedition! Setting off from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, the voyage element joins together the ship’s other summer itineraries including Labrador & Torngat Mountains, Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound, exploration of the High Arctic , Pathways to Franklin , and the iconic Northwest Passage. Disembarking from the...

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New, different and not to be missed! Dispatches e-news November 2017

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Our latest Dispatches e-news gives you a sneak preview of some of the amazing accommodation I uncovered in Sri Lanka on my recent recce trip. More in the New Year in our printed newsletter. We've also got some new treats in Peru, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and Argentina that I've been bursting to tell you about. Plus some interesting things going on in June 2018 to mark Captain Scott's 150th birthday. And client Peter Wright's recent Northern Sea Route trip report is an absolute must read if...

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Must-see exhibition of new Arctic paintings this September

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Self-taught artist David Bellamy lives in Wales, but travels widely in search of subjects. He has always been inspired by mountains, and this exhibition celebrates his love of the Arctic in ‘all its moods.’ He has written 18 books on the subject of watercolour painting, the latest: ‘Arctic Light: An Artist’s Journey in a Frozen Wilderness’ is published by Search Press. Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott, Sir David Attenborough and travel writer...

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See our latest e-news for great new treats in South America!

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Our latest Dispatches e-news is packed full of exciting new activities in South America to create a dramatic opener or a thrilling finale to your voyage of a lifetime! How about watching jaguars in the wild in Brazil, glacier hiking in Peru or a decidedly different beach holiday in Uruguay ?

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We’ve just published our 2018-2019 brochure for Arcturus

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We’ve just published the 2018-19 Arcturus brochure which gives a foretaste of the excitement we have in store over the months to come. Inside there are exciting new land-based trips for Spitsbergen and Iceland in 2018 as well as new Arctic and Antarctic voyages for 2018-19. You’ll also still find winter 2017-18 Antarctic voyages as there are some excellent late booking opportunities. Everything in the brochure and more is on the Arcturus website, with fuller itinerary...

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April 2017 newsletter

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Our April 2017 newsletter is all about itineraries, when to go and what to see and experience – such as colourful traditional festivals that will really enrich your holiday memories! Fiona reports on her January visit to Japan where she was wowed by Mount Fuji National Park and entranced by the snow monkeys in Yudanaka, enjoyed sake with a Geisha in Kyoto, was moved by Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, experienced the world of Japanese Buddhist monks in Koyasan, and much more...

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January 2017 newsletter

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Go beyond the obvious sights in Australia, take one of our cruises through the fjords of Southern Patagonia, encounter Berbers from your exotic Sahara Desert sand camp or explore one of India’s many national wildlife parks – there are over 100 to choose from! Meet the extraordinary sea gypsies in Burma’s Mergui Archipelago, stay in an out-of-this-world hotel in Sri Lanka or experience the Silk Road mysteries of Central Asia. We’ve also some amazing last minute...

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Fiona reports on a fascinating Shackleton event in Ireland

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I’m recently back from the 16 th Shackleton Autumn School held in Athy, County Kildare, Ireland, birthplace of the great Sir Ernest Shackleton. The Shackleton Museum, where the event is held, is the only permanent museum dedicated to Shackleton in the world, and it’s well worth a visit. We had some very interesting lectures on numerous polar-related topics as well as news of forthcoming books. One which intrigued me particularly is When Your Life Depends on It, co-authored by...

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Ross Sea to become the world's largest protected marine park

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In an agreement signed by 24 countries and the EU on Friday 28 October 2016, the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest protected marine park. Fishing (including krill and whales) will be banned in a protected zone of the size of France and Spain combined. Scientists have estimated that the Southern Ocean produces approximately three quarters of the nutrients that sustain life in the rest of the world’s oceans. Although this agreement does not apply to the...

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Sea Spirit launches new passenger loyalty programme

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Sea Spirit has proved so popular that, less than two years since commencing operation in the Arctic and Antarctic, an unforeseen number of passengers have already booked another trip on her. As a result the ship has introduced a new loyalty programme called High Latitudes. Every voyage brings added savings and benefits which also happen to be transferable, meaning that family and friends can also benefit. The new Polar Circle gift card can be used to reduce the price of any future voyage...

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Dispatches August 2016 - Summer news and offers

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All the latest from Peru, fascinating excursions and things to do in Morocco, Indian festivals to build into your itinerary and great new accommodation in Rajasthan and Ladakh, exciting new trips in Russia plus early booking and last minute offers for the Arctic and Antarctic ! Take a look at the latest issue of our Dispatches e-news here. If you would like to sign up to receive our news and special offers in future do fill in the form in the right hand column.

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Dispatches July 2016 - Antarctic and South America special

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We’ve so many really good offers and new ideas on the polar front that we made the July 2016 issue of Dispatches an Antarctic and South America spectacular ! In addition to the great lodges in Ecuador and Argentina featured we’ve got plenty more we can tell you about over the phone. Call Fiona to chat through the possibilities for combining an Antarctic voyage with some South American adventures. For the latest offers, both last minute and for early birds, don't forget to...

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New Arcturus brochure 2017-2018

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Inside you’ll find some exciting new land-based trips in Spitsbergen and Iceland as well as an even greater range of Arctic and Antarctic voyages. Since late bookings are still popular, we’ve included winter 2016-17 Antarctic voyages as well as dates for the 2017-18 season. Our expertise in tailor-making itineraries means that we can also advise on how you can extend your voyage to build an exciting grand finale into your trip. And if you, or a member of your family, have a past...

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