If the frantic pace of life in the 21st century is making you want to run away to distant lands, you’re in luck. Australia’s award-winning Aurora Expeditions is offering an array of global expeditions by sea and land in 2023 to some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations.
A 30-year pioneer in the Antarctic and Arctic, Aurora now ventures far and wide on board its two state-of-the-art small ships – Greg Mortimer and the brand new Sylvia Earle – to deliver life-enriching travel adventures as reminders of what’s really important in life.
Exploring remote destinations
With five captivating regions to choose from – including Central and South America, Atlantic islands and the United Kingdom – each unique expedition will showcase the finest natural history, cultural heritage and awe-inspiring landscapes alongside rare native wildlife and birdlife.
“More than 30 years in the making, Aurora Expeditions has a proven track record for pioneering authentic discovery and adventure in the polar regions, but our global expeditions now venture far and wide,” says Chief Marketing Officer Hayley Peacock-Gower.
“Respectful travel is at the heart of our ethos, and all of our iconic global destinations deliver life-changing and immersive experiences from trekking through rainforests to scuba-diving on coral reefs that are fun, adventurous, educational and authentic.”
Costa Rica and the Panama Canal
Blessed with Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, Costa Rica delivers abundant marine life along with pristine rainforests brimming with exotic plants, birds and animals. The 15-day Costa Rica and the Panama Canal voyage from April 20 to May 4, 2023 on board Sylvia Earle offers expeditioners the chance to trek through tropical rainforests, snorkel and dive on coral reefs, and kayak or stand-up paddleboard with dolphins.
Islands of the Atlantic Ocean
Aurora’s expeditions in the islands of the Atlantic Ocean will explore the three distinct geographical areas of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and the Azores. Located in the central Atlantic off Africa’s northwest coast, these archipelagos offer the best in expedition cruising – vibrant biodiversity, adventurous activity, local culture and striking scenery. The 15-day Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Azores from April 16 to 30, 2023 on board Greg Mortimer will be Aurora’s first expedition to this exotic region.
England’s history and heritage
Explore England’s spectacular national parks, charming fishing villages and ancient castles on board the 14-day Jewels of Coastal UK, departing London on May 4 and arriving in Aberdeen on May 17, 2023. Experience some of the UK’s most remarkable birdlife and encounter magnificent archaeological sites as Greg Mortimer sails alongside rugged coastlines and quaint harbours – perfect for exploration by small ship.
Discover Scotland and Ireland
The dramatic coastlines of Ireland and Scotland are peppered with myriad sheltered waters, remote villages, golden beaches, towering sea stacks, cliffs speckled with seabirds, glorious mountains and windswept moors. Hike the Cairngorms National Park, deemed by National Geographic as one of the ‘World’s Last Great Places’, on Aurora’s eight-day exploration departing Aberdeen, the Scottish Highlands capital, on May 17, 2023. Aurora’s 17-day Ireland and Scotland Discovery expedition on board Sylvia Earle features icons such as Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway as well as hiking in the glens and around wild lochs in the Scottish Highlands. Highlights include the Argyll Coast and Islands – one of Sylvia Earle’s ‘Hope Spots’ – an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites and diverse wildlife. The voyage departs Dublin on May 17 and arrives in Aberdeen on June 2, 2023.
Natural Wonders of Patagonia
Sprawling across the border of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the planet’s greatest wilderness regions. Experience South America’s playground for intrepid adventurers on one of Aurora’s immersive Patagonia expeditions from January to March 2023, trekking across vast windswept plains, glaciated mountain ranges and turquoise lakes stretching for thousands of kilometres.
What makes Aurora Expeditions different?
Smaller groups, expert guides, new purpose-built small ships, a spirit of adventure, and a relaxed onboard atmosphere all add to the education and enrichment ethos, delivering the finest global expeditions.
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Lead image: Torres del Paine Natinonal Park, Patagonia, Chile © Michael Baynes