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Classic Antarctic Program - Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula - ANT

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

Ocean Endeavour

 Nov 6–Nov 16, 2016

Dec 3–Dec 13, 2016

Dec 12–Dec 22, 2016

Dec 21–Dec 31, 2016

Feb 23–Mar 6, 2017

Ocean Diamond

Dec 9–Dec 20, 2016

Feb 11–Feb 21, 2017

Feb 20–Mar 2, 2017

Sea Adventurer

Nov 27–Dec 7, 2016

Crossing the Circle - CCQ

Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, it also offers the opportunity to venture further south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head towards a milestone few travelers reach, you’ll feel you are in a world without borders, sailing through an endless stretch of sea, snow and ice.

Sea Adventurer       

Feb 24–Mar 10, 2017

Explorer's Quest:  Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula - EXQ

This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting.

Ocean Endeavour

Nov 15–Dec 4, 2016

To join us for one of these programs we require a non refundable deposit of 30% of the cabin cost.  Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure and if paid by cheque, we'll reduce the balance by 2%.

Space is limited!  Enquire now.

- September 20, 2016

What to tip a tour leader

No matter how many tours or trips travelers go on, the question of “what do you tip the Tour Leader?” comes up. Many don’t quite understand why it’s a standard practice, and if they do, they don’t want the amount they give to offend, or they just want to give a reasonable amount. We wanted to help answer the question once and for all with some helpful information and “tips” for you!

The ElderTreks standard suggested gratuity for Tour Leaders is $8-$10 USD per person per day. Since we have such long trips, we realize that does add up very easily. We always recommend that you give what you feel is fair. If someone went above and beyond for you and helped you immensely on your trip, feel free to give more (that’s always appreciated!), but just remember to give what you can.  Overall, there really is no wrong amount -- that’s why it’s only a “suggested” amount.

It is however, important to keep in mind that Tour Leaders are available for you 24/7 throughout your tour. They’re constantly working behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly and successfully. They work tirelessly to make your vacation the best ever. They might also only work certain times of the year, and it might be awhile before they take another group on a trip. That’s why and where the idea of providing a tip for your Tour Leader comes from – they really do go out of their way to take care of you from start to finish!

There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about a tip:

  • If you know your Tour Leader is a local, consider tipping in the local currency or USD.
  • If you know your Tour Leader isn’t from the country, consider tipping in USD or EUR. If in doubt, ask your helpful Country Director.
  • We do pay our Tour Leaders a salary, but like every service provided to you, a gratuity as a thank you is appreciated.
  • Bring a small envelope with you as some hotels and destinations do not provide them.
  • Don’t forget – there is no wrong amount!

One of the great things about traveling with ElderTreks is the all-inclusive pricing, and once you land, the Tour Leader gratuity is one of the only things you have to add on. In fact, most of the other gratuities are included in your tour price, so you don’t have to worry about other tips at restaurants, or site guides, et cetera. It makes it really easy.

When traveling to far off and remote places, the kind gratuities are not only used to better the Tour Leaders’ lives, but also the families and communities around them. One of our Tour Leaders put his nieces through school with the generous tips he receives from the ElderTreks passengers. What a wonderful story!

There it is – some easy answers to a very common question. Do you have any other questions about tipping that we didn’t answer?

- September 15, 2016

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