Polar explorer Patrick Woodhead births new adventure tour

White Desert, established by record-breaking polar explorer Patrick Woodhead and his wife in 2005 to bring travellers into the belly of Antarctica, has crafted a new adventure – a 21-day journey that will take guests to 10 iconic destinations across seven continents.

Named 7 Continent Adventure, the tour is the first product of the White Desert World series, which will welcome other tours in the future.

Kwessi Dunes lodges (pictured) is nestled in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of southern Africa’s largest private nature reserves

The tour is said to be as diverse as it is luxurious.

Co-founder and CEO of White Desert, Patrick Woodhead said: “These countries have been chosen because they are unusual, many are hard-to-reach destinations, and they all epitomise the height of adventure without sacrificing a luxurious experience.”

Starting in Mexico City, guests will travel to Colombia, Easter Island, Fiji, Borneo, India, Turkey, Namibia, South Africa, and conclude with White Desert’s signature trip – into Antarctica. The finale even comes with two choices – either White Desert Antarctica’s Greatest Day trip into the 7th Continent, where they will have a few hours on ice, or extend their stay for a further five days in Antarctica before flying back to Cape Town (numbers strictly limited).

The tour will focus on offering authentic, local experiences and highlights will include Caribbean cooking in Cartagena, a graffiti street art tour of Getsemani, and a sailing trip to Club de Pesca for a night of rum, chocolate and salsa music. Guests will also get to sample the best food and drink offerings, experience epic street parties, join in with local traditions, go on off-the-beaten track city tours, enjoy collaborations with artisans and musicians, and more.

Guests will travel around the world in a unique Boeing 757-200 set up in a private configuration with 50 lie-flat seats. All air operations will endeavour to use sustainable aviation fuel where possible and the White Desert World journey will be fully offset.

White Desert World’s 7 Continent Adventure is available for a maximum of 50 guests and will take place from January 10 to 31, 2024. White Desert World’s team will be travelling alongside the group and experienced local guides will be supporting on the ground in each destination. Prices start from US$178,000 per person, with a supplement for an Antarctic extension starting from US$32,000 per person.

White Desert World works with travel agents to retail the experience to their customers.

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