Travel around the world in an epic 21-day journey with White Desert

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Today: White Desert announces an epic around the world trip (7 continents in 21 days)

The pioneers of luxury travel in Antarctica, White Desert, announced the launch of another iconic guest experience, White Desert World. Seizing on their award-winning expertise in exploring hard to reach destinations, White Desert World will offer extraordinary opportunities for unique, adventure travel. The first adventure to be announced is an epic 21-day journey that will take guests to 10 iconic destinations, across seven continents: spanning the globe from fabled Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific, ending in the icy wilderness of Antarctica.

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The journey will be as diverse as it is luxurious. Drawing on two decades of adventure travel as well as aviation and luxury hospitality expertise, the team have hand-picked each destination. Co-Founder and CEO of White Desert, Patrick Woodhead explains “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 then travel to Colombia, Easter Island, Fiji, Borneo, India, Turkey, Namibia, South Africa. Guests will see orangutans and tigers, immerse themselves in Colombia’s hidden beauty, and watch the sun rise over the desolate dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. The journey will finish with White Desert’s signature trip – into Antarctica. In fact, guests will have the choice of two endings to this incredible journey. Guests can choose either White Desert Antarctica’s ‘Greatest Day’ trip into the 7th Continent where they’ll have a few hours on ice or there’s a chance to extend their stay for a further five days in Antarctica before flying back to Cape Town (numbers strictly limited). Below is a video highlighting the different destinations that will be visited during the White Desert World trip.

White Desert World 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. Other activities will include sampling the best food and drink offerings, experiencing epic street parties and the opportunity to join in with local traditions. These will be coupled with off-the-beaten track city tours, bustling market visits, and collaborations with artisans and musicians; while expert guides will offer guests an adventure of a lifetime.

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 (SAF) where possible and the White Desert World journey will be fully off-set. Indeed, White Desert have been carbon neutral since 2007 and this is an important tenet of all of their operations. White Desert are currently implementing a seagrass meadow planting project, which will help them be even more progressive in their sustainability and conservation efforts.

White Desert World’s 7 Continent Adventure is available for a maximum of 50 guests and will take place from 12 January to February 4, 2024. White Desert World’s team will be traveling alongside the group and experienced local guides will be supporting on the ground in each destination. Prices start from $188,000 per person, with a supplement for an Antarctic extension starting from $37,000 per person. If interested, you can get in touch with White Desert World via this contact form.

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White Desert World was conceived in 2023 off the back of a travel boom post-Covid. With the popularity of White Desert trips offering intimate and bespoke group access to the harshest and most pristine environment of Antarctica, many guests started to demand the opportunity to travel further afield and for longer with those that created White Desert. White Desert World have announced their inaugural 21 day adventure but plan to add more to the portfolio in the future.


White Desert was established by record-breaking polar explorer Patrick Woodhead and his wife in 2005, with Patrick now acting as the driving force behind the business. Born out of a desire to allow people other than scientists and polar explorers to see the wonders of the interior of Antarctica, the company has been established for 18 years and employs over 120 people from 17 different nationalities. Winner of 5 World Travel Awards, White Desert now comprises luxury camps: Whichaway, Wolf’s Fang and Echo (which I reviewed here). The company is the only operator to fly guests out of South Africa (Cape Town) direct to the White Continent, managing and operating a unique blue ice runway.

Founded with environmentally conscious principles at their core, carbon neutral since 2007, White Desert have diversified over the last two years and now also use their aircraft to transport scientists to their Antarctic research stations. White Desert are currently leading the field with testing sustainable aviation fuels across their fleet. For more details on White Desert’s Environmental Policy visit the website here.

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