AE Expeditions

The Adventure Activity Experts

More than 30 years in the making, AE Expeditions (part of Aurora Expeditions) has a track record for pioneering discovery and adventure – and respectful travel is at the heart of our ethos. Whether you are a new expeditioner or someone who has travelled with us before; we say, ‘welcome to the AE family.’

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With an Ice Class 6 rating, both the Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle can navigate places larger ships cannot go.

NEW! Joining the fleet in December 2025 is the Douglas Mawson, named after the Pioneering British-Australian expeditioner and geologist. This ship embodies Mawson’s pioneering spirit and is purpose-built for global discovery and off-ship adventures.

Everything is especially designed for exploring the great outdoors. Easy access from our best-in-the-business mudroom, Zodiac-loading platforms and innovative floating dock, means our expeditioners are whisked away on Zodiacs with our expert Expedition Team who lead activities from interpretive shore strolls, hikes, kayaking, snorkelling and paddling to diving, photography workshops, overnight camp outs and more.

Why Travel with AE Expeditions?

AE Expeditions is destined to be different. Our passion for adventure, exploring wild places and sharing the experience with friends burns brightly as it did 30 years ago, as does our preference for small-group, personal expeditions.

Each expedition is accompanied by an expert expedition team, with flexibility and freedom, a spirit of adventure and relaxed atmosphere for an interesting and educational experience.

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Key Destinations

Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland, Subantarctic Islands, Iceland, Norway, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Patagonia, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands & Azores.

Expert Guides

Our highly acclaimed Expedition Specialists are some of the best in the business. Many are recognised world leaders in their respective fields, and they enthusiastically share their knowledge with all passengers to ensure that each moment you spend with us is interesting and educational.

Spirit of Adventure

No matter where we are, we encourage a true sense of exploration. Zodiac-cruise into a craggy cove to take a closer look at rockhopper penguins scaling a cliff or join a guided hike across the tundra in search of the elusive arctic fox. Plus, you can choose to be as adventurous as you like with our unrivalled array of optional activities.

Relaxed Onboard Atmosphere

Our Expedition Team will make every effort to ensure you feel right at home throughout your expedition. Whether that means sharing thrilling tales of adventure at the bar, dining in friendly groups in our open-seating dining room or heading to the observation deck for a midnight polar bear sighting, our small groups and warm camaraderie create a relaxed, informal atmosphere on board.

Included Extras

Whether it is an expedition jacket to keep, charter flights or pre-/post-voyage accommodation and gratuities, our inclusions are what most others would consider extras. For a full list of inclusions for each voyage, please view the itinerary page on our website.


We have an ongoing commitment to responsible, respectful travel. As founding members of IAATO and AECO, taking our responsibility seriously. We are curious and passionate. We care about reducing our footprint environmentally. We are taking real actions for the care of the planet and doing MORE to help make a positive impact.

Click here to read our 2022-2023 Impact Report, which marks the first comprehensive review of our company’s purpose, vision and values. In addition to outlining our commitment to sustainability and our vision to be the global leader in sustainable expedition travel, it also showcases the many initiatives we are involved in to care for our extraordinary planet.

Education & Enrichment

AE Expeditions is committed in creating a platform for exploration, discovery and knowledge; education and enrichment through lectures and briefings onboard and onshore; extensive resources in our onboard library; enhanced Participative Citizen Science Program; dedicated Citizen Science centre onboard Sylvia Earle; Women Conservation Champions Program and Creating ambassadors for the planet.

Special Offers

Air credit up to USD $2,000pp plus save 20% off your voyage

Get air credit up to USD $2,000pp plus a discount of up to 20% off the voyage (maximum total voyage discount up to USD $7,220 pp + Air Credit)* on select departures.

Book by 30 June 2024.

Terms & conditions apply.

For more details on this offer, please call 0800 412 5678.

We regularly receive special offers and discounts from our travel partners.

For the latest offers and a bespoke quotation, speak to our Silver Travel Advisors on 0800 412 5678.

Ask an advisor

Speak to a Silver Travel Advisor for advice on where to go, what to do and how to choose your perfect holiday.

Alternatively you can contact our travel partner directly.

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