Dive in the icy seas of Antarctica or enjoy a classical concert on the canals of Amsterdam.

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Dive into icy expeditions to Antarctica

The expedition cruise and adventure company Aurora Expeditions is offering passengers the chance to snorkel in Antarctica this season, allowing them to explore the icy waters alongside penguins, seals and whales. The activity option is led by expert polar-diving guides using state-of-the-art equipment, including specially designed Waterproof brand Snorkel-Drysuits, gloves, hood, weight belt, fins, mask and snorkel. All training and equipment is provided.

Those who take part in the company’s trips will enjoy the opportunity to snorkel daily (weather dependent), visiting sheltered bays, islands and secluded ship wrecks. The company is offering two different nine-day itineraries on various dates from February 10 2014. Trip prices from US$7,200 (Dh26,446) per person; Polar Snorkelling costs US$975 (Dh3,581) per person.

In addition to Polar Snorkelling, Aurora Expeditions offers passengers the option to scuba dive, sea kayak, camp, climb or improve their photography skills aboard selected voyages. The trips start in the far southern ports of South America, and passengers sail to Antarctica aboard the 54-passenger, ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer. For more information and to book, visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.

Classical concert to celebrate Dutch canals

On Sunday, October 12, a special edition of the classical Noorderkerk concerts celebrates 400 years of Amsterdam’s canals by presenting a host of works from composers that were active in the city. In the 17th and 18th centuries, music publisher Estienne Roger was one of the most renowned in the world, attracting composers from all over the continent and helping to position the city as a musical centre of Europe. Examples of composers showcased in this performance include greats such as Locatelli, Vivaldi, Corelli and Hellendaal. It’s performed by Baroque ensemble Eik and Linde.

For more information, visit www.iamsterdam.com.

Get back on piste with new ‘ski clinic’ holiday

Fancy a ski holiday but can’t face the ignominy of lessons? L’Ancienne Poste lodge in the French Pyrenees is launching “Ski Clinics” for the 2013-14 season. The four-day courses were conceived by owner and qualified instructor James Dealtry in an effort to tempt rusty skiers back to the slopes. It costs €499 (Dh2,475) per person with three nights’ half board and daily tuition. Find out more at www.ancienneposteavajan.com.

* Rosemary Behan