Quest for the Antarctic Circle

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Join a voyage of discovery to our planet's last frontier - Antarctica - a fantastic and virtually untouched paradise. The ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising in this icy wilderness. Taking in all the wonders of Antarctica, this cruise visits the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, before delving where only intrepid explorers get to go - across the Antarctic Circle. Throughout the Antarctic cruise, opportunities for wildlife viewing are endless. Seals, orcas, minke and humpback whales, extraordinary numbers of penguins and their young, as well as many other seabirds dot the shoreline, sea and air. Trips ashore can be frequent where there is the chance to meet these animals up close, as well as revel in the beauty of the breathtaking landscape of ice, snow, glaciers and waterways.  Ultimately this Antarctic cruise is more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise. Crossing below the legendary 66.5 degrees south, the memory will be like no other, and this will be the trip of a lifetime.

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Cross the Antarctic Polar Circle, the most southerly point reached by Antarctic cruises

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Check into your pre-cruise hotel and enjoy the evening to yourself.

Day 2
Embark on Ship

Today we will embark on the cruise vessel. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm. The morning is yours to do anything you want such as last minute shopping, an optional trip to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or to hike up to the stunning Marshall Glacier. Relax in the evening on board the ship and enjoy the sunset over the Beagle Channel. On the first day on-board, your expedition leader will give you an expedition overview.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage

Crossing the 400 mile passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake heralds the beginning of our adventure. During the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a point where cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction meets. This mixing of currents pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting wonderful wildlife such as a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. As we continue along the passage you can take your time to become acquainted with the ship and its common areas such as the dining hall, lounge, library and lecture hall and become familiar with our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. During the crossing we also begin the lecture and information sessions detailing the remarkable human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Day 5-6
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Over the next four days we will continue southwards landing in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait on to the Antarctic Peninsula. We will aim for 2 excursions per day (weather conditions permitting) in the area that is abundant with wildlife. Penguins flock with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers; seals bask on ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatrosses and other seabirds trail in our wake. There is plenty of time to enjoy the amazing scenery of ice-choked waterways, vivid blue and white icebergs, breathtaking glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula is also steeped in remarkable history and, during the voyage, we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions.

Day 7-8
Polar Circle Crossing

Keeping a close eye on weather conditions, we set off southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and innumerable colonies of penguins we aim to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travellers get to venture this far south, but with our fully equipped, ice-strengthened ship and favourable sea conditions, we can access remote locations other vessels just can't reach.

Day 9-11
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Our exploration of the peninsula continues and then into the South Shetland Islands as we head north again. Keeping a close eye out for wildlife we might have the opportunity to do some whale watching or even go for a polar plunge in the southern waters!

Day 12-13
Drake Passage

Today we begin our return journey home to the port of Ushuaia. Our final two days at sea are a perfect time to reflect on our memorable experience and our lecturers and guides will be on hand to review the highlights of our Antarctic adventure.

Day 14
Disembark in Ushuaia

And so our adventure draws to a close. Farewells are exchanged as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is included.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on ship
  • Included Copy 20 One night pre tour in Ushuaia
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals on board
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the library and sauna
  • Included Copy 20 On board lectures and exhibits and information on the region
  • Included Copy 20 Emergency medical attention on board
Transportation
M/S Expedition | Antarctic Cruise Ship

134 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Explore the city of Ushuaia
  • Included Optional trip to Tierra Del Fuego
  • Included Beagle Channel boat trip
  • Included Drake Passage crossing
  • Included Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
  • Included Explore the Polar Circle
  • Included Photograph whales, orcas and penguins colonies
  • Included Discover the wide variety of Antarctic wildlife
  • Included Lecture of Antarctic history, geology and biology
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Duration

14 days

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$9,499 USD

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