ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & POLAR CIRCLE

On this 13-day inspiring cruise, we explore the Great White Continent's magnificent landscapes, glacial mountains and incredible wildlife before reaching 66°33′ – the Antarctic Circle.
With widen eyes, we will weave through the South Shetland Islands, a pearly necklace of glistering, ice-covered islands and dormant volcanoes.
Continuing onward, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. Spread in isolation along the coast, we also see a number of manned and unmanned research stations, which we aim to visit before accomplishing our goal – crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ south. Here, the sun is up for 24-hours a day during the austral summer. Our expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.

Itinerary

DAY 1: EMBARKATION
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. In the afternoon, we board our ship.
Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.
 
DAY 2 – 3: AT SEA - CROSS DRAKE PASSAGE
Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!
In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-known for its abundance of birds.
 
DAY 4 – 5: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Over the next two days, we will explore to the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain.
Projected landfalls include: Elephant Island, home to elephant seals, sheer cliffs rising from the sea and snow-covered peaks; King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.
The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

DAY 6 – 10: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. 
Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Explore as far south as possible to Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island. Visit research stations and the Antarctic Circle, if ice conditions allow.
 
DAY 11 – 12: DEPART ANTARCTICA - AT SEA
Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.
During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialise with fellow travellers.
 
DAY 13: BACK TO USHUAIA AND DISEMBARKATION
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia where our tour ends.

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS
• 13-day cruise with accommodation in a shared or private cabin featuring ensuite facilities
• All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
• Expedition parka
• Rubber boots on a loan basis
• Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
• English-speaking expedition team
• Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
• Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
• Port and authority fees and taxes

EXCLUSIONS
• Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
• Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
• Meals not on board the ship
• Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
• Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 13.5 per person per day)
• Personal expenses
• Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
 
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DATES AND PRICES

1. 2019-2020

The prices display below are expressed in US dollars per person. If you would like more information or book the trip of a lifetime, please CONTACT US.

TRIP Embark Disembark Start date Finish date Prices from Vessel Adventure Options
Antarctic Peninsula & Polar Circle
(12 nights / 13 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 10-Feb.-20 22-Feb.-20 $8,000 Ocean Atlantic Kayaking
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