Quest for the Antarctic Circle

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A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance — welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier — a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other — more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

Map/Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city

 

Day 2Ushuaia/Drake Passage

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3-4Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands

The adventure begins with an 1000 km (600 mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the G Expedition’s wake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5-10South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula

Encounter some of the region’s unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7-8Antarctic Peninsula/Antarctic Circle

With a close eye on weather conditions, continue southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind – crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travelers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favourable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can’t reach.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9-11 Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage

Days 9-11 Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage

Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Drake Passage

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Drake Passage/Ushuaia

Begin your journey to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Ushuaia

Disembark the G Expedition after breakfast.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Start : 8 Feb, 2023  End : 21 Feb, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
14 Days
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$12,324
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$14,499 $12,324
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$16,099 $13,684

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Start : 20 Feb, 2023  End : 5 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
14 Days
From $15,299
$13,004
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$15,299 $13,004

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Start : 21 Dec, 2023  End : 3 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
14 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $11,399
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  $12,199
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  $15,199
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  $16,999
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  $18,399

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Start : 8 Feb, 2024  End : 21 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
14 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $9,999
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  $10,999
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  $12,399
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  $13,199
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  $14,999
Category 5
  $16,199

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Start : 20 Feb, 2024  End : 4 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
14 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $9,399
Category 1
  $10,199
Category 3
  $12,899
Category 4
  $14,599
Category 5
  $15,799

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

  • 12 nts aboard the G Expedition. 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia, on a twin share basis. Arrival and departure transfers. Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs. Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16. Expedition parka.

Meals Included

  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Group Leader

  • One expedition team member per 10 guests.
  • Group Leader Details
  • A carefully chosen team will lead our voyage. Our expedition ships boast an international team of professional naturalists and lecturers. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.

Transport

  • G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, walking.

This expedition excludes:

  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades

  • Meals not on board the ship

  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)

  • Personal expenses

  • Transfers to/from the ship

  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’

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