Quest for the Antarctic Circle

From$9699USD
14 days,Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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Spend seven full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, go farther south than most have ever gone, spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross, get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species, discover the intricacies of the Antarctic region through our on board lecture program

Room Prices

  • From$9699USDCategory 1 Triple
  • From$10999USDCategory 2 Twin
  • From$11999USDCategory 3 Twin
  • From$12999USDCategory 4 Twin
  • From$14499USDCategory 5 Double
  • From$8999USDCategory 1A Quad

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.

What's Included

  • 12 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival transfer from airport in Ushuaia to hotel
  • Departure transfer from ship to airport in Ushuaia
  • 1 nt accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lecture and educational programs
  • Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 - 16
  • Expedition parka
  • Antarctica destination guidebook
  • All meals included aboard the G Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotel.
  • G Expedition, Zodiac, bus.
  • 1 Expedition team member per 10 guests.
  • Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (12 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have 1 queen-size bed.

Add to Your Experience

Antarctica Camping

Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land’s awe-inspiring splendours first hand. Our Antarctica camping experience includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica near your campsite with ample photography options. Experience the sounds of heaving ice, the fresh scent of the sea, the stars at night—nothing gets you closer to the humbling forces of nature than spending a night ashore!

Antarctica Kayaking

Weather permitting, you will head out in kayaks during the days where zodiac landings are also available. Kayaking as part of a group lead by experienced and skilled leaders, is an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On

The Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On is available to all passengers joining us for a cruise to Antarctica which starts and ends in Ushuaia. Flight details for your Add-On: Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will receive a welcome package that will confirm your flight times to and from Ushuaia. Please note that you will not receive tickets for these flights prior to departure. Flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia normally depart between 5:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. These will arrive into Ushuaia between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m respectively. Flights from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires normally depart between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. These will arrive into Buenos Aires between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. To ensure smooth connection times between the flight from Ushuaia and your onward international flight, we recommend that onward travel be booked after 8 PM. Your first night hotel in Buenos Aires will be the following: Hotel Boca Juniors D. Tacuari, 243 Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: (+ 54 11) 5861 5010

Itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Day 2Ushuaia/Drake Passage(1B, 1D)

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

Days 3–4Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands(1B, 1L, 1D)

The adventure begins with a 800km (497 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 sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake.

Days 5–6South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Days 7–8Antarctic Peninsula/Antarctic Circle(1B, 1L, 1D)

With a close eye on weather conditions, set off 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.

Days 9–11Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage(1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 12Drake Passage(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Day 13Drake Passage/Ushuaia(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Day 14Ushuaia(1B)

Disembark the Expedition after breakfast.

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