Quest for the Antarctic Circle

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration these time restrictions for joining and departing from your group.

Latest Arrival Time: Arrive at any time.
Earliest Departure Time: 11 a.m.

Day 1Ushuaia

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

Arrival transfer is included.

There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the G Expedition.

Private Vehicle
Ushuaia Aerodrome – Ushuaia

Included arrival transfer.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Afternoon

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

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.

Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip.

Free Time
UshuaiaMorning

Explore the city, do some shopping or take an optional excursion and enjoy lunch ashore.

Embarkation of the G Expedition

In the afternoon, join your fellow passengers to take your group transfer and begin your journey on the G Expedition. Please refer to your welcome letter or the joining instructions posted in the lobby of the start hotel. Make sure you have your passport handy as you are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

G Expedition
Ushuaia – Beagle Channel

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

G Expedition
Beagle Channel – Drake Passage

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Optional Activities

Martial Glacier Hike
Ushuaia

Hike the Martial Glacier, one of the most outstanding natural attractions not only because of the fabulous view it provides, but because it can be visited throughout the year as well. Climb to the top and enjoy the breathtaking view of the islands in the Beagle Channel.

Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike
Ushuaia

Head out to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a scenic hike — make it as short or as long as you like!

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.

The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.

As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff.

Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

G Expedition
Drake Passage – South Shetland Islands

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

Free Time
Drake PassageFull Day

Spend time out on deck keep an eye out for sea birds and whales that live in these fertile waters. Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join the Expedition on the journey to Antarctica.

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.

This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions.

The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

G Expedition
South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Zodiac Landings
Antarctica

Hop into one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Thanks to the performance of these boats in remote conditions, quick trips to shore are easily accomplished. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

Daily Briefings and Recaps on board the Expedition

Learn about the Expedition’s current location, daily announcements, landing site-specific information as well as recaps of the previous day at a quick daily briefing.

Optional Activities

Polar Plunge

You remembered to pack your bathing suit, right? Depending on weather conditions, opt to do the polar plunge and jump into the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Convince some of your fellow passengers to join and you’ll be left with an amazing group experience no one will ever forget!

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.

Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations

G Expedition
Antarctic Peninsula – Antarctica

Travel south from Antarctic Peninsula to Circle

Zodiac Landings
Antarctica

Hop into one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Thanks to the performance of these boats in remote conditions, quick trips to shore are easily accomplished. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

Daily Briefings and Recaps on board the Expedition

Learn about the Expedition’s current location, daily announcements, landing site-specific information as well as recaps of the previous day at a quick daily briefing.

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.

Continue our exploration of the peninsula and the then into the South Shetland while moving North again. Keeping a close eye out for wildlife there might be opportunities to do some whale watching or even go for a polar plunge in the Southern waters.

G Expedition
Antarctica – South Shetland Islands

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

Zodiac Landings
Antarctica

Hop into one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Thanks to the performance of these boats in remote conditions, quick trips to shore are easily accomplished. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

Daily Briefings and Recaps on board the Expedition

Learn about the Expedition’s current location, daily announcements, landing site-specific information as well as recaps of the previous day at a quick daily briefing.

Optional Activities

Polar Plunge

You remembered to pack your bathing suit, right? Depending on weather conditions, opt to do the polar plunge and jump into the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Convince some of your fellow passengers to join and you’ll be left with an amazing group experience no one will ever forget!

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.

Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!

G Expedition
South Shetland Islands – Drake Passage

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The MS Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

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.

G Expedition
Drake Passage – Ushuaia

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Day 14Ushuaia(1B)

Disembark the Expedition after breakfast.

Upon completion of the 8:00 am disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

For those on morning flights, the 8:00 am transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30 pm or 4:30 pm, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

With the understanding that most will be needing to connect to their International flights in Buenos Aires, you can arrange departure flights from Ushuaia starting form 09:45am onwards. Although if possible, we suggest you consider booking after 11:00am as this will provide additional time to connect.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.