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The Ultimate Antarctica Experience - Quest for The Circle

An unforgettable Antarctic expedition exploring the stunning Antarctic Peninsula and beyond to the elusive Antarctic Circle.
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 10,475
Length
12 Days
Embark
Ushuaia
Disembark
Ushuaia
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 10,475

Highlights

  • Explore the South Shetland Islands, Gerlache Strait, and beyond, delving into inlets and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Venture past the Peninsula and reach the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ South to achieve a goal that has eluded so many of the world's greatest explorers.
  • X-Bow design provides a smoother ride across the Drake Passage and maximizes exploration time in Antarctica for a superlative expedition experience.

Experience the majesty and wonder of Earth’s last frontier up close and personal aboard a state-of-the-art expedition vessel enabling us to get closer to nature, with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft, a team of experienced expert expedition guides, and the Antarctic Peninsula and beyond below the Antarctic Circle our spectacular destination.

Departing Argentina’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route southwards. The unique X-Bow design of our expedition vessel offers exceptional stability at sea, giving you a smoother ride across some of Earth’s most challenging waters, while the vessels’ speed allows us to maximize our time in Antarctica for a superlative exploration experience.

Continuing southward from the South Shetland Islands, we will delve deeper into the inlets and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula, entering the famous Gerlache Strait, where glittering ice cliffs and precipitous peaks rise straight out of the frigid water. Icebergs, glaciers, mountains and rugged snowfields characterize this wildly beautiful alien landscape.

Our skilled Captain and Expedition Leader will work hard to maximise opportunities to explore the White Continent. While wind, sea and ice conditions will dictate the exact locations we will visit, we will make Zodiac landings to allow guests to set foot on land and experience penguin rookeries, research stations and historical sites, and aim to Zodiac cruise in scenic areas filled with giant icebergs, whales and seals. Shore landings and Zodiac safaris will occupy our days, while our knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team will offer a selection of specially crafted lectures to inform your matchless expedition experience.

From the ‘mainland’ of the Peninsula, we set off southwards, aiming for the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ South – a goal which has eluded many of the talented and driven explorers of yesteryear. Watch as the sun circl...

Ships

Ocean Albatros

One of the world’s most luxurious, sustainable and environmentally-friendly polar expedition ships.

Standard Activities

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Photography Workshops
Zodiac Cruises
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Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1

Arrival Ushuaia, Embarkation

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina – the world’s southernmost city. Explore this vibrant Patagonian city, or stretch your legs in the surrounding forests. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path into the raw nature of Tierra del Fuego. The island of Tierra del Fuego is a hiker’s paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and rich boggy wetlands. In the afternoon, we board our vessel, waiting to welcome us in port.

After our mandatory safety drill, our expedition begins as we navigate through the calm waters of the famous Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin’s ship). This steep-sided strait divides southern Tierra del Fuego between Chile and Argentina, and has been the jumping-off point for thousands of expeditions into the unknown. Watch out for whales and dolphins as we sail off the edge of the map into the tempestuous Drake Passage.

Ushuaia
Embarkation Point
Days 2-3

At Sea - Crossing the Drake Passage Southbound

Days 4-9

The Antarctic Peninsula - Adventure awaits

Days 10-11

At Sea - Crossing the Drake Passage Northbound

Day 12

Arrival in Ushuaia and Disembarkation

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December 15 - Dec 26, 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 10,475 - $ 31,995

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What's Included

  • 12-day/11-night cruise with accommodation in a shared double stateroom featuring ensuite facilities
  • Embarkation shuttle transfer to the vessel from Ushuaia city centre
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots loan scheme
  • Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
  • English-speaking Expedition Team
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner (selected labels and brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)
  • Free tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Taxes and landing fees
  • Special photo workshops
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties
  • Digital visual journal link distributed after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

What's Excluded

  • 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 16 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Spa services, Boutique purchases)
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'