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Beyond the Polar Circle

Journey beyond the Antarctic Circle in real comfort aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship. Spend an extended period of 7 action-packed days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Attractive comprehensive transfer package from Buenos Aires available on select departures. Wide choice of optional adventure activities available, plus complimentary heli-sightseeing trip on select dates.

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Trip type

Patagonia Trip

Trip length

14 Days

From

$15,895 -$49,295

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Beyond the Polar Circle - 14 - $15,895

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days in Antarctica = 14 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Join the exclusive group of polar travellers who have reached the Antarctic Circle
  • Choice of two luxury expedition ships, with capacity for 172 & 199 guests respectively
  • Superior onboard facilities including Wellness centre & dedicated single cabins
  • Optional adventure activities on select departures: Camping, kayaking, one-off paddling, paddle boarding (limited places, additional cost for each)
  • Comprehensive mandatory transfer package including charter flights to/from Buenos Aires makes for stress-free travel arrangements. Available on select departures at additional cost
  • Complimentary helicopter “flight-seeing trip” on select departures
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 expedition parka jacket and loan of boots

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Beyond the Polar Circle

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the very tip of South America. It is the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia and also prepare for the adventure ahead. There's lots to enjoy here, you can get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand crafted chocolate at a cafe in town.


Day 2: Embarkation

Your ship sets sail in the late afternoon along the Beagle Channel. Joining the vastness of the Southern Ocean, your next land sighting will be the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after Charles Darwin's famous vessel, the channel presents many great photo opportunities including a chance capture sea birds hovering overhead.


Days 3 & 4: At Sea

The waters of the Drake Passage can be unpredictable but we always hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. There is plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow travellers and chat to your Expedition Team. Time will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous informative and educational lectures from your Expedition Team. You'll learn about everything from the fascinating history of whaling and explorers in Antarctica to the safety procedures you need for the vessel and Zodiac landings.


Days 5 to 7: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Leaving the Drake Passage in our wake, we make our final approach to Antarctica. You will need your cameras ready, as the continent's coastline comes into view. You'll see plenty of icebergs floating by and be captivated as curious whales spout and breach from the ocean before your eyes.

There is no doubt that it's exciting to see all of this from onboard the ship, but your true exploration begins when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit; weather will dictate specific landings but regardless of where we disembark, each place presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Your days will be busy, spent spotting wildlife and being mesmerised by the beauty of Antarctica. Listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers and watching penguins waddling on the beach will become your daily entertainment. Kayaking with whales and camping on the ice are a couple of optional activities available to you on selected voyages.


Days 8 to 9: Antarctic Circle

Most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, so crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement.  You and your fellow shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Enjoy a toast and take pride in knowing you've made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.


Days 10 & 11: Along the Peninsula

By now, you'll be able to separate Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins and differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Formerly strange terms like "bergy bits" and "pancake ice" will seem normal now too, yet there are still many tales to be told. Heading back towards the Drake, zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days and the Expedition Team will help fill in any blanks that remain in your newly acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.


Days 12 &13: Towards Ushuaia

Antarctica fades away but you'll certainly be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Conversations with newfound friends will make passing the Drake Passage fly by. Your Expedition Team will finish off their series of lectures, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites you've visited and wildlife you've seen over the course of your voyage.


Day 14: Disembarkation

Say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travellers. You disembark in the morning to enable you to catch your homeward bound flights.


NOTEThis itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

About The Ship

  • On-board helicopter facilities (available in selected locations only)
  • 4 Zodiac embarkation points for swift landing opportunities
  • Nine different cabin types
  • 1A+ Ice Class rating
  • The most exciting range of adventure activities available in Antarctica, including flightseeing, stand-up paddleboarding and cross-country skiing

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

2023

2024

Additional Notes

Please note that on some departures there is a mandatory hotel and transfer package costing an additional USD $995 per person. This includes the following:

  • One night’s hotel accommodation pre-departure in Buenos Aires including breakfast 
  • Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Group flight departing from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport (Aeroparque) to Ushuaia, and returning to Buenos Aires’ international airport (Ezeiza)
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return (Please note that a transfer on your arrival in Buenos Aires from the airport to your hotel at the beginning of the journey is not included. Please make your way to the included hotel.)
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, there is a good number of dedicated single cabins. The single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a standard cabin and 2 times the cost of a superior category. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin.

At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2m must be met. Please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $995 All departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Camping Camping $295 Selected departures.
Add on icon Paddleboarding Paddleboarding $295 Selected departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $295 All departures. No experience required. 1-1.5hr paddle on inflatable kayak.

Includes

  • 1 night's hotel stay, breakfast included
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Online photo journal of voyage
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • Beer and wine during dinner, and coffee, tea and cocoa throughout the day
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites

Excludes

  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation not listed as included
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry, bar, phone and internet services, and other personal charges
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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