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Antarctic Circle Odyssey

Sail south to the iconic Polar Circle for 7 full days exploring the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula as part of an epic 14-day adventure. Pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia and a 3-in-1 parka jacket are included. An optional one-off paddle and full kayaking program are also available for active adventurers.

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Trip type

Cross Polar Circle

Trip length

14 Days


$18,995 -$35,995

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Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Circle Odyssey - 14 Days - $18,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days in Antarctica = 14 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Join the small group of travellers who have reached the Polar Circle
  • Streamlined high tech expedition ship with capacity for just 138 guests
  • Impressively high expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:6
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • Generous inclusions such as house alcoholic drinks with dinner and evening bar service, along with complimentary basic WIFI access
  • Optional full kayaking program and one-off paddling excursion available (additional cost)
  • Complimentary Ushuaia hotel stay, 3-in-1 expedition parka jacket & loan of boots
  • House alcoholic drinks included with dinner & evening bar service

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Circle Odyssey

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival in Ushuaia you will be met and transferred to your included hotel for the night. You will begin your journey in this small but bustling port city at the tip of South America. This Argentinean destination is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some handcrafted chocolate at a cafe in town.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.

Days 3-4: At sea towards Antarctica

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You'll have plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You'll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Days 5-7: Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make a final approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready, as the continent's coastline will make its first appearance, signalling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You'll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit – while weather dictates specific landings, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerised by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages.

Days 8-9: The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

Make a toast and take pride in knowing you've made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

Days 10-11: Northbound Along the Peninsula

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

Days 12-13: At sea towards Ushuaia

Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you'll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you've visited over the course of your voyage.

Day 14: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travellers. You'll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.

NOTE: This 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.

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What our customers think of Antarctic Circle Odyssey

Antarctic Circle Odyssey trips scored 5/5 from 6 reviews

Watching from ship, a beautiful whale breached the water, and rolled it’s raining flute in the air.

Travelled: March 2023

Charles -

I can't narrow it down to one great moment. I enjoyed the zodiac excursions. They were all unique and beautiful.

Travelled: February 2023

Anonymous -

The complete silence when engine on Zodiac was turned off

Travelled: January 2023

Anonymous -

In the zodiac looking at photo opportunities with Kyle, our ship's photographer, and he shut down the engine and asked us to simply listen and absorb the beauty of the surroundings and the quiet.

Travelled: March 2020

Carol -

Zodiac cruising among the ice bergs, ice and whales, on a sunny day (or an interesting-light day)! Actually this was repeated several times.

Travelled: March 2020

Donna -

Being in Antarctica.

Travelled: February 2020

Simon -


A highly capable ship for those seeking the atmosphere and ethos of an expedition without compromising on space, comfort or spectacular views.

Lizzie Williams Polar Product & Partnerships Manager

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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



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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $18995

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, there are two dedicated single cabins. Alternatively, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a standard cabin. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin, which is available on a twin-share basis in select cabin categories.

At the date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height requirement of 48ins 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 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow). Prior kayaking experience is required and you must be able to do a wet exit to participate. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $295 One-off paddle session lasting approximately 60-90 minutes using sit-on-top kayaks. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Minimal kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.


  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Ushuaia, 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, standard wines and spirits, as well as cocktails, are included during bar service hours (typically pre-dinner and evenings) and dinner.
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Basic complimentary WiFi access for one device at a time per guest
  • 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
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person (please note that travel insurance - including medical and curtailment cover - is still mandatory)


  • 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
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop, laundry and high-data communications)
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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