Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- From albatrosses, to petrels, penguins and seals, you'll have plenty of new Antarctic friends
- 6, 7 or 8 full days in Antarctica, depending on which departure date you choose
- February and March voyage dates only when conditions are optimal for reaching the Polar Circle
- Optional scuba diving on most departures, kayaking and camping on selected departures (additional cost)
- Soak up even more regional knowledge with a range of wildlife, nature and history lectures onboard
Day 1: Departure from Ushuaia
Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
Days 2-3: At sea
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray.
After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.
Days 4-9: Antarctic Peninsula
Options for Antarctic Peninsula activities are many, and no less great during the late summer. Humpback whales are prolific in this region, gorging themselves on krill before their migration north. The penguin chicks are also fledging, stirring up activity on the beaches while sleek leopard seals lie in wait, poised to attack the less fortunate ones.
Sites for your Antarctic adventures may include:
Livingston Island – Here you find a wide variety of gentoo and chinstrap penguins on Hannah Point, as well as southern giant petrels and elephant seals hauling out onto the beach.
Deception Island – Actually a subducted crater, this island opens into the sea and creates a natural harbor for the ship. Hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and multiple bird species – cape petrels, kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns – can be seen here. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.
Cuverville Island – A small precipitous island nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island, Cuverville houses a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas.
Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks. You might also be able to set foot on the continent here.
Paradise Bay – You could take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales.
Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals.
Crystal Sound – Your journey takes you south along the Argentine Islands to this ice-packed body of water, and from here across the Polar Circle in the morning.
Detaille Island – You may make a landing at an abandoned British research station here, taking in the island’s lofty mountains and imposing glaciers.
Fish Islands – Further north you encounter one of the southernmost Adélie penguin and blue-eyed shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Melchior Islands – These islands offer a beautiful landscape rich with icebergs. Leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales are found here, and there are excellent opportunities for kayaking and diving.
Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
Days 10-11: At sea
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them..
Day 12: Arrival in Ushuaia
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
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.
What our customers think of South of the Antarctic Circle
South of the Antarctic Circle trips scored 4.3/5 from 12 reviews
The expedition team was excellent. I have to say that our Antarctica trip won't have beeen so wonderful without the expedition team's hard work and dedication. Ali was the lead and she played an important role to make sure all the activities went smoothly.
Travelled: February 2020
Weiling Yang - United States Of America
About The Ship
- A 3-4* expedition vessel for 108 guests
- All cabins have been recently updated
- A broad, heavy design = great stability
- High 1A ice class rating
- Kayaking, camping, mountaineering, hiking
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $7650
Please note, departures on the following dates are:
- 12 days long (6 days in Antarctica): 20-Mar-2023 & 25-Feb-2024 & 21-Mar-2024 & 10-Mar-2025 & 23-Mar-2025
- 13 days long (7 days in Antarctica): 10-Feb-2023
- 14 days long (8 days in Antarctica): 14-Mar-2023 (including stops at Elephant Island and the Weddell Sea) and 20-Mar-2023 (more expensive voyage) & 16-Mar-2024
- 15 days long (9 days in Antarctica): 07-Mar-2024 & 09-Mar-2025
- 13-March-2024 departure is an extended voyage at 16 days long. The ship will use the additional time to venture even further south than a classic Circle trip, into little known territory where few ships have ever ventured. If possible the ship will attempt to reach the vast Wilkins Ice Shelf.
The departures on 20-Mar-2023 & 21-Mar-2024 have a whale watching focus.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children aged 3 years old or over are welcome. On selected departures, children under 16 may receive a 40 % discount, 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.
|Kayaking||$450||Basic competency required. Select departures. USD $450 for 2022/23 season. USD $550 for 2023/24 season.|
|Polar diving||$700||Limited spaces available. Cold water and dry suit experience required. Select departures USD $700 for 2022/23 season. USD $815 for 2023/24 season.|
|Camping||$195||Equipment provided. Select departures. USD $195 for 2022/23 season. USD $215 for 2023/24 season.|
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board including snacks, coffee and tea
- 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 and snowshoes for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Service taxes and port charges
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport directly after disembarkation
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Government arrival or departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)