Beyond the Polar Circle

For a breathtaking tour of the very best of the Southern Ocean - including the rare combination of both South Georgia and the Polar Circle - this 17-day voyage is hard to beat. All aboard a modern, fast super-yacht with a maximum of only 200 people.

17 Days

$15,312

Beyond the Polar Circle - 17 - $15,312

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 9 full days exploring: Antarctica (4), South Georgia (3) & Falklands (1)
  • Rare combination of South Georgia & the Antarctic Circle
  • Capable of cruising comfortably at 15 knots, this ship cuts down sailing time dramatically
  • No adventure activities are offered on this trip, only zodiac excursions
  • Complimentary domestic flights, parka jacket & open bar

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Beyond the Polar Circle

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (included). Direct transfer to the ship OR transfer to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken Reserve, where you can enjoy a complimentary excursion with an English-speaking guide. Spend time in the city, take advantage of the included onboard lunch or join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embarkation begins in the afternoon. 


Day 2: At sea towards Falklands

In the morning, we set off towards the Falklands Islands, a British archipelago with rugged terrain.


Day 3: Falklands Islands

The Falkland Islands are composed of over 700 islets and two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, both declared nature reserves. As our ship finds its way towards New Island and Grave Cove, lying in the West of the archipelago, the coastlines, carved by the wind and sea, form numerous isolated inlets with beaches of golden sand. These faraway lands which once attracted seal and whale hinters have become the last sanctuary of the elegant black-browed albatross which glides gracefully through the air against the blue sky, while Southern rockhopper penguins and Elephant seals bask on the shore.


Days 4-5: At sea towards South Georgia

As we navigate the ship towards South Georgia, you will have your last chance to watch out for the Falkland landscapes and wildlife, escorted by sea birds.


Day 6 -8 : South Georgia

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: King and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.


Day 9: At sea towards Antarctica

As the sun slowly sets, the gentle varied blues of the icebergs become harsher, and soon the dark blue of the crevasses and cracks is all that remains: we finally start approaching Antarctica.


Day 10-12 : Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts. Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.,  


Day 13: Crossing the Polar Circle

Weather permitting, we'll cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.


Day 14-15: At sea towards Ushuaia

If there is one place, one sea, one passage that visitors, scientists and other sailors fear in the Antarctic, it is Drake Passage. Lying at the latitude where the famous Furious Fifties are prevalent, it is the shortest way to reach the Antarctic. Seasoned travellers will tell you that you have to earn the right to see the White Continent, and the "Antarctic Convergence" zone, where the northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the warmer equatorial waters, is home to a rich variety of marine wildlife. As the ice caps and peaks of the Antarctic Peninsula emerge on the horizon, the colours of the midnight sun will make this cruise magical and you'll know immediately why you came.


Day 16: Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

We arrive to Ushuaia in the evening of Day 16.


Day 17: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark the ship in the morning and transfer directly to the airport for your flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (included). 


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.

About The Ship

  • A modern luxury ship for 200 guests
  • 5* experience without the high price tag
  • 95% of the suites have a private balcony
  • 1C ice class + advanced stabilizing system
  • Only zodiac landings & excursions
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
John Newby

Modern, custom-built, beautifully appointed and capped to just 200 people, this ship is a classy act.

John Newby Polar Specialist

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.

Superior
Deluxe
Prestige Deck 4
Prestige Deck 6
Prestige Deck 5
Deluxe Suite
Deck 5 Suite
Deck 6 Suite
Owner's Suite
February 2019
6-Feb-2019 $17,717 Full $21,143 $23,173 $22,140 $31,890 $37,088 $38,871 $49,208
January 2020
15-Jan-2020 $17,165 $18,421 $20,451 $22,387 $21,389 $30,729 $35,703 $37,405 $52,916
February 2020
3-Feb-2020 $15,312* $16,403 $18,174 $19,007 $19,007 $27,174 $31,527 $33,017 $52,916
9-Feb-2020 $15,312* $16,403 $18,174 Full $19,007 $27,174 $31,527 $33,017 $72,017

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €13050

Single Supplement and Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Children are very much welcome. In terms of concessions, one child, aged between 3-11 years, sharing his parent's cabin travels free of charge. A teenager, aged between 12-17 years, receives a 50% discount. However, please note that not every cabin category can accommodate 3 people. Please contact us for details.


Includes

  • Flights Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia return
  • Open Bar for duration of voyage
  • 24 hour room service
  • Pre and post voyage transfers
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board basis
  • 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 waterproof parka jacket for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

  • Flights to and from Buenos Aires
  • 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
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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