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Quest For The Antarctic Circle

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Trip Length: 14 Days/ 13 Nights

Prices from: $8,999 pp/do*

2016 Dates: Feb 7, 2015

Ships: M/S Expedition

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14 Days Ushuaia to Ushuaia

A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore, a pod of whales glides through frigid waters, dramatic landscapes float off in the distance—welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier—a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness and its expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. You’ll sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands and then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other—more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

What’s Included

  • 12 nights on board the M/S Expedition
  • Arrival transfer from airport in Ushuaia to hotel
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lecture and educational programs
  • Ushuaia transfer from airport for flights arriving on Day 1
  • Ushuaia transfer to airport depending on your departure flight details
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men’s USA sized 8-14 & women’s USA sized 3-9
  • Antarctica destination guide book
  • All meals included on board the ship. Breakfast included at the hotel.
  • Twin Share Hotel (1 night), On board the M/S Expedition in quad, triple, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with ensuite bathrooms and porthole or a window) (12 nights). Please note that all cabins consist of twin sized berths and are outside facing. Suites have one queen bed.
  • M/S Expedition, Bus, and Zodiac.
  • One Expedition staff to every 10 guests.
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Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia

Arrive at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city.

Day 2 Ushuaia (1B,1D)

Embarkation on the M/S Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. We enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4 Ushuaia / Beagle Channel / the Drake Passage (2B,2L,2D)

Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from your expedition team, and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the ship’s wake.

Day 5-6 Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands (2B,2L,2D)

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather conditions permitting), and encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Day 7-8 The Polar Circle Crossing (2B,2L,2D)

Set off southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins.

Day 9-11 The Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands (3B,3L,3D)

We will turn north for the first time and head back through the ‘inside passage’ (depending on weather conditions) to continue our exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 12-13 The Drake Passage (2B,2L,2D)

Begin your northbound journey to our home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some final whale sightings.

Day 14 Depart Ushuaia (1B)

Disembark in the morning.

Photo Credit: G Adventures