Antarctica - Crossing the Circle

Travel to 66°33 South on our most comprehensive voyage along the Antarctic Peninsula

This expedition offers you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal.  You’ll enjoy more time for communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.

Given good ice conditions, we will travel further south than any other Peregrine expedition and cruise well south of the Antarctic Circle at 66°33S, through regions of striking beauty and abundant wildlife.

 

Highlights

  • Follow in the path of historic explorers as you cross the legendary Drake Passage. Weather permitting, squeeze through the photogenic Lemaire Channel between the mountains of Booth Island and the Antarctic continent

  • Get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, such as minke, humpback and orca whales, gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, and albatross overhead. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a leopard seal

  • Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent or venture as deep into Antarctica as past the Antarctic Circle, but you'll be one of them

  • A diversity of possible Zodiac landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2: Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

Day 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage

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

Day 8-9: The Antarctic Circle

Day 10-11: Northbound along the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 12-13: Drake Passage to Ushuaia

Day 14: Disembark in Ushuaia

Please note: Prices shown based on 02 March 2018 departure in a triple share cabin.

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person triple share

14 days from

$12,580*

Includes

  • Accommodation - Expedition Voyage, Hotel
  • Transport - Expedition cruise ship, Zodiac
  • Meals - 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

Bonus

Earn 3,500 Qantas Frequent Flyer Points on all tours over $1,000

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