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Cruise Across the Antarctic Circle

17 days

from £7,550pp (excluding flights)

This cruise offers one of the longest trips to explore Antarctica with the rare chance to cross the intangible Antarctic Circle. The extra time affords more options for zodiac cruises and landings along with lesser visited research stations.

  • This expedition is one of the longest cruises in Antarctica of all the trips on offer
  • Be one of only a handful of people to cross the Antarctic Circle each season
  • Travel on small ice-strengthened vessel, renowned for excellent guides & expeditionary feel
  • Optional camping, kayaking, snorkelling & diving on specific departures

Set sail from Ushuaia and cross the Drake Passage, looking out for whales and sea birds along the way. The expedition guides give informal lectures on board during the days at sea. The South Shetland Islands offer fantastic wildlife viewing - vast penguin rookeries, Antarctic fur seals and wallowing southern elephant seals. The peninsular is the most accessible part of Antarctica, with both awe-inspiring scenery and a rich variety of wildlife. Make a landing and possibly hike up to a view point, explore by zodiac or paddle by kayak between ice floes and icebergs and experience the solitude of this area. 

If visiting Antarctica and crossing the Antarctic Circle wasn’t out of the ordinary enough how about taking to the water, and by this we mean get in the water. On a few specific departures there is the option to snorkel or dive. Look through crystal clear waters and see the secret world of ice below the surface as well as an array of marine life.

This holiday travels further south down the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, where very few boats have the time to venture. Perfect for those looking to maximise their time on the White Continent and travel where few others venture.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 7550 £ 1100
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what is included

  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Transfers as detailed
  • Voyage on a full board basis

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Buenos Aires

Day 2

Day at leisure in Buenos Aires

Known as 'The Paris of Latin America', Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world's greatest cosmopolitan cities. World class museums and leading restaurants jostle for space with boutique shops and antique markets, and the colonial architecture and cobbled streets of San Telmo contrast with the modern lines and waterfront designs of up and coming Puerto Madero. It is a city with a colourful and fascinating history, which has given rise to a variety of neighbourhoods from the uber trendy Palermo Soho to the bohemian charm of La Boca, the birth place of tango.

You will be staying at Pulitzer, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Situated on the southern shore of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is the most southerly town in the world. Founded in 1884, the town was a penal colony until 1947. The location is fantastic, with views over the Beagle Channel and across to the Chilean Island of Navarino. Ushuaia can be either the jump off point for Antarctic cruises or the base from which to explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and The Beagle Channel.

You will be staying at Hotel Albatros, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Embark Ushuaia
Morning free to explore Ushuaia before boarding the ship in the afternoon. As the ship departs, be on deck for the scenic Beagle Channel heading east towards the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 5

Spend Two Days at Sea
Journey across the famous Drake Passage, named after the 16th-century English navigator Sir Francis Drake. As the ship sails, the naturalists and historians offer presentations on the marvels ahead. If weather allows, spend time on deck spotting for albatrosses - including the magnificent Wandering Albatross - and other seabirds.

The South Shetland Islands, which lie to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, are usually sighted in the late afternoon on Day 3. Here you visit vast penguin rookeries, land on beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals, and observe wallowing southern elephant seals. Also visit one of the many research bases in the archipelago and look for Antarctica's only two flowering plants, which thrive here during the short southern summer. Often the ship sails through Neptune Bellows, a narrow passage leading into the sunken caldera of Deception Island. Here, if the tide allows, dip your toes in the steaming waters of Pendulum Cove.

Day 7

Seven Days Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula to 66° 33' 44" South
The Antarctic Peninsula is the most easily accessible part of The White Continent, but it also has some of the most intimate and awe-inspiring scenery, as well as a rich variety of wildlife. This voyage offers ample opportunity to experience all of the most interesting points along the north-western part of the peninsula, as well as venturing further south down the western side of the peninsula crossing the Antarctic circle itself, which very few travellers to this area ever reach.

Exploration of the Antarctic continent may begin with a visit to the aptly named Paradise Bay, or to nearby Neko Harbour. Glaciers fill the calm waters with an amazing vista of icebergs whilst setting foot on the Antarctic continent itself.

During the voyage, expect to see enormous rookeries of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie Penguins. It is possible to encounter Weddell, crab-eater and leopard seals, as well as orcas, humpback, and Minke whales.

If pack ice and icebergs allow, the ship navigates some of the most beautiful waterways in the world. Two in particular, the Neumayer and Lemaire Channels, are impressive narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. Sailing south of the Lemaire Channelit it is possible to visit Petermann Island, where Adélie and Gentoo Penguins, skuas and Blue-eyed Shags nest close to the landing site.

Plan to visit aptly named Paradise Harbor where glaciers fill the calm waters with a vista of sculptured icebergs. Set foot on the White Continent itself at Almirante Brown, an Argentine research station. At Port Lockroy find thriving colonies of penguins and shags and a former British scientific station that has recently been renovated and serves as a fascinating museum as well as the only post office in Antarctica. Cuverville Island and Rongé Island with their dramatic location are home to a large colony of nearly 5,000 pairs of Gentoo Penguins and other breeding birds.

Day 14

Two days at Sea
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you set sail north across the Drake Passage.

Day 16

Disembark at Ushuaia
After breakfast disembark the boat in Ushuaia.

Fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

You will be staying at Pulitzer, Bed & Breakfast

Day 17

Fly Buenos Aires to London overnight

Destination Experts

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James Armitage, Travel Expert

"The help and great knowledge James offered really made the holiday special"

"James listened and managed our expectations and therefore made sure we were prepared for all eventualities when going on our holiday to Brazil"

"James was brilliant and all the advice was spot on."

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John Faithfull, Travel Expert

"Personalised service. Seemed to really want to get it right for us. Very impressed when I first called and John spent 40 minutes finding out what we wanted to do and tailoring it for us."

"The expertise that John has really gave us faith in where we were going, the regions, the hotels, the trips. John knew about it all, he described them in detail, and when we asked for different regions he was straight in there with suggestions and ideas. The way the whole trip was planned and presented to us, never any pressure to book or any problem to change plans /ideas."

"John Faithful was wonderfully helpful and conscientious in arranging the itinerary and was always ready to suggest alternatives or rearrange matters without any hesitation; this and his detailed knowledge gave one great confidence."

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Sue Grimwood, Travel Expert

"It was tremendously helpful to be able to speak to someone who had been to Antarctica before - Sue had been on the ship we had booked, so was able to give us some very useful information. We felt that at every stage of the booking process that we were in safe hands. "

""I was uncharacteristically worried about this trip - neurotic some might say - and I was given 110% support and help with everything. I had been disappointed by not being able to get a space on the 2014 trip and so Sue was stuck with me for 2 years - a testament to her patience and professionalism. I was confident in Sue - she knows Antarctica and speaks from experience, that is worth a huge amount. Emails, which I would send were responded to almost immediately.""

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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