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New! Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Trip Length 12 days

From $11,195

  • Take a modern-day Antarctic Circle quest by crossing the Drake Passage by ship and flying back—a popular approach to maximize time in Antarctica!
  • See massive wind-sculpted icebergs and make landfall at legendary destinations, such as Elephant Island and Deception Island
  • Hear tales and learn from the onboard polar experts and expedition staff as you enjoy a memorable bucket-list voyage on the 7th continent

This exciting new Antarctic expedition provides a modern twist on a much-loved classic. Utilizing decades of Antarctica exploration experience, your voyage begins with a flight to Stanley, the quaint capital of the Falkland Islands, where you'll meet your polar expedition ship. From there, head across the Drake Passage and into the realm of Antarctica with the goal to reach the Antarctic Circle! As you journey south, enjoy exhilarating days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, cruise among dramatic ice floes in Zodiac boats, and witness the magnificent pelagic seabirds of the southern region, including the giant wandering albatross. This ocean habitat teems with life above and below the water, and the moods of the weather and water are a thrill in their own right. Add on sea kayaking for the more adventurous guests. End your voyage with the ease of a two-hour flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.

Press Play—View our Antarctica Fly-in Video

Day 1: Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to Stanley, Falkland Islands

NOTE: You must arrive in Punta Arenas on the day prior to Day 1.

Meet at a central location in Punta Arenas and transfer to the airport to take a group flight (90-minutes) to the charming town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. (This flight is included in the price of your voyage.) Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a rural town in coastal Britain. It is charming with brightly colored houses, pretty flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. The waterfront memorial, built to commemorate the lives of the servicemen lost during the Falklands War in the early 1980's, is a sobering reminder of recent history. There is time to explore the town before we make our way to the ship for embarkation. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica – and the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 2-3: At Sea Towards Antarctica

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. Weather-dependent landings include Elephant Island, of Shackleton fame, and the thrilling Point Wild.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 4-5: South Shetland Islands and Bransfield Strait

This morning we are in position at King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. These islands offer good opportunities for shore landings to view Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins before the ship journeys further south—navigating the Bransfield Strait, an important migration corridor for wildlife. Large icebergs will be present from this point onwards and make for striking photographs in the evening light. Soon the towering mountain peaks of the Antarctic continent loom into view and we should make landfall around Wilhelmina Bay. This is truly an ‘A-list’ location and a place we often encounter sizeable pods of humpback whales. We navigate under the towering cliffs of Spigot Peak and into the Errera Channel hoping for a shore landing at Cuverville Island – home to a rookery of Gentoo penguins. It’s a fantastic location for a Zodiac cruise or a paddle in the sea kayaks.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 6-8: South Towards the Antarctic Circle and Gerlache Coastline

Soak up the scenery on the outer decks as the ship passes through ice-strewn waters heading toward our goal, south of the Antarctic Circle. Given favorable ice conditions, our first objective will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. Landings may include Detaille Island and Winter Island and, if the conditions are right, an overnight camping experience! This area marks our turnaround point and from now on, we return in a northerly direction exploring the dramatic coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. Other locations for shore landings may include Petermann Island and Pleneu Island.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 9-10: Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

Today we aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbor. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Both locations offer terrific hiking opportunities up to panoramic view points. For the sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage. Weather permitting the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, where history abounds. Charting a course for King George Island in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 11: Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas

This morning the ship will be anchored off King George Island. Say goodbye to the ship’s crew and transfer ashore by Zodiac. From the airstrip on King George Island, board your two-hour flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, a transfer is provided to several hotel locations downtown. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Day 12: Depart for home

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for your onward travel plans.

  • Breakfast

Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 10, 2018 waitlist only

Jan 13 - 24, 2018 waitlist only

Jan 20 - 31, 2018 waitlist only

Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 09, 2019

Jan 12 - 23, 2019

Feb 09 - 20, 2019

pricing

December 2017 - February 2018 voayges are sold out
Call for waitlist, or availability due to last minute cancellations 

December 2018 - February 2019 Pricing   (per person, in US$)
PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT of $1,000 pp when reserved by Dec 31!
$11,195 - Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$13,295 - Twin Cabin, Semi-Private Bathroom
$14,295 - Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
$14,995 - Superior Cabin |  $16,495 - Shackleton Suite |  $18,195 - One Ocean Suite
__________________________________

 

• A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space at the time of booking

• Sea Kayaking Option is $795 pp (space is limited -- must be reserved at time of booking)

• Single supplement is 1.5 times the Twin cabin prices or 2 times the Suite prices. (Singles cannot take over a Triple cabin.) If you are willing to share with a roommate of the same gender, we will waive the single supplement fee.

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Hotel Cabo de Hornos — Punta Arenas

Recently renovated modern European style, this large hotel offers spacious rooms, some with sea views, and is the perfect stop off before heading out on your adventure (or before returning home). Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door. For the culturally curious, museums and other attractions are nearby. Or you could just indulge in a nap; the beds are exceedingly comfortable.

Polar Expedition Ship

The sister ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers) and Akademik Ioffe (96 passengers) are modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, these sister ships were designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ships are maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. They feature an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B), and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. These expedition ships are designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.

From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.

Amenities

One dining room with unreserved seating. 
Theatre-style presentation room. 
Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits. 
Library with a collection of polar-themed books. 
Ship-to-shore communications via satellite. 
Clinic with licensed doctor. 
Gym, sauna and swimming pool. 
Elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

  • Take a modern-day Antarctic Circle quest by crossing the Drake Passage by ship and flying back—a popular approach to maximize time in Antarctica!
  • See massive wind-sculpted icebergs and make landfall at legendary destinations, such as Elephant Island and Deception Island
  • Hear tales and learn from the onboard polar experts and expedition staff as you enjoy a memorable bucket-list voyage on the 7th continent

This exciting new Antarctic expedition provides a modern twist on a much-loved classic. Utilizing decades of Antarctica exploration experience, your voyage begins with a flight to Stanley, the quaint capital of the Falkland Islands, where you'll meet your polar expedition ship. From there, head across the Drake Passage and into the realm of Antarctica with the goal to reach the Antarctic Circle! As you journey south, enjoy exhilarating days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, cruise among dramatic ice floes in Zodiac boats, and witness the magnificent pelagic seabirds of the southern region, including the giant wandering albatross. This ocean habitat teems with life above and below the water, and the moods of the weather and water are a thrill in their own right. Add on sea kayaking for the more adventurous guests. End your voyage with the ease of a two-hour flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.

Press Play—View our Antarctica Fly-in Video

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to Stanley, Falkland Islands

NOTE: You must arrive in Punta Arenas on the day prior to Day 1.

Meet at a central location in Punta Arenas and transfer to the airport to take a group flight (90-minutes) to the charming town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. (This flight is included in the price of your voyage.) Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a rural town in coastal Britain. It is charming with brightly colored houses, pretty flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. The waterfront memorial, built to commemorate the lives of the servicemen lost during the Falklands War in the early 1980's, is a sobering reminder of recent history. There is time to explore the town before we make our way to the ship for embarkation. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica – and the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 2-3: At Sea Towards Antarctica

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. Weather-dependent landings include Elephant Island, of Shackleton fame, and the thrilling Point Wild.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 4-5: South Shetland Islands and Bransfield Strait

This morning we are in position at King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. These islands offer good opportunities for shore landings to view Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins before the ship journeys further south—navigating the Bransfield Strait, an important migration corridor for wildlife. Large icebergs will be present from this point onwards and make for striking photographs in the evening light. Soon the towering mountain peaks of the Antarctic continent loom into view and we should make landfall around Wilhelmina Bay. This is truly an ‘A-list’ location and a place we often encounter sizeable pods of humpback whales. We navigate under the towering cliffs of Spigot Peak and into the Errera Channel hoping for a shore landing at Cuverville Island – home to a rookery of Gentoo penguins. It’s a fantastic location for a Zodiac cruise or a paddle in the sea kayaks.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 6-8: South Towards the Antarctic Circle and Gerlache Coastline

Soak up the scenery on the outer decks as the ship passes through ice-strewn waters heading toward our goal, south of the Antarctic Circle. Given favorable ice conditions, our first objective will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. Landings may include Detaille Island and Winter Island and, if the conditions are right, an overnight camping experience! This area marks our turnaround point and from now on, we return in a northerly direction exploring the dramatic coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. Other locations for shore landings may include Petermann Island and Pleneu Island.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Days 9-10: Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

Today we aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbor. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Both locations offer terrific hiking opportunities up to panoramic view points. For the sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage. Weather permitting the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, where history abounds. Charting a course for King George Island in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Polar Expedition Ship

Day 11: Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas

This morning the ship will be anchored off King George Island. Say goodbye to the ship’s crew and transfer ashore by Zodiac. From the airstrip on King George Island, board your two-hour flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, a transfer is provided to several hotel locations downtown. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Day 12: Depart for home

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for your onward travel plans.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Hotel Cabo de Hornos — Punta Arenas

Recently renovated modern European style, this large hotel offers spacious rooms, some with sea views, and is the perfect stop off before heading out on your adventure (or before returning home). Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door. For the culturally curious, museums and other attractions are nearby. Or you could just indulge in a nap; the beds are exceedingly comfortable.

Polar Expedition Ship

The sister ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers) and Akademik Ioffe (96 passengers) are modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, these sister ships were designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ships are maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. They feature an ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B), and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. These expedition ships are designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.

From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.

Amenities

One dining room with unreserved seating. 
Theatre-style presentation room. 
Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits. 
Library with a collection of polar-themed books. 
Ship-to-shore communications via satellite. 
Clinic with licensed doctor. 
Gym, sauna and swimming pool. 
Elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Dates and Pricing

Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 10, 2018 waitlist only

Jan 13 - 24, 2018 waitlist only

Jan 20 - 31, 2018 waitlist only

Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 09, 2019

Jan 12 - 23, 2019

Feb 09 - 20, 2019

pricing

December 2017 - February 2018 voayges are sold out
Call for waitlist, or availability due to last minute cancellations 

December 2018 - February 2019 Pricing   (per person, in US$)
PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT of $1,000 pp when reserved by Dec 31!
$11,195 - Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$13,295 - Twin Cabin, Semi-Private Bathroom
$14,295 - Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
$14,995 - Superior Cabin |  $16,495 - Shackleton Suite |  $18,195 - One Ocean Suite
__________________________________

 

• A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space at the time of booking

• Sea Kayaking Option is $795 pp (space is limited -- must be reserved at time of booking)

• Single supplement is 1.5 times the Twin cabin prices or 2 times the Suite prices. (Singles cannot take over a Triple cabin.) If you are willing to share with a roommate of the same gender, we will waive the single supplement fee.

Activity Level Easy
Trip Length 12 days

From $11,195

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