Cross the Antarctic Circle

Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago

From $13200 per person in low season
From $13400 per person in high season

based on 15 nights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Boat transfers

  • Private transfers in Argentina & Chile

  • Shared transfers in Antarctica

  • Daily experiences in Antarctica

  • Selected experiences in Argentina & Chile

  • Full Board and activities in Antarctica

  • Daily Breakfast in Argentina & Chile

Pricing is based on 2 guests sharing all services and an entry level cabin category.

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The above pricing is associated with the ship showcased below. There are a range of ships that chart this course and so all budgets can be catered for. Please call and speak to an Antarctica specialist for other pricing options.

At a Glance

  • Cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’ S and venture where only a select few do

  • Enjoy a pristine, untouched landscape and make the first tracks in the snow

  • Head to abandoned bases such as the British Station W and marvel at this perfectly preserved slice of time

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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Whilst more and more adventurers are setting their sights on Antarctica, few make it to 66°33’ S and cross the Antarctic Circle. Those who do are treated to a world of pristine sea ice, the abandoned signs of human activity now frozen in time and absolute silence. The itinerary we showcase below offers guests the chance to sail the Drake one way and fly over it on the return but all combinations are available on this route.

  1. Fly to Buenos Aires

  2. Days 1-3: Buenos Aires

    Fly to Argentina's vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, a great place to kick off the adventure of a lifetime. We've included a private city tour with a local expert guide who will take you through its distinct and diverse districts, to the famous landmarks that dot its history. In the evening head to the Argentine Experience, a fun experience that introduces you to Argentine cuisine and culture. Sample delicious delicacies, fine wines and take part in the deeply entrenched tradition of mate drinking.

    Accommodation: CasaSur Palermo (2 nights)

  3. Days 3-5: Ushuaia

    Fly to Argentina's southernmost city, Ushuaia and check into your hotel that boasts expansive views across the port. This tiny town is not just the gateway to Antarctica but also the beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park. We've included a full day trip into the park so you have the opportunity to stretch your legs before your upcoming days at sea.

    Accommodation: Arakur Ushuaia (2 nights)

  4. Days 5-14: Antarctica

    As you set sail across the Drake Passage, there will be one goal in mind: cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’S and join the small band of explorers, scientists and most adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

    Sailing down the frozen coastline of the western Antarctic Peninsular offers further opportunities to set foot on the Antarctic Continent, where alpine peaks tower over vast glaciers that calve with a mighty roar. With gentoo penguins, Weddell seals, minke whales and humpback whales, the wildlife is as abundant as the landscape is spellbinding. Weddell seals and chinstrap penguins can often be spotted on the beach near the Argentina research station on Half Moon Island, while a visit to Paulet Island or Brown Bluff is an opportunity to observe the vast population of Adélie and gentoo penguins.

    While challenging conditions mean that most expeditions will not make it as far south as the Antarctic Circle, to do so is an impressive achievement and one certainly worth celebrating in style with your fellow shipmates. Ice conditions allowing, you may reach the Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and Marguerite Bay, spotting orcas humpback and minke whales, or visit historic Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille Islands. Sailing through this rugged, little-visited part of Antarctica, you pass spellbinding ice formations and abandoned wooden shacks and a landscape seen by very few other people.

    Once the corks have popped, the ship turns northbound once more, charting its route back to the South Shetland Islands with stops at various landing sites along the way.

    Accommodation: Greg Mortimer (9 nights)

  5. Days 14-15: Punta Arenas

    Arriving at King George Island, it is time to bid farewell to Antarctica and board a charter flight to the Chilean mainland. Instead of sailing across the Drake, this time you soar above it and arrive to Punta Arenas in just two hours. Once there, transfer to your hotel. Your evening is at leisure to toast your adventures.

    Accommodation: Cabo de Hornos Hotel (1 night)

  6. Days 15-16: Santiago

    Your final stop before your flight home is the Chilean capital of Santiago. Transfer to your hotel in Lastarria, a bustling part of the city full of great restaurants and lively bars. We've included a private city tour with an expert guide, who will give you a great overview of the city, its different districts and fascinating political history through the eyes of a local.

    Accommodation: The Singular Santiago (1 night)

  7. Fly home from Santiago

Location

Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.

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