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Crossing the Antarctic Circle, 15 days - Land of the Midnight Sun


Cost: from $ 9.450 AUD
Flights: not included
Duration: 15 days
Departure: January
Location: Antarctica (departing from Argentina)

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Tour Description

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. You’ll enjoy more time for communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites. Here’s your chance to join the select few who’ve crossed that final border, into a world where the sun never sets, and where drifting icebergs may reach the size of city blocks.The expedition cruises are trips of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina
This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica. The city itself provides a wide range of jewelry shops, cafes, gear shops and restaurants to explore before your voyage, while the surrounding mountains offer ample adventure activities if you’re wanting to discover the rugged nature of Tierra del Fuego. Overnight in hotel in Ushuaia.

Day 2 - Embarkation Day
We embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure..

Day 3-4 - Crossing the Drake Passage
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have the surprise you with calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, our Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations and help prepare you for your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions. You officially enter Antarctica when your ship crosses the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.

Day 5-8 - Exploring the Peninsula

Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome us to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as we get closer to land and you catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains. In addition to spotting icebergs, you’ll likely spot penguins chilling out on ice floes and whales feeding and swimming in the frigid waters.

There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbor, Petermann Island, or Pleneau Island. Your Expedition Team will monitor the ice and weather conditions to determine which landing sites we can visit. With many sites to choose from, each expedition presents new opportunities for exploring the white continent by Zodiac and land.

Day 9-10 – The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, a special area that you’ll experience during the midnight sun if you’re on our first voyage of the season.

Day 11-12 - Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We’ll continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily as we travel north along the western Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.

Day 13-14 - Drake pasage to Ushuaia

Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions . Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

Day 15 - Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. You’ll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.

Note

Please remember, the price can increased by fuel surcharge, when applicable. Contact us for details.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Price per person in a double or twin cabin

Final price is subject of departure date, availability and cabin standard.

Package Inclusions

*Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping* All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage* All shore landings per de daily program* One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast* Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced leader* All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program* Formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled* A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings* Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map* All miscellaneous service taxes and port changes throughout the program* All luggage handling aboard shi* Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers* Group transfers upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport* all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program*

Package Exclusions

*Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary* Passport and visa expenses* Government arrival and departure taxes* Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified* Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance* Excess baggage charges* Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified* Tips*

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Extended stay in Chile / Argentina

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