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Across the Antarctic Circle

Across the Antarctic Circle 13 days

Prices From £13,387pp
December to February | 12 nights

No Single Supplement With Cabin Mate Finder!

Across the Antarctic Circle 13 days

Aboard: Greg Mortimer Sylvia Earle

Join this exciting expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula, with the added bonus of a crossing of the Polar Circle (subject to conditions). On this unforgettable voyage you will discover the pristine wilderness of Antarctica where towering icebergs, bountiful wildlife and thrilling adventures combine to create an unforgettable journey. Spend time on deck looking for wildlife as you sail through the scenic channels, enjoy Zodiac excursions and a wealth of optional activities, visit historic sites, step foot on the most spectacular continent on Earth and enjoy the exhilaration of crossing the Antarctic Circle.

This trip operates aboard 2 different ships - The Sylvia Earle and the Greg Mortimer. 12 day and 15 day variations are also available. Please enquire for full dates and rates.

Highlights

  • Attempt to cross the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle!
  • Spectacular Antarctic scenery
  • Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
  • Adventure options including kayaking and snorkelling (select departures - costs apply)
  • Exciting Zodiac cruises through ice-filled bays amongst towering sculpted icebergs
  • Visit historical and scientific sites
  • Resident photography guide

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
  • 1 night accommodation in Ushuaia pre-voyage, with breakfast and half-day city tour included
  • Transfers from airport to hotel, to and from ship & luggage transfer to ship
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket

No Single Supplement With Cabin Mate Finder!

Solo travellers willing to share a cabin with a carefully selected co-traveller will pay no single supplement! Or just a 50% supplement if you prefer a single occupancy room!

Offer applicable when booked before 25th January 2024

Sharing travellers will be paired with a roommate of the same sex. Sharing places are subject to availability and will rely on being matched to a suitable roommate. / Available on selected dates/vessels.

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Ushuaia, Argentina
1Day

Ushuaia, Argentina

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Arrive independently and transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy time seeing the sights and sounds of this city which is renowned for its enchanting scenery, before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.

Ushuaia - Embarkation
2Day

Ushuaia - Embarkation

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you can join your included half-day tour of Ushuaia and its surrounds. This beautiful city is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego province and its unique landscape of mountains, sea, glaciers and forest is simply a delight to explore. This fantastic tour will take you to some of Ushuaia’s most impressive areas including The Mission, Solier and Brown neighbourhoods where you can see the ancient houses belonging to the first families in Tierra del Fuego and superb views over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. There will also be time to visit the End of the World Museum where you can get an insight into the history of Tierra del Fuego, before heading to the port in the mid-afternoon to board your vessel. Settle into your comfortable cabin and get to know your home for the next 11 nights as the ship sets sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and we begin our adventure of a lifetime. A luggage transfer from the hotel is included today.

At Sea - Drake Passage
3 - 4Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

As your ship sails south through the famous Drake Passage keep an eye out in one of the many observation areas for the seabirds, including albatross, which follow the ship, and the first of many iceberg sightings. Enjoy informative lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of the areas you are about to discover and attend bio security briefings for your time in Antarctica. As we approach the Shetland Islands there may be the opportunity to make some shore landings.

Antarctic Peninsula & Crossing the Circle
5 - 10Days

Antarctic Peninsula & Crossing the Circle

As you awake on day 5 the sight that awaits this morning is the stunning Antarctic Peninsula. A land of superlatives, Antarctica’s vast proportions are a sight to behold. Enjoy twice daily Zodiac excursions to explore penguin rookeries, visit historic sites and scientific stations, get up close to the masses of elaborate icebergs, and attempt the incomparable feat of crossing the Antarctic Circle. Watch seals basking on the ice floes, join an excursion in search of orca sightings, and enjoy the exhilaration of stepping foot on the white continent. As with all polar expeditions, your exact itinerary in Antarctica will be dictated by weather and wildlife sighting opportunities so be prepared for the unexpected. Making the most of every moment, your captain will choose the best course each day for wildlife viewings and adventures, with a new experience guaranteed each day.

Some of the fantastic landing sites we expect to visit throughout your time in Antarctica include the beautiful protected bay of Paradise Harbour where you can enjoy an exciting Zodiac cruise in search of whales including humpbacks, minkes and orcas, seals and various bird species including terns, gulls and blue-eyed shags.

Other areas along the Peninsula we hope to visit include the Hydrurga Rocks where you can search for observations of Weddell seals, leopard seals and chinstrap penguins, Neko Harbour where dramatic scenery of towering peaks and calving glaciers plays host to a large colony of gentoo penguins and more Weddell seals, and the important scientific research spot of Port Lockroy where we can learn all about Antarctica’s history and where you can send a postcard from the world’s most southern Post Office! Other possible landing sites include the Petermann and Pleneau Islands, Cuverville Island, Danco Island and the Melchior Islands.

Having reached the most westerly point of the Peninsula, your ship will sail through the exceptionally scenic Lemaire Channel, where time in the observation lounge or on deck will reward in incredible views of the surrounding towering cliffs and majestic icebergs reflecting off the silky still water surfaces. Pushing further south the goal will be to reach and cross the Antarctic Circle, and as we raise a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate this remarkable feat, you can enjoy a moment of reflection at the magnitude of being one of the world’s few fortunate travellers to have ever ventured this far south! After a brief exploration below the circle it will be time to turn the ship around and head back north along the Peninsula again.

Throughout your time in Antarctica we will have approximately 18-20 hours of daylight in which to enjoy exploration on land and by sea, with your expert expedition team and resident photography coach accompanying you throughout. For the more adventurous there should be ample opportunities for kayaking, Polar plunges, snorkelling and snowshoeing excursions, as well as the unforgettable experience of a night camping out on the ice (weather permitted). Please note, kayaking, snorkelling, camping on ice and snowshoeing incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance.

Drake Passage
11 - 12Days

Drake Passage

After your exhilarating time in Antarctica it’s sadly time to head back towards Ushuaia. As your captain steers the ship back across the Drake Passage take the time to revel in all you will have experienced. Exchange stories with your new friends, keep watch on deck for seabirds and enjoy the final lectures and presentations from your expert team. On the last evening there will be an enjoyable farewell dinner with cocktails and a four-course meal, and your ship may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn.

Ushuaia
13Day

Ushuaia

On the morning of day 13 you will awake to your ship gently cruising along the Beagle Channel into Ushuaia. After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your time in Ushuaia.

A view from Above

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Greg Mortimer
Luxury vessel

Greg Mortimer

The brand new (2018-19) “Greg Mortimer” is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and has been built to world-class polar standards. The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, utilising the ULSTEIN X-BOW, a cutting edge nautical technology which allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, reduced vibrations, improved comfort and safety on board, virtual anchoring, lower fuel consumption and lower air emissions. Robust, powerful, and built with passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design, the Greg Mortimer features a modern ice-strengthened hull at ice class 1A, four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to Zodiacs, a custom-built activity platform, the most up-to-date and concise safety features including the latest ‘return to port’ technology, and has been built to meet and exceed the strict environment standards of the Polar Code, for non-intrusive and low-impact voyages. For exceptional at sea wildlife and scenery viewing opportunities the ship has custom-built hydraulic platforms offering unobstructed views, an indoor observation lounge, side viewing platforms and an outdoor top deck which allows for 360-degree views. With space for 132 passengers the ship has 80 well designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories, a large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, a spacious lecture room, a well stocked library, Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a multimedia room and a fully-stocked medical centre.

Sylvia Earle
Luxury vessel

Sylvia Earle

Setting sail for her maiden voyage in December 2022, this outstanding purpose-built expedition vessel honours the long-standing conservation efforts of the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the vessel has been built to world-class polar standards and utilises the ground-breaking ULSTEIN X-BOW technology which allows for faster, more comfortable travel, improved safety, reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption. The vessel boasts one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world and also utilises virtual anchoring to protect the sea floor. In terms of safety, the ship will feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size and will also feature world class return-to-port equipment and a fully-stocked medical clinic. In terms of comfort onboard, the Sylvia Earle will be hard to beat. The vessel features a distinctive Glass Atrium Lounge at the bow of the ship with a stunning panoramic view on both port and starboard side, a swimming pool and jacuzzi where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by. A gym, sauna and wellness centre add to the luxury touches onboard and there are various places to relax after a long day of adventures including a beautiful library and a number of bars, lounges and observation areas. Delicious meals will be served in the elegant dining room and presentations will be provided in the state-of-the-art lecture theatre. With capacity for 132 passengers, the ship has 74 elegantly designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories. Each cabin features stylish design, a flat screen TV, large comfortable beds, windows or balconies and closet spaces. Please note - for now, images shown are artist impressions/renders only

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

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