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Antarctica + Polar Circle Quest

13 days

13 Day Small Group Escorted Journey

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+ Cruise aboard our expedition ship with only 88 passengers.  Enjoy its open bridge and expansive decks that provide all guests with a better vantage for wildlife sightings as we take you deeper into remote regions of the Antarctic.
+ Thoughtful lectures and insight from our Expedition Team enhance every day of your voyage – while cruising at sea and on our thrilling expeditions ashore!
+ Thrill to the pristine landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast as we navigate our way toward the Polar Circle.
+ Adélie penguins, leopard seals, Gentoo penguins, Finn whales, humpbacks, orcas and a rich variety of sea birds are just some of the species we might encounter.
+ Discover Tierra del Fuego at the End of the World, a remarkable land of mountains, sea coasts, forests and waterways

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On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa.

Day
2

Into Tierra del Fuego and on to Our Ship

MV Ushuaia

This morning’s guided tour explores the pristine forests, waterways and mountains of spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you learn about the region’s unique geology, flora and fauna. Return to port and board the mv Ushuaia. Settle in to your cabin, meet your expedition staff of leaders, guides and lecturers, and get acquainted with our intimate Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel   Meals B+D

Day
3

Crossing the Drake Passage

MV Ushuaia

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, your expedition lecturers will be out with you on deck to help with the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The Ushuaia’s unique open bridge policy allows you to join the ship’s officers on the bridge and to learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well. Meals B,L,D 

[Note: The daily cruise program outlined here for Day 4 through Day 10 is a sample itinerary only - to give you a general sense of the highlights that will unfold on this cruise. The exact course of your sea voyage will be determined by the ship’s Captain and Expedition Leader on a day-by-day basis based upon local conditions. Likewise, the waters you explore and the islands you will actually visit depend upon these same weather and sea conditions. Although we can assure you of a once-in-a-lifetime voyage filled with unforgettable sightings, experiences and encounters, your safety is the paramount concern of the captain and the entire ship’s staff.]

Day
4

Continue through the Drake Passage

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The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith. With favorable conditions during our crossing of the Drake Passage, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with Antarctic penguins and seals today. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Along the Antarctic Peninsula

MV Ushuaia

As we navigate along the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast, you’ll likely experience the thrill and excitement that the early explorers must have felt! Exquisite beauty and pristine landscapes are waiting as you explore these remote southern waters. Myriad icebergs of different shades and shapes are floating free in the waterways around this vast continent. Over the coming days, you’ll have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery and a wide variety of wildlife. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Continuing along the Peninsula

MV Ushuaia

Amazing scenery and wildlife abound and with good conditions, you’ll make at least two landings with our experienced naturalist staff. Apart from Adélie, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins and many other seabirds, you are likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater, fur and leopard seals as well as Minke whales and orcas at close range! At this time of year it is also quite likely that over the next few days you’ll encounter big cetaceans such as humpback, Finn and Sei whales. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

More Discoveries in the Antarctic

MV Ushuaia

Depending upon sea and ice conditions, we navigate some of the most beautiful waterways of the Southern Hemisphere: the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel and the Lemaire Channel – a narrow passage between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. As conditions permit, you’ll continue to make two landings per day – always with our experienced naturalist staff. Possible landing sites include Paradise Bay, on the Continent itself and one of the most aptly named places on earth, Cuverville Island (home to the biggest Gentoo penguin colony in the region) and the British Museum and Post Office at Port Lockroy. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Deeper into these Southern Polar Waters

MV Ushuaia

As further exploration will lead us far South of the Lemaire Channel in quest of the Polar Circle, we might also visit the Ukrainian Station Vernadsky, the former British base Faradey, where the ozone hole was first spotted, the rugged Yalour Islands and south of the Polar Circle Detaille Island. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

The South Shetland Islands

MV Ushuaia

As we begin our return voyage northward, we plan to explore the South Shetland Islands. The volcanic island group is a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries and seals hauling out on the shorelines make every day spent here unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing, so is visiting the crescent shaped island Half Moon, home to Chinstrap Penguins in breathtaking surroundings. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

Another Day in the South Shetlands

MV Ushuaia

Enjoy another day of informative briefings from your naturalist guides, visits to the Bridge and shore landings as sea and weather conditions permit. Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Northward across the Drake Passage

MV Ushuaia

Having left the Antarctic Peninsula behind us the night before, today finds the mv Ushuaia heading northward across the Drake Passage. Join our naturalists on deck or head to the bridge with the officers. Either way, keep your senses tuned for seabirds and whales.  Meals B+L+D

Day
12

Cruising toward South America

MV Ushuaia

Take advantage of this full day onboard to enjoy our final lectures and maybe another visit to the bridge. This evening’s congenial dinner offers a chance to share your experiences with your fellow passengers.  Meals B+L+D

Day
13

Disembark + Explore Ushuaia

Step off in Ushuaia for your transfer to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Antarctica - Buenos Aires Pre-tour

3 Day Extension from $1599

Two nights at the Alvear Palace in the heart of the capital with sightseeing, transfers and roundtrip flights to Ushuaia

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Day
1

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Check in to the stylish 5-star Alvear Palace in the heart of this vibrant city and settle in to your Luxury Room.

Day
2

Discover Buenos Aires

Your sightseeing tour in the cosmopolitan Argentine capital includes historic Plaza de Mayo and La Boca, the colorful district where the Tango was born.  Meals B

Day
3

To the End of the Continent

Fly to Ushuaia where you’ll be escorted to the your hotel.

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Reciprocity Fees  

Argentina reciprocity tax of $160 for International arrivals into Buenos Aires must be prepaid online before arrival at www.migraciones.gov.ar

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  • Feb

    2020
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    2021
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16 February 202028 February 2020$10,599Available
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Premier$13,399Available
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26 January 202107 February 2021$10,899Available
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Standard Plus$12,599Available
Premier$13,799Available
Superior$14,699Available
Suite$15,399Available
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Feel free to add extra nights before or after your tour.

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See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

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