Across the Antarctic Circle

11/12/13 DAYS from US$9,100 per person

Crossing the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle is a moment to celebrate, and we do so with enthusiasm. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a backdrop of bristling mountain ranges and surreal icebergs. Threading our way through an intricate system of icy waterways, we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet.

Please refer to our Contingency Plans for Fly/Sail and Fly/Fly voyages.

Number of passengers (ANC001G, ANC002G): 132 passengers (including kayakers and divers)

Expedition Highlights

  • Attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle, then celebrate with a toast on the deck
  • Splendid wildlife activity of fledgling chicks
  • Zodiac cruise along playful leopard seals
  • Scientific research stations and historic huts
  • Divers and snorkellers revel in Antarctic marine life

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Map & Itinerary

Departures on certain dates will have reversed itineraries
Day 1 – Depart Ushuaia (or Punta Arenas)

Embark in Ushuaia and settle into your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers and explore the ship before evening cruise down the Beagle Channel. NOTE: Some departures will start with a night in Punta Arenas followed by a flight to either King George Island or Puerto Williams. Please check the port for each departure date. The following itinerary is a guide and will change dependent on the voyage departure.

Day 2 -3 – Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare us for landings with environmental, activity and Zodiac briefings. All eyes are peeled for first iceberg, first penguin and first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we may have a chance to go ashore by late afternoon on Day 3.

Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula

We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in unparalleled beauty of Antarctica’s landscape. We make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views.

As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck, we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. If ice conditions allow, we may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille Islands before returning north to warmer climes.

Day 10 – King George Island

We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.

Day 11 – Punta Arenas (or Ushuaia)

After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements. Additional Information: On arrival in Punta Arenas a transfer is included to Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel. It is advised that you overnight in Punta Arenas, but not mandatory. Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1700 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: The above is a guide based on ANC002G. Expedition itinerary will change dependent on departure and arrival points

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$1,200 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.
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  • Scuba Diving

    From US$1,200 pp
    Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.
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  • Snorkelling

    From US$800 pp
    No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
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Inclusions

  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • All shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • A complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
Across the Antarctic Circle cruise was a truly wonderful experience which I will always remember.
Shirley Ball, Australia - Across the Antarctic Circle, 2016
This really was a truly magical experience which will live with us forever.
R. Astridge - Across the Antarctic Circle, 2018
We don't usually go on organised tours. Of course Antarctica had to be an exception. I am glad we chose Aurora, everything was great.
D. Cotogno, Alaska, USA - Across the Antarctic Circle, 2016

Dates & Rates

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3 Feb '20 15 Feb '20 13 DAYS

Across the Antarctic Circle

Trip code: ANC001G

3 Feb '20 15 Feb '20 - 11/12/13 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from airport to hotel (on our preferred flight).
  • One night pre-voyage accommodation and luggage transfer to the ship the next da
  • Transfer to downtown Ushuaia or airport (post-voyage)
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • All shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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14 Feb '20 26 Feb '20 13 DAYS

Across the Antarctic Circle

Trip code: ANC002G

14 Feb '20 26 Feb '20 - 11/12/13 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Arrival airport to hotel. One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation (breakfast included). Luggage transfer to ship next day.
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas. Transfer from airport to hotel and one night accommodation post-voyage
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • All shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • A complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
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Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
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Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
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Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
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Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
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* For solo traveller pricing, please contact us. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days* of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Single occupancy rates may apply for solo travellers who want their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Please contact us to determine cabin availability. Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

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