Across the Antarctic Circle

11/12/13 DAYS from US$9,100 pp

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.

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

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2019 2020

19 Feb '19 2 Mar '19 12 Days

Across the Antarctic Circle

Trip code: ANP124

19 Feb '19 2 Mar '19 - 11/12/13 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Town tour and transfers in Puerto Williams on Day 12
  • Flight from Puerto Williams, Chile to Punta Arenas, Chile on Day 12
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel on Day 12
  • 11 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flight to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities
  • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$9,100
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$10,600
Suite
Twin Private Economy Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$11,600
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$12,100
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,800
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$15,200

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2 Mar '19 12 Mar '19 11 Days

Across the Antarctic Circle

Trip code: ANP125

2 Mar '19 12 Mar '19 - 11/12/13 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Transfer from Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 1
  • Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Puerto Williams, Chile on Day 1
  • Town tour, transfers and lunch in Puerto Williams on Day 1
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on Day 10
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel on Day 10
  • 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
  • 9 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activity
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$9,700
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$11,400
Suite
Twin Private Economy Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$13,100
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$13,800
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,800
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,200

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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
  • Daily 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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Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$11,600
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$12,700
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,300
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$19,200
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$22,100

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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
  • Daily 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.
×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$10,700
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$11,700
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,900
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$17,600
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$20,300

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy may apply for solo travellers wanting their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

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$1,050 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.
    View Activity Details
  • Scuba Diving

    From US$975 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.
    View Activity Details
  • Polar Snorkelling

    From US$600 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!
    View Activity Details

Extension Tours

Extend your holiday with these optional tours. See all Extension Tours in Antarctica

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I had a fantastic time and thank Aurora for their dedication in making the trip such as success.
B. Allen - Across the Antarctic Circle, 2018
This really has been the trip of a life-time, thank you to your wonderful team, and long may the Polar Pioneer continue to voyage into the Big South!
E. McCarthy, New Zealand - 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

Trip: Across the Antarctic Circle (ANP124)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Town tour and transfers in Puerto Williams on Day 12
  • Flight from Puerto Williams, Chile to Punta Arenas, Chile on Day 12
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel on Day 12
  • 11 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flight to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities
  • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

Trip: Across the Antarctic Circle (ANP125)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Transfer from Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 1
  • Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Puerto Williams, Chile on Day 1
  • Town tour, transfers and lunch in Puerto Williams on Day 1
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on Day 10
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel on Day 10
  • 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
  • 9 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activity
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

Trip: Across the Antarctic Circle (ANC001G)

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
  • Daily 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.

Trip: Across the Antarctic Circle (ANC002G)

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
  • Daily 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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