Antarctic Polar Circle

Beyond the Antarctic Circle

Reaching Latitude 66°33' South!

Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights

Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Adélie Penguins
Polar Circle
Gentoo Penguins

Program Starts/Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Cruise duration is 13 days/12 nights.

Embark on this adventure trip of a lifetime on board our boutique ice-class expedition ship. Our once-in-a-lifetime trip provides you with the best of an Antarctica cruise combined with the unique flora and fauna of The South Shetland Islands. Test your mettle as you cross the notorious Drake Passage to reach the world’s most beautiful ice-filled waters where magnificent icebergs creak and breaching minke and humpback whales swim gracefully. Breathe in the icy air on this life-changing voyage across the southern seas and capture memories in your mind that will last a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

  • Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing
  • Experience incredible penguin encounters as you get up close to these polar rockstars
  • Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead
  • Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our on-board photographers


Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina (hotel night)

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its rich architecture and European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia and Embark

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon.

Day 3-5: Drake Passage

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Day 6: Marguerite Bay

Should the weather and sea ice conditions be on our side, we’ll venture into the Antarctic Circle to Marguerite Bay. Located below 66°33′ South, this region is rarely visited due to the almost year-round sea ice. Here we’ll be searching for the whale pods that frequent the area, leopard seals, Adélie penguin rookeries and other birdlife. There are also several scientific research bases here that we can land at if conditions are favourable.

Day 7-10: Antarctic Peninsula

Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

Day 11: South Shetland Islands

While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to October), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (November) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

Day 12-13: At sea

You can spend your days at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable on-board experts.

Day 14: Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Please note: Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.

  • Flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia roundtrip
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel in Buenos Aires
  • All meals onboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Expedition parka to keep and use of rubber boots
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • International airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$200,000 per person
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and massage services
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Price includes'