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Antarctica - 'Deep South' Extended Circle Voyage

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
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This special 12-day journey aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov takes you further south than at any other time in the season. By flying to King George Island in Antarctica at the start of the voyage, you save two days on the ocean crossing. This allows for a more substantial exploration below the Antarctic Circle. As you explore the glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, witness stunning landscapes, sizable Adelie penguin rookeries, and large flat-topped tabular icebergs that drift north from the Bellingshausen Sea. Pushing this far south, you can always anticipate exciting ice navigation!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile | King George Island | Embark
Days 2-6 : Antarctic Peninsula towards the Circle
Days 7-9 : Detaille Island | Matha Strait | Marguerite Bay
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark


  • Enjoy shore landings in locations that provide great wildlife encounters
  • Hike over the snowy saddle of Winter Island
  • Visit a substantial Adelie penguin rookery on Petermann Island
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle and land on Detaille Island


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Trip Snapshots

Zodiacs explore the magestic coastline A humpback Kayaking through the icy waters. Sun shining on the ice

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile | King George Island | Embark

Your journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas. Gather at a central location and be transferred to the airport for the two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). Upon arrival at King George Island, embark your ship via Zodiac. After settling into your cabins and exploring the new surroundings, meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and your first meal onboard in Antarctica. No doubt, everyone is looking forward to the incredible adventure ahead

Day 2-6 Antarctic Peninsula towards the Circle

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Having crossed the broad expanse of the Bransfield Strait overnight, wake to see the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent for the very first time. This is a deeply moving experience for many on board. Push southwards, navigating to your ultimate objective below the Antarctic Circle. There is much to see and experience on your way south. Make shore landings in locations that provide great wildlife encounters, or take the chance to stretch your legs on a short or long hike, such as Port Charcot.

There are several locations in the Fish and Argentine Island archipelagos that allow for Zodiac cruising and potential shore landings. Hope to visit a working scientific base (Vernadsky Station) to learn of the important climate-related research, which is ongoing.

A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows you to explore the old British Antarctic Survey hut, Wordie House, situated on the site of Rymill’s BGLE Northern Base from the 1930s.

Petermann Island is home to a substantial Adelie penguin rookery. The view to the north, of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott, is impressive. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel. Nearby Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Just off shore, in the shallow waters of the Penola Strait, massive icebergs run aground. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you could ever imagine. For many, a Zodiac cruise here is a highlight of the voyage.

It is somewhere in this vicinity that you can spend a night ashore camping. This activity is for those interested and if weather conditions permit. The ship has all the gear and an expert team of guides to make this unique experience happen. There is no need to pre-book – you can decide on the day. This activity is included in the price of your voyage.

Day 7-9 Detaille Island | Matha Strait | Marguerite Bay

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Given optimal ice conditions, sail south of the Antarctic Circle. A favored landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hut. ‘Base W’ was established in the 1950s and is in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffs this is a fascinating place, providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic scientists and researchers.

You are at the mercy of prevailing ice conditions navigating even further south. Years of experience shows that late February gives the best chance of reaching Marguerite Bay.

The ship may take the ‘shortcut’ through a narrow channel known as 'the Gullet' if the passage is ice-free. Otherwise, you could navigate around the outside of Adelaide Island, which takes more time, yet brings you to the same destination.

Marguerite Bay is home to several important science bases: Rothera (UK), San Martin (Argentina), and Carvajal (Chile), and features rich history. Hope to make a visit to at least one of these locations.

The British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE) of the early 1930s - led by the intrepid Australian, John Rymill, established their Southern Base in this area. They explored and surveyed large areas of the Antarctic Peninsula by airplane, establishing that the Antarctic Peninsula was indeed connected to the continental landmass, and not just a series of off-shore islands as earlier believed.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you make your way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and you can enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by your Expedition Leader. Join the photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images.

If weather conditions allow, hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Day 12 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the early morning, arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests are transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It is possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.

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- Single Supplement: 1.5x for twin and superior cabins and 2x for suites. Single supplement is not available in the triple cabin category.

- Child and Youth Prices: 25% discount for young people aged up to 17 years, and 20% off for those aged from 18-21 years who can prove they are in full-time education.

Please note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and is subject to change.

Included in Cost:
- Flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island
- Transfers from/to designated meeting points to/from the ship
- Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin
- All meals during the voyage
- Welcome reception & welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
- Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
- Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
- Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub)
- Natural essential oil amenities
- Services of English-speaking medical officer
- Use of multimedia room
- Use of on-board expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear
- All zodiac and landing excursions
- Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga
- Camping (subject to weather and ice conditions)
- Educational presentations
- Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer
- Expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff

Not Included in Cost:
- International and national airfares
- Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
- Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities
- Meals & transfers in arrival/departure cities
- Personal expenses
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Massages from registered therapist
- Personal laundry charges
- Postage, telephone calls & email set up
- Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
- Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
- Trip interruption / cancellation insurance
- Gratuities to staff and crew


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