Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly Cruise


  • Fly/Sail voyage means only one Drake Passage crossing
  • International scientific stations
  • Antarctic circle crossing celebrations
  • Penguin chicks preparing to fledge
  • Orca, humpback and minke whales
  • Reach 66° 33’ South or further!

Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook, on this unique Antarctic cruise. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountains and surreal icebergs. Threading your way through an intricate system of icy waterways, aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet. It’s midsummer, moulting time for penguins and flight school for cormorant chicks.

Day 1

Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers and explore the ship before an evening cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drake Passage

Cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare you for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctic Convergence

Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking your crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, go ashore this afternoon.

Days 4-9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscapes. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views.

As you continue south, ice conditions govern the ship's movements. Whether you cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, you celebrate in style.

With luck reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. You may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas, and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

Day 10

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark King George Island / Fly Punta Arenas

Arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching your included charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas transfer to your hotel, where tonight’s accommodation is included.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Return Home from Punta Arenas

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements.
 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
Kayaking Option: $995
Scuba Diving Option: $975
Polar Snorkeling Option: $975
Kayaking Option: $995
Scuba Diving Option: $975
Polar Snorkeling Option: $975
* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Kayaking Option: $995
Kayaking Option: $995
* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Inclusions:
• Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
• Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
• Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
• Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
• One night accommodation in Punta Arenas post voyage

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Inclusions:
• One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage
• Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
• Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
• Luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to Polar Pioneer

Voyage Inclusions:
• Accommodation during the voyage
• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
• All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
• Educational lectures and guiding services from your expert team
• Access to an on board doctor and basic medical services
• Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
• Free gumboot rental during the voyage
• Daily cabin service
• An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose waterproof jacket
• Comprehensive pre-departure information
• Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
• Port taxes and charges
• All entry fees to historic landing sites

Voyage Exclusions:
• International or domestic flights to or 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 itinerary
• Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
• Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, or medical expenses.