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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia

Example 23 Day Cruise aboard Ultramarine
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This epic Antarctica voyage aboard the Ultramarine includes all of the major Antarctic highlights you can imagine. From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this adventure-packed, 23-day voyage. Start with the Falklands, reminiscent of both sandy Cape Cod and the English moors, home to albatross, dolphins, and five species of penguins. From there, venture to South Georgia where you’ll enter the home of 300,000 breeding king penguins, 50 million other seabirds and 5 million seals. Then, explore the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, and finally cross the Antarctic Circle—a significant milestone for any world traveler.
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Highlights
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by Zodiac, kayak and on foot
  • Visit penguin rookeries with thousands of pairs of king penguins on South Georgia
  • Follow in the footsteps of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle, part of the world visited by very few people
  • Enjoy Flightseeing tours in twin-engine helicopters
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

Day 2: Embarkation Day in Ushuaia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, transfer from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.

After a late afternoon embarkation, sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land, you’ll be in a wildlife wonderland! 

Day 3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, prepares you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks. 

Day 4-5: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera gets its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. Explore the archipelago's two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, during daily Zodiac excursions and landings. Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You are free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub, or visit the numerous churches and museums. 

The Archipelago is rich in wildlife, especially birds, and home to Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—the flightless Falkland steamer duck, and possibly, the elusive Cobb’s wren. Your team of lecturers and specialists educate you on the local flora and fauna, helping you make the most of your time in the Falklands. 

Day 6-7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing southeast to South Georgia, officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, helps nourish the abundance of krill that attracts whales, seals, and birdlife to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team notifies you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also helps you look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area. 

Day 8-11: South Georgia

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
This remote, mountainous island was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and seals. Today, island wildlife populations are rebounding, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. Among the most significant and moving sites on South Georgia is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, plus a museum, gift shop, church and small research station. 
 
Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the tremendous abundance of wildlife that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Each landing you make on South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, opens your eyes to the wondrous lives of new, enthralling creatures.  One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach blanketed with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. Your Expedition Leaders help you understand and appreciate the delicate balance among these fragile and interwoven relationships. 

Day 12-13: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who prepares you for the wildlife that greets you upon your arrival.

Day 14-16: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The experience is hard to put into words, but the most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. Discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and solitude; the next, laugh at the comical antics of a curious penguin. 

Zodiac cruising, visits to historical sites and, of course, communing with seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling every day. Perhaps catch sight of the fearless penguin eater, the leopard seal, or maybe come eye to eye with an Antarctic minke whale while you cruise in a Zodiac. Each day, and each excursion, presents a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. 

If you find yourself wanting more, treat yourself to an optional kayaking adventure (reserve in advance when booking your trip), or cast reason aside and join in the Polar Plunge—it’s something you’ll never forget! 

Day 17-18: The Antarctic Circle

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is both a memorable experience and impressive achievement, as few travelers reach so far south. If conditions allow you to cross this famed line at 66°33´ S, toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.

This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell seals, and your best chances of encountering sea ice – the foundation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem. 

Day 19-20: Northbound Along the Peninsula

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, be surely satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage. Continue to make excursions by Zodiac as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. 

Your Expedition Team is always on the lookout for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south. 

Day 21-22: Crossing the Drake Passage

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After more than three weeks of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. The unpredictable and exciting Drake Passage is an adventure unto itself. While being well taken care of by the expert onboard staff, have plenty of time to gaze out at the ocean, take pictures of seabirds swooping around the ship, and reflect on your remarkable Antarctic adventure. 

Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a little taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

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Located on Deck 3, approximately 285 sq. ft. Features three single beds (two of which can be combined into a double bed), sitting area, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.
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Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 226 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.
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Located on Deck 6, with approximately 446 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.
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Located on Deck 6, with approximately 563 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional walk-in hallway closet, private balcony, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom.

Notes

*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES: 
  • One pre-night’s hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.) 
  • Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires 
  • Group flight departing from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport (Aeroparque/AEP) to Ushuaia, and returning to Buenos Aires’ international airport (Ezeiza/EZE) 
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return (Note: Transfer on arrival in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel at the beginning of the journey is not included. Please make your way to the included hotel.) 
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia 
Rates include the following:
  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Expeditions parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • One 10- to 15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather and logistics permitting)
Rates do not include:
  • Mandatory Transfer Package*
  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

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