Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 Days Starting and ending in Punta Arenas

Visiting: Punta Arenas, King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, Drake Passage

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 132

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Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

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Adventure Tours


Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground in no time, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the 7th Continent. Fully immersed in the Antarctic environment, you’ll experience a roller coaster of emotions, from excitement to exquisite solitude to incredible gratitude for the wonder of it all. You may go in search of whales and find yourself bearing witness to a glacier calving. Or you may plan to climb one more peak for a better vantage point and find yourself in a rookery of curious penguins. Antarctica will leave you in awe, but it won’t leave you unchanged.


  • Skip the Drake Passage and fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island

  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

  • Incredible wildlife including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales

  • Travel on a small expedition vessel

  • Cross the Antarctic Circle at 66° 33’ S


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Day 1 : Start Punta Arenas; Overnight In Hotel.

Location: Punta Arenas

Meals Included: Dinner

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in

Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops

to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions

representative will meet all passengers at the official starting point hotel,

where we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for

embarkation day. Please note that you need to arrive at the hotel in Punta

Arenas no later than 3pm today. 

Day 2 : Charter Flight To King George Island; Board Ship And Embark.

Location: King George Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the

legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship is

approaching King George Island for our arrival. Our first glimpse of dramatic

Antarctica landscapes will be from a very unique perspective, as the plane

descends for landing in the South Shetlands. Meet the rest of your shipmates

and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Day 3 - 5 : Explore The Antarctic Peninsula And The South Shetland Islands.

Location: South Shetland Islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As the ship

approaches the white continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement

and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully

appreciated through your own eyes.

Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and

Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, you’ll be

alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide

in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are the daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac

landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is

dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the

unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents

new sightings and photo opportunities and it won’t be long before you can

tell the difference between an Adélie, Gentoo or Chinstrap penguin. We may

take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one

day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming

shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of

night while camping on the ice in Antarctica, each day will be welcomed with

the excitement and energy of a young child.

Day 6 - 7 : Crossing The Antarctic Circle.

Location: Antarctica

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most

expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33' S. We will celebrate in

style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first

explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve

made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw

Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most

magical, odd ice formations seen anywhere in Antarctica.

Day 8 - 9 : Travelling Northbound Along The Peninsula.

Location: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now,

you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We

will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as we travel north

along the western Antarctic Peninsula. The Expedition Team will always be on

the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have

eluded us on the journey south.

Day 10 : Disembark On King George Island; Charter Flight To Punta Arenas And Overnight In Hotel.

Location: King George Island, Punta Arenas

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to the Expedition Team and

disembark at King George Island. A three-hour flight across the Drake Passage

to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings our adventure to an end. After we transfer you

from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy a final dinner in the city to

reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 11 : End Punta Arenas.

Location: Punta Arenas

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Punta Arenas for

your homeward flight.

What's Included

  • Meals
    6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.

* All meals while on the ship
* Beer and wine during dinner
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Return charter flight to King George Island from Punta Arenas
* Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff
* We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)


All meals while on the ship included.

*Typical Meals*

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with
excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes,
accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.

*Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit
juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of
bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

*Lunch:* Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.

*Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice
of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and

Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do
inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local
team can be well prepared.


The Antarctic Express voyage is offered on the Ocean Adventurer and the Ocean Explorer which are Polar Adventure Ships. Two nights in a standard hotel in Punta Arenas included. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page for Ship Information and Deck Plans.

Polar Adventure Ships

These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking, kayaking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are excellent and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet.  Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    18+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?


  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What is the maximum group size?


  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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