Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 Days



Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 Days Starting and ending in Punta Arenas

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

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Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 132

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Age range:

18 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

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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.

Punta Arenas

Meals Included:


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

King George Island, Punta Arenas

Meals Included:


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.

Punta Arenas

Meals Included:


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.

  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

  • Beer and wine during dinner

  • All meals while on the ship

  • All accommodation

  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

  • Return charter flight to King George Island from Punta Arenas

  • All transport and listed activities

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 coffee. 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 Fly & Cruise Circle Crossing is offered on the Ocean Adventurer which is a Polar Adventure Ship. 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 and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb 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.

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  • What is the maximum group size?


  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?


  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    18+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • 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.

Dates & Availability


Thursday - Sunday

Jan 25, 2024 - Feb 04, 2024
$16295 $15765 (USD)

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Sunday - Wednesday

Mar 03, 2024 - Mar 13, 2024
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Friday - Monday

Jan 24, 2025 - Feb 03, 2025
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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus charges.

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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