Crossing the Circle via Buenos Aires

Start: Buenos Aires Finish: Buenos Aires

Visiting: USHUAIA, Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, Buenos Aires


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 0 - 199

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $18095

Tour Overview

The aim on this voyage is to head as far south as ice and weather permit. After a few days exploring the 'deep south', there are further shore excursions on the northerly route along the Antarctic Peninsula. The ship is small enough to navigate through the narrow Lemaire Channel, with glacial walls towering high on both sides, leading to a jigsaw of jewel-like islands that are home to huge penguin rookeries, Elephant seals and countless seabirds. There are also whales: imagine a pair of Humpbacks, at least 30 tonnes of mammal, rising imperiously against a turquoise ice-wall viewed from a Zodiac only metres away, and you have the essence of the Antarctic.

Highlights

  • iconAccompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
  • iconExperience western Antarctic Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites
  • iconEnjoy helicopter flightseeing from Ultramarine for a unique perspective of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • iconBe one of the few travellers to venture to 66°33'S
  • iconTravel on a small expedition vessel
  • iconWitness abundant Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals and whales
  • iconVisit research stations along the Antarctic Peninsula
  • iconLearn about Antarctica’s history, glaciology and wildlife from onboard specialists

Places You'll See

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrive Buenos Aires

You may 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, you will independently transfer to your group hotel.

icon Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia and embark

Meals: breakfast, 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, you will be transferred 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. As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds. Eventually the channel opens up to the Southern Ocean, and onwards to Antarctica.

icon Day 3 -4 : Crossing The Drake Passage

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare 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.

icon Day 5 -7 : South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for Humpback and Minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard seal. Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are exploring the Antarctic terrain, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and Gentoo penguins are found here, along with four different species of seals. Zodiac cruising can offer opportunities to view some of the larger local marine mammals more intimately, such as Antarctic Minke and Humpback whales. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the astounding beauty of Antarctica. Listening to the crackling and crumbling of icebergs and glaciers and watching penguins waddling on the beach will become your daily entertainment.

icon Day 8 -9 : Antarctic Circle

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south — 66°33´S. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line at 66°33´ S, you and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of sparkling wine! Make a toast 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, Adélie penguins and some of the most awe-inspiring ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the planet.

icon Day 10 -11 : Northbound Along the Peninsula

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a Leopard, Fur and Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and ‘pancake ice’ will become part of your vocabulary, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue looking out for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

icon Day 12 -13 : Sail back through the Drake Passage

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula behind our ship heads back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn, weather permitting.

icon Day 14 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires

Meals: breakfast

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia where your voyage ends. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires.

What's Included

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.

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    Beer and wine during dinner

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    Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

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

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    All meals while on the ship

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    All transport and listed activities

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    All accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Visas and vaccinations

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    Mandatory Charter Flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Return - from £850 (or equivalent in booking currency) paid on booking

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

Food

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.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


Reviews

The most stunning trip of my life
Its been a long held dream of mine to go to the Antarctic and the trip I booked via Exodus far exceeded my expectations.Amazing scenery, captivating and exciting wildlife, a ....more Its been a long held dream of mine to go to the Antarctic and the trip I booked via Exodus far exceeded my expectations.

Amazing scenery, captivating and exciting wildlife, a plethora of facts, figures and general education from the on board experts and I can claim a world first to boot from my holiday to the Antarctic and below the polar circle.

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Dates & Availability

Sunday Jan 09, 2022

Nights

13

Available

8

$19765.18

Thursday Mar 03, 2022

Nights

13

Available

8

$18094.88

Friday Jan 06, 2023

Nights

13

Available

8

$19069.22