Quest for the Antarctic Circle


A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance – welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier – a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other – more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia – Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer and hotel night included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city.

Day 2: Ushuaia/Drake Passage – Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

 Days 3–4: Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands – The adventure begins with an 800km (497 mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the G Expedition’s wake.

The G Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.

As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff.

Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Days 5–6: South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula – Encounter some of the region’s unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.

This is what we’ve all been waiting for – a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions.

The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Days 7–8: Antarctic Peninsula/Antarctic Circle – With a close eye on weather conditions, continue southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind – crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travelers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favourable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can’t reach.

Days 9–11: Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage – Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Continue our exploration of the peninsula and the then into the South Shetland while moving North again. Keeping a close eye out for wildlife there might be opportunities to do some whale watching or even go for a polar plunge in the Southern waters.

Day 12: Drake Passage – Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!

Day 13: Drake Passage/UshuaiaBegin your journey to your home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Day 14: Ushuaia – Disembark the G Expedition after breakfast.

Upon completion of disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

For those on morning flights, the transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a transfer to Ushuaia airport at 12:30pm or 4:30pm, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

Please note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions, the planned itinerary will be updated at the time of final preparations as well as throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.


Trip summary

Vessel:
G Expedition
Voyage:
Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Duration:
13 nights / 14 days
Start:
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish:
Ushuaia, Argentina

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Season 2018/2019

DateCategory 1A QuadCategory 1 TripleCategory 2 TwinCategory 3 TwinCategory 4 TwinCategory 5 Double
Dec 21, 2018
Jan 3, 2019
DEPARTEDDEPARTEDDEPARTEDDEPARTEDDEPARTEDDEPARTED
Feb 8, 2019
Feb 20, 2019
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTUS$14,999SOLD OUT
Feb 20, 2019
Mar 5, 2019
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTUS$12,999SOLD OUTSOLD OUT

Season 2019/2020

DateCategory 1A QuadCategory 1 TripleCategory 2 TwinCategory 3 TwinCategory 4 TwinCategory 5 Double
Dec 21, 2019
Jan 3, 2020
US$10,199US$11,199US$13,199US$13,999US$14,999US$16,499
Jan 30, 2020
Feb 12, 2020
US$9,999US$10,999SOLD OUTUS$13,999US$14,999US$16,499
Mar 1, 2020
Mar 14, 2020
US$9,499US$10,499US$12,199US$12,999US$13,999US$15,499

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 12 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 6 – 16
  • Expedition parka

ACCOMMODATIONS

Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 12 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.

MEALS

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
Allow USD20-30 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

TRANSPORTATION

G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

One expedition team member per 10 guests.

AVAILABLE EXTRAS

Antarctica Camping – From US$349

Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land’s awe-inspiring splendours first-hand. Our Antarctica camping experience includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica near your campsite with ample photography options. Experience the sounds of heaving ice, the fresh scent of the sea, and the stars at night. Nothing gets you closer to the humbling forces of nature than spending a night ashore!

Antarctica Kayaking – From US$1,199

Weather permitting, you will head out in kayaks on days where zodiac landings are also available. Kayaking as part of a group lead by experienced and skilled leaders allows an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On – From US$869

When you travel with us, we make sure that getting from A to B is always smooth sailing. That’s why we offer a Buenos Aires hotel and flight package, which takes care of your accommodation in BA, flight to Ushuaia, and your transfers to and from the airport. After the cruise, you will be transferred back to the airport to catch a flight to Buenos Aires, where the package ends on arrival. The only thing that you have to do? Remember to pack your thermal underwear! For more information about our BA flight and hotel packages, call us or check the Extras section when you book online.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Single travellers can choose between “single occupancy” at a supplement of 1,7 x the standard price, or “sharing basis” in Twin, Triple or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

INSURANCE

Passengers are required to be adequately covered by a travel insurance policy that covers aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica as a result of a medical emergency during the trips, including emergencies related to pre-existing health conditions.

RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT

A deposit of U$750 per person is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Payments can be made by wire transfer or by credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). Payments by credit card are subject to a 2.5% fee.