Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle Itinerary

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George Island, see an array of incredible wildlife and wander the incredible, icy shores of Antarctica.

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      USD $10,995
      CAD $11,645
      AUD $12,095
      EUR €8,800
      GBP £7,200
      NZD $14,340
      ZAR R110,090
      CHF FR10,370
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Penguin feet

Exploring the ice

See wildlife from a Zodiac

Day 1 Punta Arenas

Travel to the southernmost town in Chile, Punta Arenas, and get ready for this icy adventure. Perhaps explore the city streets, climb La Cruz Hill for panoramic views or visit the nearby penguin colony before a trip briefing and welcome dinner in the evening.
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Day 2 Embarkation

Be spared the unpredictability of the Drake Passage’s waters by taking a scenic flight over them. Touch down on King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, and spend some time exploring the area. Experience the first of many Zodiac rides to the ship, a comfortable home for the next seven days.
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Days 3-5 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Wake to the first sighting of the incredible, icy mass that is Antarctica. Spend the next few days learning everything there is to know about this frosty continent and its inhabitants from onboard experts, and speed away in Zodiacs to feel the ice below your feet, marvelling at the colours and wildlife this magical land offers. As Zodiac landings are weather dependent, every day will be a shivery surprise!
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Days 6-7 The Antarctic Circle

Raise a glass to the crossing of the Antarctic Circle, a feat achieved by very few people. Marvel at the breathtaking icebergs and ice formations that give off the most incredible hues of blue and white – they are seriously mesemerising – so be sure to have cameras at the ready. Weddell seals, cheeky penguins and a myriad of birdlife also call these waters their home, so be sure to have your eye-peeled for their antics.
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Days 8-9 Antarctic Peninsula

Journey north along the western Antarctic Peninsula, heading towards the Drake Passage. Take twice-daily Zodiac trips to explore more of Antarctica’s frozen landscape, and be on the look out for whales, seals and penguins swimming in the icy southern waters.
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Day 10 Disembarkation

Return to King George Island, say goodbye to the crew and take to the skies over the formidable Drake Passage. Enjoy a final group meal in Punta Arenas, swapping stories and photos of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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Day 11 Punta Arenas

It’s time to say farewell to Punta Arenas. Although… since Patagonia’s so close, perhaps stick around and journey further north to explore the incredible national parks and landscapes of southern Chile.