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QUEST FOR THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

Itinerary
Dates & Rates

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 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 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. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Days 3–4: Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands - The adventure begins with a 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 sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 7–8: Antarctic Peninsula/Antarctic Circle - With a close eye on weather conditions, set off 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. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 9–11: Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage - Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13: Drake Passage/Ushuaia - Begin 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. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14: Ushuaia - Disembark the Expedition after breakfast. Meals included: Breakfast

Itinerary details

Voyage:
QUEST FOR THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
Duration:
13 nights / 14 days
Embarkation:
Ushuaia
Disembarkation:
Ushuaia
Language:
English
Vessel:
ms Expedition

Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates Cabins (all Prices in US$ Dollar)
Code Date Category
1A Quad
Category
1 Triple
Category
2 Twin
Category
3 Twin
Category
4 Twin
Category
5 Double
XVQCSX-16A Start Dec 21, 2016
End Jan 03, 2017
9,799 10,499 11,999 12,999 13,999 15,499
XVQCSX-16B Start Feb 08, 2017
End Feb 21, 2017
9,799 10,499 11,999 12,999 13,999 15,499
XVQCSX-16C Start Feb 20, 2017
End Mar 05, 2017
9,799 10,499 11,999 12,999 13,999 15,499
               

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Antarctica Kayaking - $999.00
Weather permitting, you will head out in kayaks during the days where zodiac landings are also available. Kayaking as part of a group lead by experienced and skilled leaders, is an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

Antarctica Camping - $349.00
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, the stars at night—nothing gets you closer to the humbling forces of nature than spending a night ashore!

Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On - $899.00
When you travel with MS Adventures, 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, flights to and from Ushuaia, and all your transfers to and from the airport. 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.

What's Included

  • - 12 nts aboard the MS Expedition. Arrival transfer from airport in Ushuaia to hotel. 1 nt accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia.

    - Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lecture and educational programs.

    - Waterproof boots supplied for men's USA sized 8-14 & women's USA sized 3-9.

    - Expedition parka.

    - Antarctica destination guidebook.

    - All meals included aboard the MS Expedition.

    - Breakfast included at the hotel.

    - Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the MS 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 1 queen-size bed.

    - MS Expedition, Zodiac, bus.

    - 1 Expedition team member per 10 guests.