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Across the Circle

Crossing the fabled Antarctic Circle has held fascination for adventurers and explorers since Captain Cook first did so in 1773. Join us as we venture towards the line and discover a whole new world of little explored bays and coves - a treasure trove of exciting and remote new places, where only a few are fortunate to visit. This is a journey filled with wonderful discoveries and the joy of exploration in an untouched wonderland. With regular landings on our zodiacs, we walk among the multitude of penguin rookeries and seal colonies in the vicinity of Deception Island, Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel. Throughout the voyage, there are ample opportunities to enjoy our wildlife encounters and the dramatic landscapes of the most pristine region of the planet, under the guidance of our expert staff and crew.

Inclusions

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
Specialist expedition staff
All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
Pre-departure information
Flight Punta Arenas to King George Island
Flight Puerto William to Punta Arenas
One night hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas pre voyage
Keepsake Photo Book (one per booking) created from photography taken during your voyage
Complimentary Polar Expedition Jacket
Hightlights
The most wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Historic sites
Active scientific stations
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Icebergs and active glaciers
Scuba Diving (optional charge applies - previous experience required)
Kayaking through Antarctic waters (optional charge applies - previous experience required)
Snorkelling through Antarctic waters (optional charge applies - previous experience required)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $9,500
Start Location
Punta Arenas, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 50
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Feb 201817 Feb 2018AvailableAUD $9,500
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Join in Punta Arenas and make your own way to the group hotel for overnight accommodation in a twin share room.
Day 2
This morning we will take a flight to King George Island and in the afternoon we will board the Polar Pioneer. Late afternoon we set sail and enjoy our welcome dinner aboard the ship.
Days 3-8
We explore the Peninsula's west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks, to Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic land and icescapes. Divers immerse themselves in underwater exploration, while kayakers slice through a fascinating labyrinth of waterways. Further south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the 'inner route' or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands.
Days 9-10
Some of us will approach this historic crossing with more than a little trepidation. But despite its reputation, there are many times when the Drake Passage resembles a lake, with lazy Southern Ocean swells rolling under the keel. On the other hand, we sometimes encounter rough crossings with large waves. The size of the waves and the force of the gale will take on gigantic proportions when related around the fire back home. The mood on board is definitely casual. A favourite pastime is to stand at the stern deck watching the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels, following in our wake, skillfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. During our Drake crossing, we will conclude our lecture program about the wildlife, geology, history and geography of the region.
Day 11
This morning we disembark the ship in Puerto Williams before boarding our flight to Punta Arenas where our trip concludes.