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Antarctica XXI:

Polar Circle (8 nights)

polar circle cruise mapJumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA XXI invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent ‐ Antarctica.

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Polar Circle Cruise Itinerary

antarctica arrivalDay 1
ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcomes you in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Day 2
A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

wildlifeDays 3 to 8
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

zodiac excursion The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas.

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2013/14 Rates

rate in US Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Low Season High Season
Single -- 19,795
Twin -- 13,995
Triple -- 12,695

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* Rates and cruise itinerary are subject to change. Canadian Dollar rates are subject to change according to the daily exchange rate at the time of payment.

Departure Dates

What’s Included in this Antarctica Cruise Package:

Transfer airport – hotel • 1 night lodging in Punta Arenas , breakfast included • Welcome Dinner • Flight Punta Arenas - King George Island - Punta Arenas • Sea voyage and lodging on board ship, in accordance with cabin chosen • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks) • Shore excursions • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica • Conferences and shipboard entertainment • Transfer airport - city

What’s Not Included in this Antarctica Cruise Package:

Visa and/or Passport expenses • Arrival and departure taxes • Lodging and meals other than those offered in the program • Personal insurance • Excess baggage charge • Additional expenses, such as: laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc. • Gratuities

Pre & Post Cruise Options

We can assist with more than just your Antarctica cruise arrangements, for hotels and tours in Chile check out our tour options or ask us to customize your tour.

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