Beyond the Antarctic Circle

Antarctic Peninsula: 13 Days Antarctica Expedition Cruise.
Embark on this adventure trip of a lifetime on board the boutique ice-class expedition ship.


Antarctic Polar Circle
SWA @ Swan Hellenic

Duration: 13 days
Starts: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Ends: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Language: English Speaking Voyage


Included


The once-in-a-lifetime trip provides you with the best of an Antarctica cruise combined with the unique flora and fauna of The South Shetland Islands. Test your mettle as you cross the notorious Drake Passage to reach the world’s most beautiful ice-filled waters where magnificent icebergs creak and breaching minke and humpback whales swim gracefully. Breathe in the icy air on this life-changing voyage across the southern seas and capture memories in your mind that will last a lifetime.

Trip Highlights
• Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing
• Compare monumental icebergs in the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound as you head to the Weddell Sea
• Get up close to hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat
• Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead
• Listen to the engaging polar experts and learn tips from the team of experienced photographers

Itinerary

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DAY 1: USHUAIA
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

DAY 2-4: AT SEA
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

DAY 5: MARGUERITE BAY
Should the weather and sea ice conditions be on your side, you’ll venture into the Antarctic Circle to Marguerite Bay. Located below 66°33' South, this region is rarely visited due to the almost year-round sea ice. Here you’ll be searching for the whale pods that frequent the area, leopard seals, Adélie penguin rookeries and other birdlife. There are also several scientific research bases here that you can land at if conditions are favourable.

DAY 6-9: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

DAY 10: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As you go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

DAY 11-12: AT SEA
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

DAY 13: USHUAIA
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

Itinerary

DAY 1: USHUAIA
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

DAY 2-4: AT SEA
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

DAY 5: MARGUERITE BAY
Should the weather and sea ice conditions be on your side, you’ll venture into the Antarctic Circle to Marguerite Bay. Located below 66°33' South, this region is rarely visited due to the almost year-round sea ice. Here you’ll be searching for the whale pods that frequent the area, leopard seals, Adélie penguin rookeries and other birdlife. There are also several scientific research bases here that you can land at if conditions are favourable.

DAY 6-9: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

DAY 10: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As you go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

DAY 11-12: AT SEA
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

DAY 13: USHUAIA
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.


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INCLUSIONS

• Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
• Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
• One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
• All meals onboard
• 24-hour room service
• Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
• Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
• Standard WiFi
• Onboard gratuities and port taxes
• One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
• Branded expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
• Itineraries are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change

EXCLUSIONS

• International Air fares
• All other expenses specifically not mentioned under Inclusions


Dates & Rates


Ship: SH Vega | Date: 09 Feb 2023 - 21 Feb 2023 (1431)
Oceanview D4
$18,767
$13,137
Oceanview M4
$19,636
$13,745
Balcony D5
$21,565
$15,095
Balcony M5
$22,581
$15,806
Balcony D6
$24,838
$17,386
Suite
$28,821
$20,175
Premium Suite
$33,507
$23,455
Ship: SH Vega | Date: 21 Feb 2023 - 05 Mar 2021 (1432)
Oceanview D4
$18,767
Oceanview M4
$19,636
Balcony D5
$21,565
Balcony M5
$22,581
Balcony D6
$24,838
Suite
$28,821
Premium Suite
$33,507

* The prices are per person in US Dollars, unless expressly specified in a different currency. In that case, payment will be in US dollars at the exchange rate of the day.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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