Journey to the Circle

About the Experience

Voyage in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour on our Journey To The Circle adventure! You’ll explore the areas between Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula and back. Visit the wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands. Join the fortunate few who have travelled below the Antarctic Circle and add the great southern continent to your travel bucket list!

 

To set foot on the continent of Antarctica is a rare privilege only a few can claim. Via Zodiac, you will be able to appreciate the Antarctic ice and landscape up close. Photograph stunning vistas set above still, clear water and explore Antarctica’s fascinating and beautiful terrain on guided landings.

 

Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains and volcanoes! Geology, glaciology, volcanology: in Antarctica, the mighty forces of the Earth are everywhere in evidence! View the variety and beauty of icebergs, glaciers, and rugged mountains—many formed by volcanic activity.

 

Learn about Antarctic history from expert guides. No moment is wasted aboard the Ocean Endeavour. You’ll be fascinated by the history of exploration in Antarctic waters, delivered by our onboard resource staff. Experience the wildlife of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing towards Antarctica, there is a fall in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence. You’ll see seabirds, whales, and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters. Enjoy opportunities to see albatross, several species of penguins, as well as elephant seals, whales and dolphins.

 

By crossing the Antarctic Circle on our Journey To The Circle adventure, you will venture into a region seldom visited. The wildest place on earth! In fact, some say it feels like a different planet. Don’t miss out on this interactive experience to the end of the world!

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey to the Circle

About the Experience

Voyage in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour on our Journey To The Circle adventure! You’ll explore the areas between Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula and back. Visit the wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands. Join the fortunate few who have travelled below the Antarctic Circle and add the great southern continent to your travel bucket list!

 

To set foot on the continent of Antarctica is a rare privilege only a few can claim. Via Zodiac, you will be able to appreciate the Antarctic ice and landscape up close. Photograph stunning vistas set above still, clear water and explore Antarctica’s fascinating and beautiful terrain on guided landings.

 

Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains and volcanoes! Geology, glaciology, volcanology: in Antarctica, the mighty forces of the Earth are everywhere in evidence! View the variety and beauty of icebergs, glaciers, and rugged mountains—many formed by volcanic activity.

 

Learn about Antarctic history from expert guides. No moment is wasted aboard the Ocean Endeavour. You’ll be fascinated by the history of exploration in Antarctic waters, delivered by our onboard resource staff. Experience the wildlife of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing towards Antarctica, there is a fall in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence. You’ll see seabirds, whales, and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters. Enjoy opportunities to see albatross, several species of penguins, as well as elephant seals, whales and dolphins.

 

By crossing the Antarctic Circle on our Journey To The Circle adventure, you will venture into a region seldom visited. The wildest place on earth! In fact, some say it feels like a different planet. Don’t miss out on this interactive experience to the end of the world!

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know we’re a global leader in women’s adventure travel? Check out our destinations around the world!

 

 


DAY ONE: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA 

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. They will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the emergency contact details of our representative office.

The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

The remainder of the day is at leisure, and you are free to explore, perhaps making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets or relaxing in a café. Visit the excellent museums along the main street, Avenida San Martin, or wander the streets and take in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

 

 

DAY TWO: EMBARKATION IN USHUAIA

This morning is again free for you to explore Ushuaia further, or maybe discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park of South America. The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead you through the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastline, glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats, and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean Condor, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Kelp Goose, Austral Parakeet, and Torrent Duck.

Late this afternoon, we transfer to the port of Ushuaia in time for embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers will be waiting to welcome you aboard.

This evening we sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As we leave the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic Penguins, Rock Cormorants, Petrels, and Black-browed Albatross from the deck, as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

 

 

DAY THREE- FOUR: DRAKE PASSAGE

Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. It is unpredictable—often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake—so be prepared!

Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities: downward dog together in a yoga class or attend a presentation or two given by the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead—from the geology of Antarctica to its history and wildlife, and even the ice!

Sailing towards Antarctica, there is a fall in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales, and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south.

Head out on deck to look out for the mighty Albatross that fly overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the observation deck.

We continue our course south and hope to make landfall by the evening of Day 4, depending on the weather conditions. Keep on the lookout for the first sighting of land—that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

 

 

DAY FIVE-EIGHT: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

The next four days are spent exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals travellers. We explore by Zodiac, cruising among the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where we mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views, and maybe visit a scientific or historic base. There may even be opportunities to kayak and snowshoe and, of course, learn more about photography with one of our experts.

Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery, from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs, and ice-strewn channels. Not to mention the wildlife—from extensive colonies of Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, to crabeater, Weddell, fur and elephant seals, and a plethora of fascinating seabirds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the mighty crack of a glacier calving. Maybe you will be one of the brave few to take a polar plunge in the icy waters! Every day brings a new experience and new landing sites.

As we cruise from one landing site to the next, enjoy the continued lecture program and take in the scenery from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Make the most of the ship’s health and fitness facilities, from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

 

 

DAY NINE- TEN: ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

Depending on the weather conditions, we will continue southwards in an attempt to reach latitude 66°33’S and cross the fabled Antarctic Circle. Our voyage south takes us past colossal, often beautifully sculpted icebergs, to a point on Earth only a few intrepid travellers have ever sailed. If we reach this momentous goal, we will toast the explorers who first ventured this far south and celebrate our own impressive achievement. This land is home to the midnight sun, shifting ice, and incredible ice formations. Weddell seals are found here, as are humpback whales and minke whales that feed on the krill-rich waters.

Weddell seals, in particular are specially adapted to this icy environment, using their canines and incisors to rasp open new ice and maintain breathing holes in the ice. They also have extremely accurate powers of navigation, enabling them to seek out breathing holes when their teeth are worn down, and they are no longer able to maintain or create breathing holes.

 

 

DAY ELEVEN: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Having crossed the Antarctic Circle, we set a course north, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands further by Zodiac and shore landings, scanning the waters for whales and seals and looking out for the seabirds that soar above the ship.

 

 

DAY TWELVE-THIRTEEN: DRAKE PASSAGE

As we leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, we take with us our memories and photographs. We set a course for the Drake Passage as we enjoy some final lectures and presentations and look out for wildlife from the observation lounge and the outer decks. There will be ample opportunity at this time to make final use of the spa, sauna, and saltwater pool.

Having crossed the Drake Passage once more, we enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel bound for Ushuaia.

 

 

DAY FOURTEEN: DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA

We are scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia early this morning and disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team and the crew of the Ocean Endeavour, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. You may also choose to spend an extra day or two in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

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OCEAN  ENDEAVOUR

The Ocean Endeavour our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

 

 

Cabin Category 1 - Single

Deck 5


  • One lower berth
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 2 - Triple

Deck 4


  • Three lower berths
  • Two private baths

Cabin Category 3 - Interior Twin

Deck 4


  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 4 - Exterior Twin

Deck 4

  • Porthole window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 5 - Main Twin


Deck 5



  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 6 - Comfort Twin


Deck 4




  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath



Deck 7




  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator



Deck 8




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator

Cabin Category 7 - Select Twin


Deck 5




  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath



Deck 8




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Regrigerator

Cabin Category 8 - Superior Twin


Deck 5




  • Windows, some with partially obscured views
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator



Deck 7 Forward-Facing




  • Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Approximately 180 square feet



Deck 7




  • Windows, some with partially obscured views
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator

Cabin Category 9 - Double Junior Suite


Deck 5




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bathroom, some with bathtub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator



Deck 7




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath, some with bathtub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator

Cabin Category 10 - Double Suite


Deck 7




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator

 

FAQ

When booking your voyage, please enquire about international and domestic flights and transfers to and from your destination. We can arrange tour accommodation pre- and post-trip. Optional activities such as sea kayaking, snowshoeing and camping need to be booked prior to your journey. Drinks, souvenirs, laundry services and any communication charges are not included and need to be purchased separately.
Comfortable accommodation and comprehensive pre-departure information ensure the essential details are taken care of. Our onboard chefs pride themselves on all meals provided, with tea and coffee available around the clock. On departure, you will be provided with rubber boots to use for the duration of your trip so you are ready to explore. On all our polar expeditions, you have the option to step off the ship onto our fleet of sturdy Zodiac boats. Opportunities for bird and wildlife watching are the backbone of our expeditions. Groups are hosted by world-renowned naturalists and ornithologists, giving you insights to the Antarctic environment and its wildlife.
All of our Antarctic trips are accessible to people of all levels of fitness with no major mobility issues and do not require any physical preparation. Activities onshore and excursions involve a bit of walking, but all are optional. You may have to cross uneven ground and take on challenging conditions underfoot. You will have support stepping on and off the Zodiac boats.
Vaccinations vary from country to country. We strongly recommend you visit your travel doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure, so allow plenty of time.
The waters of the Antarctic can be rough, especially when crossing the Drake Passage. If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before departing. It's also recommended that passengers come equipped with motion sickness tablets or patches and avoid eating greasy foods or consuming alcohol. There is a doctor on board to assist in severe cases!
As Antarctic trips are seasonal, they tend to book out quickly! Our advice is to book as soon as you've made the decision to travel – you can look at availability on the trip page. International flights are available for booking approximately 11 months prior to the tour departure date. Please contact us to discuss booking options.
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