Discover Penguin Colonies

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.

DATES: Dec 21, 2017-Jan 03 2018;
Feb 8-21 2018; Feb 20-Mar 05 2018

Quest for the Antarctic Circle Route Map

Duration: 16 days / 15 nights

Departure Port: Ushuaia, Argentina

Port of arrival: Ushuaia, Argentina


Download Quest for the Antarctic Circle PDF


Spend seven full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, go farther south than most have ever gone, spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross, get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species, discover the intricacies of the Antarctic region through our onboard lecture program.


La Boca Neighborhood in Buenos Aires

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free.

Day 2: Buenos Aires Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of Buenos Aires, “Paris of South America”, arranged exclusively for Explor Cruises’ guests. Visit the unique neighborhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo. Lunch is included. This evening, you will be taken to a Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño, Includes round trip transfers and a tango lesson of 1hr before the dinner. Return to your hotel late.

Day 3: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ushuaia. Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city.

Day 4: 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.

Optional Kayaking is available on G Expedition

Days 5–6: Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands
The adventure begins with an 800km (497 mi) crossing of the passage named in honor 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.

Days 7–8: 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.


Days 9–10: 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 favorable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can’t reach.

Days 11-13: Antarctic Circle/Drake Passage
Turn north for the first time to continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Day 14: 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.

Day 15: 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.

Day 16: Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Disembark the Expedition after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires.




Non Peak
Single - 2 Cabins$8,295

What is Included:
11 nights aboard the G Expedition
2 nights hotel in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires tour, Tango Dinner Show and transfers
Flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
1 night hotel in Ushuaia
Arrival and departure transfers
Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
Lectures and educational programs
Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 – 16
Expedition parka


Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!