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Antarctic Circle Quest

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Antarctic Circle Quest - Exodus Travels
Antarctic Circle Quest - Exodus Travels
Excellent
24 reviews
Starts
Ushuaia
+3 Destinations
Antarctica / South Pole
Ends
Ushuaia
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Highlights

Start and end in Ushuaia! With the ocean cruise tour Antarctic Circle Quest, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Ushuaia, Argentina and 3 other destinations in Latin America. Antarctic Circle Quest includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Stateroom / Suite
Max Group Size
189
Transportation
Ship

24 Reviews

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  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 1
    Written on April 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The scenery was as breath- taking as I expected - if not more so: the animal life fantastic.  What made the journey was the informative guides, the high quality food and the friendliness of all concerned.  A fabulous trip that involved crossing the Antarctic Circle and visiting several historic sites and preserved huts of past years.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most outstanding memory is of the orca pod feeding off a whale: Anoux's beaked whale is rare itself but watching the orca pod surrounding it, taking chunks to eat and arcing as they did so, is a something I will not forget.  But this was just one of many fantastic moments.What did you think of your group leader?He, and the whole guide staff were very good.  They were all polar experts who had personal experiences to talk about and were always happy to answer questions.  I felt they dealt with the unfortunate incident of the death of the Japanese lady extremely well and should be commended for this.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take twice as much digital card space as you think  you will need - and then more!  There is so much to film both in stills and on video.Is there anything else you would like to add?Not really - I would sound as though I was an advert as the trip! It was such an amazing experience that I cannot do anything else to potential travellers but - GO!

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 2
    Written on April 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The scenery was as breath- taking as I expected - if not more so: the animal life fantastic.  What made the journey was the informative guides, the high quality food and the friendliness of all concerned.  A fabulous trip that involved crossing the Antarctic Circle and visiting several historic sites and preserved huts of past years.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most outstanding memory is of the orca pod feeding off a whale: Anoux's beaked whale is rare itself but watching the orca pod surrounding it, taking chunks to eat and arcing as they did so, is a something I will not forget.  But this was just one of many fantastic moments.What did you think of your group leader?He, and the whole guide staff were very good.  They were all polar experts who had personal experiences to talk about and were always happy to answer questions.  I felt they dealt with the unfortunate incident of the death of the Japanese lady extremely well and should be commended for this.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take twice as much digital card space as you think  you will need - and then more!  There is so much to film both in stills and on video.Is there anything else you would like to add?Not really - I would sound as though I was an advert as the trip! It was such an amazing experience that I cannot do anything else to potential travellers but - GO!

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 3
    Written on March 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I was introduced to Antarctica in the most amazing way. When we arrived there was a blanket of heavy fog the team got us on the zodiac and navigated on compass bearings. Suddenly like the curtain of a stage being pulled back we sat in sky of blue surrounded by a wild and pristine environment. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?See above. Watching whales breech. Smelling penguins before you could see them. Filming Leopard seals with my gopro. You truely need to be awake 24hrs a day and have eyes in the back of your head for this trip.What did you think of your group leader?Shelly and the team were amazing. Their passion and commitment and tirless effort to show what they love and care about the most was amazingDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Do take European travel plugs for Ushuaia as well as American.Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy everything this trip has to offer. Remember this is an expedition and not a five star hotel as some travellers on my trip thought. Things can go wrong and weather is unpredictable. A real once in a lifetime trip.

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 4
    Written on March 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I was introduced to Antarctica in the most amazing way. When we arrived there was a blanket of heavy fog the team got us on the zodiac and navigated on compass bearings. Suddenly like the curtain of a stage being pulled back we sat in sky of blue surrounded by a wild and pristine environment. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?See above. Watching whales breech. Smelling penguins before you could see them. Filming Leopard seals with my gopro. You truely need to be awake 24hrs a day and have eyes in the back of your head for this trip.What did you think of your group leader?Shelly and the team were amazing. Their passion and commitment and tirless effort to show what they love and care about the most was amazingDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Do take European travel plugs for Ushuaia as well as American.Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy everything this trip has to offer. Remember this is an expedition and not a five star hotel as some travellers on my trip thought. Things can go wrong and weather is unpredictable. A real once in a lifetime trip.

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 5
    Written on March 5, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Another fantastic trip to the wilderness that is Antarctica. Brilliant from start to finish with awesome scenery and wildlife experiences throughout on a fantastic ship.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Experiencing the beauty of both Oraca's and Humpback whales upclose to to zodiacs and a brillient night spent camping on the Ice of Antartctica.What did you think of your group leader?Woody was excellent from start to finish, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Antarctica, friendly, open and worked brilliantly with the Ships Captain/Crew to get us lots of fantastic landings and cruising opportunities. He was ably assisted by the rest of his expedition crew who were all also fantastic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go... A definite must do atleast once in your life. Antarctica is awesome.Is there anything else you would like to add?Although some people might conside this type of trip as being expensive, I'd qualify it by saying this was my second trip to Antarctica and althought it is not a cheap holiday it is great value for money, I wouldn't have returned otherwise.The Ship is fantastic, food was excellent and all the crew were so friendly, helpful and ofcourse knowledgeable.

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 6
    Written on March 5, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Another fantastic trip to the wilderness that is Antarctica. Brilliant from start to finish with awesome scenery and wildlife experiences throughout on a fantastic ship.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Experiencing the beauty of both Oraca's and Humpback whales upclose to to zodiacs and a brillient night spent camping on the Ice of Antartctica.What did you think of your group leader?Woody was excellent from start to finish, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Antarctica, friendly, open and worked brilliantly with the Ships Captain/Crew to get us lots of fantastic landings and cruising opportunities. He was ably assisted by the rest of his expedition crew who were all also fantastic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go... A definite must do atleast once in your life. Antarctica is awesome.Is there anything else you would like to add?Although some people might conside this type of trip as being expensive, I'd qualify it by saying this was my second trip to Antarctica and althought it is not a cheap holiday it is great value for money, I wouldn't have returned otherwise.The Ship is fantastic, food was excellent and all the crew were so friendly, helpful and ofcourse knowledgeable.

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 7
    Written on March 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A holiday that exceeded all expectations. Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, a great team and a superb boat and crewWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing that being a penguin parent is true dedication!What did you think of your group leader?"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape....." A quote from a member of the group that sums up Woody. Excellent does also.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it NOW!Is there anything else you would like to add?I knew we'd see a lot of wildlife and had hoped I'd see an albatross - there were 6 gliding around the boat on the first day! The excesses just got greater each dayafter that!

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 8
    Written on March 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A holiday that exceeded all expectations. Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, a great team and a superb boat and crewWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing that being a penguin parent is true dedication!What did you think of your group leader?"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape....." A quote from a member of the group that sums up Woody. Excellent does also.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it NOW!Is there anything else you would like to add?I knew we'd see a lot of wildlife and had hoped I'd see an albatross - there were 6 gliding around the boat on the first day! The excesses just got greater each dayafter that!

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 9
    Written on April 1, 2011
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This was an expedition that promised much but delivered rather less, though I would have given it 3 stars out of 5 if there had been no description of the categories. We weren't told in advance that our Photographic and Whale Special had been amalgamated with another trip because of insufficient bookings, and this really diluted its value, particularly as the expedition leader was from the non-photographic trip and did not appear particularly sympathetic to the needs of photographers. The quality of the catering was poor compared with previous trips: contracting out the catering to the lowest tender was not sensible and will not encourage repeat bookings.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Excellent landings on Petermann Island and Danco Island which gave good photographic opportunities and just about adequate time.What did you think of your group leader?She spoiled the trip with excessive over-caution with regard to Health and Safety, and inflexibility with regard to landing times. We were not allowed out on deck if the decks were wet or the sea was even a little rough, thereby preventing us from experiencing the full atmosphere of the Antarctic. On our previous Exodus Antarctic trip the leaders did their utmost to allow us the genuine Antarctic experience, but with this one we might as well have been in an enclosed capsule for much of the time. Often only half the ship's zodiacs were deployed for landings, when to deploy the full complement would have given us significantly extra time on land.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Inevitably there is a huge of travelling involved on this trip - from the UK or wherever to Ushuaia and thence to the Pole side of the Antarctic Circle. Be prepared for long roughish days on board ship across the Drake Passage and don't expect too much in the way of wildlife sightings, though we did have very good views of whales (particularly humpbacks). Leaving late in the season (late February) means that there is a good chance of achieving the objective of crossing the Antarctic Circle but does mean that the penguin breeding is completely over apart from a few stragglers and the majority of penguins seen will be moulting.Is there anything else you would like to add?The Ioffe is not the ideal polar ship. The layout of the Vavilov with an open deck behind the lounge/bar on deck 5 is much more conducive to the polar experience. Do try to travel with the ebullient Paul Goldstein - wherever - Svalbard is a very good option. The odds against Paul may have been just too great this time for him to ignite the trip, but he will always try his best to maximise the viewing and photographing experience and he's an annoyingly good photographer to boot (not that I'm jealous).

  • Antarctic Circle Quest reviewer 10
    Written on April 1, 2011
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This was an expedition that promised much but delivered rather less, though I would have given it 3 stars out of 5 if there had been no description of the categories. We weren't told in advance that our Photographic and Whale Special had been amalgamated with another trip because of insufficient bookings, and this really diluted its value, particularly as the expedition leader was from the non-photographic trip and did not appear particularly sympathetic to the needs of photographers. The quality of the catering was poor compared with previous trips: contracting out the catering to the lowest tender was not sensible and will not encourage repeat bookings.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Excellent landings on Petermann Island and Danco Island which gave good photographic opportunities and just about adequate time.What did you think of your group leader?She spoiled the trip with excessive over-caution with regard to Health and Safety, and inflexibility with regard to landing times. We were not allowed out on deck if the decks were wet or the sea was even a little rough, thereby preventing us from experiencing the full atmosphere of the Antarctic. On our previous Exodus Antarctic trip the leaders did their utmost to allow us the genuine Antarctic experience, but with this one we might as well have been in an enclosed capsule for much of the time. Often only half the ship's zodiacs were deployed for landings, when to deploy the full complement would have given us significantly extra time on land.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Inevitably there is a huge of travelling involved on this trip - from the UK or wherever to Ushuaia and thence to the Pole side of the Antarctic Circle. Be prepared for long roughish days on board ship across the Drake Passage and don't expect too much in the way of wildlife sightings, though we did have very good views of whales (particularly humpbacks). Leaving late in the season (late February) means that there is a good chance of achieving the objective of crossing the Antarctic Circle but does mean that the penguin breeding is completely over apart from a few stragglers and the majority of penguins seen will be moulting.Is there anything else you would like to add?The Ioffe is not the ideal polar ship. The layout of the Vavilov with an open deck behind the lounge/bar on deck 5 is much more conducive to the polar experience. Do try to travel with the ebullient Paul Goldstein - wherever - Svalbard is a very good option. The odds against Paul may have been just too great this time for him to ignite the trip, but he will always try his best to maximise the viewing and photographing experience and he's an annoyingly good photographer to boot (not that I'm jealous).

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  1. Day 1: Board ship and sail along the Beagle Channel.
  2. Day 2-3: Cross the Drake Passage.
  3. Day 4-11: Exploring the Peninsula and crossing the Antarctic Circle.
  4. Day 12-13: Sail back through the Drake Passage.
  5. Day 14: Disembark and end Ushuaia.

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About the countries

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Typhoid
Recommended for Argentina and Chile. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Argentina and Chile. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Argentina and Chile. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Argentina and Chile. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Recommended for Argentina. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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Location
Start and end in Ushuaia.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $0 for Antarctic Circle Quest, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 3,733 km.
  • Ushuaia (Argentina)
  • 997 km
  • South Shetland Islands (Argentina)
  • 983 km
  • Antarctic Peninsula (Argentina)
  • 1,605 km
  • Cape Horn (Chile)
  • 148 km
  • Ushuaia (Argentina)

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