ANTARCTICA: CROSSING THE CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 1, 2024
“Antarctica is the last frontier.”
Join Divergent Travel Trips for our first-ever group trip to Antarctica! While we have been to the 7th continent twice, this is the first time we’re offering the opportunity for you to join us.
Spend 14 days with us on a southern expedition that will take us to the Antarctic Circle and back again.
Our expedition dates also align with PEAK whale watching and penguin chick-fledging! February is Antarctica’s most active wildlife month.
Less than 1% of the population will ever visit Antarctica. Even less than that will physically cross the Antarctic circle, the southernmost latitude line of the earth. We offer you the opportunity to do both of these things on this expedition!
Our trip will be operated in partnership with the award-winning polar expedition company, Quark Expeditions. This means we’ll have access to the best guides in Antarctica – trust us when we say these guides are legends.
We have been on their expeditions in the past and have worked closely with them to offer very exclusive pricing for our group on this unique itinerary.
We will spend expedition time crossing the Drake Passage, visiting the South Shetland Islands, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, and making the journey south to cross the Antarctic Circle. Each touchpoint offers us different landscapes to explore, wildlife to observe, and activities.
Every single day in Antarctica you will get off the ship! We are not just sailing by. You’ll get to touch, smell, feel, and explore this stunning continent.
Our expert expedition team will be off the ship with us, exploring and educating. Onboard, they will offer educational seminars so you can truly get to know this wild place.
Using the expedition ship, Ocean Diamond, as our base, we’ll explore this extreme region of the world in comfort. You’ll be offered prime photography opportunities and assistance with your settings to ensure you get great photos if you desire.
Daily activities include zodiac cruises, landings, snow hiking, kayaking (extra), paddling excursions (extra), and wildlife spotting. Our days will be dictated by weather conditions and animal sightings.
Something to note: You do not need to be a photographer to join this trip. The focus of this trip is to provide a full immersion into the wildness of Antarctica. But, if you want to take photos, we’ll have amazing opportunities to do so.
If all you have is an iPhone, no worries! We can help you achieve the most with it.
If photography is of no interest to you at all, that’s ok too. Bring your binoculars and get ready for some incredible sightings.
ANTARCTICA TRIP DETAILS
View the itinerary, pricing, inclusions, exclusions, & book!
The dates of this group trip are February 17 – March 1, 2024.
Our group trip to Antarctica is not the shortest, standard trip to Antarctica. It is a 2-week trip that also crosses the Antarctic Circle. Very, very few trips to Antarctica journey far enough south to achieve this.
Most expedition companies only offer this itinerary once per season.
The trip is also during peak wildlife viewing season. If you go in the earlier months (November & December) you’ll see some wildlife, but most have still not finished their migration south. By going in February, you’ll be in the thick of the southern summer with migrations completed.
We have negotiated EXCLUSIVE PRICING for our group on this unique itinerary. This is the cheapest price available for this expedition, anywhere.
The only way to get this pricing is to join our group.
More importantly, if you make a booking with us by December 31, 2022, you can take an additional $1,000 discount, just for you!! How’s that for an early bird discount?!
Lastly, we know this is a big trip, so we are also offering a payment plan option. A deposit of $1,000 is required to secure your cabin on the trip with the remainder due by October 16, 2023. This means you’ll have a whole year to make monthly or small lump sum payments for this trip.
All prices are in USD and per person based on twin/triple share.
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We cannot stress enough how exclusive this deal is! You can’t touch this itinerary on any company for these prices, let alone with our partner – who is the best in polar expedition travel.
If Antarctica has been on your bucket list forever and you want to be hosted by the two of us, now is the time!
- 1-night pre-sailing accommodation in Ushuaia, Argentina
- 12 nights’ accommodation onboard the Ocean Diamond Expedition ship
- All meals onboard the ship
- Daily activities
- Formal & informal educational presentations
- Expedition guiding team
- Arrival & Departure airport transfer
- Transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
- Photographic journal documenting the expedition
- Rubber boots to use while in Antarctica
- Branded Parka to keep
- All port charges and service taxes
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance
- Welcome gift
- Your hosts (us)!
- Special events for our group
- Photography instruction
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare to/from Ushuaia, Argentina
- Any passport or visa expenses (if required)
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Mandatory waterproof pants for zodiac landing & cruising
- Any other gear not mentioned
- Laundry, bar, spa services, or other personal charges
- Phone & internet charges
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for our expedition & housekeeping teams
- Adventure options not listed in included activities
- Pre/Post-trip extensions
- PCR or Antigen tests (if required)
- Single Supplement (if requested)
Trip Itinerary, Lodging, Activities Overview:
Below you will find a full overview of the expedition that we are offering for our group trip. This document includes an overview of the itinerary, ship, activities, food, and general information about the expedition.
It is comprehensive and should offer everything you would want to know about this epic trip we’re offering to you!
Note: Other than the days we embark and disembark the ship, this is not a fixed itinerary, however, this will give you an idea of what to expect.
How to Get to Ushuaia, Argentina:
Ezeiza Airport (EZE) is the largest international airport in Argentina and most likely your port of arrival. Most (if not all) flights from the USA arrive in the morning, so you will be able to catch a connecting flight to Ushuaia on the same day.
You can book tickets to Ushuaia one of two ways, either as one ticket from your home airport ending in Ushuaia or as two tickets. This would look like a roundtrip ticket from your home airport to Buenos Aires, and then a roundtrip ticket from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Both options work.
Either way, you’ll need to ensure you book a ticket that has you arriving in Ushuaia no later than February 17, 2024, and departing no earlier than March 1, 2024.
Diverge & Join This Adventure!
We’re so excited to offer this trip and as we’ve already said, we’ve negotiated our tails off to offer you this trip of a lifetime at an exclusive price! Grab your spot now to avoid major FOMO!
If you want to join this trip – please click below and complete the form! Forms are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot, and the remaining balance is due 120 days before departure. Payment plans are also available upon receipt of your deposit.
Departure is not guaranteed until the minimum number of guests is met. If the minimum is not met within three months, your deposit will be fully refunded. Please do not book flights or other non-refundable travel until we guarantee departure.
Health & Safety:
All travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to join us, in compliance with the laws of Argentina and Quark Expedition policy.
In order to enter, you must meet the following requirements (as of today):
• Fully vaccinated & received at least one booster against COVID-19 no less than 14 days before traveling
• Insurance with minimum coverage of $50,000 USD
With this trip being a year away, travel requirements are likely to change and become less strict over time. We will keep a close eye on things and keep you updated along the way!
Is this trip only for photography?
Absolutely not! While we will be offering help to those that are interested in photographing the wildlife and landscapes, this is not a photography workshop. So if you never take a photo the whole trip, you’re still welcome. We do, however, recommend that you bring binoculars! You will see A LOT of wildlife on this trip.
How fit should I be?
This trip is rated Moderate. You will be walking on snow-covered ground and loading/unloading into moving zodiac boats throughout the trip.
Will I have time to do my own thing?
Due to the nature of being in Antarctica, this entire itinerary is part of a supervised program. If you want to go on adventures, it has to be with our group. That said, if you want to forego any activities in favor of rest and relaxation on the ship, this is possible.
Will there be WiFi or phone service?
You will not have phone service once the ship leaves port in Ushuaia. The ship does offer WIFI packages. They can be purchased onboard. Please note, that they are expensive and slow. We recommend that you plan to disconnect entirely and be present while in Antarctica. It’s a place of wonders you do no want to miss.
What’s the weather like in Antarctica?
We will be visiting during the southern summer season. It will be during the warmest time for this part of the world. That said, temperatures will hover at or just above freezing for most of the visit.
Can I charge my electronics during the tour?
You will have access to power in your ship cabins onboard the Ocean Diamond.
How much money will I need to bring?
Once you embark on the ship in Ushuaia your accommodation, activities, food, filtered water, and non-alcoholic drinks are included. You will need money to cover gratuities for our expedition and housekeeping teams, meals in Ushuaia, and alcoholic beverages should you wish to consume them.
Is it possible to have a private room?
It is possible to have a private room but be warned that this option is the most expensive cabin on the ship. You can book a single porthole or a twin cabin at 1.7x the listed per person rate.
What travel insurance do you recommend?
World Nomads offers travel insurance, required for the duration of this trip, at affordable rates. Travel insurance will also reimburse you in the case of flight delays, medical issues, and more.
Is there an age requirement?
This trip is for 15 years or older.
What about visas?
Argentina is a visa-free country that offers visas on arrival for most passports. If you’re from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and most of Europe, you can enter for 90 days visa-free.
What if I test positive for COVID?
We understand this is a major concern for many traveling internationally right now. In the unlikely event that you contract COVID-19 while traveling with us, we will assist you in confirming your positive test results, finding a location to isolate, and rebooking your travel home.
If you are concerned about the cost of quarantine should you test positive abroad, ensure your travel insurance policy covers COVID-related expenses.
Additionally, make sure you read the information in Quark Expeditions S.A.F.E COVID Policy.
Is my deposit non-refundable?
Yes, the $1,000 deposit to secure your space is non-refundable and the remaining balance is due 120 days before departure. If the trip must be postponed or canceled due to events beyond our control, the terms and conditions of Quark Expeditions will apply.
Is there a waiting list?
We will do our best to accommodate everyone that wants to join us on this trip. This will be inventory dependent. If the trip is full and you’re still interested, email us at [email protected] to be added to the waiting list and possibly a different departure.
Have another question?
Our email is [email protected]
We live in a fast and ever-changing world these days, which is one of the many reasons we require travel insurance for all of our trips. This also means that if you cancel your trip due to covered reasons with your policy, you’ll be able to file a claim and be reimbursed.
Your travel insurance will also cover trip interruption or cancellation, should something happen like a natural disaster or political unrest. It will also cover if you contract COVID-19 and cannot go on your trip.
Beyond that, please read the Quark Expeditions Protection Promise. This document outlines the entire cancellation policy for this trip.