Antarctic Express: Fly Across the Drake Passage

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
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Description

Skip the 4 days of Drake Passage crossings and optimize your Antarctica trip by flying! A short 3-hour flight is all it takes each way. Once in Antarctica, you’ll waste no time being inundated with the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the whi

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Ship

Sea Adventurer Sea Adventurer
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 122

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Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy. By early afternoon, a cruise representative will meet everyone at the starting hotel, where you'll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

Your flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you smoothly crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Way below, the ship is also approaching King George Island, after having spent a couple of days of cruising the Drake. With clear skies, you'll be rewarded with a rare sight—seeing the Antarctic from the air! After landing, stretch your legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail to explore the Antarctic.

Days 3–6: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don't be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. It is nearly impossible to put into words the size and scale of everything in the Antarctic, you'll be intimidated and mesmerized at the same time.

As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, you'll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are your daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you'll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a chinstrap penguin rookery the next day.

From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the thrill of watching a leopard seal hunt a penguin, you'll wake early and welcome each day with sense of excitement and desire to explore that is unrivaled by any other travel experience. Our Expedition Team will be with you all along, providing insights into the places you visit and wildlife you see.

Day 7: Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas

After so many awe inspiring visuals and memorable days of wildlife encounters, you'll finally be able to stop and take a breath again. Say goodbye to the Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island for your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile. After we transfer you from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 8: Depart for Home

After breakfast, you are free to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Included

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
  • All flights to or from Antarctica as specified in the itinerary
  • Pre night hotel on all Fly and Cruise programs in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas
  • Included lunch in Punta Arenas prior to boarding the charter flight to Antarctica
  • Group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $950
  • Camping: $225
  • Snowshoeing: Free

Highlights

  • Fly over the Drake passage—a 3-hour flight (each way) versus a 2-day crossing by ship—for the quickest, most direct way to visit Antarctica!
  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness onboard the Sea Adventurer in a casual atmosphere of like-minded travelers
  • Experience abundant wildlife including immense penguin colonies and other seabirds, seals  and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • Ship allows an "open bridge policy" to observe its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Optional camping available on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Photography instruction included
  • Optional polar camping along the Peninsula

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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