Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
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Description

Get the full Antarctic experience, while only having to cross the Drake Passage once! A short 3-hour flight takes you to the white continent where you'll enjoy everything Antarctica has to offer. Huge penguin rookeries and icy landscapes await you.

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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 journey begins in Punta Arenas, Chile. This port city is situated at the southern tip of Chile, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas has transformed into a vibrant city offering you plenty of attractions to explore including historic sites and museums. Explore the city by day, and then join us for an evening dinner to meet your fellow Antarctic fliers.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

Today you board your chartered flight to Antarctica. The journey over the Drake Passage will take you less than four hours, whereas our ship-based travelers take two days to make the journey by sea. Your first glimpse of Antarctica comes into view shortly before the aircraft descends towards King George Island, hope for clear skies so you can appreciate the vastness of this great continent! You will have some free time to photograph parts of the island and stretch your legs before joining up with the ship, which will rendezvous with us later in the day, when you'll get your first trip in a Zodiac and begin your exploration of the Antarctic region.

Days 3–6: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

You'll get a sense that you've arrived on a new planet during the start of your Antarctic voyage, as the pristine nature and dramatic environments are like nothing else on earth. From the vessel you can watch whales swim and feed in the nutrient-rich waters and spot penguins porpoising in the water and jumping aboard ice floes. Just as amazing as the wildlife are the soaring snow-covered mountains and glaciers of the Peninsula, which will be your playground for the next four days.

As excitement builds from the ship, your first landing on a remote beach is when you'll feel that you've officially arrived in Antarctica, giving you the opportunity to experience this wilderness up close.

Every Zodiac excursion and landing presents new sights, sounds and smells. Some landings may be as relaxing as sitting on a beach, taking photographs of curious penguins. Other landings may provide exhilarating panoramic views of the Antarctic continent by hiking atop hill. Perhaps you'll catch a calving glacier crumbling into the sea at Petermann Island, or take a Zodiac cruise in search of Fur and Elephant Seals around Pleneau Island.

Even common travel experiences like camping and mailing a postcard take on an extra level of excitement in Antarctica. While weather and sea conditions determine which landings we can make, your Expedition Team will ensure that each day of your Antarctic adventure leaves a lasting impression.

Days 7–8: Crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia

A rite of passage for any Antarctic adventurer, the Drake signals the end of your journey . No matter the sea conditions, you will benefit from having developed your sea legs over the course of the previous four days. While the journey home has begun, your wildlife spotting has not. Your Expedition Team will be available on deck and on the ship's bridge to help you spot the majestic wandering albatross and a number of whale species, such as Minke and Humpback.

When you're not laughing and reminiscing about the previous days, the Expedition Team will conclude their series engaging presentations on subjects such as marine biology, polar history and glaciology.

Day 9: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final breakfast aboard the ship, say goodbye to your crew and fellow travelers. We'll transfer you to the airport for your homeward flights.

Included

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available)
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • 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 in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel
  • A group transfer from your hotel to the airport in conjunction with the charter flight to Antarctica
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica as specified in the itinerary
  • 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

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $950
  • Camping: $225

Highlights

  • Significantly reduce your Drake Passage crossing time by flying in one direction—a 3-hour flight versus a 2-day crossing by ship!
  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness 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

 

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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