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Antarctica Express Cruise: Punta Arenas

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 17,495

Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the sheer beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.


This 9-day journey embarks from Punta Arenas, an historic former penal colony on the southern tip of Chile. Explore the spectacular landscapes of Drake Passage and the Antarctic before returning to Punta Arenas.

A short flight from Punta Arenas takes you to your vessel at King George Island. You’ll have plenty of time to take photos of this amazing region before sailing for the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Keep a lookout for whales and penguins, as well as fur, elephant and leopard seals. Zodiac cruises take you in for a closer look, allowing you to see the wildlife, glaciers and other natural wonders up close.

Disembark in Punta Arenas for your flight home, or spend a few extra days in the world’s southernmost city.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 17,495

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Day 1

Arrive Punta Arenas

Arrive 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 participate in an evening dinner to meet your fellow Antarctic fliers.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Embarkation Day

Today you will board your chartered flight to Antarctica. The journey over the Drake Passage will take you less than four hours, whereas 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. 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 you later in the day. Upon meeting the ship, you will get your first trip in a Zodiac and begin your exploration of the Antarctic region.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Sea Adventurer

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    Sea Adventurer



    Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers ...

    Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades.

    Facilities

    • Activities Desk
    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Exercise Room
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge

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Day 3

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

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 and it won't be long before you can tell the difference between an Adelie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping on the ice in Antarctica, you'll welcome each day with the excitement and energy of a young child. Our Expedition Team will be with you all along, providing insights into the places you visit.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

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 can be made, your Expedition Team will ensure that each day of your Antarctic adventure leaves a lasting impression.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66 '33' S.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

The Antarctic Circle

You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven't had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you'll surely be satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Northbound Along the Peninsula

You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After you're transferred from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy a final dinner in the city to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Depart Punta Arenas

Say goodbye to your fellow explorers and depart for home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Sea Adventurer

2017: Dec 20 

Ocean Adventurer

2018: Dec 20

2019: Jan 2, 10; Feb 13

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • An official Expeditions parka
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia from airport to local hotel
  • Group transfer from designated location in Ushuaia to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Telecommunication charges
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

Click here for a list of which vessel runs on the many Arctic and Antarctica expedition cruises. Please note that vessel scheduling can change and this list is presented as a guide only. Please contact your nearest travel agent for the most up to date schedule.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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