Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

From:
AUD $ 13,599 AUD $ 13,299
p.p. twin share. Excludes Airfares

Take $300 per person off on board the Ocean Adventurer or World Explorer and contact us for further discounts with this Cruise Company. 

You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, including charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.

Keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seabirds and astounding icebergs. Beaches dotted with leopard seals and penguins give way to icy plateaus, with snow- capped mountain peaks looming behind. You’ll find yourself thankful for the near-constant sunlight by which you can continue to take it all in.

Start & End Dates:

  • Dec 7—14, 2018
  • Dec 12—19, 2018
  • Dec 17— 24, 2018
  • Dec 22—29, 2018
  • Dec 27—Jan 3, 2019
  • Dec 28—Jan 4, 2019
  • Jan 17—24, 2019
  • Jan 29—Feb 5, 2019
  • Feb 3—10, 2019
  • Feb 8—15, 2019
  • Feb 13— 20, 2019
  • Feb 19— 26, 2019
  • Feb 24—Mar 3, 2019

*Please note that the final cabin price is dependent on configuration, the USD exchange rate and availability.

Overview

Day 1Punta Arenas
Day 2Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, Embarkation day.
Day 3 – 6Exploring Antarctica
Day 7Disembarkation and flight from King George Islanda to Punta Arenas.
Day 8Punta Arenas – Out

Itinerary

Intinerary

Day 1 — Start of the Air-Cruise

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by the staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

Day 2 — Scheduled flight to Antarctica

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Day 3 to 6 — Exploring Antarctica

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Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

Day 7 — Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

EXP_Jordi Plana_0506_257Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.

Day 8 — End of the Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas,group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
  • For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
  • Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air- Cruise Program.
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • Contingency Plan as described below.
  • IAATO passenger fee.

Not included

  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each
    voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities.
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

Optional Activities (Extras)

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica

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Experience Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. The majestic landscape, the icebergs, the wildlife… everything looks different as you paddle quietly through the waves. A unique experience!

The sea kayaking program offered, is a group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants, under the guidance and leadership of an experienced Kayak Master. Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group some time at the landing site so you can explore.
To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.

The per-person participation price is $895 USD.

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica

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Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program. Excursion locations are selected for their scenic appeal and will provide unique vantage points for your photographs. Depending on the conditions of the terrain, some excursions may require the use of snowshoes and/or trekking poles.

The hiking and snowshoeing program is a group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants led by a Mountain Guide.
Every day you are in Antarctica your Mountain Guide will work with the Expedition Leader to look for the best hiking or snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. Each excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration.
To take part in the hiking and snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, your level of physical fitness should be good. The minimum age for participation is 12 years.

The per-person participation price is $195 USD.

Airfares

Travel Just 4U has competitive South America Flights to get you to the starting point of your chosen Holiday. Contact one of our Travel Consultants for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organize.

 

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