- Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)
- Expedition Ship
- 68 Capacity
- 10 Days
- 2016, 2017
- Price from
Summary : In less than two hours of flying from Punta Arenas, Chile, arrive at Frei Station on King George Island (the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipelago) where you will embark the Ocean Nova at the gates of the white continent. From King George Island you will navigate for seven days and six nights along the Antarctic Peninsula, and if weather conditions permit, attempt to cross the Polar Circle at latitude 66° 33’ South where you may enjoy a champagne to celebrate this extraordinary occasion! Along the way, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. With daily excursions, your naturalist team will be giving lectures to introduce and inform you about this wonderful continent.
Includes round-trip flight from Punta Arenas, Chile with 7 days in Antarctica. Time spent in Antarctica is equivalent to an 12-day traditional ship cruise.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking
$13,595 to $22,995
Upon arrival at the city of Punta Arenas, you will be met by a staff member, and transferred to the hotel. During the afternoon, you will receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and you will have the chance to enjoy typical local cuisine.
Your Antarctic adventure will begin with the two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (the largest of the South Shetland Islands). Upon arrival, you will be able to tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. Gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation of your expedition vessel by Zodiac boats.
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel, and Prospect Point, amongst other magnificent places. Depending on weather and ice conditions, on the way southwards, you may attempt to cross the Polar Circle at latitude 66° 33’ South and enjoy a champagne to celebrate this extraordinary occasion. The adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight 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.)
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Kayaking Supplement: $895 per person
Limited to 10 participants per cruise, prior kayaking experience required. Space is limited, however, so be certain to book in advance. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Snowshoeing Supplement: $195 per person (Select departures only)
Limited to 12 participants, no previous experience required. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details and to book in advance.
Getting There & Getting Home:
Arrive in Punta Arenas on Day 1, no later than 3 p.m. A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is not recommended. Therefore, we strongly suggest that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day as the return flight from Antarctica.
The 70 passenger BAE 146-200 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace and is equipped with 4 turbofan Honeywell engines. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements which makes it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
Luggage Weight Restriction:
Due to the limited carrying capacity of the aircraft, participants in the Antarctica Fly and Cruise program can only carry 20 Kg/44 Lb of personal luggage, including carry-on. This weight restriction is enforced strictly. Note that hand luggage will be weighed as well as checked baggage. Soft-sided luggage is recommended.
Accommodations aboard ship; 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Punta Arenas; 1 night post-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Punta Arenas; transfers airport / hotel and reverse; flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, and return; meals aboard ship; 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 expedition; 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 (outlined below); IAATO passenger fee.
Airfare, other than those offered in the program;; visa and/or passport expenses; arrival and departure taxes, if applicable; transfers other than those offered in the program, lodging and meals other than those offered in the program; mandatory evacuation insurance; recommended travel insurance; personal expenses, such as beverages from bar; laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc.; gratuity to ship's crew at the end of the voyage. Fuel surcharge may apply.
Some departures in the past have experienced delays. Based on past experience, the estimated chance of delay is very low, in the range of 5-10%. Still, it is important that prospective participants understand that weather conditions could impact the operation. Travelers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of airline tickets or onward travel plans. Should weather delay a departure, the Contingency Plan detailed below will be put into operation. In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot operate due to unfavorable conditions, whether at point of origin in Punta Arenas and/or at the destination in Antarctica, the following Contingency Plan applies:
2015 / 2016 Antarctica-bound flight: (Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island):
From Day 2 to Day 8 every effort will be made to transport travelers to Antarctica safely. Should a safety concern or weather delay a flight or make flying impossible, the following daily program will apply:
•Day 2 Guided tour to sites of historic and wildlife interest close to Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation in the same hotel as foreseen on Day 1 of the Travel Program.
•Day 3 Guided tour to sites of historic and wildlife interest close to Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation in the same hotel as foreseen on Day 1 of the Travel Program.
•Day 4 Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.
•Day 5 Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.
•Day 6 Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.
•Day 7 Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.
•Day 8 Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.
•Day 9 Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. There will be no further flight attempt.
•Day 10 Breakfast. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport in time for connecting flights. End of Contingency Plan.
NOTE: If the tour operator will not be able to transport passengers to Antarctica, passengers will be refunded a percentage of the total cost of the Antarctica Fly and Cruise Travel Program, excluding discounts, if any. Refunds will be as follows: 5% (by the end of day 4), 15% (by the end of day 5), 25% (by the end of day 6), 35% (by the end of day 7), and 100% less a fee of USD $2,000 per person (by the end day 8). Refunds will exclude discounts. Refunding will take place at the tour operator's earliest convenience. Refunding will release the tour operator from further liability.
2016 / 2017 Antarctica-bound flight: (Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island):
The group will remain in Punta Arenas while waiting for an improvement in the weather and for the opportunity to fly to Antarctica. Included are accommodations at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, meals, and guided excursions to local attractions. If by 2 PM on Day 4 of the itinerary it is still not possible to reach Antarctica, the trip will be interrupted and the cruise fare will be refunded.
Return flight: (Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas)
In case the return flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas experiences a delay, passengers on board the ship will continue cruising near King George Island, until the return flight to Punta Arenas can be arranged. In such case, shipboard accommodation, full board, and all excursions will be provided at no additional charge. No refunding for whatever reason is foreseen.
Aircraft for Antarctic flights:
The decision over which aircraft will be used for the Antarctica Fly and Cruise program is at the sole discretion of the tour operator. In case of unfavorable conditions or other circumstances beyond the tour operator’s control, either at the point of origin and/or at the destination, the tour operator reserves the right to fly different aircraft than the one described in the program information material.