Summary : Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island and board your comfortable expedition vessel. Explore Antarctica's South Shetland Islands, navigate through these islands while visiting the most unique places and enjoying some of the best wildlife sites in this region of Antarctica. With Zodiac excursions, your naturalist team will give lectures to introduce and inform you about this spectacular continent. Return to the mainland, crossing the famous Drake Passage before exploring Cape Horn, making your way through the Beagle Channel, and landing in Ushuaia, Argentina. You may spot magnificent birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, and spectacular marine life such as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking
$999,999,999 to $0
Upon arrival in the city of Punta Arenas you will be greeted by a staff member and transferred your hotel. In the afternoon, attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying regional cuisine.
Begin your Antarctic adventure with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (the largest of the South Shetland Islands). Upon arrival, breathe in the clear Antarctic air and embark your expedition vessel.
Marvel at the overwhelming beauty of Antarctica's South Shetland Islands. Sail in the ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for a memorable shore visit to a penguin colony and take advantage of the endless Antarctica daylight to explore well into the evening.
As you head north through the Drake Passage, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales.
Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and join the privileged group of adventurers to have stepped foot on the legendary Cape Horn. Plan to explore this famous and rarely visited island before continuing your journey. Sail along the Beagle Channel towards Port Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surrounding before setting sail to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark, where your journey ends.
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.
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. Softsided luggage is recommended.
Accommodations aboard ship; 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Punta Arenas; transfers airport / hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 1; flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island; 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 to Punta Arenas, Chile / from Ushuaia, Argentina; 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.
From Day 2 to Day 3 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:
Plan for departures:
•Day 2 Guided tour to sites of historic and wildlife interest in 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 in 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. If by noon on Day 4 the tour operator will not be able to transport passengers to Antarctica, the tour operator will cancel the departure and refund to each passenger 75% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage.
•Day 5 Breakfast. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport in time for connecting flights. End of Contingency Plan.
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.