Summary : Leaving from Punta Arenas, fly over Cape Horn and the Drake Passage on your way to reach the "last continent"—Antarctica. See penguin colonies, humpback, and Minke whales, towering icebergs, and extraordinary landscapes as you explore the South Shetland Islands, visiting some of the most remarkable places and enjoying some of the best wildlife sites in this region of Antarctica. Your naturalist team will give lectures to inform you about this spectacular continent. Then sail across the mythical waters of the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins, Antarctica Air-Cruise
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Arrive at the Punta Arenas airport no later than 2 pm, where 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 the 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 gather at the beach on Fildes Bay to board Zodiacs to embark your expedition vessel.
Marvel at the overwhelming beauty of Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands. Sail in 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 Antarctic daylight to explore well into the evening.
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 be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on 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 surroundings before setting sail to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Arrive in Ushuaia, 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.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $50,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Getting There & Getting Home:
Arrive in Punta Arenas on Day 1, no later than 2 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. Softsided luggage is recommended.
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: Between Day 1 and until 2 p.m. on Day 4, every effort will be made to transport passengers to Antarctica taking into consideration their safety and the safety of the aircraft. The daily program described below will apply: Day 2: Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas will be provided. Meals are included as well as accommodation at the same hotel included on Day 1 of the itinerary. Day 3: Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas will be provided. Meals are included as well as accommodation at the same hotel included on Day 1 of the itinerary. Day 4: If by 2 p.m. the shipping company will not be able to transport passengers to Antarctica, the trip will be interrupted. Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas will be provided. No other services or meals will be included. The shipping company will refund to each passenger 100% the cruise fare paid for the expedition. Day 5: Group airport transfers are provided. No other services or meals are included.
Single Hotel Accommodation Supplement: $395 per person
Single travelers who book a twin cabin on a shared basis will be accommodated in single rooms at the hotel. Note: Passengers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those with conditions that could disturb their traveling companion cannot book on a twin-share basis.
Antarctic Flight Preferred Seating: $245 per person (one-way)
Travelers can purchase preferred seats on their Antarctic flight. This option offers travelers with an extra level of comfort and a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, as well as a guaranteed middle seat. Priority boarding in Punta Arenas and an amenities kit are included. Capacity is limited to a maximum of 8 aisle seats and 8 window seats (aisle 2, 3, 4, and 5).
Additional Hotel & Transfer Package:
12/31/2017: Single – $265; Double – $165 per person; Triple – $145 per person
12/26/2018, 2/21/2019: Single – $280; Double – $175 per person; Triple – $150 per person
Includes a shared airport to hotel transfer; one night hotel accommodation at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas; breakfast; and a drink voucher. Available as a pre- or post-expedition package.
Optional Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience:
12/31/2017: Single – $289; Double – $259 per person; Triple – $245 per person
12/26/2018, 2/21/2019: Unavailable
Take advantage of your trip to the deep south of Chile, see more of Patagonia, and add another penguin species to your list. On the last day of your scheduled Air-Cruise program, transfer to the shores of the Strait of Magellan, where you will travel by motorboat to Magdalena and Marta Islands. Disembark on Magalena Island, where you will experience one of the largest colonies of Magellanic Penguins in South American – over 150,000 birds. Sail onward to Marta Island, where you can observe and photograph wildlife from the motorboat, with a chance to spot dolphins and a variety of seabirds. Total excursion time is 4.5 hours. Return to Punta Arenas in the afternoon, where you can explore the city at your leisure. Includes: one night with breakfast at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar; a transfer from the hotel to the airport on Day 2; excursion as indicated; entrance fee to the Nature Reserve ‘Los Pinguinos’; a snack during the excursion; and a Punta Arenas guidebook and map.
Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island; one pre-expedition overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar; transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1 for travelers who arrive before 2 p.m.; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; complimentary wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner aboard the ship; complimentary coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccinos, water, and snacks aboard the ship throughout the expedition; guided shore excursions; onboard lectures and entertainment; comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; gear on loan (waterproof boots); contingency plan; IAATO passenger fee. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Airfare except flights specified in the inclusions; visa and/or passport expenses; arrival and departure taxes, if applicable; transfers other than those listed 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.
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.