Summary : Save days of open ocean sailing and avoid the Drake Passage by flying from Puerto Williams, Chile to the wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands. Upon landing on King George Island, board a bespoke superyacht and begin a custom-made expedition adventure, dictated by the captain and crew's expertise, weather conditions, and wildlife encounters. Mingle with humpback whales aboard a Zodiac; kayak through crisp, clear water; linger near colonies of parading penguins; or enjoy a late morning breakfast, mimosa, and massage before venturing leisurely ashore. You may visit legendary sites like Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel or stop at research stations to learn from the scientists who work on the continent. Back on board, watch a movie in the cinema, indulge in the Balinese spa, or soak in the outdoor hot tub. Having Antarctica’s pristine environment all to yourself with the freedom to roam and relax is a genuine privilege only possible on an intimate luxury superyacht.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Antarctica Air-Cruise
$28,428 to $56,855
Fly into Puerto Williams on your own, and in the evening enjoy dinner and a mandatory briefing before your adventure begins tomorrow morning.
Fly to King George Island and embark the superyacht.
Navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.
Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.
Back on board, relax in the yacht’s many lounges, read in a quiet nook, or laugh with friends as you share your favorite photos from the day. You may choose to work out in the gym, opt for a massage, or indulge in the Balinese spa. There is also a beauty salon, cinema, and in-cabin entertainment system. On sunny days, enjoy an outdoor lunch or a soak in the hot tub.
Overnight in Puerto Williams, Chile—weather permitting.
Leave Puerto Williams on an afternoon 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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage, and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Luggage Weight Restrictions:
Due to the limited capacity of the aircraft, luggage is limited to 66 pounds (30 kg) per person. Weight limits are subject to change.
Charter Flight Contingency Plan:
In the event that the plane is unable to depart on the planned date of the charter flight, you will be provided with a night of hotel accommodation in Puerto Williams, meals included. You may be required to be on standby and remain close to the hotel, as a weather window may open with very little notice. If there is any delay getting to the vessel, no refund is offered. If weather delays your departure from the yacht, there will be no additional charges for your additional time onboard. Every effort will be made to ensure your program takes place, but due to weather conditions, flying in this region can be difficult and is beyond the shipping company's control. It is strongly recommended that all expedition guests purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy, including trip delay, cancellation and interruption insurance, in addition to the required medical coverage. Any changes to homeward bound airfare due to a weather delay on the flight from Antarctica are at your own personal expense. Please note that international airfare may not be covered by insurance in the event of a cancellation.
Round-trip flight between Puerto Williams, Chile and King George Island; one pre-cruise hotel night and dinner in Puerto Williams; one post-cruise hotel night and dinner in Puerto Williams; transfers between hotel/airport in Puerto Williams; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; one massage per passenger; Wi-Fi (248 kbs)aboard the ship; parkas on loan; all meals aboard the ship; coffee, tea, water, soda, juice, and standard alcohol (beer and wine) aboard the ship; a limited amount of laundry. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; rubber boots, drysuits or other gear (guests must supply their own); gratuities; top shelf alcoholic beverages; spa services; additional massages; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © EYOS Expeditions (interior ship photos), © Christopher Scholey (Amsterdam cabin, London and Moscow bathroom, Moscow cabin, Sydney cabin and bathroom), © Justin Hofman (exterior ship photos)