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Antarctica Peninsula with Weddell Sea – Air-Cruise

Antarctica Cruise Information

Summary : Welcome to the ice factory! Thanks to vast ice shelves that calve monstrous tabular icebergs, waters rich in krill and otherworldly landscapes, the Weddell Sea is one of Antarctica's most unique regions. This brand-new expedition ship is ice-strengthened to take you comfortably between the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula's west coast for the best of both worlds! Witness vast tabular icebergs pass by in Antarctic Sound. Retrace some of Shackleton's and Nordenskoljd's route. Visit fascinating fossil fields with an on board paleontologist. Capture Antarctic light with an onboard polar photography guide. Delight in the abundance of Antarctic wildlife: Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, hunting orcas, feeding humpbacks, and minkes too!

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built. All details are subject to change.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins, Antarctica Air-Cruise

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Prices from
$11,900 to $22,600

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Itinerary
Day 1
Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this vibrant, historic seaport on the Strait of Magellan.

Day 2
Punta Arenas / King George Island / Embark

Enjoy a scenic flight to King George Island, and transfer by Zodiac to your expedition ship, the Greg Mortimer.

Day 3 – 4
Antarctic Sound

Sail in the Antarctic Sound, entrance to the mesmerizing, ice-filled Weddell Sea. Possible landings may occur at penguin-rich Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff.

Day 5 – 7
Weddell Sea

Push into the Weddell Sea, aiming for Seymour and James Ross islands' fossil fields, and Paulet Island.

Day 8 – 10
Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula's west coast and enjoy possible excursions to Astrolabe or Enterprise Islands, Port Lockroy, and Paradise Harbour.

Day 11 – 12
Drake Passage

Cross the Drake Passage and keep an eye out for soaring albatross and flitting petrels. Celebrate your extraordinary voyage while entering the Beagle Channel on your approach to Ushuaia.

Day 13
Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.

Notes

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.

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built. All details are subject to change.

Charter Flight Contingency Plan:
The shipping company will make every effort to ensure the voyage takes place, however due to weather conditions, flying in some regions can be difficult and beyond their control. If a voyage’s charter flight has been delayed due to weather conditions, the shipping company will attempt for up to 72 hours with the airline to fly you to the start point of the voyage. If the voyage’s charter flight is not able to take off within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time, the voyage will be cancelled. See Payment & Cancellation Policies page for more details.

Charter Flight Luggage Weight Limit:
Punta Arenas/King George Island: 7kg per person carry on; 20kg per person checked

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $250,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Photography Workshops: Included; space is limited
Enjoy a special photography program and workshops. Whether it be sitting quietly in the middle of a penguin rookery, visiting historic sites or enjoying the thrill of a breaching whale, there is an overwhelming number of opportunities to snap to your heart’s content! Catering to both amateurs and the more experienced photographers, the onboard team of photography guides deliver photography workshops and one-on-one instruction from the deck or Zodiacs and during landings. Space is limited, please inquire with an Expedition Specialist.

Kayaking:
‘Getting out amongst it’ is the philosophy, and the aim is to kayak at least once a day, weather depending, once the destination is reached. If the opportunity arises you may even go out twice, as the 24-hour daylight allows for some beautiful evening paddles. Paddle anywhere between 2 to 4 hours per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on your excursion. Each group of 4 to 12 kayakers generally visit the same wildlife sites as your fellow expeditioners, however your smaller craft often means that you also have the opportunity to access areas that are often not accessible by Zodiacs. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that your kayaking time will be affected by the weather experienced. Even if your experience is limited, call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 or over. Equipment included: kayak & paddle, neoprene boots, safety gear, 20-litre dry bag, life jackets, dry suits, and pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle). Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place.

Included:
Charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island; one pre-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas with breakfast; group transfer from airport to hotel if on the group flight; group transfer from hotel to airport for flight to King George Island; transfer to downtown or airport on disembarkation day in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; personalized photo book (post voyage, one per booking); gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (gumboots); all meals onboard ship; house wines, beers, and soft drinks with dinner onboard ship; select pre-dinner drinks with canapes onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; transfers not mentioned as included; kayaking supplement; alcohol not mentioned as included; soft drinks outside of dinner service; items of a personal nature such as Wi-Fi, laundry service, spa charges, medical expenses; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport arrival or departure taxes; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.


Photos: © Aurora Expeditions

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