Summary : Join Silver Explorer in just 2 hours from Punta Arenas. Enjoy pre and post cruise hotel accommodation including bon voyage dinner and transfers. The frozen continent at the end of the earth is well worth the wait. The coldest, highest and driest of all seven continents, Antarctica begs discovery. Be humbled by the solitude and emptiness, as pods of seals lazily bask on floes, waddles of penguins dive (and thrive) in the icy waters and humpbacks – the most magnificent of all maritime beasts; breach gracefully before your very eyes.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins, Antarctica Air-Cruise
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Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile and transfer to your hotel. Tonight there will be a bon voyage reception dinner.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your private flight to King George Island. Embark the ship. The island still has summer inhabitants of Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins. Weddell and leopard seals may be seen in the water or on the shore, and seabirds like the Giant Petrel are never far off.
Few voyages ignite the imagination like a journey down to one of the planet’s most remote, extreme and enchanting wilderness, Antarctica. An adventure in its purest form, only a handful of people will ever be lucky enough to experience the majestic beauty of these monochrome landscapes first-hand. The Antarctic Sound will be one of your first encounters with its shimmering white icescapes, located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula - which sprawls up like a tentacle towards Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southerly point, otherwise known as the ‘End of the World’. Watch on, as colonies of Gentoo penguins hop around, and cape petrels sweep overhead, as the continent’s unique wildlife thrives around you.
The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay.
The South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews.
Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.
Disembark the ship and board your business class charter flight back to Punta Arenas. Transfer to your included hotel.
Transfer to the airport for you flight home.
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.
Luggage Restrictions: Please inquire
Due to the nature of Silversea’s Antarctic Fly/Cruise program where weather conditions may delay or require a cancellation of the remaining itinerary after 3 days of attempts to operate flights: Silversea will offer passengers a full refund on the cruise fare in the event of a trip interruption if the private Antarctica flight is not able to take off by 14:00 HRS (2:00 PM) of the final day of attempts. Silversea reserves the right to send passengers on the private Antarctica flight the evening prior to the scheduled day in the event weather is expected to cause delay on subsequent days. Silversea will make every effort to ensure the Antarctic Fly/Cruise program takes place, but due to weather conditions, flying in this region can be difficult and is beyond the control of Silversea. In the rare instance where on the final day for flight attempts the flight was still not successfully completed, Silversea has the right to interrupt the trip. Silversea reserves the right to extend the final attempt day if weather conditions are improving. If the trip is interrupted,: Silversea will provide a full refund for the full cruise fare. No refund will be provided if the flight is successfully completed regardless of which day of the itinerary it was executed. This is not an exhaustive list of the details of the contingency plan. Details are subject to change at any time. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for further details.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Roundtrip business class equivalent flight between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island; one pre-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas at Hotel Cabo de Hornos with breakfast; one post-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas at Hotel Cabo de Hornos; transfers between airport and hotel when booked on recommended flights; transfers between airport and ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; parka, backpack and water bottle to keep; gear on loan (waterproof pants), one voyage highlights USB per cabin; all meals onboard ship; butler service onboard ship; 24-hour in-suite dining service; self-serve laundrette; most drinks onboard ship; a bottle of champagne upon arrival and an in-suite drinks bar, stocked with guests’ preferred beverages; gratuities (except spa) onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare other than charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; premium alcoholic beverages; boot rental; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry and spa options, fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, © Richard Sidey (two penguins, passenger walking), © Ray Stranagan (landscape, penguins and Zodiac)