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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

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There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica! Take a charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and cross the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Board the Island Sky and cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Enjoy daily land excursions and Zodiac cruising in search of Antarctica´s incredible wildlife.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago | Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Punta Arenas | South Shetland Islands | Embark
Days 3-6 : Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands
Day 7 : Disembark | Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 8 : Depart Punta Arenas

Highlights

  • Explore beaches dotted with leopard seals and three species of penguins
  • Fly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest way to Antarctica
  • Look for calving icebergs at Neko Harbor & watch leopard seals as they hunt
  • Zodiac cruise around Pleneau Island in search of whales and icebergs

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Trip Snapshots

Sea and sand Mother and baby penguin. Cruising the artic waters in the Zodiac Mountains of ice Antarctic Sunrise

Day 1 Santiago | Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins in Santiago with a flight to Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants, and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a representative brings everyone together to your starting hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2 Punta Arenas | South Shetland Islands | Embark

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica has you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship is approaching King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctica landscapes is from a very unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetlands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Day 3-6 Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. Much of the continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.

Your first sightings are from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, be alerted to any new sightings. Your team of expert lecturers also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history, and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are your daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you never forget! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities and it is not long before you can tell the difference between an Adelie, gentoo, or chinstrap penguin.

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Neko Harbor to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, welcome each day with the excitement and energy of a young child.

Your Expedition Team is with you all along, providing insights into the places you visit and offering photography tips to get the most out of your expedition.

Day 7 Disembark | Fly to Punta Arenas

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After your seven days of exploration, say goodbye to the Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile brings your journey to an end. After transferring from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 8 Depart Punta Arenas

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport and take a flight to Santiago, Chile.

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Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins may be available for single occupancy at 1.6 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Rates include:
  • Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and Puntas to Santiago
  • Group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night pre-expedition and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
  • A briefing dinner on Day 1 in Punta Arenas
  • Pre-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the hotel to the airport
  • Flights to and from Antarctica
  • Post-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel
  • Group transfer from the Punta Arenas hotel to the airport on the final day of the expedition
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snack on board throughout your voyage
  • Complimentary house wine, beer, and spirits on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All lugagge handling aboard the ship
  • Gratuities for shipboard staff and crew
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person

Rates Exclude:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Additional overnight accommodation

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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