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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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This Fly/Sail expedition features the best of Antarctica across 11 days and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with tabular icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins, and dramatic volcanic landscapes in the ice-filled Weddell Sea. Discover the Antarctic Peninsula’s many islands, alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins, and whales!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly to Puerto Williams | Embark | Beagle Channel
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-6 : Weddell Sea
Days 7-9 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 10 : King George Island | Disembark | Punta Arenas
Day 11 : Punta Arenas

Highlights

  • Visit the Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brow Bluff
  • Zodiac through narrow straits and icebergs in the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Explore Fildes Bay's penguin and seal-rich waters & visit Trinity Church
  • Witness the endless sunlight of the midnight sun

Ship

Polar Pioneer

Places Visited

Activities

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Mirrored reflection on our kayak excursion Pondering the pack ice from atop a stranded iceberg. Getting ready for the dive A seal sleeping on a mound of snow. Zodiac cruising among the pack ice and icebergs of the peninsula

Day 1 Fly to Puerto Williams | Embark | Beagle Channel

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard the Polar Pioneer. Take part in an introductory and safety briefing before your evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Ease into shipboard life as you cross the Drake Passage. The naturalist and paleontologist expand your Antarctic knowledge and prepare you for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.

Day 4-6 Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate your schedule. Visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brow Bluff, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. Hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands, where large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long-lasting memories.

Day 7-9 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long summer daylight and ice-free waters. Visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs and if you are lucky, cruise among whales. The landing points to visit are Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks, and more!

Day 10 King George Island | Disembark | Punta Arenas

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit, explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching your charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. Transfer to your overnight accommodation.

Day 11 Punta Arenas

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast at the Cabo de Hornes Hotel, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as you make your journey home or continue on with your own arrangements.

Polar Pioneer

Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Per person starting at
$9,500
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
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Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
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Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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Suite
The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Notes

Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple 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.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions from King George Island to Punta Arenas:
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams’ airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surroundings tour
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage (26 Feb 2018)
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from your expert team
  • Access to an on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • A multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landing sites
Voyage Inclusions from Punta Arenas to King George Islands:
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage (25 February 2018)
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to Polar Pioneer
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from your expert team
  • Access to an on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • A multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites
Voyage Exclusions:
  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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