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Antarctic Express - Fly South, Cruise North

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Take advantage of the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica: flying. A short three-hour flight takes you to the white continent where you can enjoy everything the Antarctic has to offer. Immense penguin rookeries and icy landscapes await your arrival. Marvel at the contrast of a desolate landscape inhabited by abundant wildlife including curious, playful penguins and seals. Embrace the excitement of standing on the continent for the very first time. Later, return through the world’s most legendary – and exciting – passage of water, as you follow the path of historic explorers across the infamous Drake Passage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Embarkation Day
Days 3-6 : Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 7-8 : Crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 9 : Disembark and overnight in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 10 : Depart for home

Highlights

  • Embrace the speed and convenience of a flight to Antarctica
  • Experience the Drake Passage through a northbound crossing
  • Expect the unexpected & be rewarded with unique wildlife and attractions
  • Enjoy on-board lectures & educational presentations from polar specialists

Ship

Sea Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The Falkland Islands from above Sea and sand Explore remote shores in your zodiacs A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters Massive Iceberg

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Your journey begins in Punta Arenas, Chile. This port city is situated at the southern tip of Chile, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas has transformed into a vibrant city offering you plenty of attractions to explore including historic sites and museums. Explore the city by day, and then join your group for an evening dinner to meet your fellow Antarctic adventurers.

Day 2 Embarkation Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you board your chartered flight to Antarctica. The journey over the Drake Passage takes less than four hours, whereas ship-based travelers take two days to make the journey by sea. Your first glimpse of Antarctica comes into view shortly before the aircraft descends towards King George Island - hope for clear skies so you can appreciate the vastness of this great continent! You have some free time to photograph parts of the island and stretch your legs before joining up with the ship. Once aboard, enjoy your first trip in a Zodiac and begin your exploration of the Antarctic region.

Day 3-6 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
You get a sense that you’ve arrived on a new planet during the start of your Antarctic voyage, as the pristine nature and dramatic environments are like nothing else on earth. From the vessel you can watch whales swim and feed in the nutrient-rich waters and spot penguins frolicking in the water and jumping aboard ice floes. Just as amazing as the wildlife are the soaring snow-covered mountains and glaciers of the Peninsula, which are your playground for the next four days.

Every Zodiac excursion and landing presents new sights, sounds and smells. Some landings may be as relaxing as sitting on a beach, taking photographs of curious penguins. Other landings may provide exhilarating panoramic views of the Antarctic continent by hiking atop hill. Perhaps catch sight of a calving glacier crumbling into the sea at Petermann Island, or take a Zodiac cruise in search of fur and elephant seals around Pleneau Island.

Even common travel experiences like mailing a postcard take on an extra level of excitement in Antarctica. While weather and sea conditions determine which landings the ship can make, your Expedition Team ensures that each day of your Antarctic adventure leaves a lasting impression.

Day 7-8 Crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A rite of passage for any Antarctic adventurer, the Drake signals the end of your journey. No matter the sea conditions, you benefit from having developed your sea legs over the course of the previous four days. While the journey home has begun, your wildlife spotting has not. Your Expedition Team is available on deck and on the ship’s bridge to help you spot the majestic wandering albatross and a number of whale species, such as minke and humpback.

When you’re not looking at photos and reminiscing about the previous days, the Expedition Team concludes their series of engaging presentations on subjects such as marine biology, polar history and glaciology.

Day 9 Disembark and overnight in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final breakfast aboard the ship, say goodbye to your crew as you disembark in Ushuaia. A transfer to the hotel is provided and then you have a chance to explore the town on your own to shop, sightsee, and sample some Argentinian cuisine.

Day 10 Depart for home

  • 1 Breakfast
Today you are free to make your way to the airport for departure, or extend your stay in Ushuaia.

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Port of Ushuaia

Punta Arenas - Hotels

Per person starting at
$10,995
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple
Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Lower Deck Twin Cabin.
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Lower Deck Twin
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Window Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
The Sea Adventurer's Superior Cabins.
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Superior
Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Deluxe Cabin.
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Deluxe
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Owner's Suite.
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Suite
Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.

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 are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

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:
  • Group transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
  • Briefing dinner on Day 1 in Punta Arenas
  • Group transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on embarkation day
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to post-expedition hotel
  • One night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage
  • 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 luggage handling aboard ship
  • 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 charges
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
  • Transfer from hotel to airport at the end of the voyage

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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