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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Today you are free to make your way to the airport for departure, or extend your stay in Ushuaia.
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- 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.
- One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas
- A group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel
- A group transfer from your hotel to the airport in conjunction with the charter flight to Antarctica
- Flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica as specified in the itinerary
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 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
- A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.