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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

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Enjoy Antarctica in style – by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile, and King George Island in Antarctica. Skipping all the extra days at sea, enjoy only the best scenery and wildlife experiences of the Antarctic. Prepare yourself for a sensory overload, as you are inundated by the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the white continent. Soon after, your team of Polar Experts on the ship have you searching for penguins and whales in Antarctica on this unforgettable Antarctica cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 3-4 : Antarctica
Days 5-6 : The Antarctic Circle
Days 7-8 : Northbound along the Peninsula
Day 9 : Disembarkation / Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 10 : Return Home

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Sea Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore remote shores in your zodiacs Penguins on the Beach A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters Kayaking in Antarctica. Seal relaxing on the shore

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins in 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 meets everyone at the official starting point hotel, where you enjoy a welcome dinner and are briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2 Crossing the Drake Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 3-4 Antarctica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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’ll 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 will not be 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 Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping on the ice in Antarctica, 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 5-6 The Antarctic Circle

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, take pride in knowing you have made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations seen anywhere in Antarctica.

Day 7-8 Northbound along the Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If you have not had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, surely be satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage. Continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team is always on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.

Day 9 Disembarkation / Fly to Punta Arenas

After your week 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 adventure to an end. After transferring from the airport to the hotel, enjoy a final dinner in the city to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 10 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart this morning for your return flight home.

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Punta Arenas - Hotels

Per person starting at
$11,995
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
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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:
- All flights between Punta Arenas (PUQ) and Antarctica (KGI) as specified in the itinerary.
- One pre-expedition and one post-expedition hotel night accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas.
- A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel.
- Included lunch in Punta Arenas prior to boarding, or on the charter flight to Antarctica.
- Group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight to/ from Antarctica.
- 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 your 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.
- Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages.
- 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.
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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