Board your ship in Ushuaia and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. Note: Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 3 PM and 4 PM. At 4 PM boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, awake in full view of the legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely-visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and catch your first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration continues well into the evening.
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, including the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flight.
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