Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina / EmbarkYour journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board the Ocean Nova 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. Please note: Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close.
Cape HornAfter crossing Nassau Bay, wake up in front of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board the Zodiacs and visit the lighthouse and the Chilean station in charge of keeping it beaming. Back on board, get ready to sail towards Antarctica and start crossing the famous waters named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
Drake PassageAs you sail through Drake Passage en route to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. You are also invited to relax and enjoy life at sea, or join your on board experts to watch wildlife from the from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent birds such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales on their way down to Antarctica.
South Shetland IslandsAfter 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. Tanking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration continues well into the evening.
Disembark in King George Island / Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay, where you have the chance to enjoy the Antarctic scenery and visit some interesting places around the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding your flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. This evening's meals are at your leisure and not included in the program.
NOTE: For 2014-15 departures, the program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas. Although a complimentary transfer and hotel night at Hotel Rey Don Felipe can be provided upon request.
Return HomeAfter breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flight.