Polar Circle Air Cruise

Javier Aixela
Penguin Dive
Antarctica XXI
Hike up snow-covered mountains
Antarctica XXI
Sea Explorer Air Cruises
Antarctica XXI
Sea Explorer Air Cruises
Dmitry Sokolov
Antarctica reflected
Tom Arban
Spacious views from the lounge
Tom Arban
Dining room
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this 10-day adventure takes you to one of the most spectacular and most remote places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Day 1

    Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

    Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world. Note: Passengers should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 3 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 3 PM.

    Day 2

      Fly to King George Island / Embark

      A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

      Days 3-8

        South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

        Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history, and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

        The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility is the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

        Day 9

          Disembark at King George Island / Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile

          Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. This evening's meals are at your leisure and not included in the program.

          Day 10

            Return Home

            After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
             TripleTwinSingle
            2016-Jan-01
            2016-Feb-18
            $13,595$15,595$21,995
            Snowshoeing Option: $195 per person (available only on January 2016 departure)
            Sea Kayaking Option: $895 per person
            2015-Jan-01$12,995$14,795$20,795
            Sea Kayaking Option: $895 per person
            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy.
            - Solo travelers can request the Twin Share Program where you will be matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate cannot be found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
            - Solo travelers not wishing to opt for the Share Program can book a dedicated single cabin at published rate, or book a twin cabin for single use with a 85% supplement.
            - Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.
            Included in the rate:
            · Transfers airport/hotel on Day 1 for travelers who arrive before 3 PM
            · 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar, with a welcome dinner and drinks on Day 1
            · Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island
            · Ship cruise as indicated in the program
            · Accommodation with full board & drinks served with meals
            · Guided shore excursions
            · Lectures and entertainment on board
            · Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
            · Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program
            · Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material


            Not included in the rate:
            · Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in program
            · Beverages purchased at the ship's bar
            · Personal insurance
            · Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
            · Tips (suggested USD 12 per person per day)
            · Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable

            Deposit & Payment

            Initial deposit is $1700 for Antarctic Express, $1700 for Small Ship Expeditions, $2700 for all other itineraries, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

            Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure.

            Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

            Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 130 days prior to departure.

            Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

            Cancellation Policy

            Days Prior to departureFee
            120+ Days75% of the Deposit
            119-9050%
            89-0100%