Arrive Punta Arenas / Fly Puerto WilliamsFly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (included in cruise fare), enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. Have introductory and safety briefings before your evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.
Drake PassageCross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Your polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare you for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.
Antarctic ConvergenceSpirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking your crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, go ashore this afternoon.
Explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views.
As you continue south, ice conditions govern your movements. Whether you cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, you will celebrate in style.
With luck reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.
King George Island / Fly Punta ArenasArrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching your included charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. On arrival into Punta Arenas you will be transferred to your hotel, where tonight’s accommodation is included.
Return HomeEnjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements.