Punta Arenas, ChileArrive in Punta Arenas. This evening’s briefing prepares you for your charter flight and the first leg of your expedition to Antarctica!
Fly to King George Island / EmbarkFirst fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. Settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare for your landings as the ship sets off across Bransfield Strait.
Wake in the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings you close to intricately-shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst kayakers glide into secluded bays.
Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down snow slopes. Immerse yourself in nature, spontaneity, and having fun - making sure to pause and celebrate as you bring in the New Year with your fellow travelers.
Make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, you can join a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!
Crossing the Drake PassageAs the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, your mind and soul revels in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories.
Disembark in Ushuaia, ArgentinaEnjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. We disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.