Arrive in Punta Arenas, ChileToday you make your own way to the group hotel where you will meet your fellow expeditioners and enjoy your first group dinner. Overnight at the hotel
Fly to King George IslandFly 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 you for landings as your expedition cruise sets off across Bransfield Strait.
Weddell SeaAccess to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. Your ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer, helmed by a highly-experienced Russian Captain give you the best chance to thread your way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.
Antarctic ExplorationWeather systems and shifting pack ice dictate your schedule. You may visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, fossil-rich Seymour Island and historic Snow Hill Island. You may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil islands. You may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever you go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.
Western PeninsulaHead for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. Make wildlife offshore islands, a continental landing, visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise amidst bergs. Whales are abundant as they prepare to migrate north. Listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.
Drake PassagePetrels, prions and albatross accompany you across Drake Passage. Final talks help polish your Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting. Gather for a celebratory dinner as you enter the Beagle Channel.
Disembark in Puerto Williams / Fly Punta ArenasA pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare you to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the rustic port and surrounds before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.