This Antarctic experience flies from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island where you embark on a cruise of the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands for a full 6 days before flying back to Chile. This tour is excellent for those who wish to maximize time in Antarctica and minimize time sailing the high seas crossing the Drake Passage.This Antarctic cruise aboard the Magellan Explorer is an unforgettable experience you don't want to miss!
Sail south in an attempt to cross the Polar Circle
Cruise along ice-filled fjords and icebergs
Search for wildlife such as penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds
Attend engaging presentations by expert polar guides
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. Please note: Passengers must be in Punta Arenas at 2 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 2 PM.
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.
Day 3-8: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of seabirds, 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 are not included in the program.
Day 10: Return Home
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
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Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") Suite with two bedrooms, balcony, and sitting area.
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Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") With sitting area and balcony.
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Deluxe Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 4 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") Private balcony and sitting area.
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Located on Deck 5 (330 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78"). Balcony and sitting area.
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Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") Two-room suite with balcony and sitting area.
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Single Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). 1 king-size bed. Sitting area and balcony.
-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Cabin sharing, where solo travelers are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender is available in Porthole and Veranda Cabins.
-Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.85x the double occupancy rate for Porthole and Veranda Cabins types. Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Suite, and Grand Suite cabins are 2x the double occupancy rate.
-Children ages 12 and up are permitted onboard accompanied by an adult.
Please note: Passengers must be in Punta Arenas at 2 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 2 PM.
Included in the rate:
Group transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1
1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1. Please note: this complimentary hotel night applies only to travelers staying in double occupancy rooms. A supplement is already included in the rate for the Single Veranda Cabin, solo travelers in any other cabin type will be charged a supplement.
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
Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program
Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes
Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses
Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
All guided shore excursions
Lectures and entertainment on board
Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
IAATO passenger fee
Not included in the rate:
Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in program. Dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included
Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable
Initial deposit is $2500 plus the cost of adventure activities for the 2020-21 season, and $3000 plus the cost of adventure activities for the 2021-22 season, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.