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Round-trip King George Island

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Fly in style to the last continent and indulge in 100% Antarctic beauty. Antarctica can be closer than you think. Skip the Drake Passage to fly Business Class from Punta Arenas straight to Antarctica. Let the Silver Explorer take you across the continent, immersed in the otherworldly beauty of the most extreme latitudes on the planet. In just 2 hours from Punta Arenas. Enjoy pre and post cruise hotel accommodation including bon voyage dinner and transfers. All-inclusive exploration awaits. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas | Fly to Antarctica | Embark
Days 2-5 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 6 : South Shetland Islands
Day 7 : King George Island | Disembark | Fly to Punta Arenas

Highlights

  • Skip the Drake Passage by flying straight to Antarctica
  • Discover King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands
  • Visit Antarctica Earth’s least-explored continent
  • Admire incredible wildlife including: Gentoo, Chinstrap & Adelie Penguins

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Silver Explorer

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Penguin and landscape Blue ice of Antarctica Elephant seal close up Gentoo penguin

Day 1 Punta Arenas | Fly to Antarctica | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its 1,150km² King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands. One of the islands closest to South America and only some 120 kilometers from the Antarctic Peninsula, King George Island was first seen by William Smith in 1819 and was named after George III, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover. 

One night pre-cruise included in Punta Arenas. 

Day 2-5 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. 

Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

Day 6 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ice-coated Antarctic Peninsula forms perhaps the most accessible region of mainland Antarctica, lying a mere 480-miles away from South America, across the fabled waters of Drakes Passage. Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews. Don’t be fooled though, these islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on earth.

Day 7 King George Island | Disembark | Fly to Punta Arenas

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive back at Kinr George Island and disembark, enjoy a bon voyage dinner, transfer and catch your flight back to Punta Arenas for your post-cruise night.

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Capacity-Controlled Rates
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may fluctuate at any time and subject to change without notice.
Please contact us for more details and current pricing.

Flexible New Booking Policy
For sailings departing through May 31, 2020, travelers have the option to cancel up to 2 days prior to departure and receive a full refund in the form of a future cruise credit.

For reservations made for travel between June 1- July 31, 2020, travelers have the option to cancel up to 30 days prior to departure for a full cash refund, or up until 2 days prior to departure for a future cruise credit.

Travelers booked on cruises departing between August 1- December 31, 2020, have the option to cancel up to 30 days prior to departure for a full cash refund. Full cash refunds are subject to a $200 administrative fee. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE
  •  1 night pre-cruise hotel and 1 day-use post-cruise
  •  Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  •  In-country flights when required by itinerary
  •  Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  •  Parka
  •  Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  •  Spacious suites
  •  Butler service in every suite
  •  Unlimited Free Wifi
  •  Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  •  Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  •  Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  •  In-suite dining and room service
  •  Onboard entertainment
  •  Onboard gratuities
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