The blue ice of an Antarctic iceberg
The Antarctic Peninsula is a world like no other, from its blue-white icebergs to its wildlife colonies. Our Zodiac excursions allow us an up-close perspective of its wonders.
Photo by Vladimir Seliverstov
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Cost From:||$9700 see pricing|
|Arrive:||Punta Arenas, Chile|
|Depart:||Punta Arenas, Chile|
|Lodging:||5 nights aboard expedition vessel, 1 night hotel describe|
|Meals:||All meals included|
|Activity:||Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History|
5-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, often rough seas and cold weather
- Fly to King George Island in Antarctica (and avoid the crossing of the Drake Passage)
- Enjoy four full days cruising in Antarctica aboard the comfortable Ocean Nova, with shore landings and Zodiac excursions
- Revel in outstanding scenery and a wealth of wildlife, from millions of penguins to seabirds, seals, and whales
- Perfect for those with limited time!
Choosing the Right Trip
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Antarctica is one of the most magnificent and pristine destinations imaginable, with snow-clad mountains rising straight from the sea and a wealth of fascinating wildlife, from millions of penguins to a plethora of seabirds, seals, and whales. A visit here is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling experiences in the world. This adventure takes advantage of a spectacular flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, avoiding the two-day, 600-mile crossing of the infamous Drake Passage. We soar high above the Southern Ocean and keep an eye out for the first icebergs as we approach our airstrip. Upon arrival, we board our comfortable expedition vessel, the Ocean Nova, for four full days of exploring the wonders of the “Last Continent.” If you’re limited in time, this is the perfect way to experience Antarctica!
Itinerary at a Glance
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Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where we are met and transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon, we attend a briefing that provides important information about our voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, we gather for a welcome dinner and meet our fellow adventurers.
Fly to King George Island, Antarctica / Embark
A two-hour flight from Punta Arenas over Cape Horn and the mythical Drake Passage brings us to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, we explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac to embark our expedition vessel.
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
We cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, we disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with our expert polar guides. On board the ship, we attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing our daily adventures with fellow guests. Our voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, and many other magnificent places.
We return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding our flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, connect with homeward-bound flights.
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Note: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.
What the Trip is Like
The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy. You will be travelling to a very remote destination. You must be able to complete on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down steep gangways. Shore excursions often require hiking over uneven terrain without the benefit of a developed trail. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. While several Zodiac landings are dry, many will require that you step in the water to get ashore. Zodiac and shore excursions are weather permitting.
Dec 2- 8, 2013 Shoulder Season
Dec 12-18, 2013 Low Season
Dec 17-23, 2013 Low Season
Dec 22-28, 2013 High Season
Dec 27, 2013-Jan 2, 2014 High Season
Jan 17-23, 2014 Shoulder Season
Jan 22-28, 2014 Shoulder Season
Feb 1- 7, 2014 Shoulder Season
Feb 6-12, 2014 Shoulder Season
Feb 11-17, 2014 Shoulder Season
Aboard the Ocean Nova
Per person, double occupancy
|Cabin Category||Low Season||Shoulder Season||High Season|
Argentine Reciprocity Fee for US citizens: $160
(must be obtained in advance online)
Trip Cost Includes:
- Transfers in Punta Arenas on the first and last day of the voyage (in case of using the complimentary hotel upon return from Antarctica, no transfer is included the following day)
- 1 overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Rey Don Felipe or other hotel of similar category and a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1
- 1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica
- Round-trip flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula
- Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise
- All guided shore excursions
- Lectures and entertainment on board
- Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
- Contingency Plan (see Trip Details in Detailed Itinerary for specifics)
Trip Cost Does Not Include:Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan; personal insurance; extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.); gratuities (suggested USD $10 per person per day); visas or passport expenses; any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: $2000
120 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
The BAE-146 aircraft is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which makes it particularly suited for operating in Antarctica. ...
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