Antarctic Adventure By Air and Sea
Aboard the Ocean Nova, Hebridean Sky, or Magellan Explorer

What Makes Our Antarctica Trips Special?

  • With over 30 years of experience in Antarctica, we know the continent intimately and have selected the best designed itineraries that combine adventure, style and safety.
  • Small ships provide a wonderful advantage, letting you anchor closer to shore and allowing more time to explore on land—larger vessels are far less maneuverable, and because of regulations in Antarctica must have their passengers wait in shifts to make landfall.
  • A stellar team of on-board experts accompanies you on twice-daily landings and provides fascinating presentations on their fields of expertise, from marine biology to Antarctic history.
  • Each of the ships we’ve chosen have ice-strengthened hulls and advanced stabilization systems—and all adhere to the IAATO’s strict environmental guidelines designed to preserve Antarctica’s unique environment.
  • The majority of the itineraries we’ve selected are aboard all-suite luxury expedition ships with ocean-view staterooms, and abundant public space for relaxing. A few adventure expedition ships are also featured which offer fascinating options to camp, ski, kayak and even scuba in Antarctica.

Overview

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 convenient 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 vessels, the Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky, 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!

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers.

Day 2
Fly to King George Island, Antarctica / Embark

A two-hour flight from Punta Arenas over Cape Horn and the mythical Drake Passage brings you to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Days 3-6
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

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, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with the expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. Your 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.

Day 7
Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding your flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Punta Arenas for overnight.

Day 8
Depart

Transfer to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flights.

Highlights

Highlights

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!

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $11,395  
Arrive: Punta Arenas, Chile
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 5 nights aboard expedition vessel, 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included, except dinner on second-to-last day (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

5-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, often rough seas and cold weather
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