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Antarctica Express Air-Cruise 6 days

Destination(s): Ushuaia, Argentina & King George Island, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Frequency: Set departures November 2019 thru January 2020
Price: Starting at $5,695.00* per person (Double)
  *on request
Deadline to book: Open Booking

Leaving from Ushuaia, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica.

The program includes flying from Antarctica by air, and cruising by ship along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Package Includes:

  • Four nights accommodation aboard the M/V Ocean Nova or M/V Hebridean Sky
    • Guided shore excursions
    • All meals on board: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Lectures and on board entertainment
    • Boots for landing excursions
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas at Hotel Cabo de Hornos 
    • Breakfast 
  • One-way airfare from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • IAATO passenger fee
  • Shared airport transfers per itinerary
  • Local assistance

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Applicable airport departure taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
* Discounted rates available, limited time only!!!

Day 1.   Ushuaia - Cruise

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.

Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr.

At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.

Day 2.   Cruise

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

Day 3.   Cruise

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

Day 4.   Cruise

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

Day 5.   King George Island – Punta Arenas

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.).

Day 6.   Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Note: The January 5-11, 2016 departure (AE3-XPL) on board Sea Explorer is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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