Visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia Island.
Travel to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere in the footstep of explorer Ernest Shackleton! Enjoy views of spectacular mountains, towering icebergs, and abundant wildlife in Antarctica and South Georgia.
Duration: 16 days.
Embarkation: Punta Arenas, Chile.
Disembarkation: Punta Arenas, Chile.
Language: English speaking voyage.
INCLUDED IN THE RATE
-For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, except Allan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
-For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, except Magellan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
-1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
-Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the air-Cruise.
-Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
-Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
-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.
-Contingency Plan as described further on.
-IAATO passenger fee.
DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Our staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers.
DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Explore the area before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
DAY 3-5 · Exploring Antarctica
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. You will explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Day 6 · Elephant Island
Sailing north, we hope to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.
Day 7-8 · Sailing to South Georgia
As we sail northward, our historian and our naturalists offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge, while keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife.
Day 9-11 · South Georgia
The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favourable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.
Day 12-14 · Sailing towards South America
As the ship heads to South America, the program of presentations continues. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history.
Day 15 · At sea and Beagle Channel
Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you make your way to Ushuaia.
Day 16 · Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends.
SPECIFICALLY NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATE
-Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
-Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
-Personal travel insurance.
-Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
-Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
• The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
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THE POLAR TRAVEL COMPANY LLC
8175 NW 12 ST #130
Doral, FL 33126
Miami - Dade, Florida
Tel: +1 786 352 8686
Bulnes 1319, Buenos Aires.
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4° C, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.
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