Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Flying from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and back. 8 days, 7 nights.


Fly and Cruise Antarctica
Air-Cruise Classic Antarctica

Duration: 7 nights
Starts: Punta Arenas, Chile
Ends: Punta Arenas, Chile
Languaje: English Speaking Voyage


Included Activities
Optional Activities


Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this trip takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.

Itinerary

© Rodrigo Moraga
© Philip Stone
© Nicolas Gildemeister

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you 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 while enjoying a typical regional menu.

DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

DAY 3-6 · 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, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

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, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

DAY 7 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. 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 8 · End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Itinerary

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you 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 while enjoying a typical regional menu.

DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

DAY 3-6 · 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, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

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, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

DAY 7 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. 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 8 · End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.


© Rodrigo Moraga
© Philip Stone
© Nicolas Gildemeister


INCLUSIONS

-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.

EXCLUSIONS

-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.).
-Gratuities.
-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.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.




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