Antarctica Air Cruise

   
 
 

Antarctica Express Air Expedition Cruise

2018 Departures
January 14
Prices From$5695 per Person Double
$4695 per Person Triple
$2300 Single Supplement
2017 Departures
November 29
Prices From$5695 per Person Double
$4695 per Person Triple
$2300 Single Supplement
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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.

Note: The January 10, 2017 departure (AE3-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.

Cabins on Hebridean Sky are at higher price.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Ushuaia - Beagle Channel - Puerto Williams
On Board the Ocean Nova
Meals: Dinner

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board the vessel 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 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

At 4.00pm, 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     Cape Horn - Drake Passage
On Board the Ocean Nova
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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     Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands - King George Island
On Board the Ocean Nova
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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     South Shetland Islands
On Board the Ocean Nova
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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
Meals: Breakfast

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
Meals: Breakfast

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

 

Notes

Baggage Allowance

The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 15 kg per passenger, including hand luggage (Canadian Air Safety Regulations applicable for these flights). Excess baggage will be transferred to Punta Arenas, free of charge, and will be delivered to passengers upon return from Antarctica. We strongly recommend using soft bags and NOT hard suitcases.

Important Notice

Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason, we reserve the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond our control without consulting the participants. Any change to the planned itinerary will be made exclusively and absolutely according to the judgment of the Captain of the aircraft or the vessel. It is understood that such decisions will be made in the best interests of all the passengers and with regard to the safety of the vessel and the aircraft.

A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason, we strongly suggest that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case, not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica.

Price Includes
Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
Meals Daily Shipboard
Accommodations in Select Cabin Category
Flight King George Island - Punta Arenas
Transfer Airport to Port in Ushuaia
Individual Information Packet
Conferences and Shipboard Entertainment
Shore Excursions
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