$6,700 - $11,800
Soaring snow-capped peaks, sheltered waterways, sculpted icebergs glowing blue from within and a riot of wildlife characterize the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the deep bays and fjords, where massive glaciers flank a rugged spine of snowy mountains. Scattered amongst penguin rookeries and basking seals, reminders of early explorers help bring history to life. Visit working scientific stations, which open the door to fascinating research. Make the most of time on this voyage with a Drake Passage crossing aboard the Polar Pioneer and return flight from King George Island.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
Enjoy a hearty, late afternoon welcome from friendly staff and Russian crew. You have time to settle in to your cabin and explore the ship before an evening departure. Watch for dolphins and albatross during the sail down the Beagle Channel.
Day 2: Crossing the Drake Passage
Cape petrels mesmerize you, but majestic wandering albatross take your breath away as you cross Drake Passage. Your biologists reveal Antarctica’s natural history, while environmental and safety briefings prepare you.
Day 3: South Shetland Islands
All eyes are peeled for your first iceberg and you feel the rush of adrenalin as you approach the South Shetland Islands and a possible landing.
Days 4 - 8: Exploring Antarctica
You make full use of daylight hours, taking every opportunity to explore the Peninsula’s wonders. Your expert guides will lead paddlers amongst the ice. Zodiac cruises, whale watching and a continental landing are on your wish list; flexibility is the key. You may visit scientific stations and historic sites, but your focus is close encounters with nature.
Day 9: At Sea
Bidding goodbye to Antarctica, you return to the realm of the albatross as you head for King George Island. It’s a time of photo-sharing, reflection, entertaining talks and maybe even a party or two.
Day 10: King George Island / Disembark / Punta Arenas, Chile
Dawn greets you King George Island. Enjoy an early breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Reverse Itinerary: 12/20/2013 (King George Island to Ushuaia, Argentina)
Mandatory Flights: $1,200 per person (12/11/2013, 12/20/2013). Mandatory flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, or reverse.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Sea Kayaking Option:
$995 per person (12/11/2013, 12/20/2013). Traveling in these sturdy, easy-handling, reliable kayaks is an exciting, low impact way to explore the stunning bays and wildlife breeding grounds along the Peninsula. If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please note, some sea kayaking experience is necessary.
Camping: Camping is optional, free of charge, subject to weather conditions and organized onboard the ship.
Diving Option: Select Departures
Diving can be offered on select Polar Pioneer voyages with a minimum of 8 participants. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Cabin accommodation on the ship; all meals onboard; all shore excursions; lectures and guide services; boots (for loan onboard); medical service of the resident medical officer onboard; port taxes and service charges.
Airfare; Mandatory flights from King George Island to Punta Arenas: $1,200; accommodation or transfers before or after the cruise; fuel surcharge may apply; optional sea kayaking activities, items of a personal nature; travel insurance; and gratuity to the ship's crew is at your discretion.
Return flight: (Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, or reverse)
In case the return flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas experiences a delay, passengers on board the ship will continue cruising near King George Island, until the return flight to Punta Arenas can be arranged.
Aircraft for Antarctic flights:
The decision over which aircraft will be used for the Antarctica Fly and Cruise program is at the sole discretion of the tour operator. In case of unfavorable conditions or other circumstances beyond the tour operator’s control, either at the point of origin and/or at the destination, the tour operator reserves the right to fly different aircraft than the one described in the program information material.
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