Antarctic Express Air Cruise – Circle Crossing
11 days - Prices $10,995 - $17,995
Fly round-trip to Antarctica then cross the Circle by classic expedition ship on this active itinerary with kayaking and camping options, all without having to sail the Drake Passage.
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Take advantage of the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica: flying. A short flight takes you to the White Continent where you will enjoy all the Antarctic has to offer. Cruise south to explore some of Antarctica’s most pristine and rarely visited areas including the incredible wildlife colonies along the Antarctic Peninsula and in the South Shetland Islands. Navigate through some of the world’s most scenic waterways and attempt to land on the south of the Antarctic Circle. Take in the full Antarctic experience without having to cross the Drake Passage. Skip extra days at sea, while enjoying the beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife experiences of Antarctica.
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Begin your adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. If arriving early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy. In the afternoon, meet your fellow travelers at the hotel and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.
Day 2: Antarctica Flight / Embarkation Day
Cross the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours via chartered flight. Glimpse the dramatic Antarctica landscapes from a very unique perspective, as you descend for landing in the South Shetlands. Spend some time exploring the island before transferring to your ship by Zodiac. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!
Days 3 - 5: Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands
Few places in the world are as awe-inspiring as Antarctica. Much of Antarctica can only be fully appreciated through the human eye. Keep watch for whales and seabirds that populate the region. Expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.
Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! You might experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica by walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals. Each day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping in Antarctica, each day is full of excitement and energy. The Expedition Team will provide insights into the places you visit and offer photography tips to get the most out of your expedition.
Days 6 - 7: The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. Celebrate this feat with a well-earned glass of champagne! Take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.
Days 8 - 9: Northbound Along the Peninsula
Continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily while traveling north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Be on the lookout for penguins, seals and whales.
Day 10: Disembarkation / Fly to Punta Arenas
Disembark at King George Island. Relax on a short flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Day 11: Depart for Home
Make your own way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flight or continue on with other adventures.
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.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. No camping experience is necessary to participate in this program. Sleeping bags and all safety equipment are provided.
Sea Kayaking Option:
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Every effort will be made to ensure the program takes place, but due to weather conditions, flying in this region can be difficult and on rare occasions not possible. For this reason, we strongly recommend that all expedition travellers purchase a travel insurance policy including trip delay, cancellation and interruption insurance in case of weather. In the unlikely event that the charter flight is unable to fly on day 2 or day 3 due to weather delays, hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas will be provided. On day 4, should the charter flight not be able to take off by 1400hrs, the voyage will be officially cancelled.] Passengers will not be offered a refund by the shipping company in the event of trip cancellation, nor will they offer passengers compensation in the event of delay. The shipping company will make every effort to assist passengers with rebooking hotels or flights, but this will be at the cost of the passengers. Passengers on board the ship during a delay will remain on board with no additional cost until the time in which the charter flight is able to arrange transport. Passengers are advised to book changeable airlines tickets and have flexible travel arrangements upon disembarkation of the voyage in case delays arise. ExpeditionTrips will not be held responsible for any change/cancellations fees due to weather related delays or any other delays arising from force majeure.
A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to hotel for passengers who arrive on Day 1 of the program or one day prior only; one night pre-expedition hotel in Punta Arenas; included lunch in Punta Arenas prior to boarding, or on the charter flight to Antarctica; charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and from Antarctica to Punta Arenas; group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight to/from Antarctica; one night post-expedition hotel (with breakfast) in Punta Arenas; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.); all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an official parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare except the charter flights mentioned as included; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; supplements for adventure options; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.
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