Across the Antarctic Circle fly/cruise

Across the Antarctic Circle fly/cruise 11 days

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2 MAR, 2019 | Up to 10 nights

Across the Antarctic Circle fly/cruise 11 days

Aboard: Polar Pioneer

A classic expedition down to the Antarctic Peninsula with the added bonus of a crossing of the Polar Circle (subject to conditions). Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams before embarkation of the Polar Pioneer where you will cross the Drake Passage before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
At the end of the voyage, a flight is included from King George Island in the South Shetlands back to Punta Arenas. Scuba, snorkelling and kayaking options available.

Highlights

  • Spectacular Antarctic scenery
  • Cross the Polar Circle
  • Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
  • Adventure options such as camping, kayaking, mountaineering and snorkelling
  • Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
  • Visit historical and scientific sites

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Town tour, transfers and lunch in Puerto Williams pre-voyage
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • 1 night accommodation & transfers in Punta Arenas post-voyage
  • Zodiac landings and excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Polar parka

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Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams
1Day

Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams where your expedition begins. Enjoy a tour of the town and transfer to port for embarkation on the Polar Pioneer.

Drake Passage
2 - 3Days

Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history, and prepare us for landings with environmental, activity and Zodiac briefings. All eyes are peeled for first iceberg, first penguin and first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we may have a chance to go ashore by late afternoon on Day 3.

Antarctic Peninsula
4 - 9Days

Antarctic Peninsula

We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

King George Island - Punta Arenas
10Day

King George Island - Punta Arenas

We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.

Punta Arenas
11Day

Punta Arenas

After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements.

A view from Above

All Aboard

Polar Pioneer
Adventure vessel

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland as an ice-strengthened research ship with ice class 1A Super, making it perfect for navigation in Polar areas with heavy sea ice. With a legendary reputation as a strong and capable veteran expedition ship, it was refurbished in 2022 with a modernised lounge and upgraded cabins allowing for up to 48 guests to travel in comfort and in an intimate setting that offers an authentic expedition adventure. There is a mixture of cabins and suites, including suites and cabins with ensuite bathrooms and twin and triple cabins with shared facilities. All cabins have portholes or windows. Public areas include a refurbished lounge with bar, newly refurbished dining saloons, a sauna, and multiple viewing decks and raised decks for photography. There is an Open Bridge policy and, owing to its small guest numbers, all passengers are able to fit into the 5 Zodiacs at one time so there is no waiting to go on shore. This ship features the highest ice-class capable of exploring in ice and offers the smallest group size available for trips to Antarctica and South Georgia.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

Mr J Borg, Malta

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