Antarctic Express Cruise/Fly 6 daysAboard: Hebridean Sky
This expedition is ideal for those who have time constraints but still wish to enjoy an authentic Antarctica experience. Departure is by sea from Ushuaia and across the Drake Passage towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Then return by air from King George Island in the South Shetlands to Punta Arenas in Chile.
Note, this itinerary does not include any landings on the Antarctic mainland
- Land at Cape Horn
- Crossing the Drake Passage
- Spectacular scenery
- Whales, seals and birdlife
- Fly back to mainland
- Full board accommodation on board ship, including wine/beer with meals
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Transfers in Punta Arenas
- Post cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas
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Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon 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
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 but rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
At Sea - Drake Passage
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging programme of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. Spot the massive variety of sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
South Shetland Islands
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.
King George Island
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. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for return or onward travel.
A view from Above
Previously known as 'Sea Explorer', this is a purpose-built luxury expedition ship with all-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers in a mixture of double or twin cabins and suites, each with satellite TV, DVD player, telephone, bathroom, etc. Public areas include library with internet access, lounge and presentation room, exercise room, sun-deck with Jacuzzi, passenger lift, etc. The ship has a 1C ice class rating for navigation in polar waters.
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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
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
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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