Antarctic Express Fly/Cruise/Fly 8 daysAboard: World Explorer
This unique express expedition offers those short on time the ideal opportunity to explore what Antarctica has to offer, whilst also avoiding the sometimes rough Drake Passage crossing. We will reach the exceptionally scenic, wildlife paradise of Antarctica by air, flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. From here you will board your Polar expedition vessel to enjoy 4 days of exploration around the South Shetland Islands and stunning Antarctic Peninsula.
Enjoying thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, getting up close to huge colonies of bustling penguins as they go about their daily lives, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, and of course stepping foot on the magnificent 7th continent…this adventure of a lifetime is sure to delight even the most experienced of travellers. A fantastic opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular places on earth without spending 4 days getting there.
- Fly the Drake Passage
- Spectacular scenery
- See numerous species of penguin
- Abundant wildlife including birds, whales and seals
- Enjoy exciting Zodiac excursions
- Activity options including kayaking, paddling & stand-up paddleboarding
- One night's pre and post trip hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas
- Flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and return
- Full board ship accommodation including all meals, snacks & hot & soft drinks on board
- Beer & wine during dinner
- All zodiac excursions and landings
- Programme of expert lectures and presentations
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Expedition parka to keep
- All service and port charges
- Emergency evacuation insurance to max. US$100,000pp
- Group transfer from airport to hotel on day 1, and hotel to airport on day 2
- Group transfer from airport to hotel on day 7
- Welcome/briefing dinner on day 1
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Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, where after having arrived independently you can join a group transfer from the airport to your hotel for an included overnight stay. Punta Arenas is the most populated city in southern Patagonia and we recommend arriving early to allow you some time to discover some of the city’s many museums, restaurants and shops. In the afternoon you will meet your fellow passengers and tour representatives for a briefing on the adventures that lie ahead, before enjoying an included welcome dinner and a good night’s rest in preparation for embarkation day.
Fly to King George Island
Today your adventure begins in earnest as you join your transfer to the airport for your 3 hour flight to Antarctica! A buzz of excitement will be in the air as you board your plane ready to fly across the legendary Drake Passage. Within just a few hours you will catch your first glimpse of the dramatic Antarctica landscapes below as your plane prepares to land in the South Shetland Islands. Flying into Antarctica is a unique and exciting experience and upon landing the excitement continues as we leave the plane and step foot on the white continent, one of the most remote and spectacular places on earth. We can stretch our legs and take a walk around the island before boarding our Zodiac boats to transfer to our Polar expedition ship to begin our sail to the Antarctic Peninsula.
You are likely to feel a sense of euphoria as we reach the peninsula and Antarctica’s spectacular beauty really comes to light. There are few places in the world that could match Antarctica’s dramatic pristine landscapes and today you get to be one of a small group of people who have been able to witness this outstanding area up close. Soon you will begin to appreciate exactly why these remarkable lands have long captivated the attentions of explorers and intrepid adventurers.
As with all Antarctica expeditions our exact itinerary over the course of the next 4 days will be flexible and dependent upon weather and ice conditions, with your captain and experienced crew deciding each day on the best course for unrivalled wildlife, scenery and adventure experiences. Each expedition to Antarctica is different and you can be guaranteed of multiple unique, once in a lifetime moments that you will live long in the memory.
Exploring each day by Zodiac boat alongside your experienced expedition crew you will discover multiple bays, channels and landing sites on a constant lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback and minke whales, various southern seal species and, of course, bustling penguin rookeries. You are likely to see at least 3 different penguin species on your trip and one of our favourite places for spotting penguins is Danco Island where we can enjoy a short hike to visit a large colony which resides high up on a ridge that affords spectacular views of the surrounding pristine landscape.
There will ample opportunities for enjoyable hikes and walks throughout our time in Antarctica and the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings.
Throughout your time here you can enjoy walks along the beaches alongside the penguins, thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, experience the awesome sights and sounds of calving glaciers including those in Neko Harbour, and fully immerse yourself in all that this wonderful continent has to offer. For the more adventurous we highly recommend a Polar Plunge in the frigid Antarctic waters, and there will be exciting kayaking and paddling options available too.
King George Island to Punta Arenas
After your thrilling exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula we will arrive back at King George Island to disembark the ship and bid a fond farewell to our expedition team before boarding our flight back to Punta Arenas. The flight back across the Drake Passage takes approximately 3 hours and upon arrival back in Punta Arenas you can join your group transfer to your hotel for an included overnight stay. This evening is yours to do with what you please. Spend some time collating all of the many photos you will have taken on your adventure, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant, or reminisce with your new found friends about all that you have experienced together over the last week.
After breakfast at the hotel it will be time to check out and bid goodbye to your fellow passengers as your thrilling Antarctica adventure comes to an end.
A view from Above
This brand new (2018) luxurious polar vessel features outstanding amenities, all suites cabins which all have balconies, great ice-classification and more.
The ship offers a 5 star level of service with lots of space for guests, and plenty of public areas in which to relax. Features of this vessel include a glass domed observation lounge, an Explorer Lounge, a Bow Observation Deck with 3-5m wide walkway which circles forward bow 30’ above water line for excellent wildlife viewing, a library area, outdoor running track, gym, sauna, spa, dining room, welcoming bar and beautiful bedroom suites. Each suite features its own balcony, private bathroom, seating area and state of the art “infotainment” system.
The vessel also features an advanced, environmentally friendly hybrid propulsion system and a silent mode for enhanced on and off-ship guest experience.
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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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