Antarctic Circle Fly/Cruise

Antarctic Circle Fly/Cruise 10 days

Prices From £15,662pp
January to February | 9 nights

Air Credit Discount!

Single Cabins Available

Antarctic Circle Fly/Cruise 10 days

Aboard: M/V Ocean Nova Magellan Explorer

This expedition is ideal for those who wish to reach the Antarctic Circle but prefer not to experience the sea crossing of the Drake Passage, or those who have time constraints. Departure is by air from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands and return, with a classic Antarctic Peninsula expedition and Circle crossing in between. This expedition allows for more time exploring one of the most remote and spectacular places on earth, with thrilling Zodiac cruises, wildlife observations and an exciting crossing of the Circle. Optional kayaking and hiking/snowshoeing activities available.

This trip operates aboard 2 different vessels - the M/V Ocean Nova and the Magellan Explorer. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Highlights

  • Fly the Drake Passage
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Penguins, Birds, whales and seals
  • Optional kayaking, snowshoeing & hiking

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship, including wine/beer with meals
  • Shore and Zodiac excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of waterproof boots
  • Return flights Punta Arenas to Antarctica
  • Transfers in Punta Arenas
  • Pre and post cruise hotel nights in Punta Arenas

Air Credit Discount!

Book select departures by June 30th and receive a £ travel credit discount off your fare!

Offer applicable when booked before 1st July 2024

Applies to new bookingson select departures, subject to availability. Full terms & conditions apply. / Available on selected dates/vessels.

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Punta Arenas
1Day

Punta Arenas

Your Antarctica itinerary begins in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas where, after having arrived independently, a representative will greet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel for your included overnight stay. An afternoon briefing will take place at the hotel which will offer an insight into what to expect on your expedition, guidelines for visitors to Antarctica and Zodiac boat procedures. In the evening you can enjoy a typical Magellan welcome dinner with your fellow expeditioners before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead. Many guests choose to arrive in Punta Arenas, the gateway to Patagonia, a day before their tour starts in order to enjoy some of the nearby countryside and national park. If this is something that may be of interest to you please feel free to ask for details and special offers that may be available for extending your stay.

King George Island
2Day

King George Island

This morning your adventure truly begins, and after breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. This scenic 2 hour flight will see you fly across Cape Horn and the famous Drake Passage, and will have you touched down in the heart of Antarctica in next to no time. Upon arrival you will be greeted with the awe-inspiring feeling of the clear Antarctica air filling your lungs and the sense that you have truly arrived in the greatest and most remarkable wilderness on the planet. After an exploration around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located we will make our way to Fildes Bay to hop into Zodiac boats which will take you to your expedition ship for embarkation. As you settle in to your comfortable cabin and explore your new surroundings your ship will begin its sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula. We recommend some time on deck or in the observation lounge for your first spot of iceberg photography and perhaps some whale and Antarctic bird spotting.

Antarctic Peninsula & Circle
3 - 8Days

Antarctic Peninsula & Circle

As our exploration of Antarctica begins in earnest we will sail along the ice-filled fjords between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Peninsula to discover a world of spectacular icebergs, penguins, whales and seabirds. As with any expedition to Antarctica, flexibility is the key, and your captain and experienced crew will take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature to chart the best course for unrivalled wildlife and scenic opportunities. Every Antarctica expedition is different but there are a number of specific areas you can expect to visit over the course of your 6 days here. These locations will give you the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment and include such iconic spots as Paradise Bay, Paulet Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island and Hope Bay, as well as sailing through the incredibly scenic Lemaire Channel and much more. Every day will bring a new adventure and we will explore by Zodiac and on foot to experience all that this remarkable area has to offer. The ultimate goal of the expedition will be to sail far south to reach the Polar Circle, and the fantastic achievement of crossing the Circle will be truly celebrated and rewarded with the sometimes overwhelming thought of being one of very few people to have ever achieved this.

Throughout your time here an engaging program of lectures and presentations will be offered on board, and for the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing. Please note that these activities should be booked in advance and incur an additional cost.

King George Island - Punta Arenas
9Day

King George Island - Punta Arenas

After your exhilarating exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula it will be time to make our way back to King George Island to disembark the ship and board our flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas you will be transferred to your hotel for your included overnight stay. Please note that there are no meals included for this portion of your stay in Punta Arenas, apart from breakfast.

Punta Arenas
10Day

Punta Arenas

After breakfast at your hotel this morning your itinerary will sadly come to an end. A transfer will be provided to the airport for your onward or homeward flights.

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All Aboard

M/V Ocean Nova
Mid range vessel

M/V Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 and refurbished in 2006. It has a fully classified ice-strengthened hull, so is ideally suited for polar waters. There is a total of 45 cabins, all with windows and en-suite facilities. These include single, twin and triple berth cabins. Public areas include two dining rooms, observation lounge/presentation lounge, bar, library, exercise room and hospital. There is plenty of deck space for scenery and wildlife viewing. There is an open bridge policy.

Magellan Explorer
First class vessel

Magellan Explorer

The world’s first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations, the stylishly designed Magellan Explorer effortlessly combines boutique hospitality with expedition excellence to provide a supremely comfortable experience for your Antarctica adventures. Every element of this strong and agile expedition ship has been expertly designed to enhance guests’ expedition experience and it has been built to the very latest Polar Code specifications. Advanced features include Polar Class 6 ice-class rating, stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters and ice-detecting radar. An energy-recovery system that recycles the heat produced by the engines to warm up the ship and its water supply enables the ship to reduce its environmental footprint and allows guests to travel in a more eco-friendly and conscientious manner.

The Magellan Explorer offers five different accommodation categories, with each berth having been styled by a renowned interior design studio based in Santiago de Chile. The finest details have been carefully considered to provide a modern, comfortable and stylish environment in which to relax in after a long day of Antarctic adventures. Each cabin is spacious and bright and features large king-size or twin beds, private bathrooms and seating areas. The majority of cabins feature private verandahs or balconies.

The public areas of the ship include a grand dining room which offers buffet breakfast and lunch and table-service dinner, a BBQ deck for al-fresco dining, a spacious forward-facing observation lounge and bar that is also used to deliver briefings and educational presentations, an outdoor observation deck that has been designed to allow close contact with the surrounding environment, a library, gymnasium, sauna and gift shop.

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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.

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