Antarctic Air-Cruise aboard the M/V Ocean Nova

6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 1     Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by ANTARCTICA XXI staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, attend a briefing about your voyage and the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors and gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers.

Day 2   Punta Arenas - King George Island

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands.   As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Day 3 to Day 6    South Shetland Islands - West coast of Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.  Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. 

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.  While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.  Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

Day 7    King George Island - Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas.

N.B. Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas.  One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is included on day 7 if required.

 

Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and un-predictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and

that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants. 

In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, ANTARCTICA XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage

   Dates & Prices:

   2014 / 15

   Prices Per Person US$

   Departure date                    Triple             Twin            Single

   02, 07, 12, 17 Dec                9795             10895           14995

   22, 27, Dec                            11495           12995           18595

   17, 22,  27 Jan                      10595           11995           16895

   01, 06, 11 Feb                       10595           11995           16895

Inclusions:

Transfers airport/hotel/airport in Punta Arenas, 1 night in Punta Arenas at 4 star hotel / welcome dinner & drinks on first day, 1 hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on return from Antarctica, flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station, daily buffet breakfast and lunch, dinner, wine/beer/soft drinks, coffee/tea/hot chocolate/water/snacks throughout the expedition, all guided shore excursions, lectures/entertainment on board, loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica,

Exclusions:

Airfares, items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities (suggested USD 10 per person per day), airport taxes, excess baggage charges, travel insurance, visas or passport expenses.