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You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time
Take advantage of this fast and most direct way to Antarctica with a cross over the Drake Passage
Enjoy the spectacular highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
Experience an intimate close up with penguins and seals!
Welcome each day with the excitement to experience new sightings and photo opportunities
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Day 3-6: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Day 7: Disembarkation and Fly to Punt Arenas
Day 8: Depart for Home
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the
most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many
museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early
afternoon, our representative will bring everyone
together to your starting hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and
be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
will have you crossing the infamous Drake Passage in only a few hours.
Way below, the ship is approaching King George Island for your arrival.
The dramatic Antarctic landscapes soon become visible as your plane
descends for landing in the South Shetlands. After landing, stretch your
legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred
by Zodiac to your ship . Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail
for the Peninsula!
Day 3 - 6: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
There are few places in the world as evocative as
Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if
you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.
Your first sightings will be from the ship itself.
As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and
seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert
lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology,
history and wildlife of the region.
Even more exciting are your daily excursions to
land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget!
Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most
intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each
landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents
new sightings and photo opportunities. You may take a Zodiac cruise in
search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a
hike to a chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a
calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night
while camping in Antarctica, you’ll welcome each day with the excitement
and energy of a young child. Our Expedition Team will be with you all
along, providing insights into the places you visit and offering
photography tips to get the most out of your expedition.
Day 7: Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas
After your four days of exploration, you’ll say
goodbye to the Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your
three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile
brings your journey to an end. After we transfer you from the airport to
the hotel, you can enjoy one final dinner (not included) to reminisce
about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
Day 8: Depart for Home
After breakfast, you will make your own way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is
part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no
guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A
measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage.
There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and
South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others
equally as interesting.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
World Explorer: Ship Cabins
Introducing The World Explorer, an all balcony suites, featuring amenities and guest comforts to maximise the exploration off and on the ship.The ship will set sail in 2019 and will offer a 5-star level of service to all guests. The images below are artist impressions and may differ slightly.