This expedition is great for those with a limited amount of time, combining a short flight between Punta Arenas and the Chilean Frei Station on King George Island, with a ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula. The coldest, driest, windiest and most remote continent on earth, here you will explore vast icy seas and meet the unique wildlife from zodiacs and on foot on this 8-day itinerary. Explore ice-filled fjords and cruise among spectacular icebergs, visit vast penguin colonies and have the opportunity to stand on the continent of Antarctica (conditions permitting). As with many of our safaris in the Polar Regions, flexibility is the key and your exact itinerary will depend on nature and weather conditions.
A wonderful way in which to explore Antarctica without having to transit the notorious Drake Passage crossing, avoiding the roughest seas and saving time travelling to Antarctica. You will fly to King George Island before boarding your expedition ship and exploring the Great White Continent.
Day 1 - Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by our guides and transferred to a comfortable hotel. In the afternoon, attend a briefing that provides important information about the voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. In the evening guests gather for a welcome dinner, where you will meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. Please Note: Expedition members should plan to be in Punta Arenas before 14:00 hours, at the latest. (D)
Day 2 - Punta Arenas - King George Island
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, located in the mountainous and wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. You will now be able to explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a zodiac to board your expedition ship which will be home for the following days. (B, L, D)
Days 3 - 6 - South Shetland & The Antarctic
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 seabirds, 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 educational presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - King George Island - Puntas Arenas
Today you bid farewell to Antarctica and return to King George Island before flying back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer back to your hotel for the night. (B, L)
Day 8 - Depart Punta Arenas
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward journey. (B)
The world’s first polar expedition ship designed for Antarctic fly-cruise operations. Custom-built to take on polar waters and navigate seamlessly through narrow Antarctic channels, the Magellan Explorer boasts state-of-the-art technology, sleek and stylish interior spaces, and boutique hospitality.
The MS Greg Mortimer has been meticulously designed for luxury expedition cruising. Its size enables access to hard to reach areas and its modern, sleek design complete with several open-air observation areas and 270-degree views ensures the best in both comfort and wildlife sightings. This ship is also designed to consider our presence in nature, with reduced emissions and reduced light pollution alongside virtual anchoring to ensure non-intrusive voyages.
The Ocean Nova is a sister ship to the Sea Endurance (formerly M/S Quest) and was originally built in Denmark in 1992 to serve the west coast of Greenland. Successfully refurbished between 1994 and 1995 and again in 2006, the Ocean Nova now cruises around Svalbard and Antarctica. By taking a trip to the latter, you'll be able to sail through the stark yet beautiful seas of the Great White Continent, spot gigantic floating icebergs and keep your eyes peeled for penguins, seals and more!
Features comfortable, spacious cabins throughout which each include a window or porthole with exterior views. Sleeping up to 134 passengers on board, this is a relatively small ship for Antarctic travel, yet it still boasts plenty of communal areas and large decks to allow ample space for you to relax. The ship was built in Denmark in 1972 but has since been refurbished to ensure modern furnishings and comfortable surroundings as well as ship stabilisers to assist with safety when manoeuvering through the ice.
All cabins aboard the M/S Hebridean Sky (formerly the M/V Sea Explorer) are suites, each featuring a marble-appointed bathroom, sitting area and sea views. There are also two larger suites with balconies accessed via glass sliding doors. You will spend your time exploring the landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, returning to your ship where your guides and expert team will provide you with in-depth information and answer any questions you may have regarding the expeditions.
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|Jan 14 - Jan 21 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||19000|
|Jan 22 - Jan 29 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17000|
|Dec 31 - Jan 07 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||20000|
|Jan 31 - Feb 07 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||19000|
|Feb 01 - Feb 08 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17000|
|Feb 05 - Feb 12 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||19000|
|Feb 11 - Feb 18 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17000|
|Feb 25 - Mar 03 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17500|
|Mar 01 - Mar 08 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17500|
|Nov 26 - Dec 03 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17000|
|Dec 02 - Dec 09 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||14500|
|Dec 16 - Dec 23 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||17000|
|Dec 22 - Dec 29 2024||120||8 Days||Small Group Safari||16500|