Antarctica Explorer Fly/Sail

From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas OR From Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

In this frozen region of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a backdrop of bristling mountain ranges and surreal icebergs. Taking in the Drake Passage, the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula we thread our way on our Antarctic cruise through an intricate system of icy waterways, as we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet. Crossing the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle is a moment to celebrate, and we do so with enthusiasm.

You will be joined on your expedition cruise by knowledgeable experts delivering a variety of presentations on the natural wonders of the polar region as well as historical accounts of the great Antarctic explorers. At this time of year, wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant as mother birds encourage their fledgeling young out into the open and minke and humpback whales and orcas feed in the still waters. An Antarctic cruise like this is a trip of a lifetime.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers and explore the ship before evening cruise down the Beagle Channel. NOTE: Some departures will start with a flight from Punta Arenas to either King George Island or Puerto Williams. Please check the port for each departure date. The following itinerary is a guide and will change dependent on the voyage departure.
We recommend at least 1 night pre-cruise in Ushuaia/Punta Arenas. Please ask for more details
Overnight on board Polar Pioneer in your selected cabin

NOTE: Itinerary varies depending on date. Please contact us for more details.

Day 2-3
Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history, and prepare us for landings with environmental, activity and Zodiac briefings. All eyes are peeled for first iceberg, first penguin and first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we may have a chance to go ashore by late afternoon on Day 3.
Overnight on board Polar Pioneer in your selected cabin

Day 4-9
Antarctic Peninsula

We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in unparalleled beauty of Antarctica’s landscape. We make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the 'inner route' or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck, we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. If ice conditions allow, we may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille Islands before returning north to warmer climes.
Overnight on board Polar Pioneer in your selected cabin

Day 10
King George Island Punta Arenas

We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.
Overnight in Punta Arenas

Day 11
Punta Arenas

After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements. Additional Information: On arrival in Punta Arenas a transfer is included to Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel. It is advised that you overnight in Punta Arenas, but not mandatory. Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1700 hours. PLEASE NOTE: The above itinerary is an example. Expedition itinerary will change dependent on departure and arrival points. Please ask for more details

Day 1-2
Punta Arenas King George Island

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow’s flight.

The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to in very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island.

Please note - ANP131G operates in reverse.

Day 3-8
Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula’s western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we’re lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more.

We hope to visit the large Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Day 9-10
Drake Passage

Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. On the journey our expedition team recap all the incredible things we’ve witnessed, or look out for albatross or whales along the way, or perhaps you’ll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.

Day 11-12
Ushuaia

We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you’ll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel.

Note - ANP133G is a FLY/FLY voyage and finishes with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas and one night’s accommodation post-voyage.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • Included Copy 7 Hotels not included in itinerary
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Included Copy 20 Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer a
  • Included Copy 7 Meals not included in the itinerary
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Included Copy 20 Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Included Copy 20 A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Included Copy 20 A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
  • Included Copy 7 International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Included Copy 7 Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 7 Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Included Copy 7 Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 7 Optional activity surcharges
  • Included Copy 7 All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (ou
Transportation
Greg Mortimer | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

160 (120 in polar regions) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Sea Kayaking (available at additional cost, please ask us for details)
  • Included Photography lectures (free, please ask us for details)
  • Included Scuba Diving (available at additional cost, please ask us for details)
  • Included Snorkelling (available at additional cost, please ask us for details)
  • Included Alpine Trekking/Climbing (available at additional cost, please ask us for details)
  • Included Camping (free, please ask us for details)
  • Included Snowshoeing (available at additional cost, please ask us for details)
  • Included Stand-Up Paddleboarding (available at additional cost, please ask us for details)
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Duration

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