Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

8 Days / 7 Nights

Price fromUSD$13,495

Travel to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica. On this journey you will take a 2 hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. From here you will board your expedition vessel and cruise to 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. 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 magificent places. Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Aranas. Flying to and from Antarctica skips the infamous Drake Passage which can take 2 days to cross, which means more time to explore the incredible continent!

Your ship: Ocean Nova Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise map

Day 1: Punta Arenas Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile before 2pm where you are welcomed by staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

Day 2: Punta Arenas > King George 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.

Days 3 - 6: 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 views from the 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 magificent places.

Day 7: King George Island > Punta Aranas Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Aranas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and are not included in the program.

Day 8 : Punta Arenas After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

• Group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1. • 1 nights accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1. • 1 nights accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica. • Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the AirCruise Program. • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage. • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage. • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes. • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses. • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition. • All guided shore excursions. • Lectures and entertainment on board. • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material. • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica. • IAATO passenger fee.

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN SINGLE EXTRAS

2018

Jan 17, 22, 27

Feb 8, 13

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$13,495

$13,495

-

$18,795

$18,795

Triple

$11,795

$11,795

Departs

Ocean Nova 2018 Jan 17, 22, 27
Feb 8, 13

Booking conditions

An initial deposit of $1,500 USD per person is required to book a cabin. The balance is due in full 120 days prior to departure.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included. • Beverages purchased at the ship's bar. • Personal insurance. • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.). • Gratuities. • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.