Antarctic Express - Crossing the Circle

Overview

Enjoy Antarctica in style - by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island in Antarctica. Skipping all the extra days at sea, you’ll enjoy only the best scenery and wildlife experiences of the Antarctic. Prepare yourself for a sensory overload, as you will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the White Continent. Soon after landing in Antarctica, our team of Polar Experts on the ship will have you searching for penguins and whales in Antarctica.

 

TRIP CODE
ACTSAEX
DEPARTURE
20-Dec-2017
DURATION
11 Days
LOCATIONS
Antarctica

Itinerary

Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Cabin
Inclusions

THIS EXPEDITION INCLUDES

• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage

• All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting

• Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader

• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the  daily program

• Formal and informal presentations by  our Expedition Team and guest speakers  as scheduled

• Downloadable photographic journal documenting the expedition

• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings

• An expeditions parka to keep

• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around  the clock

• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin

• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative  Antarctic Reader

• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

• All luggage handling aboard the ship

• Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of  US$100,000 per person

• Group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary (or one day prior)

• One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast

• A briefing dinner on arrival day to prepare you for your trip

• Group transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas pre-expedition

• Flights to and from Antarctica as specified in the itinerary

• Group transfer from airport in Punta Arenas to hotel post-expedition

• One night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with  breakfast.

 

THIS EXPEDITION EXCLUDES

• Any airfare unless otherwise specified in  the itinerary

• Passport and visa expenses

• Government arrival and departure taxes

• Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified

• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance

• Excess baggage charges

• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified

• Telecommunications charges

• The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

• Transfer from hotel to airport at the end of the expedition

Difficulty Rating 2 (light adventure)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request

Notes

Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. Contact us for more details

Price Dependent upon

Season and availability

Sustainability

GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS TO THE ANTARCTIC

RECOMMENDATION XVIII-1, ADOPTED AT THE ANTARCTIC TREATY MEETING, KYOTO, 1994

Activities in the Antarctic are governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and associated agreements, referred to collectively as the Antarctic Treaty System. The Treaty established Antarctica as a zone of peace and science.

In 1991, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties adopted the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which designates the Antarctic as a natural reserve. The Protocol sets out environmental principles, procedures and obligations for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment, and its dependent and associated ecosystems. The Consultative Parties have agreed that as far as possible and in accordance with their legal system, the provisions of the Protocol should be applied as appropriate. The Environmental Protocol was ratified in January 1998.

The Environmental Protocol applies to tourism and non-governmental activities, as well as governmental activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area. It is intended to ensure that these activities, do not have adverse impacts on the Antarctic environment, or on its scientific and aesthetic values.
This Guidance for Visitors to the Antarctic is intended to ensure that all visitors are aware of, and are therefore able to comply with, the Treaty and the Protocol. Visitors are, of course, bound by national laws and regulations applicable to activities in the Antarctic.


PROTECT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.

Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.
Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
Do not use guns or explosives. Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic, such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats, or house plants.
RESPECT PROTECTED AREAS

A variety of areas in the Antarctic have been afforded special protection because of their particular ecological, scientific, historic, or other values. Entry into certain areas may be prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by an appropriate national authority.
Activities in and near designated Historic Sites and Monuments and certain other areas may be subject to special restrictions.

Know the locations of areas that have been afforded special protection and any restrictions regarding entry and activities that can be carried out in and near them.
Observe applicable restrictions.
Do not damage, remove, or destroy Historic Sites or Monuments or any artifacts associated with them.

RESPECT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Do not interfere with scientific research, facilities or equipment.

Obtain permission before visiting Antarctic science and support facilities; reconfirm arrangements 24-72 hours before arrival; and comply with the rules regarding such visits.
Do not interfere with, or remove, scientific equipment or marker posts, and do not disturb experimental study sites, field camps, or supplies.
BE SAFE

Be prepared for severe and changeable weather and ensure that your equipment and clothing meet Antarctic standards. Remember that the Antarctic environment is inhospitable, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous.

Know your capabilities and the dangers posed by the Antarctic environment, and act accordingly. Plan activities with safety in mind at all times.
Keep a safe distance from all wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Take note of, and act on, the advice and instructions from your leaders; do not stray from your group.
Do not walk onto glaciers or large snow fields without the proper equipment and experience; there is a real danger of falling into hidden crevasses.
Do not expect a rescue service. Self-sufficiency is increased and risks reduced by sound planning, quality equipment, and trained personnel.
Do not enter emergency refuges (except in emergencies). If you use equipment or food from a refuge, inform the nearest research station or national authority once the emergency is over.
Respect any smoking restrictions, particularly around buildings, and take great care to safeguard against the danger of fire. This is a real hazard in the dry environment of Antarctica.

KEEP ANTARCTICA PRISTINE

Antarctica remains relatively pristine, the largest wilderness area on Earth. It has not yet been subjected to large-scale human perturbations. Please keep it that way.

Do not dispose of litter or garbage on land. Open burning is prohibited.
Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams. Any materials discarded at sea must be disposed of properly.
Do not paint or engrave names or graffiti on rocks or buildings.
Do not collect or take away biological or geological specimens or man-made artifacts as a souvenir, including rocks, bones, eggs, fossils, and parts or contents of buildings.
Do not deface or vandalize buildings or emergency refuges, whether occupied, abandoned, or unoccupied.​​

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