Depart from Punta Arenas on this incredible journey below the Antarctic Circle. Enter a realm of true wilderness and untouched serenity, as an endless sea of ice and frozen mountain vistas await. Zodiac cruise through narrow channels of majestic floating icebergs, encounter leopard seals resting on the floating ice floe, search for the misty spray of a orca or blue whale. Antarctica is truly the realm of unforgettable and indescribable natural experiences.
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Trip Code: ACAEAAC
Travel Style: Expedition Cruise.
Location: Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic Circle
Flights: Return flight Punta Arenas - King George Island included in cruise cost. Contact us to help book your flights to South America.
WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?
Undertake this incredible voyage on the Sylvia Earle, one of the latest and most technologically advanced vessels to cruise the polar waters.
Undertake a true expedition style cruise where flexibility and personalisation is the upmost focus. Undertake a number of landings, zodiac closer to distant icebergs or choose to sit and observe in stillness as a whale curiously approaches, no experience is the same.
This itinerary is easily combined with a land based tour of South America, allowing you to tailor a number of incredible experiences into the one unforgettable journey.
Upon arrival in Punta Arenas you will make your way to the arrivals hall where our representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel (preferred flights only). Upon arrival at the hotel kindly remind check-in staff to provide you with your cabin tags. (Please clearly label your tags with your name and ship cabin number).
Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world's most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history. Tonight, we will gather to meet our fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of our expedition – our flight to Antarctica!
This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately one and-a-half hours. On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you for your Zodiac transfer to board the vessel. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.
After embarkation, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we’ll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.
We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You’ll want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula. On this voyage, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle, an imaginary line located at the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33' South (approximately). This is certainly a special highlight for everyone, and the moment will be celebrated with a toast on the deck. You’ve earned some boasting privileges, joining a small group of lucky adventurers who’ve made it to this part of the world.
As we approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to farewell Antarctica and our amazing adventure before boarding our flight (approximately one-and-a half-hours) to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to our group hotel.
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote place on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance if you experience any delays.
After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.
NOTE: Please advise your Reservations Consultant or travel agent if you require an airport transfer, so it can be booked in advance. The departure airport transfer is not included in your voyage cost and will be at an additional charge.
Cabin accommodation on vessel
All meals whilst on board
Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
Landings and excursions by zodiac
Two night accommodation with breakfast in Punta Areans (Days 1 and 12)
Transfer hotel to Airport in Punta Arenas Day 2
Return flight Punta Arenas-King George Island (Day 2 and 12)
Captains welcome and farewell four-course dinner and house cocktails
Complimentary waterproof jacket (yours to keep)
Complimentary use of muck boots during course of voyage
Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
Optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
As a member of IAATO we follow guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants
We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.
For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE