The Antarctica cruise highlights interest in the wildlife of the white continent. We depart from Punta Arenas by plane to the South Shetland Islands, more precisely to its largest island, King George Island. From here we begin our navigation to the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea. We go to the area with the most sounds in Antarctica. Then we will return by cruise to the port of Ushuaia, on the Island of Tierra del Fuego.
11 days - 10 nights
Day 1 - Punta Arenas
Arrive in Punta Arenas, we will be waiting for you at the airport and we will transfer to hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore this historic seaport in the Strait of Magellan. Overlooking the strait, the city is located on one of the most historic trade routes in the world. Today, Punta Arenas is a great mix of cultures, from breeders of english sheep to portuguese sailors, and remains an absolutely fascinating testimony to Chile's rich history. Tonight, we will meet our fellow expeditions and have an information session on the first stage of our expedition: our flight to Antarctica!
Day 2 - King George Island, South Shetland
This morning, we go to Punta Arenas airport to take our charter flight early in the morning to King George Island, in Antarctica. The flight will last approximately an hour and half. Upon arrival at King George Island, our expedition team is at your disposal to assist you in your transfer by Zodiac boats to the M / V Greg Mortimer expedition ship. You will have time to settle in your cabin before our important briefings.
Nota: King George Island is located in the northern region 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 for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologize in advance for any delay. Please note that the baggage allowance is 20 kilograms of checked baggage plus one piece of hand luggage that does not weigh more than seven kg.
Day 3 to 9 - Weddell Sea & West Coast of Antarctic Peninsula
After settling into life aboard the ship, we will head through the Antarctic sound to the east side of the peninsula to reach the Weddell Sea. Access to Weddell depends on ice conditions, and our experienced leader will use your experience to design our overnight trip. Our goal is to make landings or excursions in Zodiac boats twice a day. We will spend days sailing through spectacular ice cliffs, following the whales that feed near the surface, and descending on the mainland and its coastal islands such as the island of Gourdin for example or arriving at Brown Bluff to observe rookie penguins, seals, historical ruins and some of our other favorite places along the peninsula.
The sounds of Antarctica: Marine scientists have long studied the sound that is heard in the cold waters of Antarctica, more precisely in the Weddell Sea. It is a strangely repetitive sound. It is in a series of pulses with an interval of 3.1 seconds in two series. The whales of the Antarctic region (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) produce these sounds. Currently the behavior of this species of cetaceans is studied, sensors have been placed to capture the acoustics of whales.
Day 10 - From King George Island to Punta Arenas
As we approach Frei Base on King George Island, it's time to say goodbye to Antarctica and our incredible adventure before boarding our flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival at Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to our preferred hotel in the city.
Day 11 - Punta Arenas
After breakfast, say goodbye to your fellow travelers with affection while we all continue our travels, hopefully with a new sense of the immense power of nature.
Note: Please inform your Argentinian Explorer travel agent if you need an airport transfer, so they can book it in advance. Airport departure transfer is not included in the cost of your trip and will have an additional charge.
Referential itineraries: The detailed itinerary is for reference only, since the exact route, destinations and programs can be modified in order to get the best climatic advantages, watching wildlife and ice conditions present in the zone. All changes are determined by the captain and the expedition leader to guarantee the maximum benefit and take advantage of the result of the trip. Flexibility is the key; the program will be posted daily and distributed to all passengers on board.
Map of Route
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
- Accommodation night the day before departure.
- Transfer from the hotel to the airport on the day of boarding.
- Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island.
- Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas. Please note that the baggage allowance is 20 kilograms of checked baggage plus one piece of hand luggage that does not weigh more than seven kilos.
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Punta Arenas.
- Accommodation night the day of return to Punta Arenas.
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage. Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Free access to our onboard doctor for consultations relating to sea-sickness. A standard fee of US $60.00 (reclaimable through your travel insurance provider) applies for medical consultations not related to sea-sickness
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Services not included
- International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges