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Antarctica Travel

Antarctica Express: Fly The Drake

On The Ocean Adventurer

from $9,495
8 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Adventurer

Trip Type

Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica - Fly Cruise

Sea

When To Go

Dec - Jan

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I worked with Lori Goodwin, who was absolutely great... Everything was perfect.  All we had to do was show up and Lori already had taken care of all travel logistics.  She really fitted us to the Antarctic ship that was perfect for us.  She was absolutely awesome.

Max W.
Keyser, WV

Trip Summary

You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time. Keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seabirds and astoundingicebergs. The surreal silence in this vast wilderness may at first overwhelm, but playful, charismatic wildlife and your intrepid traveling companions keep you grounded. You’ll develop a new appreciation and understanding of Antarctica’s extreme contrasts - harsh, rugged mountain peaks and fragile ecosystems; stark, lonely icescapes and populous, gregarious penguins. Beaches dotted with leopard seals and penguins give way to icy plateaus, with snowcapped mountain peaks looming behind. You’ll find yourself thankful for the near-constant sunlight by which you can continue to take it all in.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Whale Watching
Hiking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Punta Arenas

Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, the ship's representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day. 

Day 2

Punta Arenas to King George Island

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Day 3 - 6

Antarctica Peninsula

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region. Even more exciting are your daily land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin. You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbor to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of excitement and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience. Your Expedition Team will be with you all along the way, providing

Day 7

Disembarkation: King George Island to Punta Arenas

After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your transfer from the airport to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 8

Depart For Home

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateTriple WindowLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin PortholeMain Deck Twin WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuite
 Dec 15 - Dec 22offer9495107951179513095142951539516995
 Dec 28 - Jan 49495107951179513095142951539516995
 Jan 2 - Jan 9offer9495107951179513095142951539516995
 Jan 7 - Jan 149495107951179513095142951539516995

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 20% of fare (minimum $1000 per person), payable by credit card.

Final Payment: Due 120 days prior to departure. Payment is due by US check, wire transfer or money order.

Additional Costs and Discounts:

  • Single: 1.7 times the single rate for Lower & Main Deck Twin categories; 2 times in Superior, Deluxe & Suite categories
  • Solo travelers can be matched to share a cabin at the triple or double rate (excluding Superior, Deluxe & Suite categories)
  • Kayaking Option: $995 per person
  • Child policy: Children ages 8 and up are accepted as long as they meet the height and weight requirements (64lbs and 48")

Included: Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1; one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas (the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel); group transfer to ship on embarkation day; flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas on disembarkation day; group transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to hotel; one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; photographic journal; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; expedition parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. 

Not Included: Airfare except flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; meals ashore unless specified; kayaking; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; transfer from hotel to airport at the end of voyage; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refund of deposit less a $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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Offer expires 05/31/2017

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Ship Information

M/V Ocean Adventurer - 117 Passengers

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers in 57 outside suites and cabins with en-suite facilites. The Ocean Adventurer features a spacious forward lounge and 2 bars, window-lined dining room and promenades, presentation room, exercise room, polar boutique and ship-to-shore satellite communications that provide email and wireless internet access when possible. The decor is traditional and comfortable on this classic expedition ship which is fully equipped with Zodiacs for exploration as well as kayaks and other adventure equipment. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1; one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas (the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel); group transfer to ship on embarkation day; flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas on disembarkation day; group transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to hotel; one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; photographic journal; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; expedition parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.  

Not Included: Airfare except flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; meals ashore unless specified; kayaking; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; transfer from hotel to airport at the end of voyage; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refunded of deposit less $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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