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Antarctica Travel

Antarctica Nova Classic Fly In / Fly Out

from $10,795
8 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Nova

Trip Type

Sea

Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica - Fly Cruise

When To Go

Dec - Feb

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Trip Summary

Board a BAE 146 jet in Punta Arenas, Chile to bypass Cape Horn and the legendary Drake Passage by air. Upon arrival at King George Island in the South Shetland Island you board your expedition vessel to explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica. Highlights may include Paulet Island, Paradise Bay, Petermann Island and Deception Island. Returning to King George Island you board your flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile where you are transferred to your hotel.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Whale Watching
Photography
Snow Shoeing
Kayaking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed 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

King George Island

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.

Day 3 - 6

South Shetland Islands to Antarctica 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 vistas from the glass-enclosed 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 magnificent places.

Day 7

King George Island to Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)

Day 8

Punta Arenas - Departure

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

Dates & Rates

Please click on a column header to view cabin photos and descriptions.

Departure DateTriple CabinsTwin CabinSingle
 Dec 2 - Dec 9107951159515995
 Dec 7 - Dec 14107951159515995
 Dec 12 - Dec 19107951159515995
 Dec 17 - Dec 24107951159515995
 Dec 22 - Dec 29119951399519995
 Dec 27 - Jan 3119951399519995
 Jan 17 - Jan 24113951299517995
 Jan 22 - Jan 29113951299517995
 Jan 27 - Feb 3113951299517995
 Feb 8 - Feb 15113951299517995
 Feb 13 - Feb 20113951299517995
 Dec 2 - Dec 9109951189515995
 Dec 7 - Dec 14109951189515995
 Dec 12 - Dec 19109951189515995
 Dec 17 - Dec 24109951189515995
 Dec 22 - Dec 29124951449520795
 Dec 27 - Jan 3124951449520795
 Jan 17 - Jan 24117951349518795
 Jan 22 - Jan 29117951349518795
 Jan 27 - Feb 3117951349518795
 Feb 8 - Feb 15117951349518795
 Feb 13 - Feb 20117951349518795

View Rate Notes

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

Deposit 2016 / 2017 Season Trips: $1500 non-refundable per person deposit.

Deposit 2017 / 2018 Season Trips: $2500 non-refundable per person deposit.

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

Additional Costs and Discounts: 

  • Single Use Twin Cabin: 85% supplement double occupancy rate
  • Share Program: Grouped by gender, assigned by the ship and applicable to land hotels also for 2016 / 2017 season trips.  For 2017/2018 trips, single travellers who book a Twin Cabin on a shared basis will be accommodated in single rooms at the hotel. A Single Hotel Accommodation Supplement of $395 will be added to their trip cost.
  • Child Policy: Children ages 8 and older are accepted with a 5% discount for children ages 8 - 12
  • Kayaking: $895 per person
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing (2017 / 2018 trips only): $195 per person

Aircraft: The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Contingency Plan: Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility.  The Contingency Plan for returning to Punta Arenas entails a stand-by in Antarctica with full board on the ship and excursions and is included in your fare. Travellers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of their airline tickets or onward travel plans. 

Included: 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas on arrival day, 1 post cruise hotel night with breakfast in Punta Arenas, Transfers airport/hotel on arrival and return days, Roundtrip flights between Punta Arenas to Frei and King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage, Ship meals, accommodations and cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage, 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, Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica, IAATO passenger fee

Not Included: International Airfare, Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage, Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar, Personal insurance, Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.), Tips (suggested USD 12 per person per day), Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable

2016 /2017 Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive cancellation policy.

  • Up to and including 120 days prior to departure: lose 75% of booking fee.
  • 119 to 90 days prior to departure: 50% of cruise/flight price
  • Between 89 days up to and including the day of departure: 100% of total price.

2017 / 2018 Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive cancellation policy.

  • Up to and including 180 days prior to departure: lose $500 per person processing fee.
  • Between 179 days up to and including the day of departure: 100% of total price.

Aero-medical evacuation insurance is required for this voyage.

Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

 

Ship Information

M/V Ocean Nova - 68 Passengers

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. Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom. In addition to a spectacular 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 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Trip Policy

Included: 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas on arrival day, 1 post cruise hotel night with breakfast in Punta Arenas, Transfers airport/hotel on arrival and return days, Roundtrip flights between Punta Arenas to Frei and King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage, Ship meals, accommodations and cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage, 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, Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica, IAATO passenger fee

Not Included: International Airfare, Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage, Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar, Personal insurance, Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.), Tips (suggested USD 12 per person per day), Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable

2016 /2017 Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive cancellation policy.

  • Up to and including 120 days prior to departure: lose 75% of booking fee.
  • 119 to 90 days prior to departure: 50% of cruise/flight price
  • Between 89 days up to and including the day of departure: 100% of total price.

2017 / 2018 Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive cancellation policy.

  • Up to and including 180 days prior to departure: lose $500 per person processing fee.
  • Between 179 days up to and including the day of departure: 100% of total price.

Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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