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Antarctic Express - Fly South & North 2014-15

Antarctic Express - Fly South & North 2014-15

Antarctica’s seabirds

Touring icebergs by kayak

Whales

The presence of silence in Antarctica

‘Slicing the silence’, voyage to Antarctica

The epic icebergs and landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula

Light of the Antarctic

Seals

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  • This Peregrine journey takes us to one of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations skipping the Drake Passage with return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island. After making shore visits on our way through the South Shetland Islands we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent of Antarctica, to be immediately dazzled by perhaps the most dramatic scenery to be found anywhere on earth. Sailing aboard our well-appointed expedition vessel, we witness Antarctic nature in all its glory. These areas boast an extraordinary abundance of wildlife, including five species of seals and massive rookeries of gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins as well as a profusion of seabirds ranging from albatross to skuas. Another wildlife highlight may well be observing a variety of magnificent whales in close proximity as they crest the surface of the waves. On the 'White Continent', we also see remarkable landscapes of ice.

    Weather, ice and other mitigating factors may result in changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Punta Arenas

    Make your way to Punta Arenas, Chile. The city is situated on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Please arrive by the early afternoon. Quark Expeditions will transfer the group to a local hotel to spend the night. After an informative briefing, enjoy a welcome dinner with your travelling companions. Arrival Transfers:Please note an arrival transfer from the airport is included in your voyage fare for passengers arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary only. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions. Accommodation: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.

    Dinner

    Day 2 - Punta Arenas, Fly to King George Island

    A quick two-hour flight from Punta Arenas lands on King George Island in the South Shetlands. En route, from your bird's eye view, bid the Drake Passage a fond farewell. You've saved time and worry by choosing this Antarctic Express expedition. After exploring that portion of the island where the Chilean Research Base, Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva and the Russian Base, Bellingshausen, are located, you are transferred to the ship by Zodiac. By late afternoon, you will have embarked on your Antarctic adventure.

    PLEASE NOTE. Luggage allowance is strictly 15kg checked baggage plus 5kg carry on.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-6 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctica

    Changing conditions mean each expedition is different, and your Expedition Team will make the most of whatever weather, ice or wildlife conditions present themselves to make sure you have an unforgettable visit. Here are just a few of the things you might find yourself doing: 

    • Sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, waiting for a curious penguin chick to approach
    • Taking a "polar plunge" in the icy waters of Neko Harbour
    • Listening to the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island
    • Zodiac cruising among majestic icebergs in Pleneau Bay, or past rocky beachheads crowded with fur and elephant seals
    • Scrambling to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of Port Lockroy
    • Watching in awe as humpback, Minke and other whales breach or spyhop right before your eyes
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Disembarkation and Flight From King George Island

    From King George Island, we board our jet and fly across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel to spend the night.

    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Punta Arenas

    After breakfast, you will make your own way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flight.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • One night pre-night and one-post night expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas.
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
    • All shore landings per the daily program.
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    • A waterproof expedition 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 ship.
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
    • All flights between Punta Arenas (PUQ) and Antarctica (KGI) as specified in the itinerary.
    • A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel (for passengers arriving on Day 1 only).
    • Group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight to/ from Antarctica.

    Not Included

    • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation and lunch on specified Fly and Cruise programs.
    • 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.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Our Ships

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer (formerly know as the Clipper Adventurer) underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

    Departure Dates for the Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    • 20 Jan 2015 - 27 Jan 2015
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Start City: Punta Arenas
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