Days
11
Price from
£12,100GBP
Map of Antarctic Express - Peninsula in Depth including Antarctica and Chile

Fly across the Drake Passage and cruise the coast and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula

Enjoy Antarctica in style – by flying and then cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula in our most in depth expedition ! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island in Antarctica. Skipping all the extra days at sea, enjoy only the best scenery and wildlife experiences of the Antarctic. Prepare yourself for sensory overload, as you’ll be inundated by the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the white continent. Our team of on-board polar experts will have you identifying different species of penguins and whales in no time.


Start
Punta Arenas, Chile
Finish
Punta Arenas, Chile
Destinations
Antarctica, Chile
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar
Code
PPFPD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 132

Why you'll love this trip

  • Flying over the famous Drake Passage to King George Island is the fastest, most direct way to travel to Antarctica

  • Get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, such as minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins

  • Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent, but you'll be one of them

  • A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives

  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking or polar ice camping can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast

  • On-board lectures and presentations led by polar specialists provide in-depth knowledge about Antarctic history, geology and wildlife

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Boats

Ocean Adventurer

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Adventurer

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Itinerary

Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile, where your Antarctic adventure begins. Punta Arenas, which is on the Strait of Magellan, is the most populated city in Patagonia. In the early afternoon, meet your leader and fellow explorers at the official starting point hotel. Enjoy a first meal together and be briefed on the necessary preparations for embarkation day. If you arrive into Punta Arenas early, there are plenty of things to see and do. For a poignant look into the city’s history, perhaps visit the Cementerio Municipal to see the lavish tombs of wool barons and the modest graves of immigrants and explorers.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included if you arrive today. Please arrive by 3.00pm as an important information meeting will be held in the hotel before dinner.
Today, cross the famous Drake Passage on a three-hour charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica. Instead of two days by sea, cross the infamous Drake Passage by air in only a few hours. Get your first glimpse of the dramatic Antarctic landscape, as your plane descends for landing on King George Island. As the largest island in the South Shetlands, King George is home to research stations belonging to Argentina, China, Russia, South Korea, Holland and the US, among others. On landing, spend some time exploring before being transferred by Zodiac to the ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula.

Note: There is a luggage limit of 15 kg of checked baggage and 5 kg of hand baggage on the flight and this is strictly adhered to.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. Don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most exciting way to experience the wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and dependent on weather, but presents new sightings and photo opportunities. indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.
On this voyage, you’ll get more time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula than any other Express Expedition—allowing you to make the most of your experience as much as possible.
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 presenters will deepen your experience with 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 and 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 Harbour 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 adventure and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience.
Your Expedition Team accompany you along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (7)
  • Lunch (7)
  • Dinner (7)
Today, say goodbye to the expedition team and disembark the ship at King George Island for the three-hour flight back across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas. You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel where you can enjoy a final dinner, reminiscing about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for today. After breakfast, make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your flight home or continue on your travels.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No departure transfer is included. Please make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, Plane, Zodiac

Accommodation

Expedition Voyage, Hotel

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount).  The balance is due 120 days before departure. 

If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.

If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.

Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential and a good level of fitness is required for cross country skiing and mountaineering. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.

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