Classic Antarctic Fly Cruise

Classic Antarctic Fly Cruise

From AUD 14,330.00
Trip Length 7 Trip Code AN - AX - 1
Tour Group 1 - 82 Age Range Open

Classic Antarctic Fly Cruise: Tour Information

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, We invite you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

In less than 2 hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipielago, you will be at the gates of the white continent.

From King George Island we will navigate for six days and five nights along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. During the whole journey we will be giving different lectures to introduce and inform you about this wonderful Continent. We are sure this will be the trip of your lifetime.

ITINERARY Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason the vessel operator reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond control without consulting the participants.

Day1 Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas where you will be met by Antarctica XXI Staff, to be later transferred to the selected hotel. During the afternoon, before dinner, you will receive instructions in relation with the norms that should be followed in Antarctica and about the procedures of embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will enjoy our welcome dinner at the José Nogueira Hotel, a centenary French style mansion, where you will have the chance to meet your expedition mates.

Day 2 Our Antarctic adventure begins. Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island ( South Shetland Islands ). The flight takes a little over three hours. Upon arrival we will be able to tour around the area where the "Presidente Eduardo Frei M." Chilean Base and "Bellinghausen" Russian Base are located. We will gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation, by Zodiac boats.

Day 3 to 6 As we cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the Peninsula , sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, we will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our Journey toward the south may include visits to some of the most magnificient spots in the white continent such as: Hannah Point , Port Lockroy, Petermann Island , Paradise Bay , Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. Our adventure will be full, with daily landings and cruises in zodiacs boats, selected lectures and anenjoyable time on board.

Day 7 Return to King George Island where we will disembark, in Zodiac boats, at Fildes Bay by "Presidente Eduardo Frei M." Chilean Base, and head to the "Teniente Marsh" aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas . End of program upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas.

Kayaking Antarctica The sea kayaking program is a group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants under the guidance/leadership/responsibility of an experienced Kayak Master. To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. You don’t need to be a top kayaking expert but you must have experience in using sea kayak with a spray skirt. Contact us for fuurther information and details. US$895
Snow Shoe Hiking XXI The snowshoeing program is a group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants. The group will meet on board with the Snowshoeing Guide at the beginning of the expedition for a briefing session and an overview of the equipment. The group will then snowshoe together for the duration of the expedition. To take part in the snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, snowshoeing can be a strenuous activity so your level of physical fitness should be good. Contact us for further details. US$195

CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR-CRUISE

Day 1

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by ANTARCTICA XXI staff 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.

Passengers should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest.
Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

Day 2

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.

Days 3 to 6

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

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas.

Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 7 of the Travel Program..

SEA KAYAKING IN ANTARCTICA (Option)

The sea kayaking program offered by ANTARCTICA XXI is a group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants under the guidance of an experienced Kayak Master. The group will meet on board at the beginning of the expedition for a briefing session and an overview of the equipment. Before you start kayaking, you must perform a safety check to ensure that all equipment assigned to you is in good working order. The group will then paddle together for the duration of the expedition. The sea kayaking program is only offered on a group basis. You will not be able to leave the ship on independent excursions, and only participants who are part of the group from the start of the program can take part in the activity. Should you wish to skip an excursion, you are welcome to do so. However your assigned equipment and place in the group cannot be used by another person.
Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be led by the Kayak Master and will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group approximately 30 minutes at the landing site so you can participate in the regular activities with the rest of the group on shore. Your flexibility will be required, as the local conditions will determine the exact unfolding of the activity. For example, in some cases the kayaking excursion or the time on land may be shorter or longer. In some cases, kayaking may not be possible at all. Safety will always be the paramount condition for any decision concerning kayaking, as well as any other activity conducted in Antarctica.

To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. You don’t need to be a top kayaking expert but you must have experience in using a sea kayak with a spray skirt. You must also have experience with an emergency wet exit. For your safety, the Kayak Master may ask you to perform a trial to test your skills. To take part in the kayaking program you must be able to communicate in English, and you must listen to and follow the instructions of the Kayak Master. Minimum age for participation is 16 years.

Dates & Prices

The per-person participation price is USD 895.

The Sea-Kayaking option is available on all Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises and all Polar Circle Air-Cruises.

SNOWSHOEING IN ANTARCTICA (Option)

The snowshoeing program offered by ANTARCTICA XXI is a group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants. The group will meet on board with the Snowshoeing Guide at the beginning of the expedition for a briefing session and an overview of the equipment. Before you start snowshoeing, you must perform a safety check to ensure that all equipment assigned to you is in good working order. The group will then snowshoe together for the duration of the expedition. The snowshoeing program is only offered on a group basis. You will not be able to leave the ship on independent excursions, and only participants who are part of the group from the start of the program can take part in the activity. Should you wish to skip an excursion, you are welcome to do so. However, your assigned equipment and place in the group cannot be used by another traveller.

Every day you are in Antarctica your Snowshoeing Guide will work with the Expedition Leader to look for the best snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be led by the Snowshoeing Guide and may be supported by a second staff member. Each snowshoeing excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. Your flexibility will be required, as the local conditions will determine the exact unfolding of the activity. For example, in some cases the snowshoeing excursion may be shorter or longer. In some cases, snowshoeing may not be possible at all.

To take part in the snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, snowshoeing can be a strenuous activity so your level of physical fitness should be good. For your safety, the Snowshoeing Guide may ask you to perform a trial to test your fitness level. To take part in the snowshoeing program you must be able to communicate in English, and you must listen to and follow the instructions of the Snowshoeing Guide. Minimum age for participation is 16 years.

Dates & Prices

The per-person participation price is USD 195.

The Snowshoeing option may not be available on all departures:

Deck Plan

All trips begin and end in Punta Arenas, Chile. Rates per person and based on double occupancy. Single occupancy must pay 85% of cabin rate. Triple Cabin $9,995 Twin Cabin $10,995 Single Cabin $15,495

Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.

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