Antarctic Explorer Fly & Sail Expedition

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Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica yourself, reducing your time on the high seas by flying across the Drake in at least one direction. Immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into the sea, penguins are dwarfed by soaring peaks and humpback and minke whales feast on abundant krill.

Highlights

  • See and hear the busting activity of a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals on ice floes from our Zodiacs
  • Zodiac-cruise in search of feeding and breaching whales
  • Skip one or two legs of the Drake Passage to maximise your holiday time in the white continent

Map/Itinerary

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Welcome Briefing

Arrive in Punta Arenas, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. Upon arrival at your included hotel, kindly remind hotel check-in staff to provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. 

Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history.

Enjoy free time to explore Punta Arenas at your own pace and discover the town’s excellent restaurants. Between 5.00-7.00 pm, meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. Afterwards, there’s free time to dine at your leisure. (Dinner not included). 

Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos (or similar)

 

 

Day 2Fly Punta Arenas to King George Island

This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes.

On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you for your Zodiac transfer to board the vessel. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings. 

Note: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required for safe take-off and landing. We apologise in advance for any delays. 

Day 3 - 9Antarctic Peninsula

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. 

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You’ll want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula. 

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters – conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Day 10-11Drake Passage

Our landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life.

As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Day 12Disembark in Ushuaia

During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or to your hotel is included in the voyage fare.  

Note: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays. 

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Antarctic Explorer Fly & Sail Expedition

Start : 11 Feb, 2023  End : 21 Feb, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Punta Arenas
11 Days
Stateroom Triple
  $13,995
Stateroom Twin
  $15,295
Balcony Stateroom C
  $16,595
Balcony Stateroom B
  $16,895
Balcony Stateroom A
  $17,295
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $20,695
Junior Suite
  $24,595
Captain's Suite
  $28,495

Antarctic Explorer Fly & Sail Expedition

Start : 19 Feb, 2023  End : 2 Mar, 2023
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
12 Days
Stateroom Triple
  $15,895
Stateroom Twin
  $17,195
Balcony Stateroom C
  $18,495
Balcony Stateroom B
  $18,795
Balcony Stateroom A
  $19,195
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $22,595
Junior Suite
  $26,495
Captain's Suite
  $30,395

Antarctic Explorer Fly & Sail Expedition

Start : 22 Feb, 2023  End : 5 Mar, 2023
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
12 Days
Stateroom Triple
  $15,895
Stateroom Twin
  $17,195
Stateroom Superior
  $18,195
Balcony Stateroom C
  $18,495
Balcony Stateroom B
  $18,795
Balcony Stateroom A
  $19,195
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $22,595
Junior Suite
  $26,495
Captain's Suite
  $30,395

Antarctic Explorer Fly & Sail Expedition

Start : 3 Mar, 2023  End : 14 Mar, 2023
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Ushuaia
12 Days
Stateroom Triple
  $13,695
Stateroom Twin
  $14,995
Stateroom Superior
  $15,795
Balcony Stateroom C
  $16,195
Balcony Stateroom B
  $16,495
Balcony Stateroom A
  $16,795
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $19,995
Junior Suite
  $23,695
Captain's Suite
  $27,495

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

All airport transfers
One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas (day 1)
Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (day 2)
On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
Comprehensive pre-departure information
Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Gratuities for ship crew

Exclusions

International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
Airport arrival or departure taxes
Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
Optional activity surcharges
All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

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