Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. There are plenty of museums, restaurants and shops to explore and a pre-night in the town is a popular option, allowing guests a chance to explore and relax. In the late afternoon, you will be met at a hotel by a representative. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow guests, where you will be briefed about tomorrow’s embarkation day.
Fly to King George Island and Embarkation
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, crossing the renowned Drake Passage in only two hours. Glimpse the dramatic Antarctic landscapes from the air as the plane descends for landing on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, it is approximately a one-mile (1.6 km) walk to the coast. Transfer by Zodiac to your ship to begin your Antarctic adventure!
Days 3 – 6
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Your first glimpses of Antarctica are something you will never forget, an indescribable feeling that can only truly be appreciated in the present. The Captain and Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for whales, seabirds and any other marine life, and keep you up-to-date with any possible sightings.
Each day, enjoy exciting excursions to different parts of the Antarctic Peninsula. These might be Zodiac cruises along the coastline in search of seals and penguins or landings on the shore, inspecting penguin colonies. Your first landing will be an experience you won’t forget, whilst your second will be equally as thrilling! Each landing is different and dependent on weather conditions. Penguin species you might encounter include, Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, whilst other wildlife you may see include leopard, crabeater and Weddell seals.
The scenery is just as enthralling as the wildlife, with dramatic glaciers and impressive icebergs scattered across the coastline. The Expedition Team will always be there to accompany you and answer any questions you might have about the wildlife or the continent. When not out exploring, guests will enjoy enriching lectures on topics such as glaciology, history and wildlife.
Disembarkation and return to Punta Arenas
Today marks the end of your time in one of the world’s most remarkable environments. Say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island for your return flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. A group transfer is provided back to the hotel, whereupon you are free to explore the town once more.
Tour ends, Punta Arenas
After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Tour ends.
Please note: The above itinerary is provided as a guide to what you may see and do. Conditions may vary and make it necessary or desirable to alter the proposed itinerary if the need arises. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions.