Classic Antarctica Air – Cruise

A completely novel cruise concept, where you fly in a commercial jet from Punta Arenas across to the Antarctic, join the expedition ship there and cruise the Antarctic Peninsula immediately without spending days crossing the potentially fearsome Drake Passage. At the end you simply fly back.

7 days/6 nights from $10,800    see departures details

Departures 2 Dec 2013, 7 Dec 2013, 12 Dec 2013, 17 Dec 2013, 22 Dec 2013, 27 Dec 2013, 17 Jan 2014, 22 Jan 2014, 27 Jan 2014, 1 Feb 2014, 6 Feb 2014, 11 Feb 2014, 2 Dec 2014, 7 Dec 2014, 12 Dec 2014, 17 Dec 2014, 22 Dec 2014, 27 Dec 2014, 17 Jan 2015, 22 Jan 2015, 27 Jan 2015, 1 Feb 2015, 6 Feb 2015, 11 Feb 2015
Optional Sea-Kayaking, Snowshoeing
Ships Ocean Nova (68 pax)
Ports Departs and returns to Punta Arenas

Places visited:-

Punta Arenas
King George Island
South Shetlands
Antarctic Peninsula

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Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas
Day 2: King George Island – Embarkation on board the Ocean Nova
Days 3-6: South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula
Day 7: King George Island – Fly out from Punta Arenas

Route for the Classic Antarctica Air - Cruise

Route for the Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical but often troubled waters of the Drake Passage, this program invites you to a unique experience that takes you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent – Antarctica.

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas
Arrival to Punta Arenas city and reception by our representative. Transfer to the Rey Don Felipe 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.

Day 2: King George Island – Embarkation on board the Ocean Nova
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 3-6: South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula
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: King George Island – Fly out from Punta Arenas
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.

Note about the flights
You will be flying with a 60 passenger British Aerospace BAe 146-200, designed for short take off and landings and suitable for Antarctic conditions. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, a Chilean commercial airline with over 20 years of commercial experience flying around Patagonia, to the Falklands, and to Antarctica.

Tour includes:
-Transfer to-from airport/hotel/port according to the program
-Antarctica Flights according to itinerary.
-Ship cruise.
-Accommodation with full board.
-All drinks on board
-Shore excursions.
-Lectures and board entertainments.
-Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica.

Not Included:
- Accommodation and meals other than those included in the program.
- Transfers other than those included in the program.
- Visa and/or Passport expenses.
- Arrival and/or departures taxes.
- Communication expenses.
- Laundry expenses.
- Gratuities
- Personal insurance.

Notes:
- Single travelers can choose between:
Booking a Single dedicated cabin.
Booking a Twin cabin for single used. A 85% supplement should be added to the price per person in twin cabin.
Sharing a Twin cabin with other passenger (male or female). No supplement is applied. We will look for a matching companion. In case of sharing cabin with another passenger, this also applies sharing any other hotel accommodation foreseen in the travel program corresponding to each vogaye.
- Children are admitted from the age of 8 years. They must be accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.
-Baggage Allowance
The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage. The excess baggage may be left in custody in Punta Arenas.
- Medical insurance:
 expedition requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.
- Flight connexions:
A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason, we strongly suggest that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica.

-Important Notice:
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 tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond the tour operator control without consulting the participants.

Contingency Plan
In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, the tour operator will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage