Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

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Leaving from Ushuaia, Antarctica Express Air-Cruise takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.

Included in the Program:
- Flights according to the itinerary
- Ship cruise
- Accommodation with full board
- All drinks: on board (2014-15 season) / at meals (2015-16 season)
- Shore excursions
- Lectures and onboard entertainment
- Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica
- Transfer from/to airport/hotel according to the itinerary
- Comprehensive pre- and post- departure information

Day 1 — Start of the Air-Cruise

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.


Note: Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.

Day 2 — Cape Horn and Drake Passage

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

Day 3 — Drake Passage

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

Day 4 — Drake Passage and Antarctica

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening. 

Day 5 — Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile.

2014-15 season:
The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas on Day 5.
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 Night 5 of the Travel Program.

2015-16 season:
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.

Day 6 — End of the Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Note: Day 6 is included by request for the 2014-15 season and included by default for the 2015-16 season.

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Triple Cabins are available ONLY for 3 people booking together - NOT for single travelers wanting to share.

Kayaking Option - $895, Snowshoe Option on select departures - $195. 10 total kayak spots and 12 total snowshoeing spots available.

A minimum of $50,000 USD worth of emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for these voyage.

Rates are per person, double occupancy. If no single cabins are available, single supplement is 1.85 x shared cost.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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