Antarctica Express Air Cruise

“Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth!”

Tour duration: 5 nights

Prices from: US$6834 per person

Tour code: CHEX18

Overview

Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,000,000 square kilometres (5,400,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

On average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. It is a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 in) along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) (or even −94.7 as measured from space), though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is −63 °C (−81 °F). Anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals, and tardigrades. Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra. Antarctica is a de facto condominium, governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System that have consulting status. Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and thirty-eight have signed it since then. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, prohibits nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal, supports scientific research, and protects the continent’s ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists from many nations. Antarctica is noted as the last region on Earth in recorded history to be discovered and colonized by humans. (Data Base: Wikipedia)

 

Itinerary

Day
1

- START OF THE AIR-CRUISE

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina.
Board your ship in the afternoon 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.

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 honour of Sir Francis
Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

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 lounge
or from the outside decks. You may spot
magnifcent sea birds, such as albatrosses and
petrels, as well as diferent species of whales on
their way south to Antarctica.

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 frst icebergs and the frst sight of Antarctic
land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail
in ice-flled bays, while enjoying the company
of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board
a Zodiac for your frst memorable shore visit

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 fight back to Punta Arenas,
Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the
night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your
leisure and not included in the program).

6

- END OF THE AIR-CRUISE

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas
airport for your onward fight.
Note: The December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018
departure (AE03-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is
a day longer and operates in reverse, with start
in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary
description is available on request.

Inclusions

Included:

• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.

• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at

the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.

• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on

the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.

• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and

transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air- Cruise Program.

• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as

indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to

each voyage.

• Daily bufet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.

• Daily served dinner on board ship ofering a choice of three main courses.

• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship

• Cofee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.

• All guided shore excursions.

• Lectures and entertainment on board.

• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.

• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.

• Contingency Plan as described below.

• IAATO passenger fee.

Not Included:

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifcally, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.

• Personal insurance.

• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).

• Gratuities.

• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax,

if applicable.