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
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)
- START OF THE AIR-CRUISE
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina.
- CAPE HORN AND DRAKE PASSAGE
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you
- DRAKE PASSAGE
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route
- DRAKE PASSAGE AND ANTARCTICA
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the
- ANTARCTICA AND SCHEDULED RETURN FLIGHT
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark
- END OF THE AIR-CRUISE
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas
• 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
• 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.
• 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.).
• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax,