Antarctica & South Georgia Air-Cruise

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Embark on an extraordinary journey traversing the western Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia. The South Georgia and Antarctica air-cruise invites you to navigate nutrient-rich waters, disembarking daily with expert polar guides for activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking. Following the route of renowned Antarctic explorers like Ernest Shackleton, you'll uncover tales of their audacious southern exploits. Upon reaching South Georgia, explore vast penguin colonies, including the king penguin, and witness the nesting sites of numerous albatrosses.

17 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

The team greets you at the Ushuaia, Argentina pier. Embark on your ship in the afternoon and cruise through the Beagle Channel en route to South Georgia.

Day 2, 3 & 4: South Georgia

While heading towards South Georgia, our historians and naturalists conduct a series of presentations. You have the opportunity to socialize in the ship's lounge, all the while keeping a lookout for the diverse birdlife in the region.

Day 5, 6, 7 & 8: South Georgia, Grytviken, Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island & Elsehul Bay

The island of South Georgia presents a varied landscape featuring majestic mountains, vast glaciers, grassy uplands, and deep fjords. Explore the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you have the opportunity to pay your respects at the modest grave of Ernest Shackleton. Depending on the weather conditions, potential stops include St. Andrew’s Bay, where the astounding sight of 150,000 king penguins awaits, and Cooper Island, home to nesting thousands of black-browed albatrosses and a large colony of macaroni penguins. If weather conditions permit, planned visits also include Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Day 9 & 10: Antarctic Peninsula

While the ship progresses towards Antarctica, the series of presentations continues. Take advantage of this time to deepen your understanding of the region and its rich history.

Day 11: Elephant Island

Heading south, we aim to make a stop at Elephant Island. This is the very location where Shackleton's Endurance crew sought refuge, while Shackleton and a select group of five continued on to South Georgia. Although stormy conditions often prevent shore landings, you will have the opportunity to view the island from the ship.

Day 12, 13, 14 & 15: South Shetland Islands

Navigate through the waters between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, traversing ice-filled fjords and admiring breathtaking icebergs. Daily excursions involve disembarking by Zodiac, allowing you to explore the landscape alongside knowledgeable polar guides. In Antarctica, each day brings a unique experience, and adaptability is crucial for a successful journey. The Expedition Team strategically plans the voyage route to capitalize on the dynamic opportunities presented by nature. Your exploration will encompass multiple sites in the Gerlache Strait, providing a comprehensive overview of the diverse Antarctic environment.

Day 16: King George Island

Upon arrival at King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. Take a 2-km (1.25-mile) walk through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the aircraft. Say your farewells to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon landing, transfer to your hotel for the night. Please note that meals in Punta Arenas are at your discretion and are not included in the program.

Day 17: Punta Arenas

Following breakfast, proceed to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Itinerary Map

Antarctica & South Georgia Air-Cruise

17 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Comprehensive material containing information before and after the journey.
  • Exclusive entry to Explorers House granted to Punta Arenas guests.
  • The provision of waterproof boots for shore excursions, charges for landings, a contingency plan, and the IAATO passenger fee.
  • Daily buffet-style breakfast, along with à la carte lunch and dinner options, inclusive of beverages such as wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and onboard snacks.
  • Included in the package are guided shore excursions, along with onboard lectures and entertainment.

17 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Internet connection on board the ship.
  • Personal travel 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.
  • Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

17 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Observe diverse wildlife like whales, seals, penguins, and seabirds.
  • Learn about Antarctica from knowledgeable guides through presentations and lectures.
  • Witness vast penguin colonies, including the king penguin, and the nesting sites of numerous albatrosses.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 16 Dinners
  • 17 Lunches
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17 Day Antarctica cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Antarctica & South Georgia Air-Cruise
17 Days
From $9,995.00 per person

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