Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

8 Days Starting and ending in Punta Arenas

Visiting: Punta Arenas, King George Island, South Shetland Islands

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

PSY

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

18 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$11995
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Tour Overview

This trip is the perfect short, introductory expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, the most pristine wilderness on earth. We reduce the Drake Passage crossing from two days to two hours by flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. We spend the next four days sailing between the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula, past towering glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes, and enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. We hope to visit magnificent spots such as Petermann Island, Neko Harbour and the Gerlache Strait, and have the chance to scramble up to a high point for an unforgettable view of Port Lockeroy. On this adventure we will also visit penguin colonies, listen for calving glaciers, and visit both historic sites and research stations.

Highlights

  • Skip the Drake Passage and fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island

  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula

  • Travel on a small expedition vessel

  • Incredible wildlife including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Punta Arenas; Overnight In Hotel.
Location: Punta Arenas
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in
southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants
and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions
representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where
we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your
embarkation day. Please note that you need to arrive at the hotel in Punta
Arenas no later than 3pm today. 

Day 2 : Charter Flight To King George Island; Board Ship And Embark.
Location: King George Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A quick 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas lands on King George Island in the
South Shetland Islands. En route, from our bird's eye view, we can bid the
Drake Passage a fond Bon Voyage. After exploring the portion of the island
where the Chilean Research Base, Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva and the
Russian Base, Bellingshausen, are located, we transfer to Ocean Adventurer by
Zodiac to embark on our Antarctic adventure.

Day 3 : Antarctic Peninsula And The South Shetland Islands.
Location: South Shetland Islands
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach
the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of
excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully
appreciated through the human eye.
Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and
Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, and will alert
us to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide
in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.
Even more exciting are our daily excursions to land. Walking up to a beach
that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience
the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent
on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. We
may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island
one day, followed by a hike to a Chinstrap rookery the next day. From the
booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence
of night in Antarctica, each day offers exciting opportunities.

Day 4 : Antarctic Peninsula And The South Shetland Islands.
Location: South Shetland Islands
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.

Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, and will alert us to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are our daily excursions to land. Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. We may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a Chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night in Antarctica, each day offers exciting opportunities.

Day 5 : Antarctic Peninsula And The South Shetland Islands.
Location: South Shetland Islands
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.

Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, and will alert us to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are our daily excursions to land. Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. We may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a Chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night in Antarctica, each day offers exciting opportunities.

Day 6 : Antarctic Peninsula And The South Shetland Islands
Location: South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.

Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, and will alert us to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are our daily excursions to land. Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. We may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a Chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night in Antarctica, each day offers exciting opportunities.

Day 7 : Disembark On King George Island; Charter Flight To Punta Arenas And Overnight In Hotel.
Location: King George Island, Punta Arenas
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From King George Island, we will fly across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas and transfer to our hotel to spend the night.

Day 8 : End Punta Arenas.
Location: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

What's Included

  • Meals
    4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

  • Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff

  • Beer and wine during dinner

  • All accommodation

  • All meals while on the ship

  • All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food

All meals while on the ship included. *Typical Meals* The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks on sale from around the world. *Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal. *Lunch:* Three course set meal, or the occasional buffet or BBQ. *Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee.

Accommodation

The Antarctic Fly & Cruise is offered on the Ocean Adventurer, the Ocean Explorer and the World Explorer which are Polar Adventure Ships. Two nighs in a standard hotel in Punta Arenas included. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page for Ship Information and Deck Plans.

Polar Adventure Ships

These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking, kayaking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are excellent and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet.  Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    132

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    ritish, most European and most other nationalities, including Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, do not require visas. All other nationalities should contact the nearest Chilean Embassy if in doubt. Citizens of Australia pay a fee on first entry into Chile by air (cash US Dollars only, no credit cards or cheques) $95 - valid for only 90 days). There is no fee for other nationalities at the

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 18 year or above pessanger can go on this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Amazing

A thoroughly enjoyable trip. It was a priviledge to be able to go to Antarctica, where so few actually go. Very difficult to put into words what the trip meant other than amazing. I would do the trip again.

Dates & Availability

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OCEAN ADVENTURER

Tuesday - Tuesday

Feb 27, 2024 - Mar 05, 2024
$11995 $11665 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $330 (USD)

WORLD EXPLORER

Thursday - Thursday

Dec 05, 2024 - Dec 12, 2024
$13436 $13067 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $369 (USD)

WORLD EXPLORER

Sunday - Sunday

Dec 15, 2024 - Dec 22, 2024
$14316 $13922 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $394 (USD)

WORLD EXPLORER

Friday - Friday

Dec 20, 2024 - Dec 27, 2024
$14316 $13922 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $394 (USD)

OCEAN EXPLORER

Thursday - Thursday

Jan 09, 2025 - Jan 16, 2025
$13121 $12760 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $361 (USD)

OCEAN EXPLORER

Tuesday - Tuesday

Jan 14, 2025 - Jan 21, 2025
$13121 $12760 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $361 (USD)

OCEAN EXPLORER

Sunday - Sunday

Jan 19, 2025 - Jan 26, 2025
$13121 $12760 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $361 (USD)

Book with Confidence

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Exodus allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform exodus, 43 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus charges.

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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