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Classic Antarctica

Fly/Cruise: fly the Drake passage, get more time to explore
Fly the DrakeYour adventure starts in Punta Arenas, Chile where you'll attend a briefing to learn more about the expedition, enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers. You then fly over the Drake passage to King George Island, where you'll feel the clear Antarctic air fill your lungs for the first time before boarding your expedition vessel.Fjords, Icebergs & PenguinsWitness spectacular scenery & wildlife cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, where you'll sail along ice-filled fjords, massive icebergs, and enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.Zodiac AdventureEach day, you'll disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Depending on conditions your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and the Lemaire Channel.

Inclusions

Travel

  • All cruising on board the Ocean Nova
  • Return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island

Please Note: The maximum luggage weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage.

Accommodation & Meals

  • 2 nights accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • 5 nights on board the Ocean Nova
  • Cost based on twin cabin
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking naturalist guides on board

Inclusions

  • Transfers airport/hotel on Day 1 (only available to travellers who arrive before 3 PM).
  • 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.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
  • Coffee, 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $12,395
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Polar, Private, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Dec 201809 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $12,395 
07 Dec 201814 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $12,395 
12 Dec 201819 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $12,395 
17 Dec 201824 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $12,395 
22 Dec 201829 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $14,995 
27 Dec 201803 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $14,995 
17 Jan 201924 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $13,995 
29 Jan 201905 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $13,995 
03 Feb 201910 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $13,995 
08 Feb 201915 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $13,995 
13 Feb 201920 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $13,995 
07 Dec 201914 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $12,995 
22 Dec 201929 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $14,995 
17 Jan 202024 Jan 2020Fully BookedAUD $14,995 
06 Feb 202013 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $14,995 
11 Feb 202018 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $14,995 
ItineraryExpand
Classic Antarctica

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Punta Arenas, Chile

ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. [D]

Day 2. Punta Arenas King George Island

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile's Frei Station and Russia's Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. [B,L,D]

Days 3-6. Exploring Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. [B,L,D]

Day 7. King George Island Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program. [B]

Day 8. Punta Arenas

Your incredible adventure comes to an end today. We trust you leave with wonderful memories of your Antarctic adventure! [B]

Please Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may block out a planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.