Back
Web Page Book Now

Polar Circle

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.Polar Circle & PenguinsThe goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. Along the way you'll witness 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 past Icebergs & FjordsEach 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

Accommodation & Meals

  • 2 nights accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • 7 nights on board the Ocean Nova
  • Cost based on twin cabin
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking naturalist guides on board

Inclusions

  • Transfers airport/hotel on Day 1 (only available to those who arrive before 3pm).
  • 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 dinner served 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.

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

Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $17,495
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
01 Jan 201910 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $17,495 
22 Jan 201931 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $17,495 
18 Feb 201927 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $17,495 
01 Jan 202010 Jan 2020Fully BookedAUD $17,995 
16 Feb 202025 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $17,995 
ItineraryExpand
Polar Circle

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

Day 1. Punta Arenas, Chile

ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile. You will be transfered to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world. [D]

Day 2. Punta Arenas King George Island

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and 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 3-8. Exploring Antarctica

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. [B,L,D]

Day 9. King George Island Punta Arenas

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight 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 10. 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.