(Santiago, Punta Arenas)
Discover Santiago with your private guide before you embark on an exciting adventure to Antarctica. This expedition cruise invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth; the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica. Maximize your time by jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage in 2 hours by plane, rather than 2 days by sea, before embarking your ice-class vessel for an unforgettable expedition cruise. You can expect an active voyage rich of daily activities such as landings, zodiac cruising and lectures- all of the necessities to get the most out of this polar region. See wildlife ranging from seals to penguins, to whales and persistently friendly sea birds. The intimacy of your group (no more than 68 guests) will ensure you'll experience a personal touch, and comradery that makes these expeditions unique.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2014: Jan 17,22,27, Feb 1,6,11
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Against a panoramic backdrop of the snow-capped Andes, W Santiago reinvents style and sophistication in the city's most fashionabe and trendsetting enclave, a fascinating universe of urban innovation amid cobblestone streets and glitzy skyscrapers.
After being met by your guide and private vehicle at your accommodation, you'll be brought towards Vitacura neighborhood to visit Alonso de Cordova Avenue boutiques, an elegant neighborhood where you will be able to visit the best shops in town and where you'll find “ Lapiz Lazuli “(semi-precious stone found only in Chile and some places in Afghanistan) jewellery shop. Continue on to Parque Arauco Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the country. After getting your fill of shopping, relax on the drive to "Handicraft Los Dominicos town " where you'll find a plethora of traditional Chilean handicraft.
Fly direct from Santiago to Punta Arenas. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Please note: Direct flight is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking
You'll be met by expedition staff and transferred to your hotel. During the afternoon, you will receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and you will have the chance to enjoy a typical Magellan menu.
Hotel Rey Don Felipe, at just two blocks from Punta Arenas' main square, is a modern building with architectural design inspired by the traditions and history of the Magallanes province. Guests will find cozy and comfortable interior spaces with not only charm but varied services, technology and small details that make it an ideal place for travelers. Historic buildings, palaces, museums and the port are all within reach from the hotel.
Your Antarctic adventure will begin with a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little less than two hours.
Upon arrival, you and your fellow expeditioners will tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located.
Awaiting Zodiacs will transfer you to your expedition vessel.Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom before dinner on board tonight.
The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, the vessel features a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship also has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
Your next 4 days will be spent sailing between the South Shetland Islands, the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, and crossing the Lemaire Channel, among others. Your adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board. Keep your eyes peeled today for some friendly company including penguins and seals.
Sailing the western Antarctic Peninsula, you'll be followed by many sea birds, and you're also likely to catch a glimpse of some whales. You'll do some Zodiac cruising today to explore this area close-up.
Your journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, and Petermann Island. As with every day, you'll be staying active with excursions to explore this frontier territory.
Your final day before your journey back north will consist of Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. Your target will be the crossing of the Lemaire Channel and latitude 65° South.
This morning you'll return to King George Island where you will disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the Frei Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas.
Join an airport transfer for your flight back to South America.
Returning the way you came, you'll take a two hour flight back to Punta Arenas, concluding your Antarctic adventure.
Board your shared airport transfer.
Overnight in comfortable accommodations in Punta Arenas. Exact hotel will be advised prior to travel.
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