The exclusive combination of flying and sailing Antarctica, 7-day from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, includes the flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, the Icebreaker cruise cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula and the crossing of the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia. You're now afforded the time to explore other fascinating places in South America or simply to return faster home.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploration journey and “boutique” style
  • Unique advantage of time, ease and comfort
  • Modern and comfortable ice class vessel
  • Memorable journey, experience of a lifetime

Take a short flight to King Gorge Island in the South Shetland Archipelago, presents an unbeatable travel solution which allows you to experience, in perfect harmony, the traditional fascination of exploration with the advantages of an improved efficiency. 

Flying over the chaotic Drake Passage represents an enormous advantage of optimizing the time needed to travel to a remote place like Antarctica. It allows guests to enjoy the best part of our experience, whilst avoiding all the discomfort and unease deriving by the boat crossing of the mythical Drake Passage. This invaluable improvement also means an extra two precious days added to your holiday, comfortable flight of only 2 hours.  

  • Day 1

    Start of the Air-Cruise

    Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas, Chile  where you will be met by cruise staff, to be transferred to Hotel Rey Don Felipe.

    During the afternoon, you will meet your expedition mates and receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will enjoy our welcome dinner at the José Nogueira Hotel, a French-style mansion that is over one hundred years old.

  • Day 2

    Scheduled flight to Antarctica

    Your Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little over one and half hour. Upon arrival, you will be able to tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located, gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats on board our expedition vessel.

  • Day 3 to Day 6

    Exploring Antarctica

    While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.The journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. Today, we will be the crossing of the Lemaire Channel and latitude 65° South. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board

  • Day 7

    Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

    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.

  • Day 8

    End of the Air-Cruise

    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

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Vessel Ocean Nova 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 Ocean Nova's 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, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, she also has an infirmary and an exercise room. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. 

Expedition staff & crew: 38
Passengers: 68
Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
Length: 73.0 m
Breadth: 11.0 m
Draft: 3.7 m
Propulsion: Diesel engines - 2,000-horsepower
Ice class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Cruising speed: 12 knots in open water

Airplane BAE-146 Manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Model: BAE 146-200

Engines: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Lenght: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
Wingspan: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
Cruise speed: 465 mph (750 km/h)
Ssrvice ceiling: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
Capacity: 70 passengers

Included

  • Flights according to the itinerary
  • Ship cruise
  • Accommodation with full board
  • All drinks on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Lectures and onboard entertainment
  • Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica
  • Transfer from/to airport/hotel according to the itinerary
  • Comprehensive pre- and post- departure information

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