Trip reference number: ITN-FLK002
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica XXI offers 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 on Earth. With one big difference - you arrive from South America to your expedition ship on the Peninsula by air. In less than 2 hours of flying from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipelago, you will be at the gates of the white continent.
Day 1 Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Santiago.
Day 2 Arrival to Santiago in the morning and transfer to the Singular Santiago, a luxury hotel which opened in October 2014. A sanctuary of calm in the city, this new offering from the team behind the Singular Patagonia offers 62 rooms and 4 spacious suites many overlooking Parque Forestal. On your doorstep in the Bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria immerse yourself in the cultural combination of art, literature, music, film, theatre, design and gastronomy.
Day 3 Transfer to the airport for the flight south to Punta Arenas where you will be met by Antarctica XXI staff and transferred to the Hotel Rey Don Felipe. Explore the town, founded in 1843 with its grand neoclassical buildings testimony to its wealthy past as a major port hub. Before dinner, you will receive a briefing about the procedures and life aboard your cruise when in Antarctica. Later enjoy a welcome dinner at the Jose Nogueira Hotel, a centenary French style mansion, where you will have the chance to meet your expedition mates.
Day 4 Your Antarctic adventure begins with a 2 hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). Upon arrival, take a tour around the area where the "Presidente Eduardo Frei M." Chilean Base and "Bellinghausen" Russian Base are located. Then gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats to your expedition ship, the Ocean Nova or Sea Explorer, depending on your dates.
Day 5 The next four days are spent 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. Your journey toward the south may include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent such as Hannah Point, Port Lockroy (with its Post Office!) Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. Your adventure will be filled with daily landings and cruises in zodiacs boats, selected lectures and an enjoyable time on board. Your exploration of the White Continent will have a degree of flexibility, allowing you to experience the best on offer in this spectacular region.
Day 9 Return to King George Island where you will disembark in Zodiac boats at Fildes Bay by Presidente Eduardo Frei M Chilean Base, and head to the Teniente Marsh aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas. On arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas transfer to your hotel for an overnight in Punta Arenas.
Day 10 Bid farewell to Punta Arenas, your gateway to Antarctica and return to Santiago. From Punta Arenas we can offer a host of extensions to explore the vast wilderness of Patagonia. Spend time trekking in Torres del Paine National Park or cross the border into Argentina and the town of El Calafate before ending your South American holiday in the bustling city of Buenos Aires.
Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK with wonderful memories and magical photographs of your White Continent trip.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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