In less than two hours of flying from Punta Arenas, Chile, arrive at Frei Station on King George Island (the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipelago) where you will embark the Ocean Nova at the gates of the white continent. From King George Island you will navigate along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. With daily excursions, your naturalist team will be giving lectures to introduce and inform you about this wonderful continent. This unique experience is sure to be the trip of your lifetime!
Includes one-way flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, with four days in Antarctica before returning by boat to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Upon arrival in the city of Punta Arenas you will be greeted by a staff member and 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, enjoy a welcome dinner at the JosÃ© Nogueira Hotel, a French-style mansion that is over one hundred years old.
Day 2: Fly to King George Island / Embark
Your Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (the largest of the South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little over one and half hours. 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 of your expedition vessel by Zodiac boats.
Days 3-5: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, you will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Your adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time onboard. In the afternoon, after a last visit in the region on Day 5, your ship will set sail northwards across the famous Drake Passage en route to Ushuaia.
Days 6-7: Sailing the Southern Ocean
Relax and enjoy life on board and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks. You may spot magnificent birds such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica. After spending the last hours sailing through the Drake Passage, you will finally have Cape Horn and the American continent in sight. Your ship will sail along the calm waters of the Beagle Channel towards the southernmost Chilean settlement of Puerto Williams, located on Navarino Island. Here, you will have the time to tour around before sailing during the night towards Ushuaia.
Day 8: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark
In the morning, arrive at the port of Ushuaia and disembark. You will be transferred to the airport for your flights homeward or extend your stay to explore Argentina's southernmost city.