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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas

From £8300 for 8 days
Trip Overview
Take the fast track to that vast, frost-bitten wilderness at the South Pole. From Punta Arenas, fly over the infamously choppy waters of the Drake Passage to King George Island, and hop aboard a ship bound for the frozen wonderland. Cruise between towering icebergs floating in iridescent blue seas, and feel the thrill of catching the first glimpses of Antarctica's icy shoreline. Over the next four days, explore this continent blanketed with snow and ice – perhaps learning about the fascinating geology and history of the region from expert guides, spot whales and seals cavorting in the Southern Ocean or make friends with penguins on windswept beaches. No two expeditions are the same, but the magic of Antarctica will infect all those adventurous enough to travel to the end of the earth.
Essential Info
Starts: Punta Arenas
Ends: Punta Arenas
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Sailing, Wildlife, Polar
Trip Code: IGQMV
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Antarctica, Chile
What's Included

Meals

7 Breakfasts included
4 Lunches included
6 Dinners included

Transport

Plane,Ship,Zodiac

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•   Your adventure begins in the most populated city in Patagonia, Punta Arenas. There are plenty of museums, restaurants and shops to keep you entertained before embarkation

•   Flying from Punta Arenas to the South Shetland Islands is the fastest, most direct way of travelling to Antarctica and the view over the Drake Passage is unforgettable

•   Witness penguins playing in their natural habitat at inland rookeries during daily Zodiac landings along the Antarctic Peninsula

•   On-board lectures by polar specialists provide great insight in to the history and geology of Antarctica

•   Whale spotting among icebergs is easy when you have your expedition team searching for wildlife. Daily Zodiac landings afford the group great flexibility and opportunity during your time in the Antarctic

•   This all-encompassing trip includes everything you need for peace of mind on your journey, such as your return flights from Puntas Arenas to the South Shetland Islands, pre-expedition hotel accommodation, transfers to and from your ship, full meals and drinks on-board (including complimentary house wine, beer and spirits), waterproof expedition boots for shore landings (on loan) and emergency evacuation insurance.

Where you'll be staying

World Explorer

Newly built in 2018 and designed specifically with polar cruising in mind, the beautiful World Explorer is one of our newest ships. Decked out with panoramic windows, a glass-domed observation lounge, bar, restaurant, dedicated lecture theatres and even an onboard running track, the World Explorer has everything you need to enjoy every minute of your time in the Antarctic (plus those extra creature comforts to take your voyage to the next level).

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Dates & Availability
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Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£9,500pp
This price is for a 'lowerDeckTwin' room type
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Availability: Good
Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£10,700pp
This price is for a 'mainDeckPorthole' room type
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Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£11,400pp
This price is for a 'mainDeckWindow' room type
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Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£12,600pp
This price is for a 'superior' room type
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Availability: Good
Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£13,800pp
This price is for a 'deluxe' room type
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Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£15,000pp
This price is for a 'suite' room type
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Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£17,300pp
This price is for a 'owner'sSuite' room type
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Availability: Good
Departing: 7th Dec 2020
Returning: 14th Dec 2020
£8,300pp
This price is for a 'triple' room type
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Dec 2020
Returning: 19th Dec 2020
£15,000pp
This price is for a 'suite' room type
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Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Chile. Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, which is the most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy. In the early afternoon your leaders will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about embarkation day.
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