Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 7 full days in Antarctica = 14 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
- Flights save time and avoid you sailing the Drake Passage twice
- We like this 146 passenger ship for its superior stability, top ice class rating & large expedition staff
- Complimentary camping & photography workshops. Optional kayaking (additional charge)
- Added advantage of the loan of a parka jacket, waterproof trousers, boots, binoculars, trekking pole & waterproof backpack
Day 1 - Santiago:
On arrival in Santiago, make your way to your hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. This evening, visit the welcome desk in the lobby of the hotel to check in with your voyage representative and collect your luggage tags.
Day 2 - Stanley:
We depart Santiago this morning on a special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transfer into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove, providing a first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. At the port, we board our expedition ship in the afternoon.
Days 3 & 4 - At Sea:
We chart a southerly course for Antarctica and this stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its biodiversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. Joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross, we will find giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are our constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. You can also join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel.
Days 5 & 6 - King George Island & The Antarctic Peninsula:
This morning we are in a position to possibly land at King George Island. This is the largest in the South Shetlands group and there are two landing sites here, depending on prevailing weather conditions. Penguin Island and nearby Turret Point offer good opportunities for shore landings to view chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins. Southern giant petrels, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns are also known to nest here. This afternoon, navigating into the broad expanse of the Bransfield Strait, we continue our journey south, making our way ever closer to the Antarctic coastline.
Days 7 to 9 - Towards the Antarctic Circle:
Spend time on the outer decks soaking up the scenery as we navigate further south, passing through the ice-strewn waters. Our ultimate objective is the Antarctic Circle. With favourable ice conditions our first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound.
Days 10 & 11 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands:
On our way north towards Paradise Harbour, we aim to transit the Lemaire Channel. Then, for an opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself, nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing point. There are terrific hiking opportunities up to panoramic viewpoints. For sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage.
Day 12 - King George Island:
This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by zodiac boats. From the shore landing site, we walk past the Chilean research station and up towards the airstrip where we board our special charter flight. This flight is included in the price of your voyage and takes a little over two hours. For all guests returning from King George Island at the end of the voyage, the itinerary includes a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas. This evening is at your leisure.
Day 13 - Punta Arenas:
After breakfast and check-out, you will make your way to the airport for your onward journey. (We recommend you book flights after midday). Alternatively you might choose to continue your exploration of Patagonia.
- The 14-Feb-2020 departure is 13 days long, spending 9 full days in Antarctica. Fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and return by flying from the Falkland Islands to Santiago de Chile
- The 16-Dec-2020 and 6-Jan-2021 departures are 13 days long, spending 7 days in Antarctica. Start by flying from Santiago to Falkland Islands and end by flying back from Antarctica to Punta Arenas. Includes a complimentary pre-embarkation hotel night, flight from Santiago to Falkland Islands and the hotel night in Punta Arenas once back from Antarctica
This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.
What our customers think
Highlights - way too many. Cruising through the ice to the Antarctic Circle in glorious sunshine. Kayaking with humpback whales. Watching a kamikaze penguin come face to face with a leopard seal. Feeling so small, insignificant and wanting to desperately protect the fragility of this amazing continent.
Sam UK December 2017
The excursions were very well planned and executed. They were the "hands-on" part of the trip and allowed everyone to experience the wildlife and landscapes up-close.
Al Carzoli United States Of America January 2018
It was an incredible experience. The icebergs, wildlife and landscapes were hard to all take in.
Al & Natalia Florida January 2018
Beyond my expectations and absolutely breathtaking! I met the most incredible people from my neighbors on the 4th floor to some of the staff members. Seeing the humpback whale cross in front of our zodiac was awesome!!!
Lora & Mitchell Texas January 2018
Loved the whole experience very impressive. For me the highlight was crossing the Antarctic circle. Unbelievable landscapes and wildlife. Love the perfect organization of the excursions and the zodiac rides. Overall a very good experience.
Tony & Penny Mississippi January 2018
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had a fabulous time on our cruise. Our expectations were high and they were exceeded by a million percent!
Karen Pennsylvania February 2017
The highlights were all the penguin chicks at Petermann island and going through the Lemaire channel. The wildlife was amazing, especially the penguins and crab eater seals.
Nicole Illinois January 2017
The ship was much more comfortable than we expected and we enjoyed the informality and friendliness of everyone onboard - perfect choice for us. We are recommending this voyage to all our adventurous friends...
Isobel UK February 2017
I was very satisfied. The trip was run efficiently and I felt that the staff enhanced my experience.
Huiwen & Ellen Yao United States Of America December 2018
About The Ship
Built in Finland in 1993, few expedition ships are capable of delivering such a well-appointed, comfortable Antarctic experience on board such a safe and ice strengthened vessel. Spacious cabins, modern stabilising and an outstanding expedition staff all help to enhance the adventure.
What really attracts me to this outstanding ship is her large cabins, fast speed and high ice class rating. Few expedition ships can touch her.
Alex Mudd Polar Specialist
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $15095
The 14-Feb-2020 departure is 13 days long, spending 9 full days in Antarctica. Fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and return by flying from the Falkland Islands to Santiago de Chile
The 16-Dec-2020 and 6-Jan-2021 departures are 13 days long, spending 7 days in Antarctica. Start by flying from Santiago to Falkland Islands and end by flying back from Antarctica to Punta Arenas. Includes a complimentary pre-embarkation hotel night, flight from Santiago to Falkland Islands and the hotel night in Punta Arenas once back from Antarctica
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children are welcome. 25% discount young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off for those aged 18 - 21. Please contact us for details.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
- Direct charter flight Santiago/ Port Stanley
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Activities including camping, photo workshops and yoga
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Loan of rubber boots, waterproof pants and parka jacket
- Loan of rucksack and binoculars
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
- Free access to multimedia room and download stations
- Any flights to/ from voyage start and end points
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)