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2 Polar plunges

6 Penguin species encountered

11 Polar bears spotted in Spitsbergen

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Peninsula Fly-In

from £9596 excluding flights

  • 7-11 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Spot adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins

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Enjoy shore landings and Zodiac cruises past glistening icebergs

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Choose from a range of optional activities

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Encounter a wealth of wildlife including seals, seabirds and whales

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Fly from Punta Arenas to the South Shetlands Islands

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

Overview

This unique option allows passengers to fly direct between Punta Arenas in southern Chile and King George Island, the largest in the South Shetlands archipelago, before boarding a ship for an expedition cruise around the Peninsula. This is a great choice for those with limited time or who doubt their sea-legs.

Crossing the Drake Passage is one of the most talked-about subjects for anyone contemplating a journey to the Antarctic Peninsula. Its reputation inspires excitement in some but in others brings nervous anticipation. In many ways the crossing is part of the adventure and heightens the sense of remoteness surrounding your destination, however, it is not the only way to reach the peninsula.

The flight from Chile to the South Shetland Islands only takes a little over 90 minutes, aboard a 'turbo fan jet BAE 146', particularly suited for this kind of trip. You can choose to fly both ways, ideal if you are short on time or are particularly concerned about the Drake Passage - or ask us about alternative options to fly one way and cruise the other, taking the opportunity to experience both options for a really unique Antarctic experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers.

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers.

Day 2 Punta Arenas - King George Island, South Shetlands

Transfer to the airport and take your seat for the flight south. King George Island is part of the South Shetlands archipelago, which lie about 160km off the coast of Antarctica. Following an exploration of the area, head down to the beach on Fildes Bay where you will be transferred by Zodiac to your ship.

Transfer to the airport and take your seat for the flight south. King George Island is part of the South Shetlands archipelago, which lie about 160km off the coast of Antarctica. Following an exploration of the area, head down to the beach on Fildes Bay where you will be transferred by Zodiac to your ship.

Days 3-6 South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

The next few days will be spent exploring this incredible region - your itinerary will be dependent on weather and ice conditions, but highlights may include the huge flooded caldera of Deception Island, the wildlife of Livingston Island, Port Lockroy or Cuverville Island. Look out for whales, penguins and seals and enjoy spectacular scenery and breathtaking icebergs from the ship or Zodiacs.

The next few days will be spent exploring this incredible region - your itinerary will be dependent on weather and ice conditions, but highlights may include the huge flooded caldera of Deception Island, the wildlife of Livingston Island, Port Lockroy or Cuverville Island. Look out for whales, penguins and seals and enjoy spectacular scenery and breathtaking icebergs from the ship or Zodiacs.

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Day 7 King George Island - Punta Arenas

Returning north disembark at King George Island and board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Enjoy an overnight stay in the city.

Returning north disembark at King George Island and board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Enjoy an overnight stay in the city.

Day 8 Punta Arenas

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells.

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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Ocean Adventurer

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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World Explorer

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 176
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Greg Mortimer

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 120
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sylvia Earle

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 126
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Optional Activities

Prices and Departures

Price from £9596 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Return flights from Punta Arena to King George Island (see notes)
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2020/21 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Durtaion Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
07 Dec 2020 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,596
12 Dec 2020 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,596
17 Dec 2020 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,596
22 Dec 2020 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,996
27 Dec 2020 * 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,996
16 Jan 2021 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,996
21 Jan 2021 8 days Ocean Adventurer £9,996
26 Jan 2021 AC 11 days Ocean Adventurer £15,996
18 Feb 2021 AC 11 days World Explorer £22,396
26 Feb 2021 8 days World Explorer £14,396
03 Mar 2021 AC 11 days World Explorer £22,396

AC: This departure attempts to cross the Antarctic Circle

* This departure is cruise out/fly in: depart by sea from Ushuaia and return to Punta Arenas on a flight from King George Island.

2021/22 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
05 Dec 2021 9 days Ocean Adventurer £11,996
11 Dec 2021 8 days Ocean Adventurer £11,196
16 Dec 2021 8 days Ocean Adventurer £11,196
21 Dec 2021 8 days Ocean Adventurer £11,996
16 Jan 2022 * 11 days Greg Mortimer £10,836
19 Jan 2022 * 11 days Sylvia Earle £10,876
24 Jan 2022 12 days Greg Mortimer £12,876
27 Jan 2022 12 days Sylvia Earle £12,716
02 Feb 2022 ~ 12 days Greg Mortimer £12,716
05 Feb 2022 ~ 12 days Sylvia Earle £12,716
11 Feb 2022 8 days Ocean Adventurer £11,596
16 Feb 2022 8 days Ocean Adventurer £11,596
21 Feb 2022 12 days Greg Mortimer £11,996
21 Feb 2022 AC 11 days Ocean Adventurer £13,596
01 Mar 2022 8 days World Explorer £14,396
06 Mar 2022 8 days World Explorer £14,396
06 Mar 2022 ~ 10 days Sylvia Earle £9,516
11 Mar 2022 8 days World Explorer £14,396

AC: This departure attempts to cross the Antarctic Circle

* This departure is cruise out/fly in: depart by sea from Ushuaia and return to Punta Arenas on a flight from King George Island
~ This departure is fly in/cruise out: fly from Punta Arena to King George Island and return by sea to Ushuaia

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Notes

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in either Punta Arenas or Ushuaia is included on voyages aboard the Greg Mortimer
  • One night pre- & one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas is included in voyages aboard the Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer.
  • Return flights over the Drake Passage are included with all ships, except on dates marked with */~ where you either embark or disembark in Ushuaia

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One of our specialists
Meet Doug

2 Polar plunges

6 Penguin species encountered

11 Polar bears spotted in Spitsbergen

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