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Antactica Express Air-Cruise

The Antarctica Express Air-Cruise offers an introductory trip to Cape Horn and Antarctica. It combines a sailing across the Drake Passage, a very short visit to Antarctica, and a flight over the Drake Passage. This quick expedition offers travellers the opportunity to check Antarctica off their bucket list while making a small financial and 'me investment. The trip can easily be combined with a visit to Patagonia for a fuller travel experience in southern latitudes. It can also be used to connect Ushuaia and Punta Arenas in itineraries that visit both the Argentinean and Chilean sides of Patagonia.

 ITINERARY

Leaving from Ushuaia, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.

 DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.

DAY 2 · Cape Horn and Drake Passage

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

DAY 3 · Drake Passage

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass- enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

DAY 4 · Drake Passage and Antarctica

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

DAY 5 · Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

DAY 6 · End of the Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.


Note: The January 10-16, 2017 departure (AE3-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.


RATES FROM:

2016-2017

2017-2018

Triple Cabin

USD 4,595

USD 4,695

Twin Cabin

USD 5,595

USD 5,695

Single Cabin

USD 6,995

USD 6,995


Special Opportunity

1.       A promotional offer is now in effect until December 15, 2016 for the 2016-17 Antarctica Express Air-Cruises. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive a $600 Air Credit reduction per person.

2.       A promotional offer is now in effect until Dec. 15, 2016, for the 2017-18 Antarctica Express Air-Cruises. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive a $1,700 Air Credit reduction per person.

3.       The 2017-18 Early Booking Promotion offers clients who confirm a 2017-18 Air-Cruise reservation before Oct. 31, 2016 complimentary accommodation for two nights at the Cumbres Lastarria hotel in Santiago.