Starting from Ushuaia, in Argentina, enjoy this navigation through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth – Antarctica. The program ends in Punta Arenas, in Chile.
Day 1: Starting in Ushuaia
What you will visit:
- 1 Puerto Williams
The day begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. You will board the boat in the afternoon and begin sailing through the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world, in Chile. You can explore the surroundings before following the road to Cape Horn.
Day 2: Cape Horn and Drake Passage
What you will visit:
- 1 Cape Horn
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you will wake up to a 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, we will 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 we sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, you can attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, 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, we will sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales.
Yo can board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, our exploration will continue well into the evening.
Day 5: Antarctica and scheduled return flight
Upon reaching King George Island, we will 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, we will transfer you to your hotel for the night.
(Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
- Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
- Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
- All guided shore excursions.
- Lectures and entertainment on board.
- Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
- Flight from Frei Station on King George Island to Punta Arenas as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
- 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
- Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on last day of the air-cruise.
- Contingency Plan for every journey
- IAATO passenger fee.
- Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
- Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc)
- Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Technical clothing warm, shoes for snow.
Take flights to Punta Arenas during the morning, as you must arrive before 15:00.
- Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since bene tted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. For our air-cruises, Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary.
Hebridean Sky is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion- dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the nest small-ships in the world. For our air-cruises, Hebridean Sky accommodates 71 passengers. Public areas include “ e Club” lounge, a library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks.
Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code speci cations to start service in 2019. For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 69 passengers. The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic.
Important: the cruise is in English, there are no guides in other languages.