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Wild Antarctica Fly Over the Drake Passage

Tailor Made Itinerary

13 Days From £9,450

Overview

This 13-day fly-in and expedition cruise includes the best of the East and West side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Time is saved by flying to Antarctica and embarking on the cruise ship there, in order to allow time to sail to the Weddell Sea on the east coast.

Your first destination is Punta Arenas in Chile, where you will embark the short flight to King George Island in Antarctica. Your cruise begins here, taking you from the volcanic islands and penguin colonies of the Weddell Sea to ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fly over the Drake Passage, allowing more time to cruise in the Antarctic Peninsular
  • Travel in March, when many marine mammals are present and there is 18 hours of daylight
  • Enjoy a fully inclusive cruise, knowing everything is taken care of
  • Send a postcard from the Penguin Post Office on Port Lockroy
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak through the wildlife rich waters of Antarctica

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: PUNTA ARENAS

DAY 1: PUNTA ARENAS

Fly into Chile's southernmost city, Punta Arenas, a port city set upon the rolling hills above the barren, windswept steppe on the Straits of Magellan. This is a strange part of the world; the open spaces are immense and even the sky looks much bigger. You will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel to meet your fellow travellers and before being briefed on the journey ahead.

Hotel Rey Don Felipe

DAY 2: PUNTA ARENAS - KING GEORGE ISLAND

DAY 2: PUNTA ARENAS - KING GEORGE ISLAND

Rise early this morning for your flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica. The flight will take approximately an hour and a half and will take you over the renowned Drake Passage (time of flight is dependent on weather conditions). Once you land in Antarctica, you will embark on a zodiac ride to the Greg Mortimer, a luxury expedition cruise ship. After settling in, meet in the lounge area for your briefing before enjoying a welcome dinner in the dining room.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: ANTARCTICA

DAY 3: ANTARCTICA

The plan is to sail through Antarctic Sound to the less visited, eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula to reach the Weddell Sea. Spend the next seven nights exploring the Peninsula in the hands of the experienced expedition crew and team who will provide lectures on board. The expedition leaders will show you all faces of Antarctica, hoping to tick off the several whale, penguin and seal species on the Antarctic checklist. Admire icebergs of all shapes, sizes and colours as you cruise along the narrow waterways. You will visit several research stations representing different countries and discover the science straight from source. The itinerary will depend on weather conditions and wildlife sightings but the aim is to go on two or three Zodiac excursions per day. There will be 18 to 20 hours of daylight at this time of year allowing for plenty of time to explore the ‘white continent’. For those that have booked the kayaking excursion, there is the chance to observe wildlife in an unobtrusive manner.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: ANTARCTICA

DAY 4: ANTARCTICA

One of the sites of interest is Brown Bluff towers. Situated on the eastern side of Tabarin Peninsula, the outcrop towers over some 20,000 nesting pairs of Adélie penguins and hundreds of Gentoo penguins. Other nesting birds include skuas, snow petrels and pintados. The volcanic origins of the outcrop have created some fantastically shaped boulders that lie scattered across the ash beach which make interesting nesting sites for penguins.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: ANTARCTICA

DAY 5: ANTARCTICA

Paulet Island is a nesting ground for over 100,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, as well as a haul out site for leopard and Weddell seals. There is human history here, as 22 men of Larsen's ship landed here after the ship sunk in 1903. Surviving on penguins and seals, the men eventually rowed back to safety on Erebus and Terror Gulf. We also aim to reach Devil Island, named for its two peaks that look like devil horns. Hopefully, you will be able to climb the west peak for fantastic views of the nesting penguins below and Terror Gulf.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: ANTARCTICA

DAY 6: ANTARCTICA

Another island of interest is James Clark Ross Island, a geologist’s and photographer’s paradise of volcanic and sedimentary rock covered in brightly coloured lichen. A walk to Hidden Lake provides the chance to see the remains of deciduous trees and ferns. The zodiac cruise back to the ship often sees Weddell and Leopard seals resting on the ice floes surrounding the island.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: ANTARCTICA

DAY 7: ANTARCTICA

A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: AT SEA

DAY 8: AT SEA

Attend informative lectures as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: GOUDIER ISLAND

DAY 9: GOUDIER ISLAND

British Port Lockroy on Goudier Island is a sight made famous by the Post Office, often overrun by penguins. Originally a site used by the whaling industry in the first half of the 1900's, the site later became part of the British Operation Tabarin during World War II, and then a British Research Station. Now the site is protected under the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and operates as a museum, gift shop and Post Office for visitors from passing Antarctic expeditions. You can even send a postcard home from the Penguin Post Office, the world's most southern Post Office.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: ANTARCTICA

DAY 10: ANTARCTICA

A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: ANTARCTICA

DAY 11: ANTARCTICA

A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: DRAKE PASSAGE

DAY 12: DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage separates the magic world you have discovered from the rest of the world. Use this time to refresh your memory and bid farewell to the birds and whales you now easily identify.

Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: USHUAIA

DAY 13: USHUAIA

Morning disembarkation followed by a transfer to the airport, alternatively you can book an extension itinerary with Wild Frontiers. Ushuaia boasts Tierra del Fuego National Park and the beautiful landscapes of Beagle Bay, as well as flight options to Chile and the rest of Argentina.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

WILD ANTARCTICA FLY OVER THE DRAKE PASSAGE (13 DAYS) £9,450

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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