10D Polar Circle Air-Cruise with ANTARCTICA XXI
With this amazing fly/cruise Antarctic trip, you fly over the notoriously rough seas of Cape Horn and Drake Passage, straight to Antarctica - one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent.
The ANTARCTICA XXI Fly/Cruise expedition enables travellers to save time by taking a short 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands. From there, navigate the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula on board the MV Ocean Nova, a small, modern and comfortable vessel with an ice-strengthened hull, ideal for expedition travel to some of the most inaccessible places on Earth. Naturalist guides help discover the region and provide fascinating onboard lectures.
ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcomes you in Punta Arenas, Chile.
Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors.
A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.
A smooth two-hour !ight takes you e#ciently from Punta
Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland
Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.
Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment.
From the glass- enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle.
The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage.
Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.
Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Return to King George Island and disembark at the Frei Chilean Base.
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.
(Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are on your own and not included in the programme).
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for
your onward flight.
Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility.
ANTARCTICA XXI has been organizing Antarctic air-cruises since 2003. Over these years we have gained extensive experience in the delicate coordination of air and sea operations in the extreme Antarctic environment.
In the unlikely event that your !ight to Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions we have established a Contingency Plan.
The Contingency Plan is provided at no additional cost to you, and applies from Day 02 of the Travel Program corresponding to each voyage. The goal is to provide travellers with an engaging and comfortable travel experience in Patagonia while we wait for the weather conditions to improve.
The plan includes a range of activities determined by the specific nature of the delay. A slight delay could impact your travel to Antarctica or your return back to Punta Arenas.
The Main Highlights of the Contingency Plan are …
- On the way to Antarctica, stand-by in Punta Arenas while waiting for a flying window. Included are the accommodation at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar, meals, and excursions for two days. Should the delay extend to a third day or beyond, a refund plan will take effect, while accommodation is provided at a 3-start hotel or better and no meals or excursions are provided.
- Returning to Punta Arenas, stand-by in Antarctica with full board on the ship and excursions. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, accommodation at a 3-star hotel or better, and transfer to the airport the next morning.
- Travellers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of their airline tickets or onward travel plans.
10D9N Antarctica Polar Circle Fly/Cruise
|MV Ocean Nova|
|Price Per Person in USD dollars|
|Trip Code||Start / End Dates||Triple Cabin||Twin Cabin||Single Cabin|
|PC1 - OCN||Jan 01-10, 2016||13595||15595||21995|
|PC2 - OCN||Feb 01-10, 2016||13595||15595||21995|
|PC3 - OCN||Feb 18-27, 2016||13595||15595||21995|
|One night in Cabo de Hornos Hotel, or similar. Includes breakfast.||130||150||245|
- A Booking Fee of SGD $4,000 per person is required to book a cabin.
- The balance is due in full 130 days prior to departure. Payments can be made by wire transfer or by major credit card. Payment by credit card are subject to a 3.5% fee (however, the 3.5% fee is not charged on the Booking Fee).
- Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult.
- A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.
- Single Travellers can choose between
- Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
- Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement (based on Fly/Cruise tariff only) will be added to the rate per person in twin cabin.
- Sharing with another passenger of the same gender. Available on Ocean Nova in a twin cabin; no supplement is applied, and ANTARCTICA XXI will take care of finding the matching companion.
- Note – Sharing a cabin also implies sharing any hotel accommodation.
- Punta Arenas airport/hotel transfer on arrival day on Day 03.
- 02 nights Hotel Cabo de Hornos or other hotel of similar category on Days 02-03.
- Welcome dinner including drinks on Day 03.
- 01 complimentary hotel night, upon request, in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
- Return flights from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island as indicated in the programme.
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the programme.
- 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.
- Contingency Plan for air-cruise departures as described below.
- IAATO passenger fee.
- Return airfare between Singapore and Punta Arenas; please check with us for recommended flights and attractive airfare
- Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
- Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Programme and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
- Beverages purchased at the ship's bar
- Personal insurance.
- Extra expenses such as communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
- Tips (suggested USD $12 per person per day).
Planning & Useful Tips
Planning Your Trip
About your arrival & departure
- If you are joining an Fly/Cruise starting in Punta Arenas, you must plan your arrival on Day 1 before 15:00 hrs.
- That afternoon, all travellers must attend a mandatory safety and Antarctic guidelines briefing, and an information session covering important practical details.
- You must also attend a fitting session for your expedition boots.
- Participation in these activities is essential for the success of the expedition.
- Additionally, by arriving before 15:00 hrs. you can take advantage of our welcome service at the airport and the hotel transfer.
- Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hrs.
- Remember that scheduling tight connections is never wise when travelling to remote places with limited services.
Protect your travel investment by building some buffer in your travel plans in case of problems with luggage delivery, flight delays etc.
- Passengers are required to fill and sign an on-line Participation Form, and to return it to ANTARCTICA XXI duly filled at least 120 days prior to departure.
- ANTARCTICA XXI requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.
- Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather.
- We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage.
- For this reason ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants.
- ANTARCTICA XXI strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by cancellation insurance.
- The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg (44 Lb.) per passenger, including hand luggage.
- For Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air-Cruises, excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenas by ANTARCTICA XXI and will be handed over to travellers upon their return from Antarctica.
- The baggage weight limit is a technic al requirement imposed by the flight operation.
- Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase extra allowance.
- The official expedition language of our Air-Cruises is English.
Possible Flight Delays and Contingency Plan
- Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions.
- While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility.
- The average temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area during the austral summer is about 0°C (32°F), although sometimes it may feel a little lower because of the wind chill factor.
- For this reason, it is best to wear several layers of light, warm clothing, with a windproof and waterproof jacket and pants as the outside layer.
- The suggested clothing for Antarctica is very similar to that recommended for skiing.
- As most landings in Antarctica are “wet landings”, the best footwear is knee-high waterproof boots.
- You will not need to carry them with you since ANTARCTICA XXI will provide you with a pair of thermal rubber boots before arriving in Antarctica.
- Good quality UV filtering sunglasses are essential. Glacier glasses have leather flaps at the sides to stop the light from passing through.
- Due to the high reflectance of UV radiation, you will also need good sun block lotion for your face (protection factor 30 and above) and lip balm.
Online Gear Shop
- ANTARCTICA XXI is pleased to offer to its travellers the exciting opportunity to get equipped for their Antarctic air-cruises through its on-line store, the ANTARCTICA XXI’s Gear Shop.
- With a simple click on the “Gear Shop” button at www.antarcticaxxi.com or directly at http:// antarcticaxxi.newheadings.com you may browse and shop from a unique collection of high quality apparel and gear that will help you get ready for your polar adventure.
- To see the wildlife you should have a good pair of lightweight binoculars (the suggested magnification is 7x or 8x).
- If you are passionate about photography, do not forget a good zoom lens to shoot wildlife while avoiding close approaches.
- Also, take with you a good supply of memory cards and spare batteries since cold temperatures can reduce their life span.
AND Furthermore …
- Do not forget to take with your personal medications, backpack to carry your belongings during shore excursions.