On this adventurous expedition, enjoy the sights and sounds of Santiago before flying to the South Shetland Islands for a five-night Antarctic cruise.

• Santiago, Chile
• Punta Arenas, Chile
• Antarctica (South Shetland Islands)
• Punta Arenas, Chile
• Santiago, Chile

15nights STAY & CRUISE
 
HIGHLIGHTS

Experiences
Tierra Patagonia Make the most of the included excursions at this luxury lodge. These include hikes, lake cruises,  mountain biking trips and horse riding.
Cruise One of the highlight destinations of the South Shetland Islands is Deception Island, a former whaling station and modern-day scientific base.

Wildlife

Cruise There will be at least 12 professional polar guides on your cruise, each with great knowledge and passion for this incredible destination. The guides will join you on Zodiac cruises and landings as well as enhancing your Antarctic knowledge through a series of on-board lectures and briefings.


Enrichment
Cruise There will be at least 12 professional polar guides on your cruise, each with great knowledge and passion for this incredible destination. The guides will join you on Zodiac cruises and landings as well as enhancing your Antarctic knowledge through a series of on-board lectures and briefings.

Accommodation suggestions
Tierra Patagonia This award-winning all-inclusive lodge has an unbeatable setting in Torres del Paine National Park, incredible local cuisine and plenty of included adventures. Cruise There are single, twin and double cabins on board the MV Ocean Nova, each with an en-suite bathroom, picture window or porthole.

CRUISE INFORMATION

Is this for you?

Antarctica21
Antarctica21 operates unique fly-cruise itineraries which depart from the Chilean Patagonian city of Punta Arenas. The two-hour flight to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands saves you four to five days which would usually be spent cruising across the famous and sometimes stormy Drake Passage. On arrival in the South Shetland Islands you’ll board your vessel for a five-night Antarctic adventure and the route you take will depend on the weather conditions and the wildlife sighting reports.

MV Ocean Nova
The MV Ocean Nova is a purpose-built ice-breaker vessel. The ship has a capacity of up to 68 guests on board with the addition of 38 crew. There are seven Zodiac boats for cruises and shore landings.

Good to know

Cruising in Antarctic
No voyage in Antarctica is ever the same – ice shifts, weather changes and the wildlife is always on the move. The chance to explore this remote part of the world is one of those true once-in-alifetime experiences and this is the perfect opportunity for adventurous travellers. Antarctica XXI provides more time to explore the landscapes and spot the wildlife of Antarctic by operating air-cruise itineraries. From the Chilean Patagonian city of Punta Arenas you will take a two hour flight over the famous Drake Passage to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Here you will meet the MV Ocean Nova – your home for the next five nights. From then your itinerary will be relatively unstructured allowing for changing weather and ice conditions and wildlife viewing opportunities. When taking part in shore excursions you will be transported on small zodiac boats to get to those otherwise inaccessible places. Landings will be either dry – stepping straight onto land – or wet, during which you may have to wade a short distance. Launches and landings can sometimes be a bit tricky, therefore a good level of physical health is needed.

Drinking & dining
For the entire duration of your cruise all meals and drinks are included. There is a dining room and bar on board and a selection of wines are served with meals.

Cabins
There are single, twin and double outside cabins on board, each with an en suite bathroom, a picture window or porthole, and heating. Single and twin cabins have low beds and triple cabins have two low beds and one upper bed.

Ship facts
The MV Ocean Nova is a purpose built ice-breaker vessel which was built in 1992 and fully refurbished in 2006. The vessel can hold up to 68 passengers on board with the addition of 38 crew. There are seven Zodiac boats for cruises and shore landings.

Shore excursions
The majority of shore excursions are conducted by expert guides and are incorporated into the price of your tour. There are a number of optional activity programmes available at an extra cost, including sea kayaking. As part of this amazing programme you will be under the guidance of an expert Kayak Master during your regular (weather and ice dependent) trips out onto the water. At the end of each excursion your Kayak Master will endeavour to allow for some time at a landing site. There is also the opportunity to take part in a snowshoeing programme allowing you to get further inland.

Gratuities
Gratuities are not included in the price of your cruise. Tipping is at your discretion and can be added to your ship account.

What to pack

With an average temperature of 0 degrees centigrade in Antarctica during the summer months it is important to pack wisely. We highly recommend packing light, warm layers as it can get warmer during the day when the sun is shining. Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers are essential as the wind chill often reduces the temperature further. A hat, a pair of thermal gloves and a scarf are also Antarctica essentials. Ice and snow reflects UV rays so it is necessary to have strong sun block for your face and protective lip balm, as well as a pair of UV filtering sunglasses. Antarctica XXI will provide each passenger with a pair of thermal rubber boots to use for the duration of the voyage to be used for any wet landings.

What to expect

Day 1 UK to Santiago, Chile Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Santiago.

Day 2 Santiago, Chile On arrival, transfer to the Lastarria Boutique Hotel.

Day 3 Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile
Today you will fly south to Punta Arenas where you will transfer to your hotel, meet your fellow passengers and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 4 Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica
Fly to King George Island, which is located in the Southern Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, tour the Chilean and Russian bases before boarding a Zodiac boat at Fildes Bay which will take you to the modern and comfortable MV Ocean Nova.

Days 5-8 Antarctica
No voyage in Antarctica is ever the same – ice shifts, weather changes and the wildlife is always on the move. The chance to explore this remote part of the world is one of those true once-in-a-lifetime experiences and this is the perfect cruise for adventurous travellers. Over the next few days the ship may visit destinations such as Deception Island, which is the caldera of an active volcano, and Livingston Island – the site of many scientific research stations.Access some of the most remote areas on Earth such as Port Lockroy. Another site you may visit during your cruise is the seven-mile-long Lemaire Channel which has still waters and incredible scenery and is only one-mile wide at its narrowest point. Wildlife species you may spot include Macaroni penguins, whales and sea lions. The majority of shore excursions are conducted by expert guides and are incorporated into the price of your tour. There are a number of optional activity programmes available at an extra cost, including sea kayaking.

Day 9 Antarctica to Puerto Natales, Chile

Return to King George Island and following disembarkation, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Punta Arenas. On arrival, travel to the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa where you will stay four nights.

Days 10-12 Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
A stay at Tierra Patagonia is all about getting out and exploring the wilds of the National Park, and there are a wide range of included excursions where you can fully embrace the natural enviornment. Explore the wilderness either on foot, horseback, bicycle or 4x4 vehicle.

Days 13-14 Torres del Paine National Park to Valparaíso, Chile
Fly to Santiago and travel to the coastal city of Valparaíso where you will stay two nights at Casa Higueras.

Day 15 Valparaíso, Chile
Transfer to Santiago airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Cruise dates

Departing 06 February 2020. Alternative Antarctica itineraries are available with Antarctica21, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.

Upgrade your cruise

Following your cruise we highly recommend travelling from Punta Arenas to the Patagonian city of Puerto Natales, the gateway to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. From here you can join half- and full-day hikes, board glacier cruises or explore on horseback.

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