Indulge in the excitement of a custom-tailored Antarctica tour as you travel deep into the Polar Circle and along the Antarctic Peninsula for a contemporary exploration of a beloved destination. Cruise among ice floes in search of whale pods and seal colonies, and then visit with different species of penguins as they roam alongside the icy waters. Learn about the many ecosystems of the frozen landscape as you observe captivating wildlife and discover historic research stations in hidden huts and...
Port Stanley – Travel from Punta Arenas, Chile to the Falkland Islands
The journey towards the Arctic Circle begins with your arrival at Stanley, the capital of East Falkland of the Falkland Islands. The island was once known as Port Stanley and was founded in the mid-19th century, and offered a port of call to ships coming through the Straits of Magellan before the construction of the Panama Canal. The harbor continued to provide support for whaling and sealing boats en route to the Arctic Circle. The connection to the United Kingdom is apparent in the form of iconic red phone booths and the aroma of freshly fried fish and chips emanating from the bustling shops. Your private transfer will greet you at Stanley Airport and escort you to the comforts of your luxury hotel located near the shoreline of the island spanning 2,550 square miles.
The islands provide a haven for penguin, seal, and albatross populations. The majority of the island population consists of native-born residents who can trace their ancestry back more than six generations. The waves lap against the rocky shoreline of East Falkland and fill the air with a briny mist as the cathedral on Ross Road was erected in the late 19th century and maintains a distinctive arch made from whalebone. You will have the chance to visit the Falkland Islands Museum, which contains artifacts about the everyday life of locals along with specimens of natural history and collection of shipwrecks that took place close to the archipelago.
Drake Passage – Venture across the Infamous Passage to Reach the Arctic
Drake Passage – Experience Captivating Lectures and Historic Island Shores
Penguin Island – Reach the South Shetland Islands to Find the Avifauna
Cuverville Island – Search for a Penguin Colony During a Kayak Excursion
Winter Island – Navigate through Crystal Sound to Discover Winter Island
Petermann Island – Visit an Adelie Penguin Rookery and Cormorant Nests
Pleneau Island – Traverse the Iceberg Graveyard and Lemaire Channel
Paradise Harbor – Venture to Paradise Harbor to Hike Wander the Terrain
Deception Island – Bask in Thermal Baths and Geothermal Activity
Punta Arenas – Visit the King George Research Stations and Fly to Chile
Punta Arenas – Depart for Home
- Kayak on a channel laden with icebergs, passing the massive chunks of glacier for a close perspective on size, history, texture, and color
- Spend an evening camping in the snowy scenery near the Wordie House on Winter Island
- Discover Adelie and Gentoo penguin colonies on several islands found across the South Shetland Archipelago and around the Antarctic Peninsula
- Travel the waters of narrow channels and reach secluded pebbled coastlines on zodiac expeditions bound for island and continental beaches
- Search for a humpback, minke, and southern right whales, along with Weddell, leopard, and elephant seals while cruising the Southern Ocean and Antarctic channels
- Visit a number of international research stations on King George Island before boarding your flight over the Southern Ocean to Chile
- Bask in the unique comforts of thermal baths on a trip to the Antarctic shores of Deception Island, a volcanic landmass with a navigable caldera
- Take in the memorable and historical British culture, cuisine, and history at Stanley, the capital of East Falkland Island
The marine habitat on the Southern Ocean will meet the icy environments of the Antarctic islands and the continental shores during your 12-day custom trip to Antarctica. Journey across isolated channels that are filled with icebergs and over the rolling snow dunes that offer fascinating views of the Seventh Continent. Your magnificent journey will begin with your arrival at Port Stanley, the capital of East Falkland on the Falkland Islands. Your private transfer will escort you from the airport to your luxurious hotel with a view of the coastline that looks towards the cold waters at the southern edge of the Atlantic.
Enjoy an introduction to your forthcoming cruise to Antarctica before having the remainder of the day at leisure to visit the museums, wander around the British ambiance of the town, or relax in the comforts of your hotel. The next day, you will travel south on board your luxurious cruise ship as you venture through the infamous waters of the Drake Passage. Listen to engaging lectures from experts in the fields of geography, biology, navigation, weather, and history, or search the sky for circling Antarctica avifauna. Reach the South Shetland archipelago at Penguin Island to discover your first penguin colony. Ride zodiac boats between your ship and the shore to wander the pebbled beaches and enjoy the surprisingly diverse landscapes of islands, such as Cuverville and Winter Island. Enjoy a kayak expedition as you travel between the narrow straits that separate the staggering icebergs.
Enjoy a half-day journey to Wordie House on Winter Island before partaking in an overnight camping trip on the enchanting snowy tundra. Stroll near the Adelie penguin rookery at Petermann Island, and then wander in search of elephant seals at Paradise Harbor before finding thermal pools at Deception Island with temperatures reaching up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Meet with researchers and families living in the large complexes connected to various countries on King George Island and then board a Bae 146-200 for your flight from Eduardo Frei Montalva Station to Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport in Punta Arenas, Chile.
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$12,475 per person (excluding international flights)
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