Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan, we will be transferred to our assigned hotel. After an informative briefing, you can enjoy a welcome dinner with your travelling companions.
A quick 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas lands on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. En route, from our bird's eye view, we can bid the Drake Passage a fond Bon Voyage. After exploring the portion of the island where the Chilean Research Base, Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva and the Russian Base, Bellingshausen, are located, we transfer to Clipper Adventurer by Zodiac to embark on our Antarctic adventure.
Day 3 - 6
The start of our Antarctic voyage, may give you with a sense that you've arrived on a new planet, as the pristine nature and dramatic environments are like nothing else on earth. From the vessel we can watch whales swim and feed in the nutrient-rich waters and spot penguins porpoising in the water and jumping aboard ice floes. Just as amazing as the wildlife are the soaring snow-covered mountains and glaciers of the Peninsula, which will be our playground for the next four days.
As excitement builds from the ship, our first landing on a remote beach is when you'll feel that you've officially arrived in Antarctica, giving the opportunity to experience this wilderness up close.
Every Zodiac excursion and landing presents new sights, sounds and smells. Some landings may be as relaxing as sitting on a beach, taking photographs of curious penguins. Other landings may provide exhilarating panoramic views of the Antarctic continent by hiking atop hill. Perhaps we'll catch a calving glacier crumbling into the sea at Petermann Island, or take a Zodiac cruise in search of Fur and Elephant Seals around Pleneau Island.
Even common travel experiences like camping and mailing a postcard take on an extra level of excitement in Antarctica. While weather and sea conditions determine which landings we can make, our Expedition Team will ensure that each day of your Antarctic adventure leaves a lasting impression.
Day 7 - 8
A rite of passage for any Antarctic adventurer, the Drake signals the end of our journey. No matter the sea conditions, we will benefit from having developed sea legs over the course of the previous four days. While the journey home has begun, wildlife spotting has not. Our Expedition Team will be available on deck and on the ship's bridge to help you spot the majestic Wandering albatross and a number of whale species, such as Minke and Humpback. The Expedition Team will also conclude their series engaging presentations on subjects such as marine biology, polar history and glaciology.
In the early morning you arrive back in Ushuaia where your voyage ends. You are transferred either to town on to the airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires.