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, we can enjoy a welcome dinner with our 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 - 5
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As the ship approaches the white continent, don't be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.
Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, we'll be alerted to any new sightings. The team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.
Even more exciting are the daily excursions to land. The first Zodiac landing is something never forgotten! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities and it won't be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.
We may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night in Antarctica, each day will be welcomed with the excitement and energy of a young child.
Day 6 - 7
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33° S. We will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, take pride in knowing you've made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations seen anywhere in Antarctica.
Day 8 - 9
If you haven't had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you'll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We'll continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily as we travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. The Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded us on the journey south.
From King George Island, we will fly across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas to spend the night. We will be transferred from the airport to your hotel to spend the night.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Punta Arenas for your homeward flight.