The only air-and-cruise programme to the White Continent. FLY over the mythical Cape Horn and the feared Drake Passage towards the Peninsula and then CRUISE into the usually smooth and scenic Antarctic waters.
Join us on this unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote and pristine places on Earth – the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable and beautiful continent – Antarctica, the last true wild frontier.
Exclusive 8-day air & cruise experience! Check out updated departures dates (Dec 2016 through Feb 2017) from Punta Arenas, Chile. Book with us during MAY and get a special 5% discount in any cabin category.
The Antarctic continent would roughly be round in shape, if it weren’t for the Peninsula, a long mountain range of rock and ice that breaks the apparent radial symmetry of the "White Continent". It begins approximately at 75°S, extending northwards to 62°S, almost reaching the southern tip of South America. Therefore, the Peninsula is the closest to any other mainland and most accessible part of Antarctica, generally reached via a two-day tour de force across the stormy Drake Passage on a ship.
That was until now that we offer the option of visiting the most pristine corner on Earth via a unique itinerary, combining a short and comfortable 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to the South Shetland Islands, with the experience of a small 68-passenger expedition cruise across the calm and scenic waters of the Antarctic Peninsula!
Join us on the most innovative circuit to discover the landscapes and wildlife of the 'White Continent'.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1 • Arrival to Punta Arenas, Chile – Introductory briefing – Overnight at Punta Arenas (1 night)
Day 2 • Flight over the Drake Passage to King George Island, South Shetlands – Board M/V Ocean Nova (5 nights)
Days 3/6 • Cruising and exploring along the western Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands aboard M/V Ocean Nova
Day 7 • Flight back to Punta Arenas - Overnight at Punta Arenas (1 night)
Day 8 • End of the trip
• Fly from South America to the Antarctic Peninsula over Cape Horn and the Drake Passage.
• 5-night cruise in a small expedition vessel, which includes daily zodiac landings and interesting lectures.
• Comprehensive itinerary visiting the key wildlife, scenic and historic sites along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula
• See up to 4 penguin species and visit their huge breeding colonies.
• Great opportunities to see and photograph whales, seals, orcas and other wildlife.
The Difference of Traveling with Far South Expeditions
• An Antarctic journey limited to a small group of up to 70 participants.
• Share and learn from a great and skilled group of Expedition leaders, wildlife experts and experienced lecturers.
• A useful and comprehensive pre-departure information package.
Grand Antarctica can be combined with the following optional extensions:
• Patagonia Explorer (9 days, 8 nights) Discover 'the Best of Patagonia' on this in-depth nature tour and photo journey by visiting Torres del Paine and 'Perito Moreno Glacier', in Chile and Argentina, as well as the Straits of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego for King Penguins!.
• The Falkland Islands (8 days, 7 nights), penguin encounters and other fascinating wildlife photo opportunities in the 'Galapagos' of the South Atlantic.
• Torres del Paine Explorer (3 to 5-day private trips) superb private and flexible journey you to explore the eastern and western sectors of the park and have close encounters with the wildlife and its magnificent scenery.
Detailed Itinerary and Activities
Jump over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage towards Antarctica! Far South Expeditions invites you to a unique and epic journey of discovery that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.
In a short 90-minute flight from Punta Arenas (southern Chile) to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipelago, you will be at the gate of the vast White Continent. Here we’ll be taken on board our ship Ocean Nova and from King George Island we will navigate for six days and five nights along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the most stunning places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica.
No trip is exactly the same, but some of the places you may visit are Paradise Bay, Deception Island, Neko Harbour, Petermann Island, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel, Cuverville Island and many other magnificent places.
During the whole journey, our lecturers will share their knowledge and introduce you to this wonderful and remote wilderness, from penguins to whales to petrels to seals, because wildlife will be a permanent companion along the journey; marine mammals like Elephant, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, Humpback, Minke, Fin and Killer whales, seabirds like Giant, Snow and Cape petrels, storm petrels, skuas, terns and cormorants will be in the coast or around the ship at all times.
Add a comfortable and modern ship, friendly and knowledgeable staff and crew and some of the most sunning and beautiful sceneries on Earth and you have a trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 • Arrival to Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrival to the city of Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon, before dinner, you will receive instructions in relation with the strict environmental guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and about the embarkation and disembarkation procedures. Later, you will enjoy our welcome dinner at the Hotel José Nogueira, a centenary French-style mansion, where you will have the chance to meet your expedition companions.
Overnight at Hotel José Nogueira, Hotel Rey Don Felipe or similar, Punta Arenas. (Dinner) (Guide).
Note: Passengers should be at Punta Arenas at 3pm at the latest.
- Passengers should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest.
Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours.
Day 2 • Flight to South Shetland Islands – Board M/V 'Ocean Nova'
Our Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little over one and half hour. Upon arrival, we will be able of touring around the area where the 'Frei' Chilean Base and the 'Bellingshausen' Russian Base are located. We will gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats towards our expedition vessel.
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, we will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. Our target will be the crossing of the Lemaire Channel at latitude 65° South.
Overnight at M/V 'Ocean Nova'. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Days 3-6 • Antarctic Peninsula
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.
Overnight at M/V Ocean Nova based on full board accommodation guided by an accomplished expedition staff.
Hannah Point, on Livingston Island, home of the Antarctic and Gentoo penguins. Possible sighting of the Macaroni Penguin, Southern Elephant Seal and Antarctic Fur Seal. Visit to Aitcho Island and its Gentoo and Antarctic Penguin colonies. Sighting of other sea birds, like the Southern Giant Petrel. Sighting of other mammals like the Weddell Seal and the Southern Elephant Seal.
Visit to Deception Island, of volcanic origin. Sailing into the flooded crater. Visit to the ruins of the former Norwegian Whaling Station and the BAS (British Antarctic Survey) shelter, evacuated in 1967 after a volcanic eruption. Guided tour to 'Neptune's Bellows', nesting site of the Cape Petrel. If the weather is suitable, there will be a dip in hot volcanic waters. Visit to Port Lockroy on Wiencke Island, used by whalers almost one hundred years ago, where you can still see remains of whale skeletons. It is now a museum extremely well kept by Great Britain. Whales and other mammals are frequently seen around the island. The abundant fauna includes Gentoo Penguins and King Cormorants, as well as Minke and Humpback whales. Afternoon visit to beautiful Paradise Bay. If the weather allows it, there will be zodiac boat expeditions to the icebergs. Visit to the Chilean base 'Gabriel González Videla'. The members of the base live surrounded by a huge population of Gentoo penguins. Among these it is possible to see some rare albinos.
Cruise through the Lemaire Channel, one of the most beautiful places in the world, known as the Kodak Gap. Landing and sighting of Petermann Island, the southernmost spot in our trip. In this island you will see the beauty of big granite walls and much snow. It is the home of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins and of a colony of King Cormorants. In the afternoon, we will explore Cuverville Island, nesting place of the Gentoo Penguin. Landing at Half Moon Island, habitat of large Antarctic Penguin colonies. Visit to the Henry Arctowski Polish Academy of Science Antarctic Base. The scientific personnel, a very warm, welcoming group, is engaged in the study of many species, birds and mammals, as well as the sea fauna of this area.
Day 7 • Flight to Punta Arenas
Return to King George Island where we will disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the 'Frei' Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas. Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)
Day 8 • End of the trip
After breakfast, complimentary transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
• Program subject to changes, depending on weather conditions.
• Flights scheduled and Antarctic itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions.
Book with us during MAY and get a special 5% discount in any cabin category.
Dates and Rates for 2016/2017 Departures
|Aboard M/V Ocean Nova
||Start and End Dates
||02 Dec – 09 Dec 2016
||07 Dec – 14 Dec 2016
||12 Dec – 19 Dec 2016
||17 Dec – 24 Dec 2016
||22 Dec – 29 Dec 2016
||27 Dec 2016 – 03 Jan 2017
||17 Jan – 24 Jan 2017
||22 Jan – 29 Jan 2017
||27 Jan – 03 Feb 2017
||08 Feb – 15 Feb 2017
||13 Feb – 20 Feb 2017
|Aboard M/V Hebridean Sky
||Start and End Dates
||21 Dec – 28 Dec 2016
||26 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017
||31 Dec 2016 – 07 Jan 2017
||05 Jan – 12 Jan 2017
What the trip includes/excludes
The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.
Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.
The trip price includes:
• Transfers airport/hotel/airport in Punta Arenas foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage (in case of using the complimentary hotel upon return from Antarctica, no transfer is included the following day).
• 1 overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Rey Don Felipe or other hotel of similar category and a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
• 1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment onboard.
• Comprehensive pre- and post- voyage information material.
• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
• Contingency Plan for air-cruise departures as foreseen for each voyage (see further on).
The trip price excludes:
• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
• Personal insurances.
• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
• Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Do you want us to arrange your flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas?
Domestic flights (Santiago - Punta Arenas - Santiago), approximately US$ 300-500 per person.
Duration of the flight: 3-4 hours approximately.
To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is $2,500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 120 days prior to tour departure.
NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.
Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.
Refunds are made according to the following schedule:
If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.
If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.
If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.
This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.
The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
MODEL: BAE 146-200
ENGINES: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
CAPACITY: 70 passengers
LENGTH: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
WINGSPAN: 88 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
CRUISE SPEED: 465 mph (750 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 31,200 ft (9,500 m)
M/V Ocean Nova, the Expedition Vessel
The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single cabins, Twin cabins, and Triple cabins. Single cabins have one lower single bed. Twin cabins have two lower beds. Triple cabins have two lower beds and one upper bed. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom.In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
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EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 38
LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, capacity for 90 people
LENGTH: 73 m.
BREADTH: 11 m.
DRAFT: 3,7 m.
PROPULSION: engines - 2,000 HP
ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open water
M/V Sea Explorer / Hebridean Sky, the Expedition Vessel
*Sea Explorer will be renamed Hebridean Sky for the 2016-17 season.
The M/V Sea Explorer is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005. Several improvements have been made since. With an ice-strengthened hull, Sea Explorer offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Although the vessel has capacity for up to 110 guests, we will accommodate a maximum of 71 travellers on our Air-Cruises, further increasing the comfort of our guests.The ship offers six different categories of accommodation. All Suites are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. Several Suites include private balconies accessed via a sliding door. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.Public areas include “The Club” (panorama lounge), a Library, a Lounge with audio-visual facilities, a Dining room, a wraparound Sun Deck with Jacuzzi, an Exercise Room, a Medical Clinic and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are used for exploration in Antarctica.
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EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 85
PASSENGERS: 71 (maximum capacity 110)
LIFEBOATS: 4 partially enclosed, capacity of 192
LENGTH: 90.6 m.
BREADTH: 15.3 m.
DRAFT: 5.14 m.
PROPULSION: 2 main engines – 3,520 kW
ICE CLASS: 1C
CRUISING SPEED: 12.5 knots
Expedition Language: English
The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage. Exceeding luggage will be kept in custody by ANTARCTICA XXI and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica at the port/airport of arrival corresponding to each voyage.
ANTARCTICA XXI requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.
ANTARCTICA XXI strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by cancellation insurance.
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.
A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason, ANTARCTICA XXI strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica.
In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, ANTARCTICA XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
From Day 2 to Day 6 every effort will be made to transport passengers to Antarctica taking into consideration their safety and the safety of the aircraft. In case such efforts are not successful, the daily program described hereby will apply:
Day 2 • Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation in the same hotel as foreseen on Day 1 of the Travel Program.
Day 3 • Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation in the same hotel as foreseen on Day 1 of the Travel Program.
Day 4 • Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.N.B. If by the end of Day 4 (24:00 hours local time) ANTARCTICA XXI will not be able to transport passengers to Antarctica, ANTARCTICA XXI will refund to each passenger 5% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage.
Day 5 • Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.N.B. If by the end of Day 5 (24:00 hours local time) ANTARCTICA XXI will not be able to transport passengers to Antarctica, ANTARCTICA XXI will refund to each passenger 15% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage.
Day 6 • Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. Any other service and meal are excluded. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.N.B. If by the end of Day 6 (24:00 hours local time) ANTARCTICA XXI will not be able to transport passengers to Antarctica, ANTARCTICA XXI will refund to each passenger 60% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage.
Day 7 • Breakfast. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. End of the Contingency Plan.
Return flight • In case of a delay on the return flight to Punta Arenas from Antarctica, passengers on board the ship will continue cruising to nearby places until the return flight to Punta Arenas is authorized. Full board and all excursions are included. No refunding for whatever reason is foreseen.
Check out our photo gallery with images from our recent expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula.