Overnight Antarctica – King George Island
December – March
Punta Arenas , Antarctica (King George Island)
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- fly over the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego Island, Darwin Mountain Range, the mythical Cape Horn and the raft Drake Passage
- visit scientific bases at King George Island
- authentic experience – you will visit Chilean families
Antarctica is one of the only places on Earth that is still pristine. It is therefore, why, it has become an important reserve for the biosphere. Its unique beauty contrasted with its extreme weather conditions, make it an exotic and enchanting destination for all those privileged travelers who are planning a visit to the end of the world. The Antarctica is an ecological wonder that mesmerizes explorers, scientists and travelers. On our aircraft you will fly over the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego Island, Darwin Mountain Range, the mythical Cape Horn and the raft Drake Passage. Finally arriving at King George Island, gateway to the white continent, where most of the antarctic scientific bases are located. Here you can also find the Chilean village “Villa Las Estrellas”, place where several Chilean families live all year round. You will visit the impressive landscapes of the white continent, see part of its wildlife and experience the daily life of men populating this territory in the name of science and investigation.
Day 1 – Punta Arenas – King George Island
Arrival and reception at Punta Arenas Airport and check-in at the hotel. On the day prior to the flight one of our guides accompanied by one of our commercial department representatives, will give you a short description about the Program Antarctica at 8:00 pm at the ‘Shakleton Bar’, part of Jose Nogueira Hotel in Punta Arenas. After that, you will enjoy a welcome cocktail in the same hotel. Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas Airport to board the plane with destination to King George Island (Antarctica). At your arrival, you will be welcomed by our Antarctica-expert tour guide, who will take you on a tour visiting the following venues:
-‘Villa Las Estrellas’ (First settlement inhabited by civilians)
-Visit to the Drake Passage area, where we will observe a colony of different seals along the beach
-Lunch or a snack depending on the place and time of arrival
-Navigation on a zodiac boat to Ardley Island to visit some penguin colonies
-Navigation to Collins glacier
-Passengers will be taken on a caterpillar truck to the Ice Camp based on Collins glacier, located about 10 km from the runway where you will stay overnight.
Day 2 – Punta Arenas (B, L)
-Visit to the Collins glacier and scientific bases the next day.
-Walk to the “Elefanteras” (sea elephant colony)
-It is also possible to visit other tourist attractions, depending on the weather conditions, before returning to Punta Arenas.
-Return to Punta Arenas.
-Transfer from Airport to the Hotel in Punta Arenas
Charter flights into Antarctica take three and a half hours. They cross first the Drake Passage, and then arrive to King George Island in the Antarctic Peninsula. Satellite information is checked before departure and during the flight. As bad weather conditions can frequently prevent local flights from departing. There are different programs to offer you while waiting. This program includes visits to Torres del Paine national park, over flight Cape Horn and others.
- 1 night in hotel in Punta Arenas
- transfer from the airport to Punta Arenas´hotel
- charter flights Punta Arenas – Kings George Island and back
- transfers from the hotel to the Antarctica flight
- lunch or snack depending on the place and time of arrival
- international and domestic Airfare
- personal expenses
- fuel surcharge (if applicable)
- extended stay in Chile
- if passenger needs any additional night because of the delay of the trip due weather conditions or others
- The price is subject to availability and actual airfare cost.
- Difficulty level of this tour – average.
- Let us know your special nutritional requirements in advance as all meals and beverages are included in this program.
- The whole program, which includes accommodation, visits, walks and navigations, is subject to weather conditions, and may change.
- King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is one of the most remote places on Earth; therefore it is hard to reach. Many problems can occur because development has not yet reached the continent, no commodities can be found and the weather is highly unpredictable. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to land there safely, that is why in many cases trips need to be postponed while waiting for adequate weather conditions. That is why having a tight time schedule to do your Antarctic program is unwise; delays of several days must be anticipated. We strongly suggests that on scheduling, you consider at least a four days window to gain some flexibility, also, an open dated air ticket be held for your journey home would be a good idea. This will provide rescheduling flexibility.