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Classic Antarctica

  • Overview
    Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the 2016-17 Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises take you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.
    Duration: 8 days
    Passengers: 64 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Disembarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Punta Arenas; Start of the Air-Cruise

      Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you are welcomed at Explorers House to attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

    • Day 2 - Scheduled flight to Antarctica

      Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. You then walk 2-km (1.25-mi) passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.

    • Day 3/6 - Exploring Antarctica

      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 seabirds, 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 educational presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

      No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every 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 in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Garlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.

    • Day 7 - Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

      Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

    • Day 8 - End of the Air-Cruise

      After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    See Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. Join a small group of participants and paddle in Antarctica under the leadership of an experienced Kayak Master.

    AUD$ 1,288 per person

    Snowshoeing

    Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program.
    ***Please note the cost of Snowshoeing is USD$85 per person per excursion.

    AUD$ 122 per person

    Preferred Seating

    Offering priority boarding, a guaranteed window or aisle seat at the front of the aircraft and an extra level of comfort.

    AUD$ 712 per person

    Expedition Jacket

    Carefully selected this Signature Expedition Jacket, BR2 Offshore Waterproof Jackets by MUSTO so you're well protected against the elements and can enjoy your Antarctic expedition of a lifetime to the fullest. Truly waterproof and breathable, this is your foul weather protection when spending a considerable amount of time on the water.

    The double cuffs, adjustable hem, double storm flap with a drainage channel over the zip, the high collar and the roll away fluorescent hood work together to keep you completely dry. The sleeves are articulated to allow complete freedom of movement, the fleece-lined collar, hood, and hand warmer pockets add warmth, and the prismatic reflectors provide visibility for safety in low light.

    AUD$ 502 per person

    Send a postcard home from Port Lockroy

    This British base, established in 1944, on arrival you will receive a warm accolade both by the volunteers of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and the colony of Gentoo penguins that nestles just by the old timber structure. Get small denomination US$ notes to buy a few postcards and send them home with Antarctic stamps from one of the southernmost Post Offices in the world.

    Pristine Antarctica

    Early season, is one of our favourite times in Antarctica. Its when the Antarctic landscape is at its most pristine, the sea ice is still abundant, the winters snow is still draped ever so delicately over the landscape and the twilight hues create the best photographs.

    Fly/Cruise voyage

    Our Fly/Cruise programs an excellent choice to navigate the Drake Passage quickly. This expedition comprises of 1 or 2 charter flights across the Drake Passage, so you need not worry about crossing the passage by sea. These expeditions are great options and often allow for an increased amount of time around the continent.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers & Accommodation

    Arrival and departure transfers are provided as per the itinerary. Pre and post-cruise accommodation is provided in Punta Arenas

    Charter flight

    Your return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island is included in the cost of your expedition cabin

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers / accommodation and flights as stated
    - Comprehensive pre and post-voyage information
    - Expedition boots
    - Lectures and onboard entertainment
    - All shore excursions
    - Beverages served with dinner
    - All meals while on board
    - Hot beverages

    Not included in your Expedition

    - arrival and departure taxes
    - Passport and Visa fees
    - Gratuities
    - Laundry costs
    - Communication costs
    - Accommodation / meals / excursions & transfers as explicitly outlined in the itinerary
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
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  • Vessel

    OCEAN NOVA

    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. 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 seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. All guests aboard Ocean Nova are accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, with three cabin categories: dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.

    Features & Facilities
    • Comfortable scandinavian style accommodation
    • Observation decks
    • Open Bridge
    • Dining/Lounge room
    • Bar
    • Library
    • Gym
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 68
    Crew #: 46
    Ice Class: 1B, EO
    Speed: 12
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 73m
    Width: 11
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 2183
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just AUD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.

Triple

07 Dec 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
Triple cabin with private facilities
AUD$ 16,408pp
AUD$ 16,408pp

Twin

07 Dec 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
Twin cabin with private facilities
AUD$ 17,848pp
AUD$ 17,848pp

Single

07 Dec 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
Single cabin with private facilities
AUD$ 23,608pp
AUD$ 23,608pp