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CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR-CRUISE 
8 Days/7Nights

CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR-CRUISE 
8 Days/7Nights

ANTARCTICA XXI

Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA XXI invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

Combining a short flight between Punta Arenas and the Chilean Station Frei with a ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula, ANTARCTICA XXI has made it possible for many adventurers to accomplish their desire to travel to this remote continent and experience the extraordinary emotion of going where others still dream about.

ANTARCTICA XXI is a Chilean company totally dedicated to travel to the White Continent. Initiator of the fly & cruise concept, since its foundation in 2003 it was the first company in the world to operate Antarctic air-cruises. Over one decade of experience has allowed us to develop a profound know how of this innovative travel style, unique in its kind and unbeatable for its advantages. Our success is the result of our excellent knowledge and respect of Antarctica environment and a highly operational organization. By combining these elements with a clear commitment of delivering an authentic experience and a first class service to its travellers, ANTARCTICA XXI remains the lead operator in organizing Antarctic air-cruises.

Travel Program:

The Classic Antarctica air-cruise is our most popular Antarctica expedition itinerary. Once arriving by flight to Antarctica, you will sail between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy seeing ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs, while spotting penguins, seals, and whales that call the White Continent home. The Classic Antarctica air-cruise is available on all our expedition ships.

 

Day 1: Start of the Air-Cruise Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM, where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 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 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-miles), 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.

 

Days 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 sites 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 Gerlache 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 Air-Cruise After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight

 

Air-Cruise Inclusions

  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.

  • Group transfers from the airport and hotel on day one for guests arriving in Punta Arenas and from the hotel to the airport on the last day of the air-cruise itinerary.

  • Two nights stay with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on day one and on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica.

  • Welcome dinner on day one at the hotel in Punta Arenas.

  • Special access to Explorers House for guests in Punta Arenas.

  • Ship cruise and flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island, Antarctica, and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each air-cruise itinerary.

  • Daily buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch and dinner, as well as wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board the ship.

  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings in Antarctica, contingency plan, and IAATO passenger fee.

  • All guided shore excursions, as well as lectures and entertainment on board.

**PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGES, DEPENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS. FOR FURTHER DETAILS, WE RECOMMEND YOU CONSULT THE FULL INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN THE SECTION RESOURCES/DOCUMENTS

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