Antarctic Express: Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Punta Arenas

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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 8+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Ends Punta Arenas, Chile
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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip brochure
  • Flying over the famous Drake Passage to King George Island is the fastest, most direct way to travel to Antarctica
  • Get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, such as minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins
  • Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent, but you'll be one of them
  • A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives
The tour Antarctic Express: Crossing The Antarctic Circle From Punta Arenas starts and ends in Punta Arenas. This is a polar expeditions and cruise trip that takes 11 days taking you through Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, King George Island and Antarctic Peninsula in Chile and Antarctica. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Enjoy Antarctica in style – by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island in Antarctica. Skipping all the extra days at sea, you’ll enjoy only the best scenery and wildlife experiences of the Antarctic. Prepare yourself for a sensory overload, as you’ll be inundated by the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the white continent. Soon after, our team of polar experts on the ship will have you searching for penguins and whales in Antarctica.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 100 reviews
Giselle's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Giselle
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 12 2019
“This was a fantastic trip run by a very fit, friendly & experienced tour leader. It was tough & hilly but a great way to explore northern Spain”
Pam's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Pam
  • From Australia
  • On Jan 04 2019
“This tour, Taste of Tasmania (Original), covered a lot of Tasmania in 6 days, which is where I felt it was rushed. We arrived in Launceston late afternoon, and left early next morning. I would have liked to spend a day exploring the area. Other than that it was amazing, a good walk/hike almost every day, so be aware if your not fit before you start this trip , you will be by the time you reach spectacular Freycinet National Park.
all in all a great tour.”
Subhash's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Subhash
  • From Britain
  • On Sep 28 2019
“First solo trip for me, but the tour group staff (and guests for that matter) were excellent - the travelling times whilst long, were well worth it - our Intrepid guide Tshepo and driver Cosmas made the trip effortless with good organisation, clear communication and always timely starts/finishes - the information provided at each location, picture opportunities given, fun activities, good food and basically everything else, made this my favourite trip to date - will defo be doing another Africa tour with Intrepid.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Day 2: Fly to Antarctica
  • Day 3-5: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Day 6-7: Antarctic Circle
  • Day 8-9: Northbound along the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 10: Disembark and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Day 11: Depart Punta Arenas
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
Meals
  • 10 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 9 Dinner
Transport
  • Plane , Ship , zodiac
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Punta Arenas are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Antarctic Express: Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Punta Arenas tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Antarctic Express: Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Punta Arenas tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 3599 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 23 days before departure. For any departures within 01 September 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Punta Arenas tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Antarctic Express: Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Punta Arenas tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.
  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Check the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for more details. 
  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.
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