Friday 10th of December 2021 until Wednesday 16th of March 2022
Antarctica Bridge Fly/Cruise - 9 Days / 8 Nights - from $25684* per person (ex Auckland with Eclipse Travel).
Free international and domestic flights included! Up to NZD1500
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Discover Antarctica in luxury on this 9 day fly/cruise expedition to the 7th continent. Skip the Drake Passage, saving four days at sea by flying over in business class before exploring the Antarctica Peninsula aboard the Silver Explorer.
With five full days in Antarctica, guests will enjoy an unprecedented level of flexibility and an enhanced scope to discover each destination. From King George Island, travellers will explore the same destinations as on conventional Antarctica offerings: Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula over three days, and the South Shetland Islands, before returning to King George Island once more. An expert expedition team will guide Zodiac tours, shore experiences, kayaking tours, and provide lectures on the region’s fascinating geology, wildlife and history to enrich the journey for guests. In addition to witnessing remarkable tabular icebergs, guests might witness penguin rookeries, herds of seals, pods of whales, and an array of bird species.
Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas
Arrive into Punta Arenas for your preparation for your exciting Antarctic adventure!
Ahead of flying to Antarctica, you will spend a night at the elegant Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas. Here, you will receive your expedition kit, including rubber boots, parka, walking poles for the duration of the expedition, waterproof trousers, expedition backpacks and a water bottle. A dedicated Expedition Team will be on the ground prepare guests for the journey ahead.
Day 2: Fly to King George's Island
A first in the ultra-luxury cruise segment, you will fly to Antarctica in the equivalent of business-class comfort, saving two days at sea each way. Land at the Chilean base of Presidente Frey, which is normally used by scientists as they journey to the island’s research stations.
Day 3 - 7: Antarctic Explorations
With five full days in Antarctica, guests will enjoy an unprecedented level of flexibility aboard Silver Explorer, and an enhanced scope to discover each destination. From King George Island, you will explore the Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula over three days, and the South Shetland Islands, before returning to King George Island once more.
Your expert expedition team will guide Zodiac tours, shore experiences, kayaking tours, and provide lectures on the region’s fascinating geology, wildlife and history to enrich the journey for guests. In addition to witnessing remarkable tabular icebergs, guests might witness penguin rookeries, herds of seals, pods of whales, and an array of bird species.
Possible landing sites:
King George Island, Antarctica –
This island has the most scientific bases in Antarctica and one of the few runways that can be used to fly in and out of Antarctica.
Antarctic Sound, Antarctica –
We will travel to see tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound. The Sound’s name was inspired by Nordenskjold’s ship, Antarctic, and several sites relate to the Swedish expedition. Here, vast continental icebergs usually rise out of the water like giant white-blue blocks. Depending on ice conditions, Zodiac cruises and a landing might be possible.
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica –
We will explore the Antarctic Peninsula from Silver Explorer, on Zodiac cruises and via landings, to see seals and penguin colonies. This promontory of land is the northernmost extension of mainland Antarctica. Your excursions will be expertly planned by the ship’s Captain and Expedition Leader, according to weather and ice conditions.
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica –
Several landing sites and remains of whaling stations can be found in the South Shetland Islands. This grouping of islands is 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula and holds 16 research stations, which are run by Argentina, the US, Chile, Spain, and several other countries. Sites for activities will be selected based on weather and ice conditions.
*Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. The ship’s Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.
Day 8: Return to the mainland
After 5 exciting days of exploration it is time to return in style and comfort on the 75-seat aircraft to Punta Arenas and enjoy one post-cruise hotel night.
Day 9: Depart Punta Arenas
This morning you will depart Punta Arenas for your onward journey.
What’s not included?
Travel Dates: Selected departures from 10 Dec 21 to 16 Mar 22
Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.