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Antarctic Circle Express: Island Sky

A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground in no time, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the 7th Continent. You’ll experience a roller coaster of emotions, from excitement to exquisite solitude to incredible gratitude for the wonder of it all. You may go in search of whales and find yourself bearing witness to a glacier calving. Or you may plan to climb one more peak for a better vantage point and find yourself in a rookery of curious penguins. Antarctica will leave you in awe, but it won’t leave you unchanged.

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  • The fastest, most direct way to Antarctica;
  • Fly over Drake Passage;
  • Extra time with the main Antarctic highlights including the Polar Circle crossing;
  • Photography instruction included;
  • Aboard the all-suite ship, Island Sky, take advantage of such inclusions as domestic flights, gratuities, and drinks; and
  • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar specialists.

New: All Inclusive Expedition!

  • Domestic Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas (roundtrip), as indicated in the selected itinerary (you only need to book your international airfare from home to Santiago, Chile,  as per the itinerary.
  • Group transfers
  • Gratuities on board
  • All Beverages (non-alcoholic & alcoholic)
  • All meals
  • Parka and boots.
 

Day 1 - Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile Your adventure begins with an included flight from international gateway Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. You will be transferred to the included group hotel. In the afternoon, an expedition representative will meet you at the group hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day. Day 2 - Embarkation Day Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the infamous Drake Passage in only a few hours. Way below, the ship is approaching King George Island for your arrival. The dramatic Antarctic landscapes soon become visible as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Peninsula! Day 3 - 5 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region. Even more exciting are your daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you'll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin. You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbor to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of excitement and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience. Your Expedition Team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit. Days 6 and 7 - The Antarctic Circle Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach 66°33´ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! As you toast the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell Seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the continent. Days 8 and 9 - Northbound Along the Peninsula If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to King George Island. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south. Day 10 - Disembark & Fly to Punta Arenas After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After the group transfer to your hotel, enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel. Day 11 - Depart Punta Arenas After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Punta Arenas airport for your included return flight to Santiago. Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy - and excitement - of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Expedition Vessel: M/S Island Sky

Island Sky

Island Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests, built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2016. One of the finest small ships in the world, M/S Island Sky is hallmarked by its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now with the addition of more adventurous itineraries, alternative adventure options as well as an on-board Passenger Service Representative, Island Sky is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!

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Date Selected: 12th Feb 2018


Adult (1) US$21295
Sub total US$21295

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Santiago 4-day Stopover (5-star) Santiago - 4 days/3 night Chile’s charming capital is nestled on an inland plain, with the snow-capped Andes towering in the background. It is one of the most modern cities on the continent, yet still retains a colonial influence with many beautiful historical buildings and plazas. It is also a city surrounded by fertile wine-producing valleys and world-class ski resorts, and is within an hour’s drive of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the fabulous museums, shops and restaurants. Your 3 night stay includes 5-star accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, a half day private city tour and a shared full day tour to Viña del Mar and colourful Valparaiso on the coast. Prices shown are per person twin share and subject to change (contact us for single or triple pricing and other hotel standards). Itinerary can also be customised please contact us for details. US$895

Essential Information

Rates and Share Bookings Prices shown are per person in US Dollars on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.7 times the twin share rate. Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 20% (minimum $1000 per person) at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and may be paid by bank transfer. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $1000 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the full deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online (link at the bottom of this page). This voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An expedition parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • A hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Gratuities for shipboard staff and crew
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas and return
  • Group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas, with breakfast
  • A briefing dinner on Day 1 in Punta Arenas
  • Pre-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas hotel to the airport
  • Flights to and from Antarctica
  • Post-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel
  • Post-expedition hotel in Punta Arenas, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from the Punta Arenas to airport on the final day

Excluded

  • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
  • Telecommunications charges.