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    Your expedition ship Ocean Nova
  • Explore well into the evening during your short visit to Antarctica
    Explore well into the evening during your short visit to Antarctica

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise: M/V Ocean Nova

This air-cruise Antarctica expedition takes you to the most spectacular place on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent. Sail southwards from Ushuaia, Argentina via Cape Horn. After a brief exploration of penguin colonies on the South Shetland Islands you fly directly back from King George Island to Punta Arenas in Chile.

Early Booking Offers

2018/19 Season: Book before March 15, 2018 and receive a $1000 air credit per person!

  • World's shortest Antarctica expedition - sail there and and fly back!
  • Just 68 passengers for an intimate experience exploring Antarctica
  • Expert guides and modern, comfortable ice-class vessel
  • Highly experienced flight operator takes you direct to King George Island in Antarctica
  • Chance of a lifetime to visit Antarctica!

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. N.B. Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel. Day 2 - Cape Horn, Chile After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. Day 3 - Drake Passage As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. Day 4 - Drake Passage and Antarctica After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening. Day 5 - Antarctica and scheduled return flight Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. 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 6 - End of the Air-Cruise After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. NOTE Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason the vessel operator reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond control without consulting the participants.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Ocean Nova

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. For Antarctica Fly/Cruises the aircraft BAE-146 is used in combination with the Ocean Nova. It was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

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Date Selected: 29th Nov 2018


Adult (1) US$4695
Sub total US$4695

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (3-star) Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 3-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses. Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on higher-standard hotels on request. *Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year. US$450
Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience Take advantage of your trip to the deep south of Chile with this 2 day/1 night post-expedition extension! See more of picturesque Patagonia while adding another penguin species to your list. At the same time, gain peace of mind in case unfavourable weather delays your return flight from Antarctica. Contact us for itinerary details and inclusions. US$259
Santiago 4-day Stopover (4-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 4-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$650
Early discount Antarctic Express Take advantage of this Early Booking Promotion and book before the deadline to receive a special Air Credit reduction per person. (Note: different seasons may have varying discount amounts). US$-1000

Essential Information

Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of $1500 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 alternatively bank transfer. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments - Balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by calling us (final payment cannot be made online) and may be paid by major credit card (however subject to a 2% surcharge) or bank transfer. Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellation received up to 120 days prior to departure: there will be a full refund of the program cost less 75% of the Booking Fee. Cancellation received between 119 days and up to 90 days prior to departure: there will be a refund of 50% of the total cost of the tour (per person). Cancellation received between 89 days prior to departure and departure date: there will be no refund whatsoever. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarctica XXI 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. Single travellers Single travellers can choose between:
  • Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
  • Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person in twin cabin.
  • Sharing a twin cabin with another passenger (male or female). No supplement is applied, and the shipping company will take care of finding the matching companion.
N.B.: In case of sharing the cabin with another passenger, this also implies sharing any other hotel accommodation foreseen in the Travel Program of each voyage. FLIGHT CONNECTIONS A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason, we strongly suggest that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica. CONTINGENCY PLAN In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, Antarctica XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage (details available on request).

Included

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport in Punta Arenas foreseen on the first and last day of the air-cruise.
  • Flight from King George Island Frei Station to Punta Arenas as indicated in the program.
  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program
  • Hotel night in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch offering a wide choice of dishes
  • Daily served dinner offering a choice of three main courses
  • A selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks served with lunch, dinner, and at the bar
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • Contingency Plan for air-cruise departures as foreseen for each voyage.

Excluded

  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
  • Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage.