9 Nights / 10 Days
Hop onboard the legendary Ocean Nova and fly over to explore one of the remotest and most beautiful corners of the world, before starting your cruise adventure. Get up close and personal to icebergs, fjords and impressive artic landscapes, whilst observing an array of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. This tour will leave you feeling reinvigorated and in awe of such a magical destination.
- PUNTA ARENAS
- KING GEORGE ISLAND
- CRUISE ONBOARD THE OCEAN NOVA
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Santiago de Chile (escorted)
Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Punta Arenas
Start your tour in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you will be greeted by the representative and escorted to your hotel. To ensure your safety and enjoyment whilst onboard, there will be short briefing outlining important information and guidelines. In the evening you will sit down to enjoy a local-style welcome dinner, whilst getting to know your fellow companions.
Passengers should aim to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest.
Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 15:00 hours.
The real adventure will begin with a short 2-hour flight over to King George Island. Upon leaving the plane you will experience the real Antarctic, as the fresh air reinvigorates your body. Once settled, head off and investigate the Frei and Bellingshausen railway stations, before jumping onboard a Zodiac that will take you to your expedition boat.
Over the next few days, you will navigate your way through the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Expect to be amazed by the impressive fjords and monstrous icebergs that fill the landscape. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed either, as there is an abundance of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.
Each day you will have the opportunity to get up close to the action, as you descend from the main boat in a Zodiac and explore the landscape with an expert. During your time onboard the ship, brush up your Antarctic knowledge by listening to the different lectures and presentations. In the evening enjoy a cocktail in the glass-enclosed lounge whilst watching the sunset and enjoying the company of other guests.
This experience is a truly unique one, as the Ocean Nova team will adapt to the conditions, providing the best possible trip whilst in the Antarctic. Flexibility is a key element, as knowing where and when to visit the best sites for nature opportunities, comes with experience and knowledge. During your time onboard you will visit Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other beautiful places.
Once you have returned to King George Island you will say goodbye to the Ocean Nova, before flying back to Punta Arenas. Once you have landed you will be transferred to your hotel.
After a good breakfast, you will be taken to the Punta Arenas airport, before boarding your onward flight.
At a proper time, transfer to the airport.
|For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, transfers airport/hotel on DAY 02 (only available to travelers who arrive before 3 PM).|
|One overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on DAY 02|
|One overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica|
|Transfers airport/hotel on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last day of the Air-Cruise program|
|Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island|
|Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.|
|Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.|
|Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.|
|Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship|
|Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship 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|
|Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage|
|Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar|
|International and Domestic flights|
|Beverages during Meals|
|Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.), Service tax on the total cost of the package|
|Original Passport Minimum Validity 6 Months|
|2 Photos 35×45 , White Back Ground , 80 % face Glow|
|Check In / Check Out time 14:00 Hrs and 12:00 hrs Respectively|
|Any Special remarks & Conditions like Early Check In / late Check Out / Adjoin room/Smoking Non Smoking Rooms / High Floor Room etc are always subject to the availability at the time of Check inn / Check Out and at the discretion of the hotel only No Guarantee Can be given in advance|
|Above is Just a quotation , rooms and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking|
|TOUR IS NON REFUNDABLE BASIS ONLY , Once booked cannot be cancelled , amended, and cannot be transfer|
|Quoted rates are not applicable During the Events and Exhibition Period|
|Price of the package is calculated for per passenger on a twin-sharing basis.|
|Prices are dynamic and may be based on offers running at the time of booking. ESPI reserves the right to change prices at any time.|
|A surcharge may be applicable for certain departures.|
|In case the selected hotel is unavailable for booking, an alternate arrangement will be offered to the customer in another hotel of a similar category.|
|Due to operational reasons, the routing of this tour may be amended. However, all mentioned services will remain unchanged.|
|Porter fee at hotels, airports and seaports is not included in the package and has to be borne by the customer.|
|Cost of expenses of personal nature such as, laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar etc., are not included.|
|Any other items not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’ are not included in the cost of the package.|
|We shall be able to extend our visa assistance only to the applicants who are Indian citizen residing in India|
|Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility. Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.|
|Clothing / Weather – The average temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area during the austral summer is about 0°C (32°F), although sometimes it may feel a little lower because of the wind chill factor. For this reason, it is best to wear several layers of light, warm clothing, with a windproof and waterproof jacket and pants as the outer layer. The suggested clothing for Antarctica is very similar to that recommended for skiing.|
|Shore Excursions: the majority of shore excursions are conducted by expert guides and are incorporated into the price of your tour. There are a number of optional excursions available at an extra cost, including sea kayaking. You will be under the guidance of an expert Kayak Master during your regular (weather and ice dependent) trips out onto the water. At the end of each excursion your Kayak Master will endeavor to allow for some time at a landing site.|
|Drinking & dining: For the entire duration of your cruise all meals and wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner are included, as well as coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks throughout the expedition. Premium alcoholic brands and other beverages can be purchased at the ship’s bar.|
|WHEN TO GO
Antarctica has just two seasons: Summer is October through February. Winter is March through September. Though, there are seasonal nuances and the timing of your trip may be influenced by what you are hoping to see:
|Late October – November (Spring)
After the winter darkness, spring fever hits Antarctica and the sun causes an explosive growthof phytoplankton in areas of mineral upwelling. The phytoplankton provides food to the astronomic swarms of zooplankton, including krill. Krill forms the base of the food chain for squid, fishand ultimately for seabirds, seals and whales, which flock in to fatten themselves and to producetheir young.Early in the season you are likely to encounter larger amounts of snow and icebergs will be at their most spectacular.
December – January (Mid-Summer)
This is when Antarctica is at its warmest and wildlife at their most active; you will also have the advantage of up to 24 hours of daylight.
Penguin colonies at their busiest, fetching krill and feeding chicks. Thisis the height of the season and coincides with the highest cabin fares.
February – March (Late Summer)
Whale watching is still very good as the whales are well fed. Fur seals are now crowding many shorelines, still feeding on krill before returning to theirbreeding grounds in South Georgia next spring. The penguin rookeries will be busy with adult birds bringing in krill for their fast growing chicks, most of which willfledge in late February to early March.
|WHAT TO BRING
Backpack to carry your belongings during shore excursions
Ski pants and upper coat (waterproof)
Hat and a scarf
Sunglasses with high UV protection
The group will remain in Antarctica and wait for the opportunity to fly to Punta Arenas. Included are meals and accommodation on the ship, and local excursions. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, accommodation at a 3-star hotel or better, and transfer to the airport the next morning are included. Travellers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of their airline tickets or onward travel plans.
| BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg (44 Lb.) per passenger, including hand luggage. For Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air-Cruises, excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenasand will be handed over to travelers upon their return from Antarctica. For Antarctica Express Air-Cruises, excess luggage will be disembarked at Port Williams and will be sent to Punta Arenas by air cargo at the traveler’s expense. It will be available for pick up in Punta Arenas upon the traveler’s return from Antarctica. The baggage weight limit is a technical requirement imposed by the flight operation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase extra allowance.
| MEDICAL INSURANCE
We require participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.
|Airfares are subject to Ticketing.|
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