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Travel program

Leaving from Ushuaia, VAE takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica.



Dates & Rates Cabins
Code Date Single Double Triple
AWE01-14 Nov 29, 2014 – Dec 03, 2014 US$ 6,895 US$ 4,995 US$ 3,995
AWE02-14 Jan 14, 2015 – Jan 18, 2015 US$ 6,895 US$ 4,995 US$ 3,995

Itinerary details

4 nights / 5 days
Ushuaia, Argentina
Punta Arenas, Chile
Ocean Nova

Pennsula Antrtica

Estrecho Gerlache

Isla Rey Jorge

Isla Decepcin


Day 1: 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: 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: 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: 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. Tanking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.


Day 5: 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. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas.

N.B: Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 5 of the Travel Program.


· Airport/hotel transfers in Punta Arenas foreseen on the first, second, and last day of the program.
· 1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica (airport transfer the following day is not included).
· Flight from Frei Station on King George Island to Punta Arenas.
· Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
· 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.

· 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. Exceeding luggage will be kept in custody by VAE and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica at the port/airport of arrival corresponding to each voyage.


Medical insurance

VAE requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.


Cancellation insurance

VAE strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by a cancellation insurance.



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 VAE reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond VAE's control without consulting the participants.


Flight Connexions

A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason VAE strongly suggests 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.


After your Antarctic trip, we recommend the beautiful Torres Del Paime national park which is close by to Punta Arenas & Ushuaia. Please see This will give you  plenty of wildlife, culture and scenery!

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