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Travel Program

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, VAE invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.


Day 1:
Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas where you will be met by our staff, to be transferred to the hotel. During the afternoon, you will receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and you will have the chance to enjoy a typical Magellan menu.

N.B.: Passengers should be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest.Pick-up at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel are not guaranteed for passengers arriving later than 15:00 hours.


Day 2:
Our Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little less than two hours. Upon arrival, we will be able to tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. We will gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats on board our expedition vessel.


Days 3 to 6:
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, we will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our journey will include visits to some of the most renewed spots in the history of Antarctic explorations such as: Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Brown Bluff and Gourdin Island amongst others. Our target will be the crossing of the famous Antarctic Sound towards the Weddell Sea sailing though huge tabular icebergs. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.


Day 7:
Return to King George Island where we will disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the Frei Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas.

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 7 of the Travel Program.


Single Cabin:
US$ 14,900
Twin Cabin:
US$ 10,800
Triple Cabin:
US$ 9,700

Itinerary details

6 nights / 7 days
Punta Arenas, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile

Trip details

December 17, 2012
January 22, 2013
February 06, 2013
Ocean Nova

Pennsula Antrtica

Estrecho Gerlache

Isla Rey Jorge

Isla Decepcin

Included in the rate

· Transfers airport/hotel/airport foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage.
· 1 overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Rey Don Felipe or other hotel of similar category and a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1 of CLASSIC ANTARCTICA, HEROIC ANTARCTICA and POLAR CICRCLE air-cruises.
· 1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
· Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
· Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
· Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise.
· 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 as foreseen for each voyage (see further on).


Not included in the rate

· Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
· Personal insurances.
· 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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