Antarctica is one of the only places on earth that is still pristine, it is therefore, why it has become an important reserve for the biosphere. Its unique beauty contrasted with its extreme weather conditions, make it an exotic and enchanting destination for all those privileged travelers who are planning a visit to the end of the world. On our aircraft you will fly over the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego Island, Darwin Mountain Range, the mythical Cape Horn and the rough Drake Passage to finally arrive at King George Island.
PREVIOUS DAY OF THE PROGRAM
At your arrival to Punta Arenas we will provide the transfer from the airport to the hotel that will include 4 nights of accommodations at a hotel. This applies for both Full Day and Overnight programs.
A day before of your arrival, you will receive an e-mail with all the instructions to participate in the Antarctic briefing which is in our offices. You will have the chance to share with the other participants of this tour, will be received by our host, everything accompanied with a welcome cocktail.
The arrival in Punta Arenas, the day before of the trip, must be NO LATER THAN 5pm in order to be part of the briefing. Passengers that not participate of this briefing will not be allowed to fly.
DESCRIPTION OF FULL DAY PROGRAM
A transfer will pick you up from hotel to Punta Arenas airport to board the flight with destination to King George Island (Antarctica).
Upon entering the plane, you will find a bag on your seat. Inside, a lunchbox contains your menu. Given the reduced size of this aircraft it operates as self- service. Another lunchbox is included on the flight back to Punta Arenas. For safety reasons, we do not serve alcohol drinks on our flights towards Antarctica. However, they will be available for the flight back to Punta Arenas.
At your arrival at Antarctica you will be welcomed by our Antarctic tour guide who will take you on a tour visiting different areas of the island like Villa las Estrellas (first settlement inhabited by civilians), Orthodox Russian Church at Bellingshausen station, navigation on a zodiac boat to Ardley Island to visit some penguin colonies (Gentoo, Chinstrap, Adelie).
After 5 hours of tour (weather permitting) you will take the flight back to Punta Arenas where a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel.
DESCRIPTION OF OVERNIGHT PROGRAM
After the activities of the Full Day program, passengers will be taken to the Ice Camp based, near to Collins glacier, located about 5 kms (6 miles) from the runway. This Ice Camp includes a thermic tent (Module) as a dining room for the entire group, one special tent as a basic expedition toilet, and three small thermic tents for two people each one, to spend the night. The next day you will have a walk to the “Elefanteras” (sea elephant colony), a visit to the Chinese station “Great Wall,” and depending on the weather conditions, it might also be possible to visit other tourist attractions before returning to Punta Arenas.
All programs’ visits are made by foot.
The whole program (Full day and Overnight) including visits, walks and navigations is subject to weather conditions and may change the order of the tour/activities and the total hours of stay.
|Dec 4 2021||Full Day||1 day||US$5,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Dec 09 2021||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Dec 18 2021||Full Day||1 day||US$5,500 per person||WAITING LIST (BAE Flight)|
|Dec 31 2021||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Jan 6 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Jan 11 2022||Full Day||1 day||US$5,500 per person||WAITING LIST (BAE Flight)|
|Jan 19 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Jan 30 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Feb 08 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Feb 15 2022||Full Day||1 day||US$5,500 per person||WAITING LIST (BAE Flight)|
|Feb 21 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Feb 27 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Mar 05 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Mar 11 2022||Overnight||1 night / 2 days||US$6,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|Mar 19 2022||Full Day||1 day||US$5,500 per person||WAITING LIST (BAE Flight)|
|Mar 22 2022||Full Day||1 day||US$5,500 per person||6 spaces available|
|*All our flights are operated by the airplane Beechcraft King Air 300, but the indicated departures, which are operated by the airplane BAE 146-200.
Minimum 5 passengers, maximum of 6 per flight at King Air 300 airplane. Minimum 20 passengers, maximum 35 per flight at BAE 146 airplane.
• Travelers are advised to schedule a 3 days window (not considering the arrival day) when planning their Antarctic visit, to make the tour, in case of bad weather conditions that might postpone the program. If the client doesn’t wait for those 3 days and leaves before the trip may be carried out, we will not be responsible for such situation, denying any kind of refund to the passenger. Please remember that the arrival in Punta Arenas must be the day before of the trip, and no later than 5 PM.
• For Full Day programs we recommend to bring a small backpack (5 kilograms / 11 pounds). For Overnight programs we recommend a small backpack as well (10 kilograms /22 pounds).
• Before the flight: Remember to bring your passport, bring cash (Chilean pesos or US dollars) in case you want to buy souvenirs during your visit; as well, remember to go to the restroom at the airport.
ANTARCTIC BOOKING FORM
Note 1: At the moment you book the program, you must fill our Adventure Booking Form, which is OBLIGATORY.
Note 2: All the meals and beverages are included during the development of the program. It is responsibility of each person to indicate at the form if they have some meal restriction or special requirement.
Note 3: The 4 hotel nights included are based in twin/double room. Please note that the option of single room offered at the form is only available for single passengers or for a 3rd of 5th passenger at an odd group, unless a single supplement is paid.
Note 4: At the form’s flight schedule section, please provide the complete details of your flights to and from Punta Arenas: flight numbers and arrival/departure time.
- All airport transfers
- 4 hotel nights at Punta Arenas
- Orientation briefing including welcome cocktail at Punta Arenas
- Flights Punta Arenas-King George Island and King George Island-Punta Arenas
- All meals and beverages during the Antarctic program
- Guided tours at Antarctica
- One night of accommodation at Antarctica (for Overnight programs)
- Loan of jackets and boots during the Antarctic program
VAE declares that our insurance of civil liability covers all passengers against risks while they are on the airplane and when boarding or disembarking via the stairs. Therefore, all passengers must have the necessary insurance to cover civil liability derived from any injuries or illnesses that they may sustain while being outside the plane. Likewise, the operator must demand passengers to have a rescue insurance that covers a potential evacuation from Antarctica by air. The parties involved consider an essential subject that all passengers have the insurance mentioned above.
- Waterproof Jacket (available as a loan)
- Waterproof boots or shoes (waterproof boots are available as a loan)
- Waterproof pants
- Polar Sweater
- Thermal underwear
- Gloves, hat, and scarf/buff
- Sunglasses with UV protection
Consider dressing with multiple layers, and avoid heavy clothing. Bringing an extra pair of socks and gloves is recommended.
RESERVATION AND PAYMENTS
A deposit of 50% of the trip fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 30 days prior to departure.
Payments can be made by wire transfer or PayPal. Payments by PayPal are subject to a 4,5% fee.