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8 Days
Availability : December 2022 - March 2023
Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
Tour Details

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Departures December 2022 – March 2023 | 8 Days | Punta Arenas roundtrip 

Visit the South Shetland Islands and the channels of the Antarctic Peninsula, but skip the Drake Passage crossing by flying instead.

Prices from $16,000 CAD per person based on double occupancy. 

Departure Location

Punta Arenas, Chile

End Location

Punta Arenas, Chile

Price Includes

  • All meals while on the ship
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's, if required
  • International flights
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Tips & Gratuities

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

This trip is the perfect short, introductory expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, the most pristine wilderness on earth. We reduce the Drake Passage crossing from two days to two hours by flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. We spend the next four days sailing between the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula, past towering glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes, and enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. We hope to visit magnificent spots such as Petermann Island, Neko Harbour and the Gerlache Strait, and have the chance to scramble up to a high point for an unforgettable view of Port Lockeroy. On this adventure we will also visit penguin colonies, listen for calving glaciers, and visit both historic sites and research stations.

Highlights
  • Skip the Drake Passage and fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Start Punta Arenas; overnight in hotel

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day. Please note that you need to arrive at the hotel in Punta Arenas no later than 3pm today.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2Charter flight to King George Island; board ship and embark

A quick 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas lands on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. En route, from our bird’s eye view, we can bid the Drake Passage a fond Bon Voyage. After exploring the portion of the island where the Chilean Research Base, Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva and the Russian Base, Bellingshausen, are located, we transfer to Ocean Adventurer by Zodiac to embark on our Antarctic adventure.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 3 - 6Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.

Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, and will alert us to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are our daily excursions to land. Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. We may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a Chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night in Antarctica, each day offers exciting opportunities.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7Disembark on King George Island; charter flight to Punta Arenas and overnight in hotel

From King George Island, we will fly across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas and transfer to our hotel to spend the night.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8End Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Meals included: breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com