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Antarctica: The only and first Air cruize to Antarctica 7 days program 2014-2015

7 days Antarctica | CODE: ATA-175
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The only Antarctica cruise who dont go over the drake Passage , what avoid you to be sea sick

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica XXI 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.

In less than 2 hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipielago, you will be at the gates of the white continent.

From King George Island we will navigate for six days and five nights along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. During the whole journey we will be giving different lectures to introduce and inform you about this wonderful Continent. We are sure this will be the trip of your lifetime.

Day 1 Punta Arenas

det_719Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by ANTARCTICA XXI staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

Passengers should plan 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 travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

Day 2 george island

det_720Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

 

 

 

Day 3 to 6 South Shetland

det_721Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

Day 7 King George island – punta Arenas

det_722Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding 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..

 

 

Remark :Flights scheduled and Antarctic itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions. At the end of the program, a free transfer to the city will be available at the airport for all passengers staying overnight

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Not included:

det_725*Visa and/or Passport expenses
*Arrival and departure taxes
*Lodging and meals other than those offered in the program
*Personal insurance
*Excess baggage charge
*Additional expenses, such as: laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc.
*Tips

Rates per person and based on double occupancy. Single occupancy must pay 85% of cabin rate

Itineraries Dates-2014-2015

det_726Classic  Antarctica Air-Cruise    

Duration 7 days / 6 nights

Dates Departures

 ANTARCTICA EXPRESS AIR-CRUISE
5 days / 4 nights

 

  START END DURATION DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Antarctica express 29 NOV 2014 03 DEC 2014 5 days /
4 nights
Ushuaia (Argentina) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 02 DEC 2014 08 DEC 2014 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 07 DEC 2014 13 DEC 2014 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 12 DEC 2014 18 DEC 2014 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 17 DEC 2014 23 DEC 2014 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 22 DEC 2014 28 DEC 2014 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 27 DEC 2014 02 JAN 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Polar Circle 01 JAN 2015 09 JAN 2015 9 days /
8 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Express 14 JAN 2015 18 JAN 2015 5 days /
4 nights
Ushuaia (Argentina) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 17 JAN 2015 23 JAN 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 22 JAN 2015 28 JAN 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 27 JAN 2015 02 FEB 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 01 FEB 2015 07 FEB 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 06 FEB 2015 12 FEB 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Antarctica Classic 11 FEB 2015 17 FEB 2015 7 days /
6 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)
Polar Circle 16 FEB 2015 24 FEB 2015 9 days /
8 nights
Punta Arenas (Chile) Punta Arenas (Chile)


Highlights 
Itinerary

Punta Arenas – Frei Station (King George Island) – Western coast of the Antarctic
Peninsula – Frei Station – Punta Arenas.

First overnight in Punta Arenas. Southwards flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station. Ship cruise
along the Western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Return flight from Frei Station to Punta Arenas.

Price includes:
*Transfer airport – hotel
* 1 night lodging in Punta Arenas , breakfast included.
* Welcome Dinner
* Flight Punta Arenas – King George Island – Punta Arenas
*  Sea voyage and lodging on board ship, in accordance with cabin chosen.
* All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks)
* Shore excursions
* Conferences and shipboard entertainment
*  Transfer airport – city
* Visa and/or Passport expenses

Not included:
* Arrival and departure taxes
* Lodging and meals other than those offered in the program
* Personal insurance
* Excess baggage charge
* Additional expenses, such as: laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc.
* Tips

Duration 9 days / 8 nights

det_727Air-Cruise

Duration 9 days / 8 nights

Itinerary
Punta Arenas – Frei Station (King George Island) – Western coast of the Antarctic
Peninsula – Drake Passage – Ushuaia.

Highlights
First overnight in Punta Arenas. Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station. Ship cruise along the

Western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Crossing of the Drake Passage and return to Ushuaia by sea.

The vessel

det_728The “Grigoriy Mikheev” is a comfortable and modern research vessel. She belongs to the Hydrographic Institute of Saint Petersburg and was built in Finland in 1990.

Her hull is reinforced for sailing in ice and therefore, best suited for such tours or expeditions. Her length is 66 meters and her beam, 12.8 meters. She has a depth of 3.5 meters and displaces 2,000 tons. She has two powerful engines that allow a speed of up to 12 knots.

The “Grigoriy Mikheev” has a capacity of 46 passengers in cabins over the main deck. In addition to a dining room, lounge/ bar/ library, she has an infirmary and sauna. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wild life watching.

The Cabins

det_7296 Twin cabins without private facilities bath have upper and lower berths and wash basins. Shared shower and toilet facilities are conveniently located on the same Deck 3.

14 Twin Cabins with private facilities are located on Decks 3 and 4 and have upper and lower berths.

3 Superior cabins with private facilities located on Deck 4 have a double sofa-bed and a separate single bed.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

What will the weather be like ?

Austral summer weather in Antarctica will mean mostly mild temperatures, but one may expect cold, sunny days and brisk winds which may turn into stormy weather and even a few snow flurries or snow. You should be prepared for quick changes in conditions.

What should I take in terms of clothing, etc. ?

The essentials are:
*Gloves (well insulated)
*Woolen cap and a scarf
*Sunglasses with good anti UV protection
*Sunscreen with a high protection factor
*Ski pants and upper coat (waterproof)
*Sweater/Fleece jacket
*Quick drying socks to wear over polypropylene socks
*Thermal, light underwear
*Light, waterproof, warmth retaining Parka
*Swimsuit

Regular slacks/Jeans and comfortable shoes (for on board wear)

The best way to keep warm is to wear several layers, to make sure you remain warm and comfortable. Don´t forget that “casual” is the word at all times.

Sundries:
Lip balm with good protection factor
Personal medication (for use throughout the trip)
Camera & film. In the case of digital cameras, we offer back-up assistanceon board.
Batteries
Binoculars

Do I need Travel Insurance ?

It is mandatory that each passenger have Insurance that covers emergency medical attention, including evacuation. This is essential, because our expeditions are carried out in places where up to date and advanced medical services do not exist.

Is there an Infirmary on board ?

Our ship has a small, well equipped infirmary for the attention of minor medical problems and is under the care of a licensed MD. Serious emergencies require evacuation to medical centers that are better equipped. For this it is essential to undertake a very costly air evacuation procedure. This is why we ask our passengers to have an Insurance Policy that covers this eventuality.

Are there any baggage restrictions for the trip ?

The airline allows a maximum of 15 Kg. per person, including hand luggage. The remaining baggage may be left at the hotel in Punta Arenas , where it will be safely stored, free of charge.

Type of luggage to bring:

Considering the space limitation on the plane, we recommend not to bring hard suitcases, which are cumbersome and heavy. We suggest you bring canvas duffle bags or back packs, with a waterproof cover.

What about my airline schedules, especially after the voyage to Antarctica ?

Since quick changes in weather may mean delays in getting back to Punta Arenas , we strongly recommend that you keep your airline reservations as flexible as possible.

What sort of exercise is carried out ashore in Antarctica ?

Walks on the beach or further inland, with some low hill climbing are to be expected. You should be reasonably fit to be able to do so, but it is up to each person, really. Exercise will never be imposed and you can set your own pace. Getting on and off ship requires you have adequate mobility, of course, for the two daily landings and at Port.

In case of the need for a special diet, how can I request it ?

These requests must be made on the form that we will send to you. It will, in turn, be handed over to our Staff, so that they may be informed of your needs.

If I suffer from a serious illness, should I duly inform you ?

In the Medical Form which we will send you it is necessary to tell us all about your health problems, either past or present, including allergies, etc. This will allow our doctor to be aware of the medical needs of each one of our passengers.

Will I have to take rubber boots for landings ?

No. We will provide Wellington boots (rubber) free of charge upon arrival at King George Island , including a thermal lining. These boots will be used at every landing. For this, we need your shoe size, so please indicate it on the form we will send you.

For the air trip from Punta Arenas to King George Island we recommend warm, trekking type shoes. For on board life, normal, comfortable shoes are sufficient.

What is the Voltage on board ship? Are there hair driers available?

Russian vessels have their own electricity supply which is 220 V – 5 Hz. With a round, two pin plug. Should you require an adaptor, please ask the staff for one. We have a variety of them on board. Hair driers are available upon request. Please ask the staff for one.

Credit Cards

On the eve of the last day of your voyage, you may want to cancel any outstanding expenses with a Credit Card. All international cards are accepted.

In case of Emergencies

Please contact the bridge or your Expedition Leader.

Gratuities

They are integrated into a “pot” at the end of the trip for distribution among the crew. Tipping is a personal decision and the amount given is at your discretion.

The custom is about US$10.- per day, per passenger. You may make this contribution in cash or charge it to your ship´s account and pay with credit card.

What means of communication are there on board?

Our aim is for you to enjoy your Antarctic experience we will share to the utmost, leaving all cares behind you. Despite this, we have satellite phone services on board, as well as email. Both can be used and they will be charged at the end of the expedition.

Lectures

Your Expedition Staff will deliver several interesting lectures during the voyage in order to give you a sound footing on the various places you will visit. Films and DVD presentations are also included for your entertainment and general knowledge.

Meals and drinks (alcoholic and beverages)

They are all included in the price. We have an open Bar policy on board.

Safety at Sea

Your safety is our main concern. Please, never smoke in bed, in your cabin or in any part of the ship, other than in the outside designated smoking areas. Never throw anything overboard, please. Always turn on the lights upon entering your cabin. Use non-slip shoes when on deck, as it can be slippery at times.

During rough weather, do not walk in large, open areas and brace yourself, using handrails both outside and inside the vessel. Always use door handles and never hold doors by their frames, as a sudden lurch may prove very dangerous.

Weather permitting

We are always subject to sudden changes in weather conditions. All excursions and other activities are structured taking this into consideration.

Sightings

Whenever an interesting event happens (whales or birds, etc.), an announcement will be made over the ship´s Public Address system. This will permit you to get your parka, camera and binoculars and move rapidly, but with utmost care to the best viewing spot.

Meals

An international chef will prepare a delicious selection of different cuisines during the trip. Please let us, know ahead of time, your dietary restrictions. The kitchen will not be able to prepare Kosher or Vegan meals.

Handicapped passengers

The ship has no special provisions for severely handicapped persons. Doors are heavy and not too wide. Outside doors have sills. Metal decks can be slippery and icy.

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