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Polar Circle Air-Cruise

From: $12995
9 days • Level 1 (Details)
    
Polar Circle Air-Cruise
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this Poloar Circle Air-Cruise will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

This 9-day program includes flying to and from Antarctica by air, and cruising by ship along the Antarctic Peninsula as far south as the P
olar Circle. By surpassing Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage you will enjoy more time exploring the dramatic Antarctic continent. read more Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, this Poloar Circle Air-Cruise will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

This 9-day program includes flying to and from Antarctica by air, and cruising by ship along the Antarctic Peninsula as far south as the Polar Circle. By surpassing Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage you will enjoy more time exploring the dramatic Antarctic continent.
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Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Day 2 - King George Island & Embark

Days 3 - 8 - Antarctic Exploration

Day 9 - King George Island, Return Flight


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Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Arrive at the city of Punta Arenas before 3:00pm to be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and the chance to enjoy a typical local menu.

*Passengers should be in Punta Arenas at 3:00pm at the latest. Pick-up at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel are not guaranteed for passengers arriving later than 3:00pm.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Rey Don Felipe
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - King George Island & Embark

This Antarctic adventure begins with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes approximately two hours. Upon arrival, tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. Gather at the beach on Fildes Bay, embark the Zodiac boats, and sail to the expedition vessel that will be waiting at anchor.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Ocean Nova
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 3 - 8 - Antarctic Exploration

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs. Enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our journey southwards includes visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Cierva Cove, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel, Prospect and Fish Islands amongst others. Depending on weather and ice conditions on our way southwards, we attempt to cross the Polar Circle at latitude 66° 33’ South and enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate this extraordinary occasion. This adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
M/V Ocean Nova
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - King George Island, Return Flight

Return to King George Island to 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 9 of the Travel Program.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

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.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights, plan to arrive Punta Arenas at any time before 3:00pm on Day 1 for included transfers. A pre-cruise hotel overnight is included on Day 1. We recommend travelers spend an additional night at the conclusion of the cruise on Day 9; a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 9 of the Travel Program. Although in theory it is possible to depart Punta Arenas on evening flights, it is not recommended because the Antarctica flights are so variable and delays could compromise your schedule. We strongly recommend travelers stay one more night. Get a free flight quote.

Activities

Kayaking is available on all departures at $895 per person (minimum age 16). Snowshoeing is available on selected departures at $195 per person. To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. You don’t need to be a top kayaking expert but you must have experience in using a sea kayak with a spray skirt. You must also have experience with an emergency wet exit. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information on reserving these activities.

Contingency Plan

In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavorable conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, a Contingency Plan has been established, applying from Day 2 of the Travel Program corresponding to each voyage. From Day 2 to Day 8 every effort will be made to transport passengers to Antarctica taking into consideration their safety and the safety of the aircraft. In case such efforts are not successful, the daily program described hereby will apply::

Day 2 - Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation at the same hotel included on Day 1 of the Travel Program.

Day 3 - Guided tours to sites of historic and wildlife interest in Punta Arenas. Meals are included as well as accommodation at the same hotel included on Day 1 of the Travel Program.

Day 4 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. No other services or meals are included. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 4 (24:00 hours local time) travelers do not reach Antarctica, a refund of 5% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage will be given.

Day 5 -Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. No other services or meals are included. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 5 (24:00 hours local time) travelers are not able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 15% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage will be given.

Day 6 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. No other services or meals are included. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 6 (24:00 hours local time) travelers are not able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 25% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage will be given.

Day 7 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. No other services or meals are included. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica.If by the end of Day 7 (24:00 hours local time) travelers are not be able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 35% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) will be given.

Day 8 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. No other services or meals are included. Passengers are required to stand-by for announcements concerning the flight to Antarctica. If by the end of Day 8 (24:00 hours local time) travelers are not able to reach Antarctica, a refund of 100% of the total rate (excluding discounts, if any) paid for the voyage, less a fee of $2,000 per person, will be given.

Day 9 - Accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Punta Arenas is included. No other services or meals are included. There will be no further flight attempt.

Day 10 - Breakfast. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. End of the Contingency Plan.

In case of a delay on the return flight to Punta Arenas from Antarctica, passengers on board the ship will continue cruising to nearby places until the return flight to Punta Arenas is authorized. Full board and all excursions are included. No refunding for whatever reason is foreseen.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Jan 01 - Jan 09, 2015Ocean Nova$12995 - $20795View Details
Triple

Triple - $12995

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $14795

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $20795

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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2       Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2015Ocean Nova$12995 - $20795View Details
Triple

Triple - $12995

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $14795

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $20795

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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3       Jan 01 - Jan 09, 2016Ocean Nova$13595 - $21995View Details
Triple

Triple - $13595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $15595

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $21995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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4       Feb 01 - Feb 09, 2016Ocean Nova$13595 - $21995View Details
Triple

Triple - $13595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $15595

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $21995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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5       Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2016Ocean Nova$13595 - $21995View Details
Triple

Triple - $13595

Upper Deck cabins 317, 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 2 closets.
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Twin

Twin - $15595

Upper Deck cabins 301, 306-315, 318; Bridge Deck cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 closet.
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Single

Single - $21995

Upper Deck cabins 302-305, 316. 1 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, desk, chair, 1 wardrobe.
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Included

One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with welcome dinner and drinks and breakfast; Punta Arenas flights to King George Island and back to Punta Arenas; Shipboard accommodation; Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship; Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses; Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship; Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition; All guided shore excursions; Lectures and entertainment on board; Zodiac cruising and transfers to and from the ship for shore excursions; Loan of waterproof boots; Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; Post-cruise hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast; Contingency Plan as described; Group transfers and baggage handling as per itinerary.

Exclusions

Any International airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; supplement for single hotel accommodations; adventure options of kayaking or diving; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, telecommunication charges; beverages purchased at bar and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Room Configuration

Single travelers may book a dedicated single cabin with no supplement fee, book a standard twin cabin for an 85% supplement or request the Twin Share Program where we match you with a cabin/hotel mate(s) of the same gender. With the twin share program, even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged. Note: Sharing a cabin also implies sharing any hotel accommodation.

Families & Children

Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $2,500 per person is required to confirm a reservation on the Polar Circle Air Cruise, with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. A special cancellation policy applies to all Antarctica trips, which is stricter than the AdventureSmith Explorations policy. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

More than 120 days - Full refund of the program cost less 75% of the booking fee
119 to 90 days - refund of 50% of the total tour costs
89 days or less - no refund
If full payment has not yet been received at 120 days prior, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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