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PATAGONIA & ANTARCTICA IN STYLE

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

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This incredible trip combines Santiago, Patagonia and Antarctica, all in under 2 weeks. The trip starts with a luxury stopover in Santiago before jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage by plane to King George Island. From here you will start your Antarctic peninsula cruise aboard the Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky and spend a week exploring the remotest continent on the planet. You'll be overcome by the huge amount of icebergs, glaciers, high mountains and the abundant wildlife on offer before completing your trip with several exceptional days exploring Patagonia

Itinerary Highlights

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Journey to Antarctica the relaxing way by flying to/from King George Island. No Drake Passage crossing!

Stay in luxury accommodation including the impressive Explore Patagonia and Singular Hotel in Santiago. 

Explore Torres del Paine National Park, an unrivalled landscape of jagged peaks, clear blue lakes, spectacular waterfalls and rivers.

Ability to extend your trip into other parts of South America. 

 

 What's included?

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Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas

Return flights Punta Arenas-Antarctica

Luxury accommodation with private facilities

Hotel taxes

Transfers

Activities/shore excursions as specified 

Waterproof boots on loan for Antarctica 

All meals during your trip

Selected alcoholic beverages at Explora Patagonia, and during dinner during the cruise 

 

What's not included?

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International airfares

Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable

Optional activities*

Travel insurance

Gratuities

Any items not mentioned as included

 

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Arrival in Santiago

On arrival at Santiago airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5 star Singular Santiago Hotel situated in an area brimming with history and surrounded by the best museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores and innovative restaurants.
 
After check in to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the Chilean capital.


Day 2: Santiago City tour including San Cristobal

Let us introduce you to the classic city we know and love on this half day introductory tour with your chauffeur and expert local guide. The Chilean capital city, located in the Central Valley, is home to some seven million people and enjoys a unique urban environment that artfully unites classic and modern.

Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit iconic symbols of the city, including la Plaza de Armas (the main square), Santa Lucia Hill, La Moneda (the government palace), the Post Office and the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. Then we’ll head to Cerro San Cristobal, a tall hill rising nearly one thousand feet above the city, located inside the city’s largest urban park. Standing atop the hill you’ll find a church, as well as a stunning seventy-two foot statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finally, we will visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city, with its impressive high rise buildings and classy boulevards. On completion of the tour you’ll have free time to further explore the city.
  
Breakfast included.

Day 3: Santiago to Punta Arenas

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by a representative 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. 
 
Breakfast, Dinner included.

Day 4: Flight to King George Island and board the Ocean Nova

Your 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. 
 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 

Days 5 to 8: Cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise 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.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 


Day 9: Return to King George Island for your flight back to Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. On arrival in Punta Arenas you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 

Day 10: Punta Arenas – Patagonia

This morning you will be picked up and transferred by luxury van to Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. The two and a half hour drive will take you along wide open pampas and fjords, through lenga forests and local estancias, whilst spotting Patagonian wildlife such as the guanaco or ñandu.
Explora Patagonia is located at the centre of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. On the shores of Lake Pehoe, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. Its construction is based around the essential luxuries, allowing the traveller to inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions. 

All meals and open bar included. 


Day 11 & 12: Excursions by Explora Patagonia 

Each season has its own charm, revealing new and distinct aspects of this remote place. At Explora, there are more than 40 explorations: on foot or on horse, half-day or full-day, at all difficulty levels. All of the guides speak fluent Spanish and English, and are very knowledgeable of their surroundings. Every evening at the hotel bar, guides meet up with guests to program the next day's activities and explorations are carried out in groups of no more than 8 people.
 

Examples of excursions include:

Half-day and full-day hikes

Nature walks

Lago Grey boat cruise

Torres Base trek

Horse-back riding


All meals and open bar included. 

Day 13: Explora Patagonia - Punta Arenas

After breakfast, depart Explora Patagonia on your transfer back to Punta Arenas airport or hotel. Alternatively there are options to continue on to El Calafate in Argentina.
 
Breakfast included.

 

Torres del Paine tour

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