|Day 1||Punta Arenas||Fly from Punta Arenas Chile to King George Island Antarctic Peninsula|
|Days 2-7||Antarctic Peninsula||Penguin Island, Turret Point, Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins. Southern giant petrels, kelp gulls, Antarctic turns|
|Days 8-10||Sail south to Antarctic Circle||Detaille Island, Marguerite Bay and Adelaide Island|
|Days 11-12||At Sea||
Drake Passage, whales, albatross
|Day 13||Ushuaia||Farewell your crew|
Begin your expedition in the morning in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas at our meeting point for a transfer to the airport and the two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica (this flight is included in the price of your voyage).
Upon arrival at King George Island, we board our ship via Zodiac. After settling in to our cabins and exploring our new surroundings, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and our first meal. No doubt, everyone on board will be looking forward to the incredible adventure ahead.
Overnight the ship will navigate across the Bransfield Strait so you will awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. For the next five days you will have a varied itinerary pushing southwards with much to see and do. The itinerary will be opportunistic, making shore landings in locations navigating to the ultimate objective below the Antarctic Circle. Planned visits might include Port Charcot, several locations in the Fish and Argentine Island archipelagos which allow for zodiac cruising and potential shore landings, a hike on Winter Island to explore the old British Antarctic Suvey Hut- Wordie House, Petermann Island, and a cruise through Lemaire Channel if ice allows. Along the way you may be able to visit Pleneau Island if weather permits.
Given optimal ice conditions, your crew will aim to sail the ship south of the Antarctic Circle. A favored landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hute, providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic scientists and researchers. The itinerary will ultimately be decided by the prevailing ice conditions but if possible the expedition team will navigate even further south. Years of experience tell us that late February gives the ship best chance of reaching Marguerite Bay. The ship may take the ‘shortcut’ through a narrow channel known as ‘the Gullet’ if the passage is ice-free. Otherwise, you might navigate around the outside of Adelaide Island – which will take more time, yet take you to the same destination.
Your ship will begin to chart a course north back to South America, heading across the Antarctic Convergence. If weather conditions allow, you will make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition with a special final dinner.
In the early morning, you will arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It will be possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.