Explore The Seventh Continent, Antarctica With This Tour Guide

The seventh continent at the end of the world, Antarctica is a stunningly beautiful place blessed with landscapes and seascapes unlike any other you may have seen. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful of scientific bases and a "permanent" population of scientists numbering only a few thousand.

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The seventh continent at the end of the world, Antarctica is a stunningly beautiful place blessed with landscapes and seascapes unlike any other you may have seen. Amongst this icy splendor lives a unique collection of wildlife that is generally not stricken with shyness and frequently present in enormous concentrations. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful of scientific bases and a "permanent" population of scientists numbering only a few thousand. Visitors to Antarctica generally must brave rough sea crossings aboard ice-strengthened vessels, but those who do are rewarded with amazing scenery and tremendous and unique wildlife.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Venture to the depths of the coldest, windiest, and driest continent, Antarctica, on a tour via air and sea

  • Witness the geothermal activity of Deception Island, home to unique lunar landscapes, thermal pockets, and areas of warmth in the Antarctic waters

  • Discover captivating penguin colonies across the South Shetland Islands where chinstrap, Gentoo, macaroni, and adélie penguins live and nest

  • Traverse the South Shetland Islands’ tallest island, home to the nearly 1,770-foot-tall Mount Pond and remarkable avifauna

  • Learn the fantastical facts about the ways 350 different types of mosses and lichens survive in the freezing temperatures and darkness on Elephant Island

  • Visit the international research bases on King George Island, where a portion of the 75 year-round and summer research bases reside

  • Travel to a variety of islands on a zodiac boat to reach the diverse shorelines in search of marine life, like elephant seals, whales, penguins, and seabirds

  • Enjoy an unforgettable flight over Patagonia and the famous waters of the Drake Passage in a BAE 146 jet

 

Trip at a Glance

(Day 1): Punta Arenas – Arrive in Chile with the Day at Leisure in Punta Arenas

(Day 2): King George Island – Fly South and Visit a Variety of Research Stations

(Day 3): Antarctica – Cruise the Western Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

(Day 4): Antarctica – Explore the Coasts and Landscape for Marine Life and Avifauna

(Day 5): Antarctica – Walk along the Distinctive Contours of Deception Island

(Day 6): Antarctica – Find Beauty in the Diverse Scenery around Livingston Island

(Day 7): Punta Arenas – Return to King George Island and Fly to Punta Arenas

(Day 8): Punta Arenas – Depart for Home

 

Activities

  • Educational / Historical Sites / History & Archaeology Tours / Landmarks / Trekking / Cruise Excursions / Local Cruises / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing / Nature / Outdoor Adventures

 

Themes

  • Leisure / Wellness & Retreat / Ocean Cruises / Outdoor Adventures

 

Features

  • Outdoors & Sports / Spectacular Scenery / Unique Accommodations

 

Places To Visit

Punta Arenas, King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, Lemaire Channel

DETAILED ITINERARY

Detailed Tour Description

Antarctica has never been easier to reach than on this 8-day Antarctic adventure offering a luxurious and personalized experience in one of the most secluded regions of the world. The cold, high wind, dry air, and remote location accentuate the spectacular imagery that continues to capture imaginations across the globe with pictures of whales, penguins, snowy mountains, and research stations associated with 30 different countries in connection with the Antarctic Treaty. The magnificent journey begins with your arrival in Punta Arenas, located on the shores of the Strait of Magellan in Chile’s Southern Patagonia.

The remarkable scenery wraps around the sheltered metropolis connected to the greater world mostly by air and sea rather than the road. The prestige of the city’s past remains prevalent in the center where the mansions of former barons continue to decorate the streets. You fly to King George Island on a BAE 146 jet and relish the scenery over the breaking waves along the Drake Passage, which separates Cape Horn from the South Shetland Islands. Explore and discover the distinctive research bases across the island, each connected by walking or driving paths. You have four days on a luxury cruise ship designed for traversing the icy waters.

Spend time kayaking, snowshoeing, and searching the waters for passing whales between your time exploring the distinctive contours of the 11 major islands and numerous minor islands. Listen to exciting lectures offering insight into the history of the climate, the shifting ice field, and the creation of the islands. Learn about the different types of penguins before visiting the islands supporting the nesting habits of the famous birds, along with other captivating avifauna. Discover surprising geothermal activity and enjoy the tranquility of being on the most remote continent in the world. Return to King George Island for your flight to Punta Arenas, ending your time traversing the South Shetland Islands and the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic continent.



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