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SANTIAGO & CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR-CRUISE

from USD$14,943 / 10 days

Summary

Short Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Airport – Santiago / Private City Tour.
  • Day 2: Santiago-Punta Arenas
  • Day 3: King George Island and Frei Station
  • Day 4-7: Explore Antarctica
  • Day 8: Punta Arenas
  • Day 9: Punta Arenas-Santiago
  • Day 10: Departure from Santiago

Overview

On this itinerary, you’ll visit the south of Chile and breathtaking Chilean Antarctica. You will have the chance to explore Chile’s capital before heading south to experience the world’s snowy desert. You will see Antarctica’s wild residents like whales, penguins, seals and seabirds and take daily land excursions to catch all the best sights.

This tour is an air-cruise, meaning that you fly over the tempestuous Drake Passage to maximise your time and ensure a more comfortable and pleasant journey.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1
SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Note: This tour will take place in the afternoon, depending on your flight’s arrival time.

Your first day will serve to welcome you to the capital. A transfer will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your hotel where you’ll check in. Once you’re settled in, you will have some time for lunch before heading out on your city tour around Santiago at 2 pm. On the tour, you’ll visit all of the capital’s attractions: the seat of government, the multicultural Plaza de Armas, the picturesque Mercado Central and La Vega, as well as the San Cristóbal hill and the historical centres such as Lastarria, Bellas Artes, and Central Santiago. After that, you’ll have time to eat (included) at one of the traditional restaurants in the bohemian area of Bellavista before being taken back to your accommodation.

Meals:  Snacks

Hotel

Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa

DAY 2
SANTIAGO DE CHILE – PUNTA ARENAS

On day 2, you will be picked up from your hotel to travel to Santiago airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. In Punta Arenas, your transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll attend a briefing with important information about your cruise and guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, you’ll gather with other travelers for a welcome dinner featuring typical foods of the region.

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel

Cabo de Hornos Hotel

DAY 3
PUNTA ARENAS - ANTARCTICA

On day 3, your Antarctic adventure begins! You’ll take a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands followed by a short hike (2km/1.25mi) past the Frei and Bellingshausen Stations. From the shore, you’ll board a Zodiac that will take you to the expedition ship to settle in for your Antarctic cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Expedition vessel

DAYS 4-7
EXPLORING ANTARCTICA

You’ll 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 seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day you’ll disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, you can attend an engaging program of educational presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature to make each trip a unique and extraordinary experience. 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 in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel

Expedition vessel

DAY 8
ANTARCTICA - PUNTA ARENAS

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel

Cabo de Hornos Hotel

DAY 9
PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO

After breakfast, your transfer will take you to Punta Arenas airport to fly to Santiago. Take the afternoon to rest or explore the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel

Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa

DAY 10
SANTIAGO DE CHILE AIRPORT

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, a driver of the agency will bring you to the airport of Santiago, where your incredible trip to Chile and Antarctica will finish and where you can take your international flight back home.

Meal: Breakfast

Program includes

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary (9 nights).
  • All transportation as specified in the itinerary.
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary, including transportation, entrance fees, and meals.
  • Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • IAATO passenger fee.

Meals 

  • Day 1: Snacks
  • Day 2: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 4-7: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 8: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Breakfast
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and snacks on board the ship.

Not included:

  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Travel insurance (must cover aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica).
  • PCR or antigen tests.
  • Voluntary tipping.
  • Items of personal use.
  • Kayaking and snowshoeing excursions in Antarctica (may be purchased at additional cost). 
  • Any item (meal, beverage, or activity) not mentioned on the itinerary including any beverages purchased at the ship’s bar. 
  • Internet connection on board the ship (may be purchased on board).

Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products. 
  • You will travel plastic-free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, as well as recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location.
  • We keep our tour groups small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.
  • The tour provider in Antarctica supports the development of green energy sources for Chile’s Antarctic bases and supports scientific data collection and monitoring efforts in the area. 

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Our Health and Safety Promise

As the world continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to once again get out and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the destinations and communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible.

This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, frequently using cleaning and sanitizing services, and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for a healthier, safer future. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests regarding the health and safety procedures of this and other EcoChile tours, please let us know so we can answer your question or accommodate your request. Your safety is our top priority.

*Rate starting from USD $14,943 based on double occupancy (two people sharing a double room). The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, accommodation availability and not counting special dates. Check availability and the exact rate depending on the room/cabin type and season of your trip with our travel agent.

** Solo travelers or guests may choose a single room or to share a twin room on board the cruise vessel in Antarctica. Solo guests may also choose a twin cabin for single use, which, along with all other accommodations in the itinerary, is subject to a single supplement. 

*** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels of a similar standard will be provided.

 

SANTIAGO & CLASSIC ANTARCTICA AIR-CRUISE

Duration: 10 days

Price: from USD$14,943 / person

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