Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake Itinerary

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Meeting the local penguins, Antarctica


Exploring the ice



Day 1 Punta Arenas

Begin the Antarctic odyssey in Punta Arenas, the most populated city in Patagonia. Once a Chilean penal colony, the city has now transformed into a vibrant port city with plenty of museums, historic sites and shops. Perhaps arrive early to venture into the surrounding mountains for a host of exciting activities.
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Day 2 Embarkation

Cross the wild and wintery Drake Passage by air, and if the conditions are clear, watch as the barren icy terrain of King George Island creeps into view. After arriving on the island, take some time to stretch the legs and explore this remote community. Board a Zodiac and make waves thorugh the icy, blue waters to the waiting ship. Be sure to read up on Ernest Shackleton’s legendary failed expedition – viewing the island’s inhospitable terrain first-hand makes his incredible story seem even more heroic.
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Days 3-6 Antarctic Peninsula/South Shetland Islands

Frozen in nature and time, there are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. When the Great White Continent comes into view, feel the rush of adrenaline and experience what no amount of superlatives can possibly express. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds to point out on sighting, expert lecturers are on hand to provide in-depth explanations of the geology of the region. Depending on the conditions, enjoy daily Zodiac cruises in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island, a brisk hike to a chinstrap rookery or an overnight camping expedition - each day spent in this remote land lends itself to an exhilarating experience.
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Day 7 Disembarkation

Take a last look at the icy shores, electric-blue icebergs and quirky wildlife of the Antarctic continent before saying goodbye to the wonderful expedition crew. Take the short flight from King George Island back to Punta Arenas and head back to the hotel on arrival. Perhaps head out for a final meal to celebrate this incredible Antarctic adventure.
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Day 8 Punta Arenas

The time has come say farewell to this remote Chilean town. Perhaps spend a few extra days exploring the sea parks and penguin colonies close to Punta Arenas or head north in to the wilds of Patagonia for more outdoor adventures in this incredible part of the world.