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Magellan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise
11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS - ITINERARY

Please Note: Magellan Explorer is scheduled to launch in 2019.

Join the inaugural voyage of the newly built Magellan Explorer!  Be part of the celebration while visiting Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, and Antarctica.

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Your journey begins in Punta Arenas, Chile.  The ship sails along the Strait of Magellan towards Cape Froward, the southernmost tip of the American landmass, and continues south.  These areas are home to Magellanic penguins, cormorants and other seabirds.

DAY 2 · Explore southern Patagonia
Escorted by Peale’s dolphins, the ship will navigate the Cockburn, Brecknock and Ballenero channels, offering impressive views of Tierra del Fuego and its mountain ranges.  In the afternoon the ship enters the western side of the Beagle Channel and proceeds through the spectacular Glacier Alley, where massive glaciers descend into the sea. By the late evening we will call at Ushuaia, Argentina.

DAY 3 · Beagle Channel
Wake up in the southernmost Argentinean city and enjoy a catamaran tour.  After spending some free time in Ushuaia, the ship set sails towards Port Williams, the southernmost town in the world.

DAY 4 · Cape Horn and Drake Passage
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn!  Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island.  Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica.

DAY 5 · Drake Passage
As you sail through the Drake Passage, attend an engaging program of presentations.  In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the outside decks.  You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably.  Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.

DAY 6 · Drake Passage and Antarctica
Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales.  Board a Zodiac for your first shore visit.

DAY 7-9 · Exploring Antarctica
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs.  Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape.  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.

DAY 10 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

DAY 11 · End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Map of Magellan Explorer Inuagural Voyage Route - 2019

 
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS - ITINERARY

Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica21 takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a mandatory 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.

DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica
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.

DAY 3-6 · Exploring Antarctica
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, 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 views from the 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.

DAY 7 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas.  Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

DAY 8 · End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Map of Classis Antarctica Air-Cruise Route

 
Polar Circle Air-Cruise
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS - ITINERARY

Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica21 takes you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica.  Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Antarctica21 staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and 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.

DAY 3-8 · Exploring Antarctica
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales.  Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day.  In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas.  Our expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment.  From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.  The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle.  The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature.  Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.  Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

DAY 9 · Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas.  Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

DAY 10 · End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Map of Polar Circle Air-Cruise Route

 
Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise
16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS - ITINERARY

Travel to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere in the footstep of explorer Ernest Shackleton! Enjoy views of spectacular mountains, towering icebergs, and abundant wildlife in Antarctic and in South Georgia.

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Our staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing.  A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers.

DAY 2 · Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands.  Explore the area before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

DAY 3-5 · Exploring Antarctica
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

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.  You will explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 6 · Elephant Island
Sailing north, we hope to stop at Elephant Island.  It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia.  While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.

Day 7-8 · Sailing to South Georgia
As we sail northward, our historian and our naturalists offer a series of presentations.  There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge, while keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife.

Day 9-11 · South Georgia
The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton.  At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins.  At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favourable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Day 12-14 · Sailing towards South America
As the ship heads to South America, the program of presentations continues.  Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history.

Day 15 · At sea and Beagle Channel
Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel.  Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you make your way to Ushuaia.

Day 16 · Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends.

Map of Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise Route

 
Antarctica Express Air-Cruise
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS - ITINERARY

Leaving from Ushuaia, Antarctica21 takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and spend a day in one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.

DAY 2 · Cape Horn and Drake Passage
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn!  Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

DAY 3 · Drake Passage
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations.  In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks.  You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

DAY 4 · Drake Passage and Antarctica
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales.  Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony.  Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

DAY 5 · Antarctica and scheduled return flight
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile.  Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

DAY 6 · End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Note: The January 2-8, 2020 (HEB06-AE) departure on board Hebridean Sky is a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia.  An itinerary description is available on request.

Map of Anarctica Express Air-Cruise Route

 

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