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Fly over the Drake Passage in style saving on time and the Drake Passage experience
Onboard enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
Immerse yourself in four areas of the wonderful continent in just six days
Discover the wonders of the Antarctic in luxury onboard Silver Explorer
Enjoy gourmet food and fine wine and butler service
Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.
Fly across the Drake passage then enjoy five full days exploring the Antarctic onboard the luxurious Silver Explorer. Discover this mesmerizing region on immersive zodiac tours, kayaking adventures led by Silverseas expedition team and back onboard attend riveting lectures and workshops presented by world renowned naturalist and polar explorers.
Fly to Santiago and connect for Punta Arenas
Arrive into Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel, spend the afternoon exploring Punta Arenas, a small and charming city close to the southernmost tip of Patagonia.Later today there will be a welcome meeting and informative expedition lecture.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport then fly high over the Drake Passage to King George Island where your ship awaits. Arriving at this iconic destination by plane and descending onto the South Shetland Islands affords you a unique first glimpse of the landscapes that await. Please note that flight schedules are dependent on weather.
Travelling south across the Bransfield Strait you enter the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic sound. The strong clockwise current brings cold, ice-filled waters, the landscape of the Sound differs to elsewhere and takes in waters full of vast tabular icebergs, sea ice and Adelie penguins who thrive in the colder waters. While the route will be determined by the ice and weather conditions, you may have the opportunity to discover a varied ecology, history and astounding geological formations.
As you approach the Antarctic Peninsula, a ripple of excitement is likely to run through the ship. This is a landscape that almost defies description, and your first glimpse of it will show why. Over the course of the next few days this otherworldly terrain will become more familiar as you attend lectures given by the Expedition team on the geology, wildlife and history, and make regular land excursions in a Zodiac. Using their knowledge of the region, the team will work around the weather and ice conditions, as well as wildlife opportunities, to create daily schedules that maximise your understanding and experience of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Zodiac excursions are available each day. Travelling in Zodiacs you can get closer to the bays to explore their wildlife and landscapes, including large chinstrap penguins, fur seals and elephant seals. Basaltic turrets covered in yellow and orange lichens rise from the pebble beaches, vast glaciers calve into the harbour with a thundering crack, and gentoo penguins and Weddell seals rest on the beaches.
Windswept, raw and with a volcanic landscape rich in abundant flora and fauna, the Shetland Islands are covered in mosses, lichen, and meadows of flowering grasses, with gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and southern giant petrels. Weddell seals and chinstrap penguins can often be spotted on the beach near Cámara Base, the Argentina research station on Half Moon Island, and as you sail through Neptune’s Bellows on Deception Island you enter a theatrical landscape, with equally dramatic wildlife. Hot Springs and the flooded caldera are inhabited by kelp gulls, Antarctic terns, brown skuas and south polar skuas, while the abandoned whaling station of Whalers Bay offers shelter to Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels.
Disembark at King George Island in the South Shetland Island and take the two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas in Chile.
On arrival transfer to your hotel then spend a final afternoon exploring Punta Arenas.
Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago the next day.
Travelling through Antarctica takes you through a landscape unlike anywhere else on earth. Your time here introduces you to this evocative landscape, with trips ashore and onboard presentations providing an understanding of the scenery and its wildlife.
Sailing towards the Antarctic Sound brings you to a dramatically different landscape, rich in Adelie penguins and little-travelled waterways. Largely covered in sea ice for much of the year, the region offers a wealth of flora and fauna to discover.
As you reach the end of your Antarctic expedition, you disembark the boat and cross the Drake Passage once more, flying back to Punta Arenas.
Fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and you cross the legendary Drake Passage in just a few hours, arriving into the South Shetland Islands to meet your ship at King George Island.
Sailing around the South Shetland Islands offers an opportunity to observe some of the continent’s most iconic wildlife species and a landscape of spellbinding beauty.
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