The Antarctic Express program includes the ship cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctica with a stop at Cape Horn, a visit to the South Shetland Islands and a flight from King George Island back to Punta Arenas.
You are invited to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent – Antarctica.
The flight to Punta Arenas eliminates the time-consuming, and often rough, return ship crossing of the Drake Passage, thereby making the most of your time in Antarctica.
Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.
Board the vessel (Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky) in Ushuaia 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.
Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent -Antarctica.
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.
The Hebridean Sky is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and has gone under an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation in 2016. With an ice-strengthened hull, Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica.
Although the vessel has capacity for up to 110 guests, it will accommodate a maximum of 71 travelers on Air-Cruises, further increasing the comfort of guests. The ship offers six different categories of accommodation. All Suites are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. Several Suites include private balconies accessed via a sliding door.
Triple cabins feature a sofa bed. Public areas include “The Club” (panorama lounge), a library, a lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, a wraparound Sun Deck with Jacuzzi, an exercise room, a medical clinic and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are used for exploration in Antarctica.
All meals and guided excursions are included.
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 honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
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 glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks.
You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to 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 sea birds, 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.
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. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are not included in the program.)
Hotel pickup and transfer to the Punta Arenas Airport.
|Price from||$4,431.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
The guides we had and the places we saw and stayed were superlative.
- Bonnie K, Jun 2012