Antarctic Explorer

  • days: 12
  • from US$12,500

International Flights Not Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Argentina
  • Antarctica
  • Chile

Description

Please note this tour is priced in US Dollars (USD).

Fly one way or both on our unique 'Fly-Sail' voyages to the icy picturesque west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Mountains disgorging glaciers to the sea; humpback and minke whales feasting on krill; lively penguin colonies watched by hungry leopard seals - it all awaits you. 

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Itinerary

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Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 1-2. Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow’s flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to in very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island.

DAYS 3-8. Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula’s western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we’re lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. We hope to visit the large Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await. [B,L,D]

DAYS 9-10. Drake Passage

Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. On the journey our expedition team recap all the incredible things we’ve witnessed, or look out for albatross or whales along the way, or perhaps you’ll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken. [B,L,D]

DAYS 11-12. Ushuaia, Argentina

We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you’ll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel. [B,L,D]

 

Please note: This is a sample itinerary. Please note itinerary variations apply depending on date of travel. 

Inclusions

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Travel

  • All cruising on board the polar expedition ship, the Greg Mortimer
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on Day 2
  • Transfer from pier to Ushuaia airport on Day 11

Accommodation & Meals

  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • Cost based on Twin Aurora Stateroom
  • One night's hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas on Day 1 (breakfast included)
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages

Inclusions 

  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Free access to onboard doctor for consultations relating to sea-sickness. A standard fee of US $60.00 (reclaimable through your travel insurance provider) applies for medical consultations not related to sea-sickness
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muckboots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services,personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

Please Note: A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members. This gratuity amount is included for suites as part of their ‘Suite Benefits’

Dates & Prices

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Dates & Prices

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
27/12/20 07/01/21   US$12,700 On Request  
05/01/21 15/01/21   US$12,500 On Request  
13/01/21 23/01/21   US$13,100 On Request  
12/02/21 23/02/21   US$13,100 On Request  
01/03/21 11/03/21   US$12,700 On Request  
Valid From: This tour does not include flights from Australia to South America. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.
Other departure cities:
Tips: Tipping payable locally, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day
Taxes:
Single supplement: On application

Single Travellers, please note:

  • No single supplement is required if you are happy to share. You would be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender.
  • If you prefer exclusive use of the cabin a single supplement would apply. Please contact Bunnik Tours for more details.
  • Triple share cabins are also available on a limited basis.

Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available, please contact Bunnik Tours for more details.

Fitness to Travel

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Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

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Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Aurora Expeditions Greg Mortimer

After a long day exploring the wonders of your destination, you need somewhere where you can simply relax and take a break from real life.

The Greg Mortimer is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and wellbeing considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you'll need onboard.

Of course, the prospect of unexpected wildlife encounters is always on the table so your accommodation needs to have a view as well! Across four of the five stateroom categories, you'll find large floor to ceiling windows that offer prime observation opportunities around the clock. Additionally, there are private balconies in roughly 80% of the staterooms, allowing you to watch the world float past and take in the salty air of the open ocean. We have introduced three cabin categories to our Balcony Stateroom category. These have been classified into category A, B or C depending on the cabin size and deck location.

Aurora Expeditions: Cabin types available

Optional Tours

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ON BOARD CRUISE SHIP

Sea Kayaking - From $1,260pp US
Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

Scuba Diving - From $1,260pp US
Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.

Snorkelling - From $640pp US
No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!

Alpine Hiking, Trekking & Climbing - From $1,260pp US
Reach new heights in Antarctica! From easy ascents to more technical routes, our mountaineering and climbing activity is available for experienced climbers on our Antarctica expeditions.

Camping - FREE
There is no better way to enjoy Antarctica’s stunning silence (barring the odd raucous penguin) than camping out in the open. Be a true Antarctic explorer and experience what it feels like to be camping out on ice.

Snowshoeing - From $320pp US
Snowshoeing is our new and unique way to explore Antarctica. Snowshoeing makes walking up gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding - From $640pp US
For the ideal vantage point to view wildlife in the world’s most beautiful places – just add a board and paddle.

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  • Skip one or both Drake Passage crossings
  • Gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula
  • Zodiac cruise in search of feeding whales
  • Experience polar diving and polar snorkelling with expert guides (surcharges apply)
  • Tour scientific research stations and historic huts

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 1

Transportation

Polar Expedition ship, Greg Mortimer

Tips

Tipping payable locally, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day

Tour Highlights

Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The ship's Captain and Expedition Leader will adjust the itinerary to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife

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