Cruise/Fly: Cruise the Drake passage, return by Air
Legendary Cape Horn
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina where you'll board your ship and sail along the Beagle Channel, before setting sail to legendary Cape Horn. You'll be one of the few privileged adventurers (weather permitting) to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island.
Cross the Drake
As you cross the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, enjoy lectures and presentations from our expert guides and watch for wildlife including albatrosses, petrels and whales. As you approach Antarctica the excitement builds as you spot your first Icebergs!
Time to board your Zodiac, as you explore the South Shetland Islands, sailing through in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales! The endless Antarctic daylight, will offer ample time to explore well into the evening.
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 1. Ushuaia, Argentina
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. [D]
Day 2. Cape Horn and the 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. [B,L,D]
Days 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 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. [B,L,D]
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 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. [B,L,D]
Day 5. King George Island – Punta Arenas
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. [B]
Days 6. Punta Arenas
Your incredible adventure comes to an end today. We trust you leave with wonderful memories of your Antarctic adventure! [B]
Please Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may block out a planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.
- All cruising on board the Ocean Nova
- One way flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile
Please Note: The maximum luggage weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20kg per passenger, including hand luggage.
Accommodation & Meals
- 4 nights on board the Ocean Nova
- Cost based on twin cabin
- 1 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas after returning from Antarctica
- 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
- English-speaking naturalist guides on board
- 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctic
- Transfers airport/hotel on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last day of the Air-Cruise program
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes
- Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses
- Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
- All guided shore excursions
- Lectures and entertainment on board
- Comprehensive pre and post voyage information material
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
|Valid From:||This tour does not include flights from Australia to Argentina. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.|
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|Tips:||Tipping payable locally, suggested amounts are approx. $10-$15pp US per day|
|Single supplement:||On application|
Single Travellers, please note:
- Booking a dedicated single cabin - No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
- Booking a twin cabin for single use - An 85% supplement will be applied to the twin cabin per person rate.
- Sharing with another passenger of the same gender - Available on Ocean Nova in a twin cabin. No supplement is applied, and ANTARCTICA XXI will take care of finding the matching companion.
Sharing a cabin also implies sharing any hotel accommodation.
Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available, please contact Bunnik Tours for more details.
Fitness to Travel
Let's Talk Fitness
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
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 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.
M/V Ocean Nova
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel with an ice-strengthened hull ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. This expedition ship has capacity for 72 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single cabins, Twin cabins, and Triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary.
Please note, a Reciprocity Fee is payable upon arrival in Chile for Australian passport holders. Please check with your travel agent for further details.
- Australian passport holders
- A Chile Reciprocity Fee of $117pp US is payable upon arrival by cash or credit card.
- Non-Australian passport holders
- Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.
The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.
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- Cruise the Beagle Channel and weather permitting and step foot on Cape Horn
- View stunning bird-life while crossing the Drake Passage
- Marvel at the abundant wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula including sea birds, penguins & seals
- Cruise past towering icebergs
- Spend time whale spotting
- Enjoy time at the South Shetland Islands, home to several Antarctic Research stations and abundance of Flora and fauna.
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Tipping payable locally, suggested amounts are approx. $10-$15pp US per day
The expedition team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience for each voyage. Sites may include Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and the Lemaire ChannelView Tour Map