5 Day Antarctic Express Air-Cruise

5 Day Antarctic Express Air-Cruise

Leaving from Ushuaia, sailing though the Beagle Channel, exploring Cape Horn and crossing the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Bobcat Travel invites you to participate in 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.

  • 29 November 2012
  • 14 January 2013

  • Argentina
  • Antarctica
  • Chile

  • Beagle Channel
  • Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world
  • Cape Horn zodiac excursion (weather permitting)
  • Chance to see albatross, petrels, Humpback and Minke whales
  • Crossing the Antarctic Convergence
  • Zodiac excursion to penguin colony
  • Fildes Bay, King George Island
  • Visit to Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen
  • Flight to Punta Arenas

Itinerary

Day 1:

The journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. We will sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world, located on Navarino Island. Here, we will have the time to tour around before setting sail toward Cape Horn.

N.B.: Check-in on board the “Ocean Nova” is open from 15:00 hr to 16:00 hr.No admittance later than 16:00 hr. Please be on time, and consider the necessary time to go through Ushuaia port formalities. Keep your passport at hand. Thank you!

Day 2:

After crossing Nassau Bay, we will wake up in front of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, we will put our Zodiac boats into the water and visit its lighthouse and the Chilean station in charge of keeping it beaming. Back on board, we will get ready to set sail towards Antarctica and start the crossing of the famous waters na med in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great XVIth century British explorer.

Day 3:

Sailing through the Drake Passage, en route to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). We invite you to relax and enjoy life on board and to take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or from the outside decks. We may spot magnificent birds such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica.

Day 4:

Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, we will be sailing through the Antarctic Ocean. The time has come to start spotting the first icebergs and the first Antarctic land. The South Shetland Islands finally come into view, and we will have the opportunity to put our zodiac boats into the water and make our first landing to visit a penguin colony. Exploration will continue all evening thanks to the endless daylight.

Day 5:

Upon reaching King George Island, we will disembark at Fildes Bay, where we will have the chance to enjoy the Antarctic scenery and visit some interesting places around the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. We will gather at the aerodrome where we will board the flight that will take us to Punta Arenas, Chile. The program ends upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas.

N.B: Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. Upon request, one complimentary night in Punta Arenas is offered on Day 5 of the Travel Program.

The Ship & Airplane

The 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.  The Ocean Nova’s has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, she also has an infirmary and an exercise room. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 38
PASSENGERS: 68
LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
LENGTH: 73.0 m
BREADTH: 11.0 m
DRAFT: 3.7 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines – 2,000-horsepower
ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open water

The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

MODEL: BAE 146-200
ENGINES: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
LENGTH: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
WINGSPAN: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
CRUISE SPEED: 465 mph (750 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
CAPACITY: 70 passengers

Nuts & Bolts

  • Transfers airport to hotel to airport foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage.
  • Complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in voyage.
  • Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • Contingency Plan as foreseen for each voyage (contact us for details).

  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to this voyage.
  • Personal insurances.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Tips (approx USD10 per person per day).
  • Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

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