Expedition Antarctica: Fly to and Discover This Icy World

Experience three nights in a luxury camp in Patagonia before embarking a special study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage instead of sailing it!
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Program No. 21788RJ
15 days
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15 days
14 nights
36 meals
12B 12L 12D
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At a Glance

Discover the ethereal, ice-covered world of Antarctica on the only study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage instead of sailing it. Rather than voyaging two-plus days in each direction, you’ll take a short flight over the passage from Chile to an Antarctic base where you meet the ship and immediately start your exploration. Before your journey to the southernmost continent, experience cosmopolitan Santiago and discover the dramatic natural beauty of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Mobility is required to get in and out of Zodiac inflatable boats. Walking on uneven, hilly and slippery terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Make the most of your journey to Antarctica by flying over the Drake Passage in just two hours instead of four days at sea sailing across it.
  • Marvel at fjords, icebergs and wildlife like whales, seals and penguins from hand-picked landing sites by Zodiac boat and from aboard your ice-strengthened vessel.
  • Spend three nights at an eco-camp in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and discover the dramatic mountains, glaciers, and lagoons of Chilean Patagonia.

General Notes

Flights to Antarctica can be delayed due to weather conditions. There is a contingency plan in place in the event of a multi-day delay that will be sent with your first mailing.
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Robyn Steegstra
Since her first experience leading learning adventures in the Soviet Union almost 30 years ago, Robyn Steegstra has never stayed home in Boston for long. She has worked aboard a riverboat in Russia, managed shore excursions on an ocean liner and now spends winters on ships in the Antarctic. She was honored to spend five years leading groups of World War II veterans around European battlefields, and regards having been in Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day as a highlight of her career.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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