Expedition Antarctica: Fly to and Discover This Icy World
Join us on the only study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage instead of sailing it! Discover the fantasy-like wonders of Antarctica on this one-of-a-kind adventure.
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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 instead of four days at sea sailing across it.
  • Observe fjords, icebergs and wildlife like whales, seals and penguins from aboard your ice-strengthened vessel and by Zodiac boat.
  • Spend three nights at an eco-camp in Chilean Patagonia and discover dramatic mountains, glaciers and lagoons.

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. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Steve Blamires
Steve Blamires works as a group leader and historian for National Geographic, and his tenure with them has allowed him to circumnavigate the globe, travel extensively on all seven continents and meet like-minded travelers with a thirst for knowledge and adventure. Steve is especially interested in expedition cruises, and he specializes in the history of polar exploration. When Steve isn’t leading educational travel groups, he’s usually listening to music or writing; he has six books in print!

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

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