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Expedition Antarctica: Fly to and Discover This Icy World

Program No. 21788RJ
Experience three nights in a luxury camp in Patagonia after embarking a special study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage instead of sailing it!

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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. After your journey to the southernmost continent, experience cosmopolitan Santiago and discover the dramatic natural beauty of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park.

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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Wallpaper City Guide Santiago
by Rachael Moloney
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
Torres del Paine Map
by Zagier & Urruty Maps
This detailed walking map (1:80,000) includes trekking routes, refuges and color topography.
Chilean Wine: The Heritage, a Journey from the Origins of the Vine to the Present
by Rodrigo Alvarado
Alvarado does justice to the long winemaking tradition of Chile in this narrative, which explores the history of Chile's vineyards and wine production. Ideal for anyone on the path to becoming a connoisseur, or interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this long-standing tradition in Chile.
In Patagonia
by Bruce Chatwin
A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There's no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin.
Frozen in Time, Murder at the Bottom of the World
by Theodore Jerome Cohen
A scientist with the 16th Chilean Antarctic Expedition in the 1960s, Professor Cohen turns his experiences and actual events from the time into a novel with a strong setting at Deception Island and the South Shetlands.
A Wildlife Guide to Chile
by Sharon Chester
Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica
Torres Del Paine, Trekking in Chile's Premier National Park
by Rudolf Abraham
This hiking guide covers the Torres del Paine Circuit in Chile and 10 shorter excursions, including two just over the border in Argentina.
The Crystal Desert
by David Campbell
A biologist with the heart of a poet, Campbell focuses on the fossils, glaciers and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in these vivid essays.
The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula
by Ron Naveen
The guide, which supports the Antarctic Site Inventory Project, covers 40 prime visitor sites in detail. It also includes some of the best photography we've seen. Second edition.
1912, The Year the World Discovered Antarctica
by Chris Turney
Turney looks at the great leap forward in Antarctic science that was made 100 years ago with the expeditions of not just Scott and Amundsen but also those of Mawson, Filchner and Shirase. A brisk and engaging history of science and exploration in the Antarctic. An Australian scientist himself, Turney sees Mawson as the scientific hero of the age.
Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife
by Tony Soper
Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on an Antarctic voyage.
Night Flight
by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires.
Ines of My Soul
by Isabel Allende
Allende turns the amazing life of Spanish conquistadora and founder of Santiago, Ines Suarez (1507-1580), into a gripping novel.
Patagonia Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine
by Susan Alcorn
A comprehensive guide to Torres del Paine National Park, featuring journal entries, interviews, historic documents and essays alongside maps, time and mileage charts and elevations.
Alone in Antarctica, The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the Southern Ice
by Felicity Aston
In this inspirational memoir, Felicity Aston describes her pioneering journey -- skiing across the whole of Antarctica -- while meditating on human vulnerability, struggle and the experience of solitude in the Information Age.
Penguins, The Ultimate Guide
by Tui De Roy
Featuring more than 400 photographs, this is the traveler's ultimate guide to the world's 18 species of penguins. Includes scientific discussions on penguin conservation, profiles, facts and tips on where to see them in Antarctica.
Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing
Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler.
Melting Away, Images of the Arctic and Antarctic
by Camille Seaman
In her masterful series of 75 portraits and essays, Camille Seaman shows how climate change has wreaked havoc on both the North and South Poles.
Forgotten Footprints, Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica
by John Harrison
A frequent lecturer aboard expedition ships to the Antarctic, John Harrison mixes his own adventures with tales of the seamen, sealers, whalers and plain lunatics who have journeyed to the Ice to make their fame and fortune. He focuses not on Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen but lesser-known tales of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetlands and Weddell Sea.
Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile
by Sara Wheeler
British author Sara Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.

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