Fly-Cruise-Fly – 11 Days
PHOTO TOUR 2 – December, 2021
Join our 8th Antarctic expedition for amazing landscapes, nature, wilderness…
HIGHLIGHTS / INCLUSIONS
* Exclusive WPA photo guide for small group
* Minimise rough seas by flying over the Drake
* New ship waits for you, maximising more
* All inclusive ship package
You also have the option to link to our
Falkland Islands adventure!
We currently only require a $500 deposit to hold a place. This is until dates and pricing is confirmed. At this time, full deposits will be requested. Note that the $500 is non refundable, but can be transferred to another event up until full deposits are requested.
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
Imagine departing from Punta Arenas in Chile and just 2 hours later, photographing the snow and ice world of King George Island – just a step away from the Antarctic Peninsula. You then experience several days exploring the surreal experiencethat is – Antarctica. Finally, you fly back to Chile – this style ofAntarctic travel optimises time and of course your adventures. A magic 11 day itinerary.
BUT cabin space is limited!
What an amazing photo adventure that suits photographersand non photographic partners alike! This will be our sixth tour to this incredible part of our planet.
We are offering you a World Photo Adventures group expedition on the ‘Antarctic Explore Express’. This Fly-Cruise – Fly Out – Antarctic adventure maximises your time to explore this stunning region and minimises long periods at sea. Consequently, you can expect smoother seas and fantastic quality time during this ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure. Ourhost company – Aurora – has been operating such tours for many years and looks forward to helping you have a fantasticAntarctic adventure. Our small group of just 11, offers you an exclusive and experienced WPA photo guide.
Join one of the worlds most experienced photo tour operators- now celebrating 31 years of incredible photo adventures.
Join us for the holiday of a lifetime…
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
Day 1 – December
Arrive Punta Arenas
You should be in Punta Arenas before this day. Julia can help with further accommodation nights. It is important that you allow for possible flight/travel delays.
Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history.
Tonight, we will gather to meet our fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of our expedition – our flight to Antarctica!
Day 2 – December
Fly Punta Arenas to King George Island
This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours.
On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you for your Zodiac transfer to board the Greg Mortimer. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important first ship briefings.
NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.
Days 3-9- December 7-13
Over the next few days a host of choices are open to us, and depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally try for two landings or Zodiac excursions each day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs; following whales that are feeding near the surface; and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to visit penguin rookeries, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula. There will be plenty of time for sleep when you get home!
During this voyage, there will be an opportunity to camp ashore (weather and time permitting). This will give you the chance to sample the style of adventure that Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic explorers experienced, although with slightly better equipment and in more comfort! Rest assured our warm and comfortable ship with its hot showers will only be a short distance away!
There are many exciting places we can choose to visit; a sample of some of the places where we may land, hike, and photograph or view spectacular wildlife follows:
A protected bay surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers, the rocky cliffs of this spectacular harbour provide perfect nesting sites for blue-eyed shags, terns and gulls. The serenity of Paradise Harbour envelops us once the ship’s engine is turned off. This is a haven for whales and we keep our eyes open for humpbacks, orcas, minkes, and crabeater seals, as we explore the bay in Zodiacs.
The itinerary continues…