New Year in Antarctica

11 DAYS from US$9,700 pp

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica with penguins, elephant seals and first-landing buzz. With summer in full swing, penguin highways are busy with traffic between rookeries and beach as parents hurry to fatten up chicks. Glaciers shed ice with an echoing roar and waterways are alive with feeding and breaching whales. Zodiacs whisk us on whale-watching cruises and amongst glorious icebergs. The near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life. What an unforgettable way to start the year!

Expedition Highlights

  • Sail there, fly back - only one sea crossing!
  • Ring in the New Year Antarctica-style!
  • Walk amidst busy penguin rookeries
  • Zodiac cruise past glaciers and icebergs
  • Camp out on the ice under the midnight sun
  • Kayak along penguins, seals and whales

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Dates & Rates

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29 Dec '18 8 Jan '19 11 DAYS

New Year in Antarctica

Trip code: ANP122

29 Dec '18 8 Jan '19 - 11 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Transfer from Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 1
  • Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Puerto Williams, Chile on Day 1
  • Town tour, transfers and lunch in Puerto Williams on Day 1
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel on Day 10
  • 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
  • 9 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport or vaccination fees
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$9,700
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$11,400
Suite
Twin Private Economy Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$13,100
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$13,800
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,800
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,200

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin and triple cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy lunch at a local lodge before a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon and set sail along the Beagle Channel. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Punta Arenas at least one day prior to you expedition start date. A transfer to Punta Arenas is included from Aurora Expeditions' preferred hotel on Day 1.
Day 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3.
Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, enjoying up-close wildlife encounters and appreciating the immense landscape as they float silently in their crafts. Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down a steep snow slope! We immerse ourselves in nature, spontaneity and having fun, making sure to pause and celebrate as we bring in the New Year. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – reminiscent of explorers past.
Days 10 – King George Island to Punta Arenas
We arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetlands. Time and weather permitting, we explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and transferring to our hotel.
Day 11 – Punta Arenas
After breakfast, we bid farewell to our new friends, before continuing on with our own arrangements. Additional information: Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1200.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$1,050 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • Camping

    FREE
    There is no better way to enjoy Antarctica’s stunning silence (barring the odd raucous penguin) than camping out in the open. Be a true Antarctic explorer and experience what it feels like to be camping out on ice.
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  • Snowshoeing is our new and unique way to explore Antarctica. Snowshoeing makes walking up gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone.
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Extension Tours

Extend your holiday with these optional tours. See all Extension Tours in Antarctica

Related Expeditions

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A wonder-filled experience of a lifetime. Words can't describe it to others, and photos only go so far, but it will stay in my mind forever.
Jane Retallack, Australia - New Year in Antarctica, 2015
It was great to have plenty of time (2-3 hours) in which to explore the islands and their wildlife inhabitants. Voyage staff were excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. I will be definitely booking another trip with Aurora in the future!
Chrissy Freestone, Australia - New Year in Antarctica, 2015
The crew were amazing, couldn't have asked for a better experience on this trip
Joshua Griffiths - New Year in Antarctica, 2015

Trip: New Year in Antarctica (ANP122)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Transfer from Aurora Expeditions preferred hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 1
  • Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Puerto Williams, Chile on Day 1
  • Town tour, transfers and lunch in Puerto Williams on Day 1
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel on Day 10
  • 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage on Day 10
  • 9 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport or vaccination fees
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, email or phone charges
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