New Year in Antarctica

11 DAYS from US$8,725 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 whalewatching cruises and amongst glorious icebergs. The near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life. What an unforgettable way to start the year!

Expedition Highlights

  • Fly/Sail voyage - more time to explore!
  • Ring in the New Year Antarctica-style!
  • Get up-close with busy penguin rookeries
  • Zodiac cruise past glaciers and icebergs
  • Camp out on the ice under the midnight sun
  • Kayak along wildlife-rich bays (surcharge applies)

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Dates & Rates

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25 Dec '16 4 Jan '17 11 DAYS

New Year in Antarctica

Trip code: ANP113

25 Dec '16 4 Jan '17 - 11 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night pre-voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas (27 December 2015)
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to Polar Pioneer
  • Onboard accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the 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
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

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, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$8,725
Suite
Twin Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$10,200
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$12,340
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,250
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,650

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Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Punta Arenas
Make your way to our joining hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile. This evening’s briefing will prepare us for our charter flight and our first leg of our expedition to Antarctica!
Day 2 – King George Island
We first fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare us for landings as we set off across Bransfield Strait.
Days 3 to 8 – Antarctic Peninsula
We wake in the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst our kayakers glide into secluded bays. Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down snow slopes. 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 – a must for any Antarctic explorer!
Days 9 to 10 – Drake Passage
As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories.
Day 11 – Beagle Channel
We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. We disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.

Activities

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

    From US$995 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, 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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Extension Tours

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

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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
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

Trip: New Year in Antarctica (ANP113)

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night pre-voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas (27 December 2015)
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Luggage transfer from King George Island airstrip to Polar Pioneer
  • Onboard accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the 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
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

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, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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