Antarctic Explorer

11/12 DAYS from US$9,500 pp

This Fly/Sail itineraries feature the best of Antarctica and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with iridescent icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins as well as islands that are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe feeding whales!

Expedition Highlights

  • Skip one or both Drake Passage crossings
  • Gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula
  • Zodiac cruise in search of feeding whales
  • Experience polar diving and polar snorkelling with expert guides* Surcharges apply
  • Tour scientific research stations and historic huts

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2018 2019 2020

17 Feb '18 27 Feb '18 11/12 DAYS

  • Trip code: ANP119
  • Start: Punta Arenas, Chile (Fly to Puerto Williams, Chile)
  • Finish: Punta Arenas, Chile (Fly from King George Island)
  • Ship: Polar Pioneer
  • Inclusions: View inclusions for this trip
  • Activities:

Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP119

17 Feb '18 27 Feb '18 - 11/12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from preferred Punta Arenas hotel to airport for flight to Puerto Williams
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams’ airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas post voyage (26 Feb 2018)
  • 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
  • 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$9,500
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$11,200
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$13,500
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,500
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$15,900

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25 Feb '18 7 Mar '18 11/12 DAYS

Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP120

25 Feb '18 7 Mar '18 - 11/12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage (25 February 2018)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
×
Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$9,500
Suite
Twin Public Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$11,200
Suite
Twin Private Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$13,500
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,500
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$15,900

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10 Mar '19 20 Mar '19 11/12 DAYS

Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP126

10 Mar '19 20 Mar '19 - 11/12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • 1 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage on Day 1
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 2
  • Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica on Day 2
  • 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/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 the 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
×
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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16 Jan '20 27 Jan '20 12 DAYS

Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP131G

16 Jan '20 27 Jan '20 - 11/12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel on our preferred flights.
  • One night pre-voyage accommodation
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas. Transfer from airport to hotel
  • One night hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide
  • An experienced team of destination on specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house cocktails, house beers and wines, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post-voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic huts or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

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Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$9,700
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$10,600
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,600
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,000
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$18,400

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25 Jan '20 4 Feb '20 11 DAYS

Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP132G

25 Jan '20 4 Feb '20 - 11/12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions' preferred flight.
  • One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation
  • Transfer to airport and charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Transfer to downtown Ushuaia or airport (post voyage)
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$9,700
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$10,600
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,600
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,000
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$18,400

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24 Feb '20 5 Mar '20 11 DAYS

Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP133G

24 Feb '20 5 Mar '20 - 11/12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer to hotel. One night pre-voyage accommodation (breakfast included)
  • Transfer to airport and charter flight to King George Island
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas. Transfer from airport to hotel and one night post -voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$8,400
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$9,200
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$11,800
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,900
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,000

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy rates may apply for solo travellers who want their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Departures on certain dates will have reversed itineraries
Day 1-2 – Punta Arenas to King George Island
Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow's flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to in very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island Please note - ANP119 & ANP131G operates in reverse, with ANP119 flying from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, before sailing to the Antarctic Peninsula and returning to Punta Arenas via a flight from King George Island.
Days 3-8 – Antarctic Peninsula
The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we're lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. Expeditions onboard the Polar Pioneer will also venture into Weddell Sea if weather and ice conditions permit. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.
Days 9-10 – Drake Passage
Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our expedition team recap all the incredible things we've witnessed, or perhaps you'll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.
Day 11/12 – Ushuaia
We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you'll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel. Note - ANP133G is a FLY/FLY voyage and finishes with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas and one night's accommodation post-voyage.

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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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.
    View Activity Details
  • Scuba Diving

    From US$975 pp
    Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.
    View Activity Details
  • Polar Snorkelling

    From US$600 pp
    No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
    View Activity Details

Extension Tours

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

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Trip: Antarctica Explorer (ANP119)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer from preferred Punta Arenas hotel to airport for flight to Puerto Williams
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams’ airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas post voyage (26 Feb 2018)
  • 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
  • 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

Trip: Antarctica Explorer (ANP120)

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage (25 February 2018)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Trip: Antarctic Explorer (ANP126)

Voyage Inclusions

  • 1 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage on Day 1
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 2
  • Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica on Day 2
  • 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/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 the 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

Trip: Antarctic Explorer (ANP131G)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel on our preferred flights.
  • One night pre-voyage accommodation
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas. Transfer from airport to hotel
  • One night hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide
  • An experienced team of destination on specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house cocktails, house beers and wines, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post-voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic huts or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

Trip: Antarctic Explorer (ANP132G)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions' preferred flight.
  • One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation
  • Transfer to airport and charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Transfer to downtown Ushuaia or airport (post voyage)
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

Trip: Antarctic Explorer (ANP133G)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer to hotel. One night pre-voyage accommodation (breakfast included)
  • Transfer to airport and charter flight to King George Island
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas. Transfer from airport to hotel and one night post -voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

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