9 DAY - POLAR CIRCLE AIR-CRUISE

9 Days

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, BFist Travel invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica
Your Vessell: The Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The Ocean Nova's has capacity for 62 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.
In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, she also has an infirmary and an exercise room. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Day 1

Punta Arenas

Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas where you will be met by ANTARCTICA XXI staff, to be transferred to the hotel. During the afternoon, you will receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and you will have the chance to enjoy a typical Magellan menu.
NOTE: Passengers should be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest. Pick-up at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel are not guaranteed for passengers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

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Day 2

King George Island

Our Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little less than two hours. Upon arrival, we will be able to tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. We will gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats on board our expedition vessel.

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Day 3 - 8

Antarctica Cruise

While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, we will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Cierva Cove, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel, Prospect and Fish Islands amongst others. Depending on weather and ice conditions, on our way southwards we will attempt to cross the Polar Circle at latitude 66° 33’ South and enjoy a champagne to celebrate this extraordinary occasion. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.

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Day 9

King George Island - Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island where we will disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the Frei Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas.Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 9 of the Travel Program.

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Included:

· Transfers airport/hotel/airport.
· 1 overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Rey Don Felipe and a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
· 1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica
· Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and vice versa.
· Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program.
· Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise.
· All guided shore excursions.
· Lectures and entertainment on board.
· Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
· Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.

Not Included:

· Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program.
· Personal insurances.
· Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
· Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
· Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

Notes:

Rates are subject to change without notice and availability.
The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage. Exceeding luggage will be kept in custody by ANTARCTICA XXI and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica at the port/airport of arrival corresponding to each voyage.
ANTARCTICAXXI requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.
Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realised that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to highlight the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants.
In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, ANTARCTICA XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.

Indicative Tour Cost

Per person in USD

Standard Cabin Share Twin - $15,995.00

*** Standard Cabin Single - $22,995.00

MEALS:

B.  Breakfast included
L.  Lunch included
D.  Dinner included

Why Choose BFirst Travel?

BFirst Travel, a wholly owned Australian tour company, ATAS/AFTA accredited and helloworld affiliate. For the past 15 years we have specialised exclusively in Latin America. We know a few parts of the world, and we know them well. Our been there, done that expertise elevates your experience beyond the ordinary, to the level of adventure with comfort! "Travel is all about the experience, which starts with your travel preparations”.

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