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Antarctica Tour: The Seventh Continent


Experience the spectacles of the Seventh Continent during your custom tailored tour of Antarctica. Soar over the Drake Passage on a picturesque flight to King George Island. Travel between the South Shetland Islands on a zodiac boat. Imagine yourself in the shoes of 19th-century explorers around the snow-filled expanse in search of elephant seals, sea lions, and an abundance of penguins. Discover the unlikely geothermal activity triggering a lunar landscape that contrasts the snow-white image of the region. Pursue whales, trek between secluded national research stations, and relish the unique opportunity of touching the isolated shores of the southernmost continent, Antarctica. 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Venture to the depths of the coldest, windiest, and driest continent, Antarctica, on a tour via air and sea
  • Witness the geothermal activity of Deception Island, home to unique lunar landscapes, thermal pockets, and areas of warmth in the Antarctic waters
  • Discover captivating penguin colonies across the South Shetland Islands where chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni, and adélie penguins live and nest
  • Traverse the South Shetland Islands’ tallest island, home to the nearly 1,770-foot-tall Mount Pond and remarkable avifauna
  • Learn the fantastical facts about the ways 350 different types of mosses and lichens survive in the freezing temperatures and darkness on Elephant Island
  • Visit the international research bases on King George Island, where a portion of the 75 year-round and summer research bases reside
  • Travel to a variety of islands on a zodiac boat to reach the diverse shorelines in search of marine life, like elephant seals, whales, penguins, and seabirds
  • Enjoy an unforgettable flight over Patagonia and the famous waters of the Drake Passage in a BAE 146 jet 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION 

Antarctica has never been easier to reach than on this 8-day Antarctic adventure offering a luxurious and personalized experience in one of the most secluded regions of the world. The cold, high wind, dry air, and remote location accentuate the spectacular imagery that continues to capture imaginations across the globe with pictures of whales, penguins, snowy mountains, and research stations associated with 30 different countries in connection with the Antarctic Treaty. The magnificent journey begins with your arrival in Punta Arenas, located on the shores of the Strait of Magellan in Chile’s Southern Patagonia.

The remarkable scenery wraps around the sheltered metropolis connected to the greater world mostly by air and sea rather than the road. The prestige of the city’s past remains prevalent in the center where the mansions of former barons continue to decorate the streets. You fly to King George Island on a BAE 146 jet and relish the scenery over the breaking waves along the Drake Passage, which separates Cape Horn from the South Shetland Islands. Explore and discover the distinctive research bases across the island, each connected by walking or driving paths. You have four days on a luxury cruise ship designed for traversing the icy waters.

Spend time kayaking, snowshoeing, and searching the waters for passing whales between your time exploring the distinctive contours of the 11 major islands and numerous minor islands. Listen to exciting lectures offering insight into the history of the climate, the shifting ice field, and the creation of the islands. Learn about the different types of penguins before visiting the islands supporting the nesting habits of the famous birds, along with other captivating avifauna. Discover surprising geothermal activity and enjoy the tranquility of being on the most remote continent in the world. Return to King George Island for your flight to Punta Arenas, ending your time traversing the South Shetland Islands and the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic continent.

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Categories: Adventure, antarctica, Antarctica, Holidays, Travel

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