Luxury Antarctica Bridge

AU$23,999

per person
 
Duration: 8 Nights
Destination: Antarctica
Region: Antarctica
Deal Code: PA16HNY8

 

 

Description

ANTARTICAThe closest thing on earth to another planet

Antarctica Bridge - The frozen continent at the end of the earth is well worth the wait. The coldest, highest and driest of all seven continents, Antarctica begs discovery. Be humbled by the solitude and emptiness, as pods of seals lazily bask on floes, waddles of penguin’s dive (and thrive) in the icy waters and humpbacks – the most magnificent of all maritime beasts; breach gracefully before your very eyes.

Your Antarctic adventure begins as soon as you arrive in Punta Arenas. Enjoy meeting your fellow explorers during an evening briefing and welcome dinner before travelling the next day by private BAE146 aircraft to King George Island, where Silver Explorer and your life changing voyage await.


Bonus:  $5,000 per person air credit** + Luxury private car transfers from home to airport return*


Your luxury Antarctica package includes:

  • Return flights to Punta Arenas using your air credit
  • 1 night accommodation in a 5 star hotel in Punta Arena including welcome reception
  • Business class flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • 6 night cruise onboard Silver Explorer in an Adventurer suite
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, selected wines & spirits
  • Butler service in every suite & in-suite dining and room service
  • Guided Zodiac tours & parka
  • Business class flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • 1 night in a 5 star hotel in Punta Arena including Bon Voyage dinner
  • Select group transfers

Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options

** Package is based on travel departing Australia 05 January 2023

 

Date

Itinerary

06 Jan 23

King George Island

Board Silver Explorer – departure 6:00pm

As the largest of all the South Shetland Island, King George is considered the gateway to Antarctica. At just 120 kilometres from the Antarctic Peninsula and the only airport in the South Shetlands, it is the connection between “real life” and “Antarctic life”. More than 10 different nations have year-round or summer-only scientific research stations on the island (considering that 90% of the island is covered by snow and ice, that is quite an achievement!). Maintaining a base on the island allows membership of the Antarctic Treaty. There is even a Russian Orthodox church, with a permanent on-site priest. The island might be home to a few international scientists, but they are very much outnumbered by the diverse wildlife that considers King George Island rightfully theirs. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins all commute to and from the Antarctic peninsula from the island, while Weddell and leopard seals are regular visitors and can be spotted either in the water or on the shore. Naturally, this brings a huge amount of birdlife: skuas and southern giant petrels are regular summer residents, attracted by the warm climate (warm being a relative term, average temperature is between 1.5 and -6.5˚C). The island was named after King George III after British explorer discovered it in 1819. Since then the island has been claimed by both Chile (1940) and Argentina (1943), but remains part of British Antarctic Territory.

07 Jan 23

Antarctic Sound

Few voyages ignite the imagination like a journey down to one of the planet’s most remote, extreme and enchanting wilderness, Antarctica. An adventure in its purest form, only a handful of people will ever be lucky enough to experience the majestic beauty of these monochrome landscapes first-hand. The Antarctic Sound will be one of your first encounters of this whitewash kingdom, located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula - which sprawls up like a tentacle towards Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southerly point, otherwise known as the ‘End of the World’. Taking its name from the first ship to brave the passageway between the peninsular and the Joinville Island groups back in 1902, the Sound is a raw, sensory assault of imposing iceberg slabs, broken away from the disintegrating Larsen Ice Shelf. Come face-to-face with stadium-sized islands of ice and meet the extraordinary birdlife that call this whitewash kingdom home.

Included Shore Excursions:

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition Team - Moderate activity level

Hiking with Silversea Expedition Team - Extensive activity level

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team - Extensive activity level

08-10 Jan 23

Antarctica Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula unravels upwards towards South America, reaching out a beckoning finger to the adventurous, who dare to explore this untamed realm. Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 mile from Tierra del Fuego and, for many, offers a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up Earth’s least-explored continent. Unseen by humans until 1820 - a blink of an eye ago in relative terms - this is an adventure sure to make your hairs stand on end, as you experience the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. The vast peninsula is sprinkled with research bases, which are at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, pushing to study and understand this unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Witness cathedral-sized icebergs up close, and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, and you’ll find thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs thriving undisturbed in this peninsula’s unique setting.

Included Shore Excursions:

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition Team - Moderate activity level

Hiking with Silversea Expedition Team - Extensive activity level

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team - Extensive activity level

11 Jan 23

South Shetland Islands

Lying close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands fall under the jurisdiction of the Antarctic Treaty, suspending claims on their sovereignty. Several countries maintain research bases here, and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can even feel a little crowded at times. King George Island is the largest and most hospitable island, hosting the majority of the research stations - some of which are populated all-year-round by tiny, hardy crews. Don’t be fooled though, these islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on earth. The triple peaks of Mount Foster tower above the archipelago, and you’ll feel your heart pumping a little quicker, as you sail into the core of Deception Island’s magnificent collapsed volcano caldera. Hike the luna landscapes within, and even dip into the improbably warm, geothermally-heated waters of Pendulum Cove. Elephant Island, meanwhile, is written deep into the annals of Antarctic expedition legend, as the site where Ernest Shackleton and the stricken crew of the Endurance miraculously survived a harsh Antarctic winter, in 1916. Discover even more reasons to visit this incredible icy kingdom and find out why many consider the South Shetland Islands to be the jewel in Antarctica’s Crown

Included Shore Excursions:

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition Team - Moderate activity level

12 Jan 23

King George Island

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* Conditions apply. Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Booking and full supplier terms and conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated).

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.  Prices and routing is a guide only and may change. Some cabins may have obstructed views. Prices/Offers are correct as at 22 April 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice.  Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.  All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure.  *Luxury private car transfers are available for any address within a 40km radius of main city airports, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart & Canberra. Surcharges per km apply outside of the 40km radius.  **Air Credit of $5000 per person and cannot be exchanged for cash, is non transferable and non refundable if package is cancelled or flights are removed from the package.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.