Christmas Antarctic Express Fly/Cruise/Fly 8 days
Antarctica

Christmas Antarctic Express Fly the Drake

Christmas Antarctic Express Fly/Cruise/Fly 8 days aboard Island Sky

This expedition is ideal for those who prefer not to experience the sea crossing of the Drake Passage or those who have time constraints. Departure is by air from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands and return, with a classic Antarctic Peninsula expedition in between.

Highlights

  • Fly the Drake Passage
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Penguins
  • Birds, whales and seals

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • House wines, beers and spirits on board
  • All zodiac excursions and landings
  • Programme of expert lectures and presentations
  • Loan of waterproof boots
  • Expedition parka
  • All service and port charges
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to max. US$100,000pp
  • One night's pre and post trip hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Flights Santiago - Punta Arenas return
7 nights 21/12/2017 - 28/12/2017
From Only £11,600pp
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Antarctica Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Antarctica. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

ITINERARY

7 Nights   8 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day1 | Santiago, Punta Arenas
  • Day 2 | King George island
  • Days 3-6 | Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 7 | King George Island
  • Day 8 | Punta Arenas, Santiago
Santiago, Punta Arenas
1Day

Santiago, Punta Arenas

Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas and transfer to your starting point hotel. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner and briefing together with your fellow expeditioners.

King George island
2Day

King George island

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Arrive on King George Island in the South Shetlands and transfer to your ship for an afternoon departure.

Antarctic Peninsula
3-6Days

Antarctic Peninsula

Your Antarctic experience is in true expedition style with daily activities completely dependent on weather and ice conditions. Nevertheless, you are guaranteed to witness things new and unexpected virtually every day. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day .With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the predatory leopard seal.

While cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula we'll also give you the chance to take a polar plunge! Cheer on other travellers or strap on a harness yourself to take a dip and swim in the frigid waters of an icy Antarctic bay. If you have opted for kayaking, this will be another unforgettable experience, getting close to penguins and seals as you paddle through icy waters.

King George Island
7Day

King George Island

Arrive at King George Island and board your flight back to Punta Arenas. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Punta Arenas, Santiago
8Day

Punta Arenas, Santiago

After breakfast, transfer to airport for return flight to Santiago.

Island Sky

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What Our Customers
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Ann Macleod, Scotland Peggy & Thomas, Belgium Robert Hickinbotham, Pulheim, Germany Dave Martin, North Wales James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax David Coard, Exeter, UK Dr Lorna Mairs, Hampshire, UK Lucy and Simon Stern, Sussex, UK Shiyang Liu, Beijing, China Peter Reid, Lincoln, UK Celia Hills, Orkney Islands, UK Steve Sutton, Merseyside, UK Molly Quackenbush, Virginia, USA Sophie & Francois Couture, Quebec, Canada Mike and Berry Poulter, East Sussex, UK Jo Arden, London, UK
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.

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