This is an excellent way to experience Antarctica if you’re short on time or would much rather avoid the requisite sea crossing of the Drake Passage. Highlights include flying over the Drake passage (from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island in Antarctica), thus maximizing your time on board sailing the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as having access to all the same great landing sites + adventure activities as the standard Antarctic Classic itinerary.
Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 - Scheduled flight to Antarctica
Days 3 to 6 - Exploring Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
Day 7 - Scheduled flight from Antarctica
Day 8 - Depart Punta Arenas
REAL ADVENTURES. REAL PEOPLE
If you are thinking about going – don’t look back!
Antarctica was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I realize as I write this most people will wonder if I just suffer from a lack of creative ability to describe an experience, but honestly it was. Maybe the easiest way to think about it is – think back to any visual experience that was both incredibly satisfying but also thought provoking in the most personal of ways and that is a sense of how I felt on the trip.
It was actually a bit of a miracle that I made it considering people plan this trip at least a year in advance – that is where Heather comes in. Heather was a friend of a good friend of mine and when I told him I would have some time off in the next few weeks, he immediately suggested I reach out to her and that I should really consider Antarctica. I had met this friend of mine in Nepal and somehow he thought Antarctica could be a fit – before that moment, I had never considered it.
Long story short, I got in touch with Heather who was a joy to interact with and incredibly encouraging. She had this wonderful approach of providing information in a thoughtful way, so that in the end, the decision to go was all mine. Behind the scenes, she did an incredible job linking my personality and preferences to a ship that embraced them. I ended up going with G adventures which I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to be a bit adventurous, is not too caught up in luxury and would appreciate an education to go with the breathtaking scenery that is Antarctica.
If you are thinking about going – don’t look back, and tell Heather I said hello!
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