Sunday, December 14, 2014

Antarctica 2016 Fly/Sail Expedition

Many cruise can ships take you to South Georgia Island or to the Antarctic Peninsula, but these are mostly programmed tours with limited choices for shore activities.  Many charter sailboats also go to these shores but, depending on weather, crossing the stormy Drake Passage would take 3-5 days each way.  This would make it at least a three week trip or longer.  Recently flying has become an option
We found and reserved a beautiful sailboat boat named “Icebird” with experienced crew  They also were able to arrange flights for the following schedules:

1. Those who want to sail to Antarctic Peninsula, crossing the Drake with sailboat and fly back to Punta Arenas the boarding will be on February 6, 2016 at Ushuaia. The return flight to Punta Arenas will be on February 27.  This is a 3 week trip for $13,850, including food and wine.

2. Those who want to fly to and from the Antarctic Peninsula (King George Island) would depart from Punta Arenas on February 12, 2016 and return on February 27.
This is a 2 week trip for $15,600, including food and wine. The choice for this option must be made early because the available seats for the flight to King George are limited.

3. Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula February 12 through February 26 will give us
plenty of time for cruising and shore activities.  Depending on individual interests, the following is possible:
Sailing and sightseeing
Zodiac shore trips
Observing wildlife
Hiking, skiing and climbing (overnight trips possible)
Partying and telling tall stories

Payment schedule for the Icebird is as follows:

$3,630  Initial
$4,237 July 15, 2015
$4,237 Oct. 15, 2015

Payments for the flights (Quoted $1,750 each way) are additional.  BAE 146 four engine jets are used.

We can also retain the services of an experienced Mountain Guide, familiar with the area, for some additional cost.  This option should be determined by the entire group.

We tried to get a charter for 2014/2015 season, but all was taken.  These trips must be planned and arranged early.  Therefore, a quick response from the interested parties is requested.  We have 2 places left.

If you are interested in attending, please get in contact with OSoot at