The Great White Continent
Touching down in Chile we’ll spend a couple of nights in Punta Arenas enjoying fabulous food and bespoke wine tastings as we celebrate a memorable Australia Day! The city is easily walkable so we’ll explore on foot, keeping everything very relaxed as we overcome any jetlag and ready ourselves for the expedition ahead.
To reach Antarctica we’ll board a specialist aircraft for a two-hour flight over the Drake Passage. This is unique since most operators sail, but flying saves us time and means we avoid the rough boat crossing between Chile’s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, dreaded by even the hardiest of sailors!
Once in Antarctica we’ll board a specialist polar vessel which is custom designed for both practicality and comfort. With luxurious lounges, expansive observation deck, generous en-suite cabins, a well-stocked bar and even a gym with sauna catering for just a small number of guests it feels more like a private yacht than an icebreaker.
The cruise itinerary is carefully designed to take in Antarctica’s most iconic sites, celebrating the history of polar exploration and the bounds of human endeavour. We’ll sail along ice-filled fjords and navigate mountainous icebergs, regularly leaving the main boat to explore on foot or by small zodiac boat in the company of naturalist, historian and scientist guides. Reaching the isolated pockets where few humans have trodden, wildlife sightings will be spectacular – expect orcas, humpack and minke whales; several species of penguin including chinstrap, macaroni, gentoo and adelie; leopard and elephant seals and a vast range of extraordinary birds including albatross, petrel and skua. To complement these sightings an engaging program of lectures and presentations will delve into the detail of this unique wilderness.
Antarctica has bewitched explorers and scientists alike for two centuries and even today it remains a ‘do before you die’ destination experienced by only the fortunate few. If you have ever dreamed of travelling to the Great White Continent, how better to do it than in the company of a small group of fabulous women in signature Classic Safari Company style?
There’s still a side of the Earth that remains virtually untouched. An entire continent of windswept expanses, snow-shrouded peaks and haunting emptiness stretching to the far horizon. A place where ice takes on hues of turquoise and iridescent blue so surreal, you feel you’ve entered a dream world. Where even as you reach for words to describe your sense of awe, you realize none will ever capture the experience of being here.
You will love
- Small group of fellow female travellers
- Flying over the Drake Passage
- Luxurious ‘yacht-style’ expedition ship
- Optional kayaking, hiking, zodiac boating
- Spectacular scenery & astonishing wildlife
10 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
DAY 1, 25 JAN 2022 | PUNTA ARENAS | 3 NIGHTS
Touchdown in Chile!
Welcome to Punta Arenas. This is a city that’s rich in history with evidence of yesteryear’s sailors and whalers muddled together with the trappings of any modern city. It’s small enough to be walkable and the café culture and relaxed atmosphere makes it ideal for exploring on foot, although it’s advisable to bring wet weather gear this far south!
We’ll check in to our hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure to rest and recuperate after our flight.
DAY 2, 26 JAN 2022 | AUSTRALIA DAY IN PUNTA ARENAS
Happy Australia Day!
Take some time this morning to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or a stroll around town, then re-group at lunchtime for a foray into Chilean wines with a bespoke tasting has been designed to showcase the country’s vast geographic diversity. Look out for the coastal Syrahs – they’re exquisite.
A fabulous feast at a renowned local restaurant will round out the day’s celebrations.
DAY 3, 27 JAN 2022 | FLY CRUISE BRIEFING
Today we will meet the Antarctica21 staff as we attend a mandatory briefing with important trip information. In the evening we’ll enjoy a dinner of typical Chilean food with our fellow Antarctica adventurers.
DAY 4, 28 JAN 2022 | FLIGHT TO ANTARCTICA
It’s time! We’ll kick off our Antarctic air-cruise with a scheduled two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica. Upon landing the clear Antarctic air will fill our lungs as we walk approx 2km, passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take us to our boutique expedition vessel.
DAYS 5-8, 29 JAN-1 FEB 2022 | ANTARCTICA
Four days of cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula will see us sailing among the spectacular landscapes and astonishing wildlife of Antarctica. Each day we will disembark by Zodiac and explore the continent with our expert guides, then enjoy educational programs and presentations back on board. No journey is the same as every day is planned to capitalise on environmental conditions. Flexibility is key to success in Antarctica.
DAY 9, 2 FEB 2022 | PUNTA ARENAS
Our cruise draws to a close today as we return to King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica and board our flight back to Punta Arenas. Back on terra firma we’ll transfer to our hotel for the night and enjoy an evening at leisure.
DAY 10, 3 FEB 2022 | HOMEWARD BOUND
After breakfast we’ll transfer to the Punta Arenas airport to begin our journey home, ready to regale our friends and family with endless photos and stories of our adventures!
NEED TO KNOW
10 days | 25 JAN TO 3 FEB 2022
25 JAN TO 3 FEB 2022
START: Punta Arenas, Chile | Finish: Punta Arenas, Chile
- 9 x nights of accommodation – 4 in Punta Arenas and 5 onboard the cruise vessel
- Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
- All meals on board cruise vessel
- International flights
- Additional optional activities as specified in detailed itinerary (available on request)
*** DEPARTURE DATE IS SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS ***
Sarah is the Founder of our Journeys for Women collection and co-Director of The Classic Safari Company. Over the years she's travelled to all seven continents, visited over 63 countries, forged global lifelong friendships and honed her haggling skills to perfection! In her own words 'I am happiest when I am lost in a souk, on safari in Africa, travelling with my daughters or when I have the privilege of viewing wild and wonderful places afresh through the eyes of the ladies I host on our womens-only soirees!'.
Firstly thank you for introducing me to the wonderful tours of the Secret Women's Series / Journeys for Women. The trip was superbly organised, the hotels brilliant and activities, informative and spectacular. This definitely won't be the last trip that I take.Kris I
Sarah was full of fun, life ideas, knowledge and of course madly making it all happen seamlessly for us!! So so appreciate everything you did for us, our survey was just full points on every score because everything to do with the trip was full points on every score!Jacquie R
OMG – what an unbelievably, amazing experience we all had. All accommodation and staff were fabulous. So blessed and so lucky – still smiling as I think about my adventure!! Thank you Sarah for such an amazing trip. I can’t begin to tell you how fabulous it was and how much of a spectacular time I had.Dianne B