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Be one of the few who has set foot upon the continent of Antarctica.
Witness the stunning ice formations from a small expedition craft.
Explore the Beagle Channel, teeming with wildlife.
Receive a complimentary wind & water resistance expedition jacket.
With all the comforts of home, embark on your epic adventure onboard 'MS Maud'.
Plaza de Armas Square is focal point for tourists and locals alike in in Santiago, Chile.
Maritime Monument on Punta Arenas' historic waterfront, Magellan Strait, Patagonia, Chile.
Restaurant Fredheim is perfect for a casual meal together.
The stunning Pia Glacier, part of Chile's Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
Cruise through a maze of waterways to view impressive Glacier Alley, Patagonia, Chile.
Spectacular sunset colours of the Drake Passage, south of Chile.
Marvel at the spectacular colours and shapes an iceberg can make.
Antarctica is a pristine natural haven for wildlife.
With a hop, skip and a jump, Gentoo Penguins scale mighty icebergs.
Get pro-tips from the onboard photographer to shoot the perfect landscape.
Step off Hurtigruten's 'MS Maud' directly onto the ice shelf surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula.
Take a culinary journey in Restaurant Aune, the ship's main dining room.
Summer is the perfect time to see a vast array of sealife & wildlife in their natural habitats.
Get hands-on when you join the Citizen Science program to help make a difference.
'MS Maud' has hot tubs, sauna and a gym, all with stunning views.
Keep your eyes peeled and camera at the ready for whales breaching serene blue-black waters.
The expert expedition team will get closer on small ship shore landings.
Magellanic Penguins play near Punta Arenas in Patagonia, Chile
Discover Santiago's beautiful Santiago de Compostela cathedral.
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Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition

Operated by TripADeal
Santiago, Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, Drake Passage & more
A unique bucket-list experience like no other on earth
Get closer to the action with multiple zodiac expedition landings
Dates: 22 Nov 2024 - 20 Feb 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights
15-night Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise aboard 'MS Maud'
4-nights premium hotel accommodation in Santiago, Chile
47 meals including all meals while cruising
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Overview

Head to the world’s final frontier on an Antarctic voyage of discovery onboard Hurtigruten’s ‘MS Maud’. Step foot on an untamed continent of pristine beauty, admire towering icebergs, unique wildlife and sail through the legendary waters of Cape Horn, Beagle Channel and explore the rugged beauty of Chilean Patagonia. 

Begin your adventure in Santiago, Chile’s vibrant heart of history and culture, before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that follows the path of history’s most adventurous explorers. Fly on to Punta Arenas to board your icebreaker ‘MS Maud’, and begin an in-depth discovery of this unique region with your expert expedition team. 

Cruise along a maze of serene waterways, glaciers and steep mountains to a secluded corner of Glacier Alley where the enormous Pia Glacier creaks and cracks its way to the sea. Timed right, you’ll see this colossal river of ice calve a newly-borne iceberg or spot elusive wildlife in one of the tranquil glacial valleys. 

Continue on your cruising adventure to the ends of the earth where your expedition team will guide you on multiple zodiac shore excursions at ideal locations. Keep your camera ready to capture playful penguins waddling along frozen shores, graceful whales breaching the serene blue-black waters, seals lazing under a midnight sun and perhaps a huge albatross floating effortlessly in the air.

On board MS Maud, make a real difference to current scientific research by making an active hands-on contribution through the Citizen Science program. Work off your excess energy in the onboard gym or bubble the day away in the hot tub & sauna. Enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor Observation deck or watch the view from inside with friends for drinks at the Explorer Lounge & Bar. Enjoy delicious fare from any of the outstanding restaurants onboard, including main dining in Restaurant Aune.

Finally, return across the Drake Passage to the Chilean Fjords and onto Punta Arenas, for your flight to Santiago and then home, brimming with unforgettable memories of the wonders of Chilean Patagonia and your Antarctic adventure.

Your incredible adventure includes a return international full-service flight, 15-night Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise aboard 'MS Maud' to Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords, 4-nights premium hotel accommodation in Santiago, Chile, 47 meals including all meals while cruising plus onboard beverages while dining, an exclusive expedition wind and water resistant jacket & more.

Want more? Extend your adventure when you Arrive Early or Stay behind in Santiago, Chile

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Set foot on the great white continent where few have been before
  • Spend 8 full days exploring Antarctica with an experienced expedition team
  • Experience long summer days in Antarctica under the Midnight Sun
  • Keep your camera ready while whale watching, seals and spotting cute penguin chicks
  • Navigate legendary Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel and discover the beauty of Chilean Patagonia
  • Get closer to the action of this remote icy region on small expedition boats
  • Visit Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world
  • Marvel at the enormity of Pia Glacier in Glacier Alley, Chilean Patagonia
  • Cross legendary Drake Passage, crossroads of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  • Admire a maze of waterways, glaciers and serene mountains in Angostini National Park
  • Assist with live scientific research when you join in the Citizen Science programme
  • Get pro-tips from a professional onboard photographer to capture great snaps of landscape and wildlife
  • Enjoy free time in Santiago, the energetic and cultural core of Chile
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
CRUISE
  • 15-night Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise aboard the expedition vessel 'MS Maud'
  • 8 Days in Antarctica with several zodiac expedition landings
  • English-speaking Expedition team to organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gym
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
ACCOMMODATION
  • 4-nights premium hotel accommodation in Santiago, Chile
DINING
  • 47 meals including all meals while cruising
  • Beverages included (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune onboard Hurtigruten 'MS Maud' ship
ESSENTIALS
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Complimentary wind and water resistant expedition jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from the onboard professional photographer
  • Full use of the onboard Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
TRANSFERS
  • All airport & port transfers included
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Cabin Upgrades: Cabin upgrades are available. (See checkout for details)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details

Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) to Santiago, Chile

Make your own way to the airport for your departing flight to Santiago to begin your trip with an overnight stay in the energetic and cultural core of Chile.


On arrival in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel, with the remaining day at leisure to explore this vibrant city.


Packed with museums, beautiful architecture and restaurants, the city hits all the high notes you’d expect of a South American capital. 


Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be available to depart the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks before departure.

Overnight: NH Ciudad de Santiago (or similar)

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile - Begin Expedition Cruise

You will be transferred this morning from your hotel to join a charter flight to Punta Arenas, the largest city in Chilean Patagonia. Punta Arenas is one of the southernmost cities in the world, oozing old-world, romantic charm where discovery lies around every corner. 


Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the port where your expedition ship ‘MS Maud’ awaits you. After boarding there will be a mandatory health and safety session for everyone. Later on, you will meet some of the crew, and of course, the expert expedition team, who will be your guides, hosts and travel companions.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 3 Pia Glacier, Chile

Nothing can prepare you for this wild and remote wonderland. Admire the serenity of a maze of waterways, surrounded by islands, glaciers and steep mountains. If weather and wildlife allow, you will make a landing in one of the tranquil glacial valleys here. 

In a secluded corner of Glacier Alley, the enormous Pia Glacier cascades out of the mountains toward the sea, creaking and cracking along the way. This colossal river of ice often calves into the ocean, so keep a lookout for enormous splashes and listen to the beguiling noises the glacier makes.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Cruising the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn

On a clear day, as you pass through the Beagle Channel, you can see towering Monte Darwin, part of the southernmost range of the Andes mountains. 

At the tip of South America sits legendary Cape Horn, a major milestone and a place of untold historical significance in the old sailing routes that once connected Europe with the Far East and Oceania. This is where the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific collide, creating powerful waves that are made even stronger by swirling westerly winds.  

Given the notoriety of these turbulent waters, a shore landing can’t be guaranteed. But if fortune favours the day with weather stable enough, you’ll be among a select few in the world to set foot on the island. 

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 En Route to Antarctica - Crossing the Drake Passage

From Cape Horn, it’s a clear shot to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. The Passage is named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake who discovered it by chance in 1578 when his ship was pushed south by heavy winds, proving that there was open water below the southern tip of Chile. 


The Drake Passage is famous for its high winds, large waves and strong currents, making it a perilous journey for the historic sailing ships that dared to cross it. Interestingly, even though the water in the Drake Passage is usually rough, it can also be incredibly still allowing for a crossing in the ideal calm conditions. This unpredictable dual persona has resulted in the passage being nicknamed ‘The Drake Shake’ or ‘The Drake Lake’.

Modern times have brought about true innovations for purpose built ships like Hurtigruten’s ‘MS Maud’, that easily withstand these conditions.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Antarctica Exploration

Enjoy an experience like no other when you set foot on the seventh continent, Antarctica! 


Forget everything you’ve ever experienced before. No matter how high your expectations are, Antarctica will exceed them. Holding 90 percent of the world’s ice in an area twice the size of Australia, it’s massive in every sense of the word. Ice shelves are the size of countries and icebergs tower above. Icy glaciers cascade down through the mountains towards the shore, where they finally meet the sea, sometimes in spectacular displays of calving.  


This white continent is home to an estimated 12 million penguins across seven species. But even these impressive statistics don’t do Antarctica justice. Numbers can’t capture the magnitude and magnificence of its landscapes and words fail to fully describe the sensations and emotions of seeing a colony of several thousand penguins in person. It is a special place that really must be seen to be believed. 


It will be the height of summer when you arrive in Antarctica, which means towering icebergs glistening in the Midnight Sun, and penguin colonies thronged with hatchlings. You’ll also see seals, whales and seabirds galore. Keep an eye out for skuas, shearwaters and possibly even albatrosses.


Your expert expedition team will take you on landings to get you closer to this incredible world of ice and its wildlife. You’ll spend seven days exploring the frozen continent with no fixed itinerary, attempting landings at several possible sites. Having sailed these waters for so many years, the expedition team knows exactly what to do and where to go, working with or around the weather and sea ice, to make the most of each day, ensuring a truely authentic adventure.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Antarctica Exploration

Your expedition team will take you on landings to get you closer to this incredible world of ice and its wildlife. You’ll spend seven days exploring the frozen continent with no fixed itinerary, attempting landings at several possible sites. Having sailed these waters for so many years, the expedition team knows exactly what to do and where to go. Working with or around the weather and sea ice, you’ll make the most of each day to ensure it’s truly an authentic adventure.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Antarctica Exploration

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Antarctica Exploration

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Antarctica Exploration

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11 Antarctica Exploration

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Antarctica Exploration

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13 Antarctica Exploration

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14 The Voyage North - Crossing the Drake Passage

After seven unforgettable nights in Antarctica, ‘MS Maud’ turns back north across the Drake Passage. Enjoy time to relax and reflect on your shared experiences cruising the frozen continent with the expedition team and new-found friends, then prepare for your last stop in Chilean Patagonia

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15 The Voyage North - Crossing the Drake Passage

It will take approximately two days to re-cross the Drake Passage, so if you’re feeling invigorated after all of the activities and landings in Antarctica, you can work off any excess energy in the onboard gym, and work up an appetite to further indulge in the delicious cuisine served in the onboard restaurants - fine-dining Restaurant Lindstrøm, the more casual Restaurant Fredheim and main dining room Restaurant Aune.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16 Agostini National Park, Chile

Fresh from your Antarctic experience, and second Drake Passage crossing, you’ll be spend your final day in the Chilean Fjords. Admire the serenity of this maze of waterways, surrounded by islands, glaciers and steep mountains. If sea and weather conditions permit, your expedition team will attempt a landing, otherwise you can thoroughly enjoy the spectacular fjords from the comfort of the ships deck.


Search for wildlife like Magellanic Penguins, elephant seals and playful dolphins along the coastline and - if we’re lucky - several species of whales can sometimes be spotted breaching the serene waters.

Overnight: Hurtigruten Expedition Ship ‘MS Maud’

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 17 Disembark Cruise - Fly Punta Arenas to Santiago

Arrive back in civilisation at Punta Arenas in the morning and after disembarkation, be transferred to the airport to catch a flight back to Santiago.


Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be transferred to relax at your hotel, or set out to explore this amazing city at your leisure.

Overnight: NH Ciudad de Santiago (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18 Free Day - Santiago, Chile

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Santiago, Chile. Packed with museums, beautiful architecture and restaurants, the city hits all the high notes you’d expect of a South American capital. Choose from a wealth of ancient sites and attractions, lose yourself as you wander downtown streets, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art, or simply enjoy the thriving street art scene and impressive colonial architecture of this vibrant city.

Overnight: NH Ciudad de Santiago (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19 Free Day - Santiago, Chile

Enjoy another day at leisure in Santiago. Be sure to check out the local markets to sample some fresh, authentic Chilean flavours, or head to the Mercado Central fish market to sample a classic Chilean seafood stew, caldillo de congrio.


This evening, why not venture across the Mapocho River and experience the bustling nightlife of the Bellavista neighbourhood, known for its artistic scene, tree-lined streets and colourful homes. There are plenty of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a meal or drink amongst the lively, festive atmosphere.

Overnight: NH Ciudad de Santiago (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 20 Fly Santiago, Chile to Australia (or New Zealand)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then enjoy your morning at leisure until it is time for your transfer to the airport, and your flight home. Take a wealth of fantastic memories with you from an unforgettable adventure of Antarctica & Chilean Patagonia.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 21 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Welcome home! 

Once arrived, please make your own onward arrangements.

Important Info

Booking information


After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.



 



Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.



 



On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 



 



Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.



 



CANCELLATION POLICY



Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.



 



Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.



 



We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.



 



Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated).  



 



Offer essentials


This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th February 2025.



 



This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share. 



 



Single Traveller Supplement



For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:
• Polar Outside (Obstructed): $10,000
• Polar Outside: $10,500
• Arctic Superior: $11,500
Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability. 



 



Departure Dates



2024



November: 22 
 
2025

January: 21*

February: 5**, 20



Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability. 



 



Surcharges



Please note: 



• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $500 per person.



• Dates/months with a ** incur a high season surcharge of $750 per person.



 



Flights


Departure Cities



Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, *Perth, Auckland 



 



Departure City Surcharges



Brisbane & Adelaide: $100 per person



Perth: $1000 per person 



 



International Full-Service Airline(s) Used



• Cabin Class: Economy Class



• Airlines: Latam Airlines, Qantas Airways and partners (subject to availability).



Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.  



 



Missed Flights 



If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you will miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements.  



 



Arrive Early Options



Santiago, Chile: $300 per person, subject to availability 



High season dates: $700 per person, subject to availability 



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• A high season arrive early can be purchased for $700 per person, subject to availability.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



• 23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024



• 06th December 2024 - 31st January 2025 



 



Stay Behind Options



Santiago, Chile: $300 per person, subject to availability 



High season dates: $700 per person, subject to availability 



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• A high season stay behind can be purchased for $700 per person, subject to availability.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



• 06th December 2024 - 31st January 2025 



 



Flight Class Upgrades



Business or Premium Economy Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.



 



Please note:



• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).



• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration. 



 



Cruise


Hurtigruten ‘MS Maud’



‘MS Maud’, previously 'MS Midnatsol', is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. The original 'Maud' got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. She also had her namesake in Hurtigruten Expedition’s 1925 flagship, 'DS Dronning Maud' ('DS Queen Maud'). Today, ‘MS Maud’ is equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well-suited for expedition cruises. Channel your inner scientist in the advanced Science Center and enjoy daily lectures in the lecture hall or in the comfort of your cabin with our new streaming service. Sample delicious dishes from local suppliers in the restaurants and enjoy beverages and the spectacular views in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. On deck 9, you can enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor Observation deck. There’s also a gym and a sauna with stunning views. 



 



Cabins/Staterooms



Polar Outside (Obstructed View): 



Category J3



These comfortable outside cabins for up to three people on the upper or middle decks have private bathrooms and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The third bed is an upper berth. The cabins have limited or no view. 



 



Polar Outside: 



Category N2



These standard outside cabins for two people on the middle decks have separate beds and private bathrooms. 



 



Arctic Superior:



Category U2



These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the top/upper decks have a private bathroom and separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa.



 



Please note: Cruise timetables are subject to change. Some cruise cabins may have restricted views, based on availability. 



 



Accommodation


Accommodation Used: 



Premium Properties (Self-Rated) 



Santiago, Chile: NH Ciudad de Santiago



 



Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel. 



 



Extra Nights



Not Available 



 



Maximum Room Capacity



Up to 3 people (only upon request). 



 



Child Policy



• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.



• Valid for children 12 years old and over.



Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed. 



 



Triple Share



Not available. 



 



Bedding Configuration



Twin Bedding. 



 



General information


Optional Tours/Activities  



Please note:



• Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).



• Shore excursion programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events concerning the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular, and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 



 



Exclusions


• Visa fees and requirements 



• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer



• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer



• Optional gratuities/tipping 



• Optional activities/tours 



• Personal expenses



• Travel insurance 



 



Other important information


CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES



If you've never visited a polar destination, you're probably wondering what you can expect weather-wise when you travel to Antarctica. Even if you've spent time in the Arctic Circle, the Antarctic is an entirely different experience. The high elevation and large landmass makes the south pole significantly colder than the north. Of course, temperature is only one piece of the antarctic weather puzzle. Here's an overview of what weather conditions are like on Earth's southernmost destination: 



 



Seasons in Antarctica:



Antarctica only has two seasons: summer and winter. Because it's located in the southern hemisphere, Antarctica's summer is from October to February. During this time, the sun is almost always in the sky. Days rapidly get longer there in summer, until, eventually, the sun doesn't set at all. This phenomenon is called the Midnight Sun. Although there are multiple places in the northern hemisphere that experience this perpetual sunlight during half of the year, Antarctica is the only southern location where it can be seen.



 



January is the warmest month in Antarctica, during which average temperatures climb all the way up to 0 degrees in the Antarctic Peninsula. However, the average temperature ranges from -10 degrees celcius to -60 degrees, depending on how far into the continent you travel.



 



If anyone is in Antarctica once winter comes, they're staying until summer returns. Flights and ships cease travel to and from Antarctica once the weather starts to turn, as conditions become too treacherous for travel. Typically, researchers are the only people who brave the Antarctic night. This is a valuable time for astronomers, who can use the complete darkness to get spectacular views of the universe. Climatologists are also busy during this time of year tracking and comparing the temperatures on and below the continent's surface.



 



LATE SUMMER CRUISING IN ANTARCTICA:



February - March



If you choose to go on an Antarctica cruise in February or March, you will be seeing the continent during its late summer period. This provides a variety of benefits, including the ability to explore more thoroughly as the ice melts and breaks apart, allowing for a high chance of seeing whales on the Peninsula. 



 



What whales might you see?



Late summer is the best time to see whales in Antarctica. It is most common to see Humpback whales, Minke whales and killer whales, though it's possible to see many other species as well. These can include blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, southern right whales and sperm whales.  



 



What about penguins?



By March, those adorable penguin chicks are growing up. They begin to fledge and grow into their adult feathers, while their parents may already have gone out to sea to begin to prepare for their own moulting season.  



 



Why go during this season?



If you're an explorer who wants to see as much of Antarctica as possible, choose a late-summer cruise. As the polar ice melts, you'll have access to points much farther south than you would during other travel seasons. You will certainly see some wildlife, as well, and will get to know the untouched majesty of Antarctica in this particular form.  



 



FLIGHTS



Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:



We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information. 



 



Passport Validity:



Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.



 



CRUISE



Embarkation / Disembarkation:



• Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.



• Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.



• Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.



• Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.



 



Please note: Strict Covid-19 terms may also apply regarding proof of insurance covering Covid-19 and/or vaccination. Please refer to the cruise lines’ terms and conditions for further information before boarding. 



 



Cruise Loyalty Discounts:



Please note: Travellers must contact the cruise line directly upon receiving their travel documents in order to request any membership benefits they may be entitled to.



 



WHAT TO PACK FOR AN EXPEDITION CRUISE:



To make packing a bit easier, Hurtigruten has drawn up a packing list. If you should forget something, don’t worry! On board all the ships you will find a shop with a wide range of clothes and practical items.



• Onboard it’s smart to wear ordinary shoes.



• Bring a memory card with a large capacity – there are sockets in the cabins to recharge photo equipment.



• The dress code aboard the ship is relaxed and casual and you are not expected to dress formally for meals.



• Extra shoelaces are also a good idea.



• Bring a good pair of binoculars.



• A small waterproof backpack is necessary for carrying essentials.



• Please remember to bring your passport and a copy of it.



• Sun protection.



• Sunglasses with UV filter lenses.



• Lip balm with UV protection. Dry, cold wind and sun often cause chapped lips.



• Money in the correct currency. Remember, the ships also accept several credit cards.



• Remember to bring sufficient medication to last through any unforeseen delays.



• You will receive a wind and water-resistant parka as a memento on this ship.



• Rubber boots are available on loan, at no extra cost.  



 



Expeditions To Polar Waters:



• Warm winter jacket



• Wind and water-resistant trousers and long thermal underwear and top (we recommend wool)



• Warm cap or headband



• You should also bring swimwear for use in our on-deck whirlpools



• Scarf or fleece tube



• Warm woollen jumper and fleece jumper/jacket, remember layers are essential



• Sunglasses with UV filter lenses



• Gloves and mittens, fleece and wool



• Warm socks



• Bring extra batteries for your camera, as battery life is shorter in cold areas



• Shoes with good soles are recommended for outdoors, on deck, and for excursions ashore. Make sure they are worn-in walking boots.  



 



Luggage:



You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.



 



OTHER



Mobility:



If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf. 



 



Fitness Level Required:



A moderate level of fitness will be required. 



Moderate is described as involving more physical activity, including biking, longer day hikes or extended walking and standing, low-altitude treks, and water-based activities such as canoeing or low-grade kayaking. Guests using any walking aid other than a walking stick would be advised to reconsider as surfaces may be uneven.



Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. 



 



Yellow Fever:



A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate upon arrival.



 



You must check with your doctor well before leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting. 



 



Gratuities / Tipping:



Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request. 



 



Sightseeing:



Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability). 



 



Shopping: 



Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 



 



Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.



 



Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information. 



 



Visas


Chile  



Australian and New Zealand passport holders visiting Chile for tourism purposes or transit between 8 to 72 hours must apply for a single or multiple tourist visas. Visas must be lodged through the SAC CIUDADANOS portal only: https://tramites.minrel.gov.cl/ 



 



Important: 



• Please start arranging your visa 30 to 60 days before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.



• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.



Please note: 



• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required. 



 



Schedule of fees


Voluntary Changes  



This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



 



• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers. 



 



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error  



• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.  



 



Supplier Fees



In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.