Antarctic Discovery

Experience the striking beauty of Antarctica from the air on a special scenic flight from Adelaide, then discover the sights of South Australia's capital and the nearby gems of the Barossa Valley on this bucket-list worthy journey.

Antarctica Flight:

Behold awe-inspiring and breathtaking views of the inhospitable and rarely seen the frozen continent of Antarctica from the comfort of a full service passenger airliner. On this 9,500km round trip, you'll fly over the scattered ice floes, giant icebergs, jagged coastlines and rugged mountain terrain of the Antarctic mainland. You'll also hear from real Antarctic Expeditioners on the flight who will provide insight into life on the frozen continent and share their stories with you. If conditions allow, you may even receive a live satellite phone call from researchers on the ground! 

Exploring the Adelaide region:

The scenic Antarctic Flight is certainly the highlight of this tour, but we've also packed it full of a host of experiences to make the most of being in Adelaide. Enjoy a half day city sightseeing tour, enjoy a Paddle Steamer cruise on the Murray River, visit Melba's Chocolate Factory and no visit to South Australia would be complete without a tour of the famous and beautiful Barossa Valley wine region.

Tour Highlights

  • Full Day Scenic Flight over Antarctica
  • Half Day City Sightseeing Tour
    • See Victoria Square, Gouger Street, China Town, The Terraces, River Torrens, Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church, Haigh's Chocolates, St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide Oval, Montefiore Hille and more.
  • Explore the German styled town of Hahndorf
  • Full Day Tour of the Barossa Valley
    • Enjoy wine tasting at historic wineries, learn about wine and wine labelling, enjoy an exclusive preview Penfolds tasting with lunch, Visit Adelaide Hills villages of Crafters, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater
  • Murray River Paddle Steamer Cruise

SEATS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED ON THIS UNIQUE FLIGHT - WE ADVISE THAT YOU BOOK EARLY TO AVOID MISSING OUT!

 

Departing
21/11/2019
Duration
6 Days
Physical Rating
Low Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground
Transport
Coach, Tram, Passenger Airliner

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Day 1: Thursday, 21 November 2019 - Toowoomba/Brisbane to Adelaide

Transfers from Toowoomba to Brisbane. Meet your fellow travellers at the Brisbane Domestic Airport prior to boarding flights to Adelaide. On arrival, transfers have been arranged from Adelaide Airport to your Adelaide Central accommodation.

Day 2: Friday, 22 November 2019 - Adelaide Sightseeing 

All aboard for a delightful tour of Adelaide, well renowned as a city of churches, sandstone homes and cottages with beautiful gardens. Sights today include; Classic Victoria Square in the heart of the city, Gouger Street – Chinatown full of great restaurants and bars, King William Street’s Beehive Corner, Rundle Mall, The Terraces, River Torrens, Elegant Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church - Adelaide's oldest church, Hutt Street, Haigh's Chocolates - enjoy complimentary tea or coffee and fine chocolates after a tour of the factory, St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide Oval - houses the Bradman collection, Colonel Light's statue on Montefiore Hill with panoramic views over Adelaide. Then board the famous 'Popeye' for a truly memorable scenic cruise on the Torrens River. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. You can relax or maybe enjoy some shopping time in Rundle Mall.

Day 3: Saturday, 23 November 2019 - Murray River Cruising – Full Day Touring

Travel to Mannum, the birthplace of the River Murray paddle steamers. Along the way learn about the history and importance of paddle steamers for Adelaide. Board either the Proud Mary Riverboat or the Captain Proud Paddle Wheeler and enjoy coffee or tea on boarding. Cruise past soaring cliffs, ancient river red gums, green willows and lose count of all the birdlife. Lunch is included on this cruise. Keep watch for the 100 year old PS Marion paddle steamer during your cruise. Visit a scenic lookout that offer a stunning overview of Mannum. Travel back to Adelaide through the spectacular Torrens Valley including a visit to Melba’s Chocolate Factory.

Day 4: Sunday, 24 November 2019 - Antarctica Flight

Today you’ll experience an exceptionally rare opportunity that very few can boast, a flight over the frozen continent of Antarctica. Rise and shine early and transfer to Adelaide airport on an “international flight” with the very same origin and destination. The full flight time is approximately 12 hours but you’ll feel the excitement begin to build with the first sightings of ice bergs around 3.5 hours from Adelaide. The Pilots of the specially chartered Qantas 747 will have 19 different routes available to chart a clear path around the weather. Along the way, watch interesting footage from life on the ground and if weather permits, you may even receive a live satellite phone call from Australian researchers on the ground! 

When you reach the Antarctic continent the Pilots and on-board Arctic experts and expeditioners will provide commentary of the sights as they perform low and slow turns past the striking sights. You will hardly believe the vastness of the land, the towering mountains, mammoth ice chasms and azure blue waters. You may even spot some man made sights with numerous international research bases dotted along the coastline. After 3-4 hours of low altitude sight-seeing the plane will return to Adelaide with a late evening arrival.

The flight is not without refreshments! Included is a full bar service with champagne, wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks as well as two full service Qantas meals and in-flight snacks!

Day 5:  Monday, 25 November 2019 -Barossa Valley – Full Day Touring

Visit the world-famous wine region of the Barossa Valley today, steeped in history and German heritage, beautiful rolling landscapes of vines, orchards, pasture and bushland. Then discover the rich bounty of the Adelaide Hills with its charming villages, so close to the city. Explore the enchanting town of historic Hahndorf with its unique Bavarian ambiance. Highlights from today include; Historic homesteads of North Adelaide, wine tasting at the Barossa Valley’s magnificent Seppeltsfield Estate, a guided tour at Wolf Blass, a tutored wine tasting of Gold Label wines and the award winning Black Label, an exclusive preview Penfolds tasting with lunch, Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement with quaint cottages, inns, cellar doors, craft shops and galleries, artisan cheese and smallgoods makers, bakers and tea rooms, plus Adelaide Hills’ villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Bridgewater.

Day 6: Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Adelaide to Brisbane/Toowoomba 

Transfer from Adelaide accommodation to Adelaide Airport for flights back to Brisbane. On arrival in Brisbane, farewell your new found ‘Antarctica Buddies’. Toowoomba people will be met at the airport for transfers back to Toowoomba.

Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner

Transport: Passenger aircraft, Tour Coach

Flights: Return Economy Flights to Adelaide 

Adelaide scenic flight over Antarctica

Accommodation: 5 Nights in the centrally located Ibis Adelaide 

All Airport Transfers

Activities: 

  • Full Day Scenic Flight over Antarctica
  • Half Day Adelaide City Sightseeing Tour
  • Full Day Tour of the Barossa Valley
  • Murray River Paddle Steamer Cruise

Economy Class Superior

The rear Economy Class section is reserved for Economy Class Superior passengers. All seat rows are well clear of the wing for excellent viewing. These are the four seats on each side of the aircraft and will be rotated at the halfway point of the journey. Each passenger will have a window seat or the seat next to a window seat for half of the flight and an aisle seat for the other half.

Economy Class Standard

These are the four seats on each side of the aircraft in the Economy Class section over or near the wing area and will be rotated at the halfway point of the journey. Each passenger will have a window seat or the seat next to a window seat for half of the flight and an aisle seat for the other half of the flight.

Economy Class Centre

These are the two seats in the middle rows of the Economy Class section (seats E, F). Centre Economy seats do not rotate.

What our Guests had to say about our last Antarctica tour:

Antarctica was the favourite destination...the only way to describe it is WOW!! - Helena

Flight of a lifetime - Eunice

Seeing Antarctica was Excellent - Nancy

Our Guests Rated this tour: 10/10 (6 Reviews)


A Note From Our Tour Leader - David

The excitement was palpable as the specially chartered QANTAS 747 headed south over the South Pacific Ocean, the first couple of hours we enjoyed a documentary about the life of researchers on the ground before reality began to dawn as the captain patched through a live phone call to an Australian resident and researcher at the Australian research station on the Antarctic continent. We were all captivated by the novelty of hearing a weather report from the ground below. The buzz continued to grow until a sudden whirlwind of excitement spread through the cabin as passengers started reporting small glimpses of ice through gaps in the cloud cover, an obstacle that we were warned to expect. Soon, the expert pilots plotted their course around the bank of clouds and gasps were heard all around the plane as the endless white expanse came into view.
Antarctica is big. 
Really big! 
For the next 4 hours, the plane cruised low and slow across the continent, over miles of white terrain punctuated by surprising towering mountains, mammoth ravines, gigantic ice floes and glaciers and icy cliffs. Witnessing this stark and isolated land at the bottom of our planet was certainly nothing short of humbling and an eye-opening experience.

Departing
21/11/2019
Duration
6 Days
Physical Rating
Low Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground
Transport
Coach, Tram, Passenger Airliner
Price
AUD $5,999
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