Ultimate Day Trip Allows You To See Antarctica From The Air
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Ticking that one last continent off your travel bucket list has just gotten a whole lot easier. An Australian company is giving travellers the chance to take a day trip to Antarctica on a Qantas 747 and view it's stunning scenery from the air. Antarctica Flights offers an alternative to the Antarctica cruise by way of scenic day trips by air. Based in Australia, Antarctica Flights privately charters a Qantas 747 to take travellers on a 12-hour journey to the southernmost continent and back again. Branded as “the world’s most unique day tour,” the journey embarks from five different cities in Australia; Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, but only between November and February, when the weather conditions are best for viewing the continent below. Approximately three hours south of Australia, passengers will begin to see the first bit of scattered ice, icebergs, and ice floes, before crossing the South Magnetic Pole into the rugged topography of mainland Antarctica. The goal of the pilots is to provide travellers with the best views on both sides of the plane, while staying over the continent as long as possible (weather permitted). The flight will circle over the Antarctic Treaty for around four hours, but the specific area will shift every time depending on the maximum variety in land mass scenery, including glaciers, ice plateau and coastline, as well as the day’s weather conditions. Passengers can choose seats in one of seven different classes, ranging from Economy Class Centre (middle seats without windows), all the way up to Ice Class, which is a full length sleeper seat, complete with Champagne and a complimentary gift pack. Wherever you’re sitting, on your way down to the Great White Continent you won’t be watching the latest action movie; instead, on-board Antarctic experts will lead talks about the continent, the environment, its history and research centers you may see from above. They’ll also stream documentary video of what it’s like on the ground, including spotlighting wildlife like waddling gentoo penguins and giant elephant seals. Once the flight reaches Antarctica, passengers in all classes are allowed to stand up and gaze out whichever windows have the best views. All classes will also receive two meal services, snacks, and complimentary drinks from a full-service bar. Prices start at $1,199 per person for Economy Class up to a pricey $7,999 per person for Ice Class.