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Ice Tunnels and Champagne Lunch in Antarctica

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You’ve heard of a New York minute.

But you probably haven’t heard of an Antarctica day.

Well, here comes one.

It’s called, quite simply, Day Trip, and it’s a single day wherein you fly into Antarctica and then fly out a changed human, booking now for a December departure.

After a quick safety briefing in Cape Town, you’re whisked in and out of Antarctica with 10 hours on the ground. So here’s your timeline:

Morning:
You’ll board an Ilyushin Il-76 intercontinental jet, fly over iceberg fields and then touch down on an ice runway in the land of the midnight sun. Take a look for yourself here.

Midday:
You’ll get into a modified 4x4 and ride to your base for the day: a heated wooden chalet run by one of the top Antarctic safari outfitters. In there: a dining room, a museum and a bar. It’s fine. But back outside: activities like trekking to 200-foot cliffs, clambering through ice tunnels in the glacier, visiting a penguin nest or going to a sauna at the Russian science base.

Late afternoon:
Before your return flight to Africa, you’ll sit down to a glass of champagne while the base’s chef rolls out your lunch spread.

Not on the menu: penguin.

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