Get the most out of your Antarctica adventure by skipping the Drake Passage on this Fly & Cruise Adventure!
Now you can explore Antarctica on an 8-day trip! For those short on time, trade in 100 hours of sailing the choppy waters of the Drake Passage for a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas, Chile. Once we land on King George Island, we’ll board our ice-class expedition vessel and cruise south along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
We don’t have to travel deep into the continent to see and feel the sheer scale and majesty of Antarctica. Discover remarkable places: Deception Island, a volcanic caldera that we can sail into and a great place for visiting rookeries and hiking on volcanic slopes; and Paradise Bay, a favorite spot for Zodiac cruising along the face of an ever-calving glacier where iceberg sculptures take fantastic shape and form. The rocky cliffs are full of nesting seabirds, including Antarctic terns, blue-eyed shags, pintados, kelp gulls, and brown skuas.
A short return flight allows us to spend all our “at sea” time in Antarctica and not traveling to and from there. Whatever your expectations of Antarctica before your visit, this mystical, unearthly land is guaranteed to exceed and overwhelm them!
Adventure cruising, wildlife
- Avoid the big waves of the Drake Passage
- Get to Antarctica quickly and save time
- Witness the miracles of this unseen, unknown land and change your life forever
- Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Punta Arenas, Chile End Location: Punta Arenas, ChileDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.
Day 2 : Scheduled flight to Antarctica
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
Days 3 - 6 : Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.
Day 7 : Scheduled return flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.
Day 8 : Depart for home
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
DATES: Best time to go: January - February, December Departures: Dec 2 - 9, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 7 - 14, 2014 Only very limited availability left. Please call for details! Dec 12 - 19, 2014 Only very limited availability left. Please call for details! Dec 17 - 24, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 22 - 29, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 Only very limited availability left. Please call for details! Jan 17 - 24, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 22 - 29, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 3, 2015 SOLD OUT Feb 1 - 8, 2015 SOLD OUT Feb 6 - 13, 2015 Only very limited availability left. Please call for details! Feb 11 - 18, 2015 Only very limited availability left. Please call for details! Dec 2 - 9, 2015 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Dec 7 - 14, 2015 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Dec 12 - 19, 2015 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Dec 17 - 24, 2015 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Dec 22 - 29, 2015 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Jan 17 - 24, 2016 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Jan 22 - 29, 2016 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Feb 8 - 15, 2016 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!! Feb 13 - 20, 2016 Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!!
All prices listed are per person, in US$
DECEMBER 2014 - FEBRUARY 2015
2014 Departures: Dec 2, Dec 7, Dec 12 and Dec 17
2014 Holiday departures: Dec 22 and Dec 27
2015 Departures: January, February
DECEMBER 2015 - FEBRUARY 2016
Early Booking Discount of $1000 p/p if booked by Sept 2, 2014!!
2015 Departures: Dec 2, Dec 7, Dec 12 and Dec 17
2015 Holiday departures: Dec 22 and Dec 27
2016 Departures: January, February
Enhance your vacation wth optional Kayaking and Snowshoeing options!!
Kayaking Option is $895 per person - Sea kayaking experience required, maximum of 10 spaces per voyage. Need to be booked in advance.
On request, we will match up single travelers with other passengers of the same gender in Twin cabins and waive the single supplement. Hotels rooms in Punta Arenas will also be shared for anyone booked in a Twin cabin.
Children's discount is 5% for ages 8-12
Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Recently renovated modern European style hotel in the world's southernmost city, located on the main Plaza Munoz Gamero. High ceilings and beautiful artwork complement the stone floors in the entryways.
The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
MODEL: BAE 146-200
ENGINES: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
LENGTH: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
WINGSPAN: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
CRUISE SPEED: 465 mph (750 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
CAPACITY: 71 passengers
Ocean NovaPolar Expedition Ship
This Polar Expedition Ship delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and a reputation as an excellent ship in the Antarctic. The 67-passenger Ocean Nova was built in 1992 at the Ørskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The ship was upgraded in 2000 and was significantly refurbished once again in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck. Classified to operate in ice-filled waters, she is guided by Danish officers with extensive experience in polar navigation. The Ocean Nova offers outside cabins, a spacious dining room and a comfortable library.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.