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, skip the lengthy Drake Passage crossing and fly to and from the Antarctic Peninsula via Punta Arenas, Chile. Once in Antarctica we'll board our ice-class expedition vessel and cruise south along the western coast of the 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 and past rocky cliffs full of nesting seabirds
Whatever your expectations of Antarctica before your visit, this mystical, unearthly land is guaranteed to exceed and overwhelm them!
Easy ship travel, wildlife viewing, optional hiking/walking, Zodiac cruising. (Optional sea kayaking.)
- 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.
INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
LODGING: Hotel Cabo de Hornos
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.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
LODGING: Airplane BAE-146 - Antarctica
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.
Deception Island. Deception Island is one of the few volcanic calderas in the world that large ships may sail into and anchor. There are numerous anchorages within the caldera such as Whaler’s Bay, where we can explore abandoned whaling station ruins, hike up volcanic slopes to view volcanic lakes, and even bathe in steaming thermal waters along the shore if the conditions are right. On the outside of Deception Island is Baily Head, where more than 100,000 chinstrap penguins pairs make their home, sometimes nesting nearly to the top of the crater rim itself. Because of the steep black sand beach, sea conditions must be just right for safe landings at Baily Head.
Paradise Bay. Its name is appropriate! Here we can make a landing on the continent itself, and enjoy panoramic views from the hill (and have fun sliding back down!). There is also great Zodiac cruising along the cliffs to see nesting seabirds, and whales are often seen in the bay.
Orne Harbor. A steep climb to the summit of Orne Island, located on the east side of the Gerlache Strait, provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the strait and the surrounding islands and mountains. Some chinstrap penguins nest at the very top!
Cuverville Island. A large colony of gentoo penguins is resident on Curverville (a Scott Polar Institute research group monitored the impact of tourism on the penguins for three years; the study ended in February 1995). We can also cruise by Zodiac among the large bergs; we sometimes see humpback whales feeding just offshore, and curious leopard seals check us out in the Zodiacs.
Lemaire Channel. A cruise through a breathtaking narrow channel—often choked with ice—with mountain walls rising thousands of feet straight out of the water (it’s nicknamed “Kodak Alley”).Minkes, humpbacks, and orcas are occasionally spotted and leopard and crabeater seals sometimes frequent the ice floes.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
LODGING: Ocean Nova - Polar Expedition Ship OR Sea Explorer - Polar Expedition Ship
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. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
LODGING: Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Day 8 : Depart for home
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
DATES: Best time to go: January - February, December Departures: Dec 2 - 9, 2015 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 7 - 14, 2015 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 12 - 19, 2015 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 17 - 24, 2015 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 21 - 28, 2015 Aboard Sea Explorer Dec 21 - 28, 2015 Aboard Sea Explorer Dec 22 - 29, 2015 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016 Aboard Sea Explorer Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Dec 31, 2015 - Jan 7, 2016 SOLD OUT Jan 17 - 24, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Jan 22 - 29, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Jan 27, 2016 - Feb 3, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Feb 8 - 15, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Feb 13 - 20, 2016 Aboard Ocean Nova Jan 17 - 24, 2017 Aboard Ocean Nova Jan 22 - 29, 2017 Aboard Ocean Nova Jan 27, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 Aboard Ocean Nova Feb 8 - 15, 2017 Aboard Ocean Nova Feb 13 - 20, 2017 Aboar Ocean Nova
DECEMBER 2015 - FEBRUARY 2016
Aboard Ocean Nova
2015 Departures: Dec 2, Dec 7, Dec 12 and Dec 17
2015 Holiday departures: Dec 22 and Dec 27
2016 Departures: Jan 17, 22, 27, Feb 8, 13
Aboard Sea Explorer
2015 Departures: Dec 21 & Dec 26
2015 Departures: Dec 31
DECEMBER 2016 - FEBRUARY 2017**
Aboard Ocean Nova
2016 Departures: Dec 2, Dec 7, Dec 12 and Dec 17
2016 Holiday departures: Dec 22 and Dec 27
2017 Departures: Jan 17, 22, 27, Feb 8, 13
Aboard Sea Explorer
2016 Departures: Dec 21, Dec 26, Dec 31
2017 Departures: Jan 5
**Terms & Conditions for the 2016-17 seasoned are still being finalized. These departure dates are NOT subject to current Terms & Conditions prior to the June 1, 2015 booking date.
All prices listed are per person, in US$
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 reserve 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.
Sea ExplorerPolar Expedition Ship
Sea Explorer is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005. Several improvements have been made since. With an ice-strengthened hull, Sea Explorer offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Although the vessel has capacity for up to 110
guests, we will accommodate a maximum of 71 travellers on our Air-Cruises, further increasing the comfort of our guests.
The ship offers six different
categoriesof accommodation. All Suitesare spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picturewindow, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joinedto form a queen-size bed. Several Suites include private balconies accessed via a sliding door. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.
Public areas include “The Club” (panorama lounge), a Library, a Lounge with audio-visual facilities, a Dining room, a wraparound Sun Deck with Jacuzzi, an Exercise Room, a Medical Clinic and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are used for exploration in Antarctica.
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.
Born in Alice Springs, Australia, Ben calls New Zealand home. Growing up in Auckland meant that most weekends were spent on the water sailing or motoring the Hauraki Gulf. Ben works primarily as a White Water Kayak Instructor sharing his time between New Zealand and California. With a degree in Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education he has taught in the outdoors as an educator and guide for ten years. Ben’s passion for kayaking and adventuring has taken him on many trips around the globe including paddling Uganda’s White Nile, the USA’s Grand Canyon, and a month long exploration of the Indian Himalayas. Kayaking has most recently taken him to the high latitudes with time spent running kayak programs in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. His passion for wildlife, adventure and people make him ideally suited to working with the challenges of life in the polar regions. His other pastimes include surfing, mountain biking, videography, and road cycling. Ben has been guiding onI fly-cruises since 2010.
Mariano has led expeditions in some of the most remote areas of the globe, such as Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica. Based in Patagonia, the son of a Captain and grandson of an Antarctic whaler, he first sailed the Southern Ocean when he was a child. Drawn by this family tradition and by passion for exploration, he began working in Antarctica as a Zodiac driver at the age of 22, after obtaining his university degree in communication strategies in Buenos Aires. Over a 10-year period he has been on over 150 polar voyages. Not only has he been an expedition leader but he has also specialized in the history of polar exploration, polar logistics, photography and Zodiac driving. His polar experience includes the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell and Ross seas, South Georgia, Macquarie Island, the Falkland Islands and the Canadian Arctic.
André was born in Santos, Brazil and graduated in Oceanography from the Rio Grande University in 1994. In the same year he spent his first Antarctic winter on board the R/V “Nathaniel Palmer” cruising the Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas. This expedition reached the furthest south position for a ship in these waters and Andre was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the National Science Foundation (USA). This voyage was the start of a long Antarctic career, from the Ross to Weddell seas, including more than 1000 days on Antarctic land and ice, and above and underwater. He continued his academic activities, becoming “Doktor der Naturwissenschaften” at the the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Germany) for Polar and Marine Research in 2002. For the last 20 years he has studied “the role of Antarctica in the Global Climate Change”, working with other scientists focusing on physical and biological processes in sea ice. Since 2010, André has worked as a senior researcher in the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, lecturing on the impacts of climate change since the last glacial era and as part of the international team of PAGES (Past Climate Change group). André speaks English, Portuguese, German and Spanish.
Dolores, better known as Loli, spent her childhood between Germany, Patagonia and a small village by the Atlantic coast, where she learned to sail at the age of ten. Years later, she had the chance to sail the seas around Africa, the Middle East, Europe, America, the Arctic and the Antarctic, developing an especially strong connection with the polar regions. On board expedition vessels she started out as Hotel Manager. Later she shifted her focus to the expedition side, working as a Zodiac driver, assistant expedition leader and finally, since 2012, as Quality Manager. Loli has a degree in Public Relations, speaks fluent Spanish, English and German, and understands French and Portuguese. As a true ‘Patagonian’, she loves the mountain environment and being out in the wilderness. Her extensive experience driving Zodiacs in a variety of conditions, and her qualifications as a certified skipper, a rescue diver, and a wilderness first responder make her an invaluable member of the team. She is renowned for her ever-present big smile.
Nigel has been working in the Polar Regions for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, and on expedition ships since 2001. He has completed over 100 voyages to many parts of Antarctica, and has also worked 4 seasons in the Arctic. He has overwintered 4 times in the far south (3 with the British, and once with the Australians). He learned to scuba dive at Signy Island in the South Orkneys in 1993. Between late 1994 and early 1997 he was at Rothera Station and during that time claims to have become the world expert on the birds there! In 1998 he became the proud recipient of the British Antarctic Survey’s Fuchs Medal. In 1998-99 he was one of the team at the much-visited museum and post office at Port Lockroy and spent the winter of 2000 volunteering on Macquarie helping a team studying Elephant Seals. Born and raised near Manchester, England, he has been living in New Zealand, his wife’s homeland, for the last 14 years. When not working aboard a ship in high latitudes he spends his time traveling, watching wildlife, walking, and enjoying the natural world, for either work or pleasure, a division which he considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to describe as very hazy! He is, as always, looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the area with our guests.