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Antarctica Fly & Adventure Cruise

Unforgettable Glacial Majesty & Incredible Wildlife

 

Journey through narrow straits of jaw-dropping majesty and gaze at vast glaciers of incandescent blue on this trip of a lifetime. A two-hour flight from Punta Arenas brings you to Antarctica's doorstep where you'll board your comfortable cruise ship. While sea conditions determine the itinerary, our ships call on remarkable places such as Deception Island - a volcanic caldera that we can sail into - and Paradise Bay, a favorite spot for Zodiac cruising to see fantastical iceberg sculptures. Few places on Earth make a deeper or more lasting impression than Antarctica.

 

Please note that actual itinerary routes vary from departure to departure - for additional dates and more information about each departure, call for details.

  • Discover the otherworldly beauty of Antarctica from the comfort of your luxury expedition ship

  • Save precious time by swapping the Drake Passage for a flight

  • Explore the Antarctic panorama of stunning icebergs, glaciers, whales, penguins, and other wildlife

Arrive:

Punta Arenas, Chile

Depart:

Punta Arenas, Chile

Price: from $14,495

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

See Dates

Group Size:

Up to 71 Guests

Min Age:

8 yrs

Activity:

Level 1

You can expect 1 or 2 half-day excursions for each day in Antarctica depending on weather conditions. During guided shore excursions, guests break up into smaller special interest groups with several options ranging from an easy shoreline walk to a strenuous hike (1-3 hours.) Excursions may include a Zodiac cruise to observe icebergs and wildlife (1-1.5 hours.)
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  • Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

    Day 1

    Receive a warm welcome in Punta Arenas, Chile, and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, gather for a briefing on important voyage information and essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. In the evening, raise a toast to the trip with your fellow adventurers while dining on regional fare.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas

    Recently renovated in modern European style, this large hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms - some with sea views. Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door, as do museums and other attractions.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Fly to Antarctica

    Day 2

    A quick flight whisks you from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Step off the plane and breathe in the clear Antarctic air for the very first time, then have the chance to explore Chile's Frei Station and Russia's Bellingshausen station. Finally, board a Zodiac to embark for your expedition vessel.

    Accommodation: Magellan Explorer

    The Magellan Explorer is the world's first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations. The ship provides a stylish base and boutique hospitality for up to 69 passengers, and includes dining areas and observation decks with expansive views - plus a gym and sauna. The ship is being built to the latest Polar Code specifications for safety and maneuverability.

    Transportation: 2-hour transfer flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Day 3

    On Days 3 to 6, cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail through ice-filled channels and among spectacular icebergs, enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Disembark by Zodiac and explore with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend engaging lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge. 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.

    Accommodation: Magellan Explorer

    The Magellan Explorer is the world's first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations. The ship provides a stylish base and boutique hospitality for up to 69 passengers, and includes dining areas and observation decks with expansive views - plus a gym and sauna. The ship is being built to the latest Polar Code specifications for safety and maneuverability.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Deception Island & Whaler's Bay

    Day 4

    While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, opportunities abound to discover the best possible overview of the Antarctic environment. These magnificent places include Deception Island, Orne Harbor, Cuverville Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Paulet Harbor, and more.

    Deception Island is one of the few volcanic calderas in the world that large ships can
    sail into and anchor. Explore abandoned whaling stations at Whaler's Bay, hike to a scenic viewpoint, or take the intrepid Polar plunge in the protected waters of the bay. See more than 100,000 chinstrap penguins at Baily Head.

    Accommodation: Magellan Explorer

    The Magellan Explorer is the world's first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations. The ship provides a stylish base and boutique hospitality for up to 69 passengers, and includes dining areas and observation decks with expansive views - plus a gym and sauna. The ship is being built to the latest Polar Code specifications for safety and maneuverability.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Orne Harbor, Cuverville Island & Paradise Bay

    Day 5

    A steep climb to the summit of Orne Island along Gerlache Strait provides a 360-degree view of the straight, surrounding islands and mountains.

    Visit the peninsula's largest gentoo penguin colony, with 5,000 nesting pairs, on Cuverville Island's rocky shores. Cruise by Zodiac or sea kayak among bergs and curious leopard seals.

    Paradise Bay is one of the Antarctic Peninsula's best-known locations! Land on the continent itself, enjoy sweeping hilltop views (and have fun sliding back down!), and see nesting seabirds and whales in the bay.

    Accommodation: Magellan Explorer

    The Magellan Explorer is the world's first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations. The ship provides a stylish base and boutique hospitality for up to 69 passengers, and includes dining areas and observation decks with expansive views - plus a gym and sauna. The ship is being built to the latest Polar Code specifications for safety and maneuverability.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise "Kodak Gap"

    Day 6

    A cruise through a breathtakingly narrow Lemaire Channel, with mountain walls rising thousands of feet straight out of the water, is one of the highlights of a trip to Antarctica. Minkes, humpbacks, and orcas are occasionally spotted, and leopard and crabeater seals sometimes frequent the ice floes. This channel runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the most stunning locations on the western coast of Antarctica. The 6.8 miles may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway.

    Accommodation: Magellan Explorer

    The Magellan Explorer is the world's first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations. The ship provides a stylish base and boutique hospitality for up to 69 passengers, and includes dining areas and observation decks with expansive views - plus a gym and sauna. The ship is being built to the latest Polar Code specifications for safety and maneuverability.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly from Antarctica to Punta Arenas

    Day 7

    Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, then transfer to your hotel for the night.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas

    Recently renovated in modern European style, this large hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms - some with sea views. Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door, as do museums and other attractions.

    Transportation: 2-hour transfer flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Depart from Chile

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Due to the possibility of delay returning from Antarctica, we recommend reserving your outward bound flight for an afternoon departure.

    Meals: Breakfast

Antarctica Fly & Adventure Cruise

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Polar planning can get complicated! We offer in house expertise and services to assist you every step of the way.

Reason #02

Enjoy a boutique Antarctica experience on ships that carry only 71 passengers including the brand new and purpose-built Magellan Explorer!

Reason #03

Over 30 years offering polar voyages we have built strong relationships with Polar outfitters and ships that cruise the 7th continent.

Meet your guides

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson

Ben grew up in Auckland, New Zealand spending weekends on the water and exploring the outdoors. He earned a degree in Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education he has worked as an outdoor educator, leader, and guide for over ten years. Ben's passion for kayaking and adventure has taken him on many trips around the globe including paddling the White Nile, the Grand Canyon, and a month long exploration of the Indian Himalayas. Recently, kayaking has led him to the polar latitudes, where he has been guiding since 2010. Ben is a proficient, charismatic, and fun-loving guide who enhances the Polar experience for all MT Sobek travelers.

Andre Belem

Andre Belem

Andre earned a degree in Oceanography and 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, awarding the Antarctic Service Medal of the National Science Foundation (USA). He then went on to earn a PhD in Polar Oceanography at the Alfred-Wegener Institute. 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. When he isn't leading trips, André is Professor of Earth Sciences at Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, leading his research as part of the international team of Past Climate Change Group.

Nigel Millus

Nigel Millus

Nigel has always had an interest in the outdoors and wildlife, initially visiting Antarctica as a chef where he completed 6 summers and 3 winters on British research stations. He eventually learned to scuba dive, become and expert bird-watcher, and spent time studying elephant seals in the region. He proceeded to work as an ornithologist and naturalist on expedition cruise ships in the Polar Regions and, over the last has completed over 140 voyages in the past 18 years all over Antarctica. He is passionate about all things Antarctic and is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with MT Sobek travelers.

Activities

Expert polar interpretation and on-board presentations, professional navigation through Antarctic waters, and up-close wildlife experiences on Zodiac excursions.

Lodging

Stylish and well-appointed polar expedition ships offer a luxurious way to explore Antarctica. The Hotel Cabo del Hornos awaits in Punta Arenas.

Climate

There may be days of warm sunshine, but be prepared for wind, rain, and possible snow. Daytime temperatures are usually 20°- 32°F.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Arrive no later than 2pm on Day 1 and you will be met by a ship representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel.

Will I get sea-sick?

By flying to King George Island, you will skip the open water crossing of the Drake Passage. There are a few hours of open water crossing, but you'll mostly be in protected waters along the Antarctic Peninsula.

What kind of plane will we fly on?

A BAE-146 jet aircraft with the capacity of 71 passengers. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destination.

What happens if weather delays the plane?

There is a thorough contingency plan which is outlined in your pre-trip documentation. It includes any necessary hotel nights, meals, and activities in Punta Arenas due to weather delays.

Do you provide waterproof jackets?

No. On this trip, you need to bring your own waterproof outwear - pants and jacket. We have recommendations in the pre-trip documentation.

Do you provide boots?

Yes. On this trip, the ship will provide high-quality insulated polar boots for all travelers.

Where can I find the different cabin types and the difference in pricing?

There are many different cabin options and pricing will depend on the departure date, ship and cabin type you would like to cruise on. Please call our Regional Specialists at 1-888-687-6235 for more details.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! Each trip offers four citizen science programs that provides an opportunity to join in on hands-on conservation. Participate in whale sightings and identification for Happywhale, Polar Tag sightings, Global Seafarer Study of Marine Phytoplankton, and seabird surveys for the Antarctic Site Inventory.

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2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $895 Sea Kayaking Program
  • $85 Snowshoeing per excursion

Price Includes

  • Listed pricing applies to double occupancy in Window Suite onboard Hebridian Sky
  • Flight transfer from Punta Arenas to King George Islands on embarkation day
  • Flight transfer from King George Island to Punta Arenas on disembarkation day
  • Expert leadership from an experienced team of naturalists and guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • Complimentary Chilean wines served at dinner
  • Complimentary rental of waterproof boots
  • All necessary gear for optional kayaking and snowshoeing programs
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your ship staff and expedition team
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, internet access cards, laundry
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $895 Sea Kayaking Program
  • $85 Snowshoeing per excursion

Price Includes

  • Listed pricing applies to double occupancy in Window Suite onboard Hebridian Sky
  • Flight transfer from Punta Arenas to King George Islands on embarkation day
  • Flight transfer from King George Island to Punta Arenas on disembarkation day
  • Expert leadership from an experienced team of naturalists and guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • Complimentary Chilean wines served at dinner
  • Complimentary rental of waterproof boots
  • All necessary gear for optional kayaking and snowshoeing programs
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your ship staff and expedition team
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, internet access cards, laundry
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

Thank you, one of our specialists will be contacting you shortly.

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