Antarctica Fly & Cruise

Overview

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.

  • 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
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: Up to 71 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 8 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

    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.

  • Day02

    Fly to Antarctica

    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.

  • Day03

    Explore the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    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.

  • Day04

    Discover Deception Island & Whaler's Bay

    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.

  • Day05

    Visit Orne Harbor, Cuverville Island & Paradise Bay

    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.

  • Day06

    Cruise "Kodak Alley"

    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.

  • Day07

    Fly from Antarctica to Punta Arenas

    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.

  • Day08

    Depart from Chile

    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
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek's Polar Value Promise means that we offer in-house services to help plan and execute you polar adventure for no added cost.

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 Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.

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$11,395.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $895.00 Sea Kayaking
$11,995.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $895.00 Sea Kayaking

Price Includes

  • 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

Testimonials

  • "We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek."

    Dennis G.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "The "Fly & Cruise" is the best way to maximize your time on "The White Continent" and is a terrific value!"

    Pam M.

    MT Sobek Guest, Antarctica Fly & Cruise

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