Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

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The Antarctica Express Air-Cruise is tailored for those seeking a swift and cost-effective expedition to Antarctica. This journey provides the opportunity to explore Cape Horn, navigate the Drake Passage, make a landing in Antarctica, and return by flight.

Day by day

Day 1: Ushuaia: Beagle Channel & Chile: Puerto Williams

Embark on your journey in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the pier. After boarding your ship in the afternoon, sail along the Beagle Channel toward Puerto Williams, Chile – the southernmost town globally. Take time to explore the surroundings before heading to Cape Horn.

Day 2: Nassau Bay & Cape Horn

Following an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you wake up with a clear view of the legendary Cape Horn! If the weather allows, hop on a Zodiac and become one of the privileged few to set foot on this renowned and seldom-visited island. Upon returning to the ship, continue the journey towards Antarctica, crossing the renowned passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the eminent 16th-century British explorer.

Day 3: Drake Passage

While navigating the Drake Passage towards King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, participate in a captivating series of lectures and presentations. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, observe wildlife from the lounge or outside decks. Keep an eye out for impressive seabirds like albatrosses and petrels, along with various whale species heading south towards Antarctica.

Day 4: South Shetland Islands

Once beyond the Antarctic Convergence, brace for a noticeable environmental shift. Keep your camera at the ready, as this marks the period to anticipate the initial icebergs and the first glimpse of Antarctic terrain. Upon reaching the South Shetland Islands, navigate through ice-filled bays, accompanied by seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Embark on a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Exploration will extend well into the evening, making the most of the extended Antarctic daylight.

Day 5: King George Island

Upon arrival at King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. A 2-km (1.25-mile) walk leads you through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to the aircraft. Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Please note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your discretion and are not included in the program).

Day 6: Punta Arenas

Following breakfast, proceed to the Punta Arenas airport for your next flight.

Itinerary Map

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Includes

  • Comprehensive material containing information before and after the journey.
  • Exclusive entry to Explorers House granted to Punta Arenas guests.
  • The provision of waterproof boots for shore excursions, charges for landings, a contingency plan, and the IAATO passenger fee.
  • Daily buffet-style breakfast, along with à la carte lunch and dinner options, inclusive of beverages such as wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and onboard snacks.
  • Included in the package are guided shore excursions, along with onboard lectures and entertainment.

Does not Include

  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Internet connection on board the ship.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
  • Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

Highlights

  • Zodiac landings, hikes, and expert-led presentations offer a comprehensive Antarctic experience.
  • Observe diverse wildlife like whales, seals, penguins, and seabirds.
  • Witness the first icebergs and landmasses as you approach the continent.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
Half Moon Island | South Shetland Islands |  Antarctica
Punta Arenas | Chile |  Antarctica
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Beagle Channel | Ushuaia |  Antarctica

Activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Snowshoeing
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Photography
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
Yoga
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Antarctica Express Air-Cruise
6 Days
From $5,995.00 per person