The exclusive combination of flying and sailing Antarctica, 7-nights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, includes the flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, the Icebreaker cruise cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula and the crossing of the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia. You're now afforded the time to explore other fascinating places in South America or simply to return home.
Take a short flight to King George Island in the South Shetland Archipelago, presents an unbeatable travel solution which allows you to experience, in perfect harmony, the traditional fascination of exploration with the advantages of an improved efficiency.
Flying over the chaotic Drake Passage represents an enormous advantage of optimizing the time needed to travel to a remote place like Antarctica. It allows guests to enjoy the best part of our experience, whilst avoiding all the discomfort and unease deriving by the boat crossing of the mythical Drake Passage. This invaluable improvement also means an extra two precious days added to your holiday, comfortable flight of only 2 hours.
The highlight includes:
- Exploration journey and “boutique” style
- Unique advantage of time, ease and comfort
- Modern and comfortable ice class vessel
- Memorable journey, experience of a lifetime
Start of the Air-Cruise
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you will be welcomed by lovely staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will attend a mandatory 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.
Scheduled flight to Antarctica
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a 2-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.
Day 03 to Day 06
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 accompany of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. While you're on board, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the 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.
Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
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.
End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
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Cruise Line: Antarctica XXI
Cruise Ship: Ocean Nova
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements.Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.
Manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway 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 of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
Model: BAE 146-200
Engines: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Capacity: 71 passengers (16 in preferred seats)
Wingspan: 86 ft. 5 in. (26.34 m)
Cruise Speed: 465 mph (750 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 31,200 ft (9,500 m)
Round-trip Punta Arenas
Dates (7 nights)
2019/20 departures are available from December to February
- Flights according to the itinerary
- Accommodation with full board
- All drinks on board
- Shore excursions
- Lectures and onboard entertainment
- Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica
- Transfer from/to airport/hotel according to the itinerary
- Comprehensive pre- and post- departure information