Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the Polar Circle Air-Cruise will take you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle. You can choose to embark Ocean Nova or Magellan Explorer.
Start of the Air-Cruise
Before 2:00pm, Antarctica XXI staff will welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile. You will be transferred to your hotel and you are required to attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you will meet your fellow adventurers from around the world.
Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A smooth 2-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, located in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and 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 08
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula while you disembark by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and will lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and many wonders of the Antarctic environment.
From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites, such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.
Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight 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.
DetailsContact us about this itinerary
Cruise Line: Antarctica XXI
Cruise Ship: Ocean Nova
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019.
Round-trip Punta Arenas
Dates (9 nights)
- 1 January - 10 January, 2023
- 16 February -25 February, 2023
- For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1
- For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1
- 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica
- Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air- Cruise Program
- Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch onboard ship offering a wide choice of dishes
- Daily served dinner onboard ship offering a choice of three main courses
- Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks onboard throughout the expedition
- All guided shore excursions
- Lectures and entertainment onboard
- Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
- Contingency Plan as described below
- IAATO passenger fee
- 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
- Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
- Personal insurance
- Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
- Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.