Air Cruises

Visits South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

Length of Travel: 7 Days

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile and enjoy welcome dinner and briefing
  • Day 2: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Days 3-6: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
  • Day 7: Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas

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Detailed Itinerary

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Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a 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.


Your Antarctic adventure begins with a three-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.


Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

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 company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from ship 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.


Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas. Note: Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 7 of the Travel Program.



Upcoming Trips with this Itinerary:

Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Dec 1, 2024 – Dec 8, 2024 (8days)
Price
$17,995.00 – $26,995.00
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Round trip Punta Arenas, Chile
Dec 6, 2024 – Dec 13, 2024 (8days)
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$17,995.00 – $21,995.00
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Dec 7, 2024 – Dec 14, 2024 (8days)
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Dec 11, 2024 – Dec 18, 2024 (8days)
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Dec 21, 2024 – Dec 28, 2024 (8days)
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Dec 22, 2024 – Dec 29, 2024 (8days)
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$13,595.00 – $21,995.00
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Jan 9, 2025 – Jan 16, 2025 (8days)
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$19,795.00 – $28,995.00
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Jan 22, 2025 – Jan 29, 2025 (8days)
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$13,595.00 – $21,995.00
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Feb 1, 2025 – Feb 8, 2025 (8days)
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$13,595.00 – $21,995.00
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Feb 10, 2025 – Feb 17, 2025 (8days)
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$19,795.00 – $28,995.00
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Length of Travel: 11 Days

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile and enjoy welcome dinner and briefing
  • Day 2: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Days 3-5: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
  • Days 6-7: Antarctic Circle
  • Days 8-9: North along the Peninsula
  • Day 10: Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Day 11: Fly Home

Itinerary Map

Detailed Itinerary

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Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a 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.


Your Antarctic adventure begins with a three-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.


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 company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from ship 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.


Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations you’ll see anywhere in Antarctica.


You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.


Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas. Note: Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered.


After breakfast, you are free to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.



Upcoming Trips with this Itinerary:

Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Jan 24, 2025 – Feb 2, 2025 (10days)
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$24,995.00 – $0.00
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Jan 24, 2025 – Feb 2, 2025 (10days)
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Jan 24, 2025 – Feb 3, 2025 (11days)
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CHARTERED VOYAGE
Jan 24, 2025 – Feb 3, 2025 (11days)
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Feb 16, 2025 – Feb 25, 2025 (10days)
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$15,995.00 – $26,395.00
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Pre & Post - voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas!
Jan 9, 2026 – Jan 19, 2026 (11days)
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$30,095.00 – $49,595.00
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Pre & Post - voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas!
Feb 28, 2026 – Mar 10, 2026 (11days)
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$27,295.00 – $30,195.00
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Length of Travel: 6 Days

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Depart Ushuaia in the afternoon
  • Day 2: Cape Horn
  • Day 3: At Sea
  • Day 4: Arrival to South Shetland Islands
  • Day 5: South Shetland Islands & Flight to Punta Arenas
  • Day 6: Departure from Punta Arenas

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Detailed Itinerary

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Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost ‘city’ in the world. Board in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost ‘town’ in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.


After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.


As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.


After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.


Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.).


After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.



Upcoming Trips with this Itinerary:

Starts in Ushuaia - Ends in Punta Arenas
Nov 23, 2024 – Nov 28, 2024 (6days)
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$5,995.00 – $8,995.00
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Nov 29, 2024 – Dec 4, 2024 (6days)
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Starts & ends in Punta Arenas
Dec 16, 2024 – Dec 23, 2024 (8days)
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Starts in Ushuaia - Ends in Punta Arenas
Jan 11, 2025 – Jan 16, 2025 (6days)
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Starts in Ushuaia - Ends in Punta Arenas
Jan 14, 2025 – Jan 19, 2025 (6days)
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Nov 18, 2025 – Nov 23, 2025 (6days)
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Starts in Ushuaia - Ends in Punta Arenas
Nov 29, 2025 – Dec 4, 2025 (6days)
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Starts in Ushuaia & ends in Punta Arenas.
Jan 14, 2026 – Jan 19, 2026 (6days)
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Length of Travel: 11-12 days

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile and enjoy welcome dinner and briefing
  • Day 2: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Days 3-10: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
  • Day 11: Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Day 12: Punta Arenas

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