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Antarctic Islands – Express Air-Cruise

Antarctica Cruise

  • Ocean Nova (Air-Cruise)
  • Expedition Ship
  • 68 Capacity
  • 6 Days
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 View Departure>
    • 2016
    • Nov 29 Tue
    • 2017
    • Jan 14 Sat Offer
    • Nov 29 Wed Offer
    • 2018
    • Jan 14 Sun Offer
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  • $3,595

Summary : Sail through the Beagle Channel, explore Cape Horn and cross the famous Drake Passage on your way to the "last continent." You may spot magnificent birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica. Navigate through the South Shetland Islands, visiting the most unique places and enjoying some of the best wildlife sites in this region of Antarctica. With daily excursions, your naturalist team will give lectures to introduce and inform you about this spectacular continent. Disembark at King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking


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Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

The journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world, located on Navarino Island. Here, you will have the time to tour around before setting sail toward Cape Horn.

Day 2
Cape Horn / Drake Passage

After crossing Nassau Bay, awake in front of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, you will board the Zodiac boats and visit the bay's lighthouse and the Chilean station in charge of keeping it beaming. Back on board, get ready to set sail towards Antarctica and start the crossing of the famous waters named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

Day 3
Drake Passage / South Shetland Islands

Sail through the Drake Passage, en route to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). Relax and enjoy life on board and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent birds such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica.

Day 4
South Shetland Islands

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, you will be sailing through the Antarctic Ocean. The time has come to start spotting the first icebergs and the first Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seal and whales. Board Zodiac boats to make your first shore landing with a memorable visit to a penguin colony. Exploration will continue all evening thanks to the endless daylight.

Day 5
King George Island / Punta Arenas, Chile

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay, where you will have the chance to enjoy the Antarctic scenery. Visit some interesting places around the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding th flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and are not included in the program).

Day 6
Punta Arenas / Depart

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


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Getting There & Getting Home:
Arrive in Ushuaia on Day 1, no later than 4 p.m.  Boarding is between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Boarding will close at 4 p.m. A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is not recommended. Therefore, we strongly suggest that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home, and in any case not to book a flight on the same day as the return flight from Antarctica.

2017 / 2018 Single Hotel Accommodation Supplement: $395 per person
Single travelers who book a twin cabin on a shared basis will be accommodated in single rooms at the hotel. Note: Passengers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those with conditions that could disturb their traveling companion cannot book on a twin-share basis.

2017 / 2018 Antarctic Flight Preferred Seating: $245 per person (one way)
Travelers can purchase preferred seats on their Antarctic flight. This option offers travelers with an extra level of comfort and a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, as well as a guaranteed middle seat. Priority boarding in Punta Arenas and an amenities kit are included. Capacity is limited to a maximum of 8 aisle seats and 8 window seats (aisle 2, 3, 4, and 5).

2017 / 2018 Pre- and Post-Expedition Hotel and Transfer Packages:
Pre-expedition hotel and transfer package includes: Airport to hotel shared transfer, 1 night hotel accommodation, breakfast, and a drink voucher. Post-expedition hotel and transfer package includes: Hotel to airport shared transfer, 1 night hotel accommodation, breakfast, and a drink voucher. Please Note: The shipping company includes transfers as stated in the list of inclusions. Extra airport transfers are only available as part of the pre- and post-expedition transfer packages. They are not available as a stand-alone extra service.

2017 / 2018 Post-Expedition Extension Option: Single – $289 per person; Double – $259 per person; Triple – $244 per person
Take advantage of your trip to the deep south of Chile, see more of Patagonia, and add another penguin species to your list. On the last day of your scheduled Air-Cruise program, transfer to the shores of the Strait of Magellan, where you will travel by motorboat to Magdalena and Marta Islands. Disembark on Magalena Island, where you will experience one of the largest colonies of Magellanic Penguins in South American, over 150,000 birds. Sail onward to Marta Island, where you can observe and photograph wildlife from the motorboat, with a chance to spot dolphins and a variety of seabirds. Total excursion time is 4.5 hours. Return to Punta Arenas in the afternoon, where you can explore the city at your leisure. Overnight at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar. Included: 1 night with breakfast at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel, or similar; transfer hotel/airport on Day 2, excursion as indicated in the program; entrance fee to "Los Pinguinos" Nature Reserve; snack during excursion; a Punta Arenas guidebook and map. Not included: Lunch and dinner; personal expenses; gratuities. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for details and booking information.

The Aircraft:
The 70 passenger BAE 146-200 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace and is equipped with 4 turbofan Honeywell engines. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements which makes it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Luggage Weight Restriction:
Due to the limited carrying capacity of the aircraft, participants in the Antarctica Fly and Cruise program can only carry 20 Kg/44 Lb of personal luggage, including carry-on. This weight restriction is enforced strictly. Note that hand luggage will be weighed as well as checked baggage. Softsided luggage is recommended.

Accommodations aboard ship; 1 night post-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Punta Arenas; transfers airport / hotel on day of scheduled return flight from Antarctica; transfers hotel / airport on last day of program; flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas; meals aboard ship; wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship; coffee tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board ship throughout expedition; guided shore excursions; lectures and entertainment on board; comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica; contingency plan (outlined below); IAATO passenger fee.  

Not Included:
Airfare, other than those offered in the program; visa and/or passport expenses; arrival and departure taxes, if applicable; transfers other than those listed in the program, lodging and meals other than those offered in the program; mandatory evacuation insurance; recommended travel insurance; personal expenses, such as beverages from bar; laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc.; gratuity to ship's crew at the end of the voyage. Fuel surcharge may apply.

Contingency Plan:
Some departures in the past have experienced delays. Based on past experience, the estimated chance of delay is very low, in the range of 5-10%. Still, it is important that prospective participants understand that weather conditions could impact the operation. Travelers are responsible for any expenses associated with the rescheduling of airline tickets or onward travel plans. Should weather delay a departure, the Contingency Plan detailed below will be put into operation. In the unlikely event that the flight to / from Antarctica cannot operate due to unfavorable conditions, whether at point of origin and/or at the destination, the following Contingency Plan applies:

Return flight: (Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas)
In case the return flight to Punta Arenas is anticipated, passengers will disembark the ship and fly to Punta Arenas up to one day earlier than indicated in the itinerary. On arrival, accommodation at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar will be provided. All other inclusions will remain per the original itinerary. In case of a delay on the return flight to Punta Arenas, passengers on board the ship will continue cruising to nearby places until the return flight to Punta Arenas is authorized. Full board and all excursions are included. No refund will be extended for any reason whatsoever.

Aircraft for Antarctic flights:
The decision over which aircraft will be used for the Antarctica Fly and Cruise program is at the sole discretion of the tour operator. In case of unfavorable conditions or other circumstances beyond the tour operator’s control, either at the point of origin and/or at the destination, the tour operator reserves the right to fly different aircraft than the one described in the program information material.