Get the full Antarctic experience with one Drake Passage crossing, but save a day and fly the other way. Take advantage of the most direct way to Antarctica with a short three-hour flight that takes you to the white continent where you will enjoy everything the Antarctic has to offer. Immense penguin rookeries and icy landscapes await your arrival. Choose whether to cruise North or South across the Drake and get the best of both Ushuaia, Argentina and Punta Arenas, Chile. If you would rather fly over the Drake both ways from Punta Arenas, Chile, check out the Classic Air Cruise itinerary.
- The speed and convenience of a flight to Antarctica
- The excitement of one Drake Passage crossing
- All the Antarctic Peninsula highlights
- On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar specialists.
Length of Travel: 9 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 7-8: Cross the Drake Passage
- Day 9: Arrive to Ushuaia
- Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina and explore the Southernmost city in the world.
- Day 2: Embarkation
- Days 3 -4: Southbound Drake Passage
- Days 5-7: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
- Day 8: Fly fromKing George Island to Punta Arenas
- Day 9: Depart
* Special Notes
*This voyage also goes in reverse:
Day 1: Punta Arenas
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.
Day 2: Fly the Drake
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.
Days 3-6: 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.
Days 7-8: Cross the Drake Passage
Take part in Expedition team lectures and wildlife viewing on the outer decks as you reflect on your unforgettable experience on the Antarctic peninsula. On the final night, enjoy a farewell dinner with the Captain, staff and fellow travelers.
Day 8: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive in the early morning and disembark after a final breakfast. Choose to talk a transfer directly to the airport or take advantage of the day to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.