Antarctica is a remote, magical place that will greet you with its awe-inspiring beauty. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers; be amazed by sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea.
Adventure awaits in Antarctica. Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil. Join our optional sea kayaking and hiking &snowshoeing programs.
Set foot on the seventh continent and add a new destination to your travel list. You will bring home indelible memories, while tales of your adventurous journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family.
In the austral summer, large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate along the Antarctic Peninsula to feed and reproduce. Present in abundant numbers, these animals will provide endless inspiration for your photographs.
The Nature of Expedition Travel
Our air-cruise expeditions are suitable for adventurous travelers who enjoy full mobility and reasonably good health. Expedition travel to Antarctica requires flexibility and adaptation to ever-changing circumstances. There is no airport or port infrastructure at King George Island, or anywhere in the Antarctic Peninsula. Travelers reach the ship by Zodiac boat.
Your Travel Companions
You will be joining a group trip of international travelers on this trip. Each year the trip welcomes travelers from over 40 different countries. They may travel alone, as a family, or as part of a group. While some of your travelling companions may speak different languages and have different customs, they will share your passion for adventure and interest in the natural world.
The experience- Antarctic Air-Cruise Model
There was a time when adventure travelers who wanted to reach the Antarctic Peninsula had only one option: to sail across the tempestuous Drake Passage.
A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica where you board your expedition ship. You thereby avoid the stormy seas of the Drake Passage – and the potential Seasickness – and experience only the best Antarctica has to offer.
The trip offers a boutique-style wilderness adventure, not a cruise. Feeling more like private yachts than cruise ships, our small expedition vessels give you privileged access to Antarctica, taking you where larger ships cannot. With a smaller number of passengers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you spend time exploring, not waiting.
- Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks.
- Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil.
- Bring home indelible memories, while tales of your adventurous journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family.
- Get close to wildlife- large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate along the Antarctic Peninsula to feed and reproduce. Present in abundant numbers, these animals will provide endless inspiration for your photographs.
Activities: boating/cruising, hiking/trekking, nature watching
- This cost is per person based on Deluxe Veranda cabin. Sharing Twin.
- This cost is based on Double Occupancy.
- All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking/reservation. All prices are subject to change.
- Group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
- 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.
- Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on last day of the air-cruise.
- Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program.
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program.
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
- Daily served dinner on board 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 on board ship throughout the expedition.
- All guided shore excursions.
- Lectures and entertainment on board.
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
- Contingency Plan as described further on.
- IAATO passenger fee.
- International airfare to Punta Arenas.
- 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 travel insurance.
- Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
- Optional activities.
- Preferred Seating on the Antarctic Flight.
- Visas for Chile and Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
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.
For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 69 passengers in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed.
All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.
The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
BAE 146 / AVRO RJ Aircraft
The BAE 146 / AVRO RJ aircraft was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements,
which make it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 25 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
Preferred Seating: For an extra level of comfort, you can purchase Preferred Seats on your Antarctic flight. Subject to availability.
Deluxe Veranda Cabin 240 sq. ft. 22 sq. m Cabin with sitting area and balcony