Back of the front paddler in a tandem kayak, paddling in a group among icebergs during the Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise.
A group of polar travelers in yellow life jackets sit in a Zodiac and photograph a large tabular iceberg on a sunny day during the Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise.
A humpback whale tail sticks out of the water with blue icebergs in the background during the Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise.
A hiker in a blue-&-gray jacket walks beside a gentoo penguin in a snowy environment during the Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise.
A polar diver looks up from beside a large chunk of underwater iceberg during the Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise

On this 10-, 11-, 12- or 13-day Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise, reduce time on the high seas by flying at least one way across the Drake Passage. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into the sea, penguins are dwarfed by soaring peaks, and humpback and minke whales feast on abundant krill. Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life—explore it in an active way with options for added-cost activities such as sea kayaking, scuba diving and polar snorkeling.

Highlights of each departure include seeing and hearing the bustling activity of a penguin city, chances to spot leopard seals on ice floes, Zodiac cruises in search of feeding and breaching whales and skipping one or two legs of the Drake Passage to maximize time in the White Continent. Be amazed by sea ice, humbled by icebergs, intrigued by Antarctic explorer history and amused by penguins.

Adventure- and conservation-minded expedition ships Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle serve as floating basecamps in Antarctica. These 126-guest-average small ships feature modern technology, state-of-the-art efficiency and nimble design for active off-ship excursions. Enjoy access to an unparalleled capacity and variety of adventure gear aboard these ice-breaker polar ships.

In addition to the main Fly/Fly itinerary which operates round-trip from Punta Arenas, Chile, select departures cruise one way, either starting (Cruise/Fly) or ending (Fly/Cruise) in Ushuaia, Argentina. “Wild Antarctica” departures add time in the Weddell Sea. “Across the Antarctic Circle” departures add an attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle. Each of the three itineraries (“Antarctic Explorer” with no Weddell Sea, “Wild Antarctica” with Weddell Sea and “Across the Antarctic Circle” with no Weddell Sea but an attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle) itineraries vary in length and opportunities to cruise the Drake Passage one-way; see Rates & Dates table for specific details of each departure.

Read on for details about this Antarctica fly cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises.



Itinerary

Fly Round-Trip Itinerary

Fly/Fly voyages operate round-trip from Punta Arenas, Chile, featuring a flight both to and from King George Island in Antarctica and active programming along the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Select “Wild Antarctica” departures add time in the Weddell Sea. Select “Across the Antarctic Circle” departures add an attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Route map of Fly/Fly itinerary of Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise, operating round-trip between Punta Arenas, Chile & King Georgia Island.
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Day 1
Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, be met by a representative and transferred to the group hotel downtown (preferred flights only). Upon arrival at the included hotel, request cabin tags from the hotel check-in staff, and label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history. Tonight, gather to meet fellow expeditioners and receive a briefing on the first leg of the expedition—the flight to Antarctica! Afterwards, there’s free time to enjoy the local cuisine at one of Punta Arenas’s many restaurants (dinner not included).

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to King George Island & Embark

This morning, be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for an early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours. On arrival into King George Island the expedition team is on hand for greetings and a Zodiac transfer to board the vessel. Take time to settle into your cabin before important briefings. Note: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. Apologies in advance for any delays.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 10
Antarctic Peninsula

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Take a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth. The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ready to be explored, and there are many options. Being so far south, experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight, enabling the days to be as busy as desired. The experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design the voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Hope to make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day, as planned. Dress warmly before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also provide transport between the ship and landing sites that are host to penguin rookeries and historic huts. While ashore, aim to stretch the legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below.

Possibly enjoy ship cruises through some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark King George Island & Fly to Punta Arenas

As the ship approaches Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to say farewell to Antarctica and an amazing adventure before boarding the flight (approximately one-and-a half hours) to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, be transferred to the group hotel. Note: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely. Apologies in advance for any delays.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Depart Punta Arenas, Chile

After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to fellow travelers as everyone continues onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. Note: in the 2021-22 season, an airport transfer must be booked in advance and is not included in the voyage cost and will therefore be at an additional charge (it is included for the 2022-23 season).

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (for guests arriving on preferred flights, which includes any flight arriving on day 1); two nights’ hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas on Days 1 & 11 (with breakfast on Days 2 & 12); transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on Day 2 (and on Day 12 in the 22-23 season); round-trip flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island on Days 2 & 11; transfer to hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 11; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; captain’s welcome and farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages; all shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights, unless specified; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or personal insurance (required); hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges; automatic $15/day crew gratuity added to shipboard account (may be removed or changed as desired upon settling the account (gratuity included for suites).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main, Fly Round-Trip voyage begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Punta Arenas at any time on day 1, ahead of the 7/8pm evening briefing. An arrival transfer from the Punta Arenas airport to the group hotel is included (for guests arriving on preferred flights, which includes any flight arriving on day 1). Plan flights to depart Punta Arenas at any time on the final day. A transfer from the group hotel to the Punta Arenas airport must be booked in advance and is not included in the voyage cost and will therefore be at an additional charge. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Fly Round-Trip voyage. Photography tips are included on every departure. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 & 2022-23 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $1,260 (20 persons max); (D) polar diving $1,260; (SN) polar snorkeling $640 (minimum 6 persons required). Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Jan 27 – Feb 07, 2022 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN
Feb 24 – Mar 08, 2022 – Sylvia Earle – K, D SN

2022-23 Season:
Jan 23 – Feb 03, 2023 – Greg Mortimer – K, SN
Jan 26 – Feb 06, 2023 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN
Feb 19 – Mar 02, 2023 – Greg Mortimer – K, SN
Feb 22 – Mar 05, 2023 – Sylvia Earle – K, D, SN

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Contingency Plan

In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place on the scheduled day due to unfavorable weather conditions, a Contingency Plan, included in the cost of your expedition, will apply. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while adapting to the weather. A change in the flight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or the return back, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent you from reaching Antarctica. Please read the full Contingency Plan and contact your Adventure Specialist for more details.

Cruise South & Fly North Itinerary

Cruise/Fly voyages depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, and cruise south across the Drake Passage for active programming along the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, before disembarking the ship and returning via a flight from King George Island to end in Punta Arenas, Chile. Select “Wild Antarctica” departures add time in the Weddell Sea. Select “Across the Antarctic Circle” departures add an attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Route map of Cruise/Fly itinerary of Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise, operating from Ushuaia, Argentina to Punta Arenas, Chile.
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Day 1
Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, be met by a representative and transferred to the group hotel (preferred flights only). Upon arrival at the included hotel, request cabin tags from the hotel check-in staff, and label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. At approximately 6:00pm this evening, meet fellow expeditioners at a voyage briefing. Afterwards, there’s free time to enjoy the local cuisine at one of Ushuaia’s many restaurants (dinner not included).

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Ushuaia

This morning, ensure any cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags and take it down to hotel reception by 8:00am. Luggage will be collected from the hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of embarkation. Keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day. Check out of the hotel by 11:00am and enjoy free time before meeting back in the hotel lobby at 2:00pm to commence a tour of Ushuaia. Alternatively, enjoy time at leisure and meet at the Prison Museum carpark by 3:45pm to rejoin the group to be transferred to the pier for embarkation.

Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains, providing a unique Argentinian landscape combining mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On the half-day introductory tour, visit “La Mision” neighborhood, the old Government House and the upper area of the city with its panoramic views. See the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the Old Prison Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation around 4:00pm.

After embarkation, settle into your cabin before an important mandatory briefing. As the ship pulls away from port, gather on the deck to commence the adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. This evening, get to know fellow guests and friendly expedition team and crew members at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Day 3
Drake Passage

As the ship commences the Drake Passage crossing, make the most of the time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. The expedition team prepares everyone for the first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and they start the lecture program to enlighten guests about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment. Wildlife experiences begin with watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in the ship’s wake. They rise and fall skillfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for the first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once the ship is below the Antarctic Convergence and is surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of the first big iceberg sighting is unforgettable. Weather permitting, the first landing in Antarctica may be attempted by late afternoon.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 9/10
Antarctic Peninsula

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Take a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth. The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ready to be explored, and there are many options. Being so far south, experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight, enabling the days to be as busy as desired. The experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design the voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Hope to make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day, as planned. Dress warmly before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also provide transport between the ship and landing sites that are host to penguin rookeries and historic huts. While ashore, aim to stretch the legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below.

Possibly enjoy ship cruises through some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Additionally, on Wild Antarctica Departures Only:

Central to the story of where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance became trapped in formidable sea ice, the Weddell Sea is high polar adventurers’ lists. Many large tabular bergs escape the Weddell Sea through the Antarctic Sound, often making navigation difficult. However, the rewards can be great. Fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era—gastropods, large clams and spiral-shaped ammonites, all turned to stone. Be spoiled with wildlife such as large colonies of Adélie penguins, Antarctic blue-eyed shags jostle and Wilson’s storm petrels. On the water, watch for chinstrap and gentoo penguins, and humpback, minke and orca whales. With good ice and plenty of luck, possibly even get close to a well-known emperor penguin colony. Cameras are sure to get a solid workout during this time in the Weddell Sea.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10/11
Disembark King George Island & Fly to Punta Arenas

As the ship approaches Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to say farewell to Antarctica and an amazing adventure before boarding the flight (approximately one-and-a half-hours) to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, be transferred to the group hotel. Note: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land safely. Apologies in advance for any delays.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11/12
Depart Punta Arenas, Chile

After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to fellow travelers as everyone continues onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. Note: in the 2021-22 season, an airport transfer must be booked in advance and is not included in the voyage cost and will therefore be at an additional charge (it is included for the 2022-23 season).

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (for guests arriving on preferred flights, which includes any flight arriving on day 1); one night’s hotel accommodation in Ushuaia on Day 1 (with breakfast on Day 2); Ushuaia city tour on Day 2 (lunch not included); luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on Day 2; one-way flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on Days 10/11; transfer to hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 10/11; one night’s hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas on Day 10/11 (with breakfast on Day 11/12); transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on Day 12 (22-23 season); onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; captain’s welcome and farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages; all shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights, unless specified; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or personal insurance (required); hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges; automatic $15/day crew gratuity added to shipboard account (may be removed or changed as desired upon settling the account (gratuity included for suites).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Cruise South & Fly North voyage begins in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to the group hotel is included (for guests arriving on preferred flights, which includes any flight arriving on day 1). Plan flights to depart Punta Arenas at any time on the final day. A transfer from the group hotel to the Punta Arenas airport must be booked in advance and is not included in the voyage cost and will therefore be at an additional charge. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Cruise South & Fly North voyage. Photography tips are included on every departure. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 & 2022-23 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $1,260 (20 persons max); (D) polar diving $1,260; (SN) polar snorkeling $640 (minimum 6 persons required). Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Jan 19 – Jan 29, 2022 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN
Feb 15 – Feb 26, 2022 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN

2022-23 Season:
Jan 15 – Jan 25, 2023 – Greg Mortimer – K, SN
Jan 18 – Jan 28, 2023 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN
Feb 11 – Feb 21, 2023 – Greg Mortimer, K, SN
Feb 14 – Feb 24, 2023 – Sylvia Earle – K, D, SN

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Contingency Plan

In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place on the scheduled day due to unfavorable weather conditions, a Contingency Plan, included in the cost of your expedition, will apply. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while adapting to the weather. A change in the flight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or the return back, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent you from reaching Antarctica. Please read the full Contingency Plan and contact your Adventure Specialist for more details.

Fly South & Cruise North Itinerary

Fly/Cruise voyages depart via a flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island to embark the ship for active programming along the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, before returning by cruising across the Drake Passage to end in Ushuaia, Argentina. Select “Wild Antarctica” departures add time in the Weddell Sea. Select “Across the Antarctic Circle” departures add an attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Route map of Fly/Cruise itinerary of Active & Wild Antarctica Air Cruise, operating from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina.
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Day 1
Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, be met by a representative and transferred to the group hotel downtown (preferred flights only). Upon arrival at the included hotel, request cabin tags from the hotel check-in staff, and label the tags with your name and ship cabin number. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history. Tonight, gather to meet fellow expeditioners and receive a briefing on the first leg of the expedition–the flight to Antarctica! Afterwards, there’s free time to enjoy the local cuisine at one of Punta Arenas’s many restaurants (dinner not included).

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to King George Island & Embark

This morning, be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for an early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours. On arrival into King George Island the expedition team is on hand for greetings and a Zodiac transfer to board the vessel. Take time to settle into your cabin before important briefings. Note: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. Apologies in advance for any delays.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 3 - 8/10
Antarctic Peninsula

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Take a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth. The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ready to be explored, and there are many options. Being so far south, experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight, enabling the days to be as busy as desired. The experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design the voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Hope to make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day, as planned. Dress warmly before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also provide transport between the ship and landing sites that are host to penguin rookeries and historic huts. While ashore, aim to stretch the legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below.

Possibly enjoy ship cruises through some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendor. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Additionally, on Wild Antarctica Departures:

Central to the story of where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance became trapped in formidable sea ice, the Weddell Sea is high polar adventurers’ lists. Many large tabular bergs escape the Weddell Sea through the Antarctic Sound, often making navigation difficult. However, the rewards can be great. Fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era—gastropods, large clams and spiral-shaped ammonites, all turned to stone. Be spoiled with wildlife such as large colonies of Adélie penguins, Antarctic blue-eyed shags jostle and Wilson’s storm petrels. On the water, watch for chinstrap and gentoo penguins, and humpback, minke and orca whales. With good ice and plenty of luck, possibly even get close to a well-known emperor penguin colony. Cameras are sure to get a solid workout during this time in the Weddell Sea.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

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Drake Passage

Today, the landings come to an end as the ship enters the Drake Passage for the return journey to South America. With lectures and film presentations to complete the Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what has been seen and experienced, and the impact this voyage has had. Approaching the tip of South America, the captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Accommodations

Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle

Meals

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Day 11-13
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

During the early morning, cruise up the Beagle Channel before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where disembarkation occurs around 8:00am. Say farewell to the expedition team and fellow passengers as everyone continues onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to downtown Ushuaia before continuing to the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (for guests arriving on preferred flights, which includes any flight arriving on day 1); one night’s hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas on Day 1 (with breakfast on Day 2); transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on Day 2; one-way flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island on Day 3; transfer from pier to downtown Ushuaia or to airport on Day 11/12/13; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; captain’s welcome and farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages; all shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights, unless specified; transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or personal insurance (required); hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges; automatic $15/day crew gratuity added to shipboard account (may be removed or changed as desired upon settling the account (gratuity included for suites).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Fly South & Cruise North voyage begins in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Punta Arenas at any time on day 1, ahead of the 7/8pm evening briefing. An arrival transfer from the Punta Arenas airport to the group hotel is included (for guests arriving on preferred flights, which includes any flight arriving on day 1). Plan flights to depart Ushuaia no earlier than 12:00pm Noon. A direct transfer from the pier to downtown Ushuaia, or to the airport midday, is included following disembarkation. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Fly South & Cruise North voyage. Photography tips are included on every departure. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 & 2022-23 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $1,260 (20 persons max); (D) polar diving $1,260; (SN) polar snorkeling $640 (minimum 6 persons required). Please contact AdventureSmith for details on which activities are available on your specific departure date and to reserve space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Feb 05 – Feb 16, 2022 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN
Mar 06 – Mar 15, 2022 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN

2022-23 Season:
Feb 01 – Feb 12, 2023 – Greg Mortimer – K, SN
Feb 04 – Feb 15, 2023 – Sylvia Earle – K, SN
Feb 28 – Mar 11, 2023 – Greg Mortimer – K, SN
Mar 03 – Mar 14, 2023 – Sylvia Earle – K, D, SN

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Contingency Plan

In the unlikely event that the flight to Antarctica cannot take place on the scheduled day due to unfavorable weather conditions, a Contingency Plan, included in the cost of your expedition, will apply. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while adapting to the weather. A change in the flight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or the return back, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent you from reaching Antarctica. Please read the full Contingency Plan and contact your Adventure Specialist for more details.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Jan 19 - Jan 29, 2022
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Jan 27 - Feb 07, 2022
Sylvia Earle • 12 days
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Feb 05 - Feb 16, 2022
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Feb 15 - Feb 26, 2022
Sylvia Earle • 12 days
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Feb 24 - Mar 08, 2022
Sylvia Earle • 13 days
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Mar 06 - Mar 15, 2022
Sylvia Earle • 10 days
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Jan 15 - Jan 25, 2023
Greg Mortimer • 11 days
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Jan 18 - Jan 28, 2023
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Jan 23 - Feb 03, 2023
Greg Mortimer • 12 days
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Jan 26 - Feb 06, 2023
Sylvia Earle • 12 days
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Feb 01 - Feb 12, 2023
Greg Mortimer • 12 days
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Feb 04 - Feb 15, 2023
Sylvia Earle • 12 days
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Feb 11 - Feb 21, 2023
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Feb 14 - Feb 24, 2023
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Feb 19 - Mar 02, 2023
Greg Mortimer • 12 days
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Feb 22 - Mar 05, 2023
Sylvia Earle • 12 days
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Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2023
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Mar 03 - Mar 14, 2023
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Expedition Ship
Greg Mortimer

The Greg Mortimer is a brand new, icebreaker polar expedition ship. Carrying an average of 126 guests, this small ship features a unique bow designed for efficiency. It features active programming with adventure gear for backcountry skiing, polar diving, snowshoeing, climbing and kayaking.

Expedition Ship
Sylvia Earle

Due to sail in November 2021, Sylvia Earle offers a robust menu of adventure activities from kayaking and polar diving to mountaineering and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Cruise responsibly knowing this brand new icebreaker polar expedition ship was built with cutting edge nautical technology including one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world.

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Read this detailed ship review about the identical polar sister ships and what they offer Antarctica travelers. Our expert has been aboard and writes this from his firsthand experience!

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