Passengers stand outside on the ice in front of a large ship that's part of the antarctica air cruise expeditions
A zodiac full of guests from the antarctica air cruise passes in front of a pyramid shaped iceberg
A group of sea kayaks pose in the ocean in front of icebergs in antarctica
An airplane descends to land on King George Island in antarctica
Two penguins walk through snowy drifts on a blue sky day in antarctica
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica Air Cruise

Experience Antarctica without crossing the stormy Drake Passage on this classic 8-day cruise. A 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island allows guests to arrive in Antarctica by plane and explore by ship without the torment of too many days on rough seas. From King George Island, board the ship and cruise among the South Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience daily shore landings and visits to amazing wildlife sites of the White Continent with expert Antarctic naturalist guides leading you through and lecturing about the Antarctic Continent. An expedition like this merges education, experience, and science. Participate in interactive workshops, open discussions, photography workshops and participation in Citizen Science programs that collect data in support of scientists around the world. As you explore collect phytoplankton samples, document migrating whales, gather photos of wildlife with polar tags and conduct seabird surveys.

This Air Cruise operates round trip flights across the Drake Passage aboard a BAE 146 plane; starting with the 2021-22 season, the flight may also be in an AVRO RJ 85 or AVRO RJ 100 jet. Each aircraft features high wings and engineering for very short runway requirements, perfect for landing in Antarctica. Then continue your expedition aboard the 73-guest Hebridean Sky 21, the 72-guest Ocean Nova or the 2019-built, 73-guest Magellan Explorer. The newest ship to operate this Antarctica air cruise, Magellan Explorer, is an ideal base for luxury Antarctica cruises due to her high ice class rating, safety features, long-range ability, spacious cabins and boutique feel.

With two itineraries to choose from, travelers can craft the right Antarctic trip. The main 8-day itinerary includes a round-trip flight over the Drake Passage and provides a comprehensive introduction to Antarctica, with possible visits to places such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island and the Lemaire Channel. Shorter alternative itineraries use the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, and trade touching the Antarctic Peninsula for time in Cape Horn and/or Port Williams, with a sailing across the Drake Passage in one direction. The longer 17-day alternative itinerary sails in one direction and includes time exploring southern Elephant Island and South Georgia.

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



Itinerary

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise Itinerary

The 8-day Classic Antarctica Air Cruise operates round-trip from Punta Arenas, Chile, with flights to and from King George Island and a focus on cruising the Antarctic Peninsula.

Route map of Antarctica Air Cruise, operating roundtrip from Punta Arenas, Chile, with a flights to and from King George Island and stops along the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2:00pm where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about the voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors (hosted at Explorer House in 2021-22 season). Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

Accommodations

Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to King George Island & Embark

The Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Exit the airplane to the first experience of clear Antarctic air. Walk approximately one mile to the shore, where a Zodiac is waiting to bring you to the expedition vessel after exploring the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova, Hebridean Sky 21

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Explore Antarctica

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 seabirds, 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 the lounge while sharing stories of daily adventures with fellow guests.

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. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova, Hebridean Sky 21

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Disembark King George Island & Fly to Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Except for breakfast onboard, meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included.

Accommodations

Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar

Meals

breakfast

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Day 8
Depart Punta Arenas, Chile

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

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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; for cruises ending in Punta Arenas, one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on day of 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 program; flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage; exclusive access to the Explorers House Expedition Center (opening 2021-22 season); ship cruise in Antarctica as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage; 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; comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica; Contingency Plan as described in material; IAATO passenger fee.

Exclusions

Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage; for cruises ending in Punta Arenas, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica; beverages purchased at the ship’s bar; personal insurance of any kind; extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.); gratuities; visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses; any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable; and optional activities.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 (2020/2021) or $3,000 (2021/2022) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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:

2020-21 season:
Up to 180 days – full refund except for $500
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 85% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 90% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 95% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

2021-22 season:
Up to 180 days – full refund except for $1,000
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 90% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 92.5 % of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 95% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

If full payment has not yet been received at 120 days prior, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid amount is due immediately.

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 Antarctica Air Cruise 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 by 2:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. The same deadline applies to travelers arriving directly at the hotel on day 1. Travelers who miss their arrival deadline will be considered “no-show.” They will not be able to participate in the expedition and will receive no refund. In the afternoon, all travelers must attend a mandatory safety and Antarctic guidelines briefing, an information session covering important practical details and fitting session for expedition boots. Participation in these activities is essential for the success of the expedition. Depart from Punta Arenas anytime on the final day of your trip, however, AdventureSmith strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home in case you need to change your travel arrangement following a delay of the return flight from Antarctica. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Upon arrival at Frei Base airfield on King George Island, travelers are required to walk approximately 1 mile to the vessel mooring (20-30 minutes). Checked luggage will be transferred to the vessel by staff. If you think that you will not be able to walk this distance, then please inform your Adventure Specialist.

The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg (44 lb.) per passenger, including hand luggage. For the main Antarctica air cruise, excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenas and will be handed over to travelers upon their return from Antarctica. The baggage weight limit is a technical requirement imposed by the flight operation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase extra allowance. Note that at certain points during the expedition you will be required to handle your own luggage.

Seats are not assigned on the charter flights between Chile and Antarctica, however preferred seating may be pre-booked for an extra level of comfort ($495 in 2020-21 & 2021-22). This option offers a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft (limited to rows 2-5), and a guaranteed empty middle seat. It also offers priority boarding in Punta Arenas and an amenities kit.

Activities

Kayaking is available on all departures at $895 per person (2019-20 & 2020-21 seasons). To take part in the program participants must have previous kayaking experience. Minimum age is 16 to participate, and the group is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Snowshoeing is available on all departures at $85 per person per excursion and can be booked and paid for on board the ship (2019-20 & 2020-21 seasons). All snowshoeing excursions are a maximum of 12 participants (minimum age 12).

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at an 85% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select Porthole and Veranda Cabins (Magellan Explorer), Twin Cabins (Ocean Nova), and Window Suites and Promenade Suites (Hebridean Sky 21) upon availability; all other categories incur a 100% supplement. Sharing a cabin with another passenger of the same gender is also an option (same cabin categories apply). Passengers who book a Twin Cabin on a shared basis are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas and must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement that varies based on departure selected. 

Note: Single travelers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those who have conditions that can be disrupting to others (loud snoring, sleepwalking etc.) can only book their Air Cruise in a Single Cabin or in a Twin Cabin for single use. They cannot book on a twin-share basis.

Families & Children

Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 USD per person. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, 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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; 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 and the wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, be prepared for that possibility. 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.

17-Day Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruise Itinerary

The Antarctica & South Georgia Itinerary is 17-days and begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, with an air flight to King George Island. Spend 4 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and Elephant Island, and 3 days exploring South Georgia Island, with long sailing days full of wildlife observations in between. End by sailing to Ushuaia, Argentina. 

Route map of 16-day Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruise, operating from Punta Arenas, Chile with a flight to King George Island and visits to the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island and South Georgia before disembarking in Ushuaia, Argentina.
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Day 1
Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive to Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2:00pm. Transfer to the hotel then make your way to the Explorer House to attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about the voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner includes local gastronomy and the opportunity to meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Accommodations

Cabo de Hornos Hotel, or similar

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to King George Island & Embark

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and 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 the expedition vessel.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 5
Exploring Antarctica

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 seabirds, 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 the lounge 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 in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Elephant Island

Sailing north of the Antarctic Peninsula, we hope to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on in a small open lifeboat, crossing 1,300 km of open sea to South Georgia in order to arrange the rescue of their comrades. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, be able to see the island from the ship.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7 - 10
Sailing to South Georgia

Sailing on northward, historians and naturalists offer presentations and informal chats. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge and to be inspired by tales of exploration, while keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
South Georgia Island

The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 King Penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favorable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 15
Sailing Towards South America

As the ship heads to South America, the Expedition Team continue their program of presentations. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history: Enjoy the collection of themed books in the library, attend film screenings, and spend time socializing in the ship’s lounge. Take your binoculars to the outside observation decks and spot for the great wondering albatross that may be soaring in the proximity of the ship.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
At Sea & Beagle Channel

Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego to the north and Navarino Island to the south as you make your way to Ushuaia.

Accommodations

Magellan Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Depart Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive to Ushuaia, where the journey ends.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included 

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; one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on day of 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 program; exclusive access to the Explorers House Expedition Center (opening 2021-22 season); flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage; ship cruise in Antarctica as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage; 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; comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica; Contingency Plan as described in material; IAATO passenger fee. 

Exclusions 

Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage; dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica; beverages purchased at the ship’s bar; personal insurance of any kind; extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.); gratuities; visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses; any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable; and optional activities. 

Payment & Cancellation 

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 (2020/2021) or $3,000 (2021/2022) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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:

2020-21 season:
Up to 180 days – full refund except for $500
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 85% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 90% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 95% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

2021-22 season:
Up to 180 days – full refund except for $1,000
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 90% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 92.5 % of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 95% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

If full payment has not yet been received at 120 days prior, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid amount is due immediately. 

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 Antarctic Latitudes & South Georgia Cruise 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 by 2:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. The same deadline applies to travelers arriving directly at the hotel on day 1. Travelers who miss their arrival deadline will be considered “no-show.” They will not be able to participate in the expedition and will receive no refund. In the afternoon, all travelers must attend a mandatory safety and Antarctic guidelines briefing, an information session covering important practical details and fitting session for expedition boots. Participation in these activities is essential for the success of the expedition. Depart from Punta Arenas anytime on the final day of your trip, however, AdventureSmith strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home in case you need to change your travel arrangement following a delay of the return flight from Antarctica. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Internal Flights 

Upon arrival at Frei Base airfield on King George Island, travelers are required to walk approximately 1 mile to the vessel mooring (20-30 minutes). Checked luggage will be transferred to the vessel by staff. If you think that you will not be able to walk this distance, then please inform your Adventure Specialist.

The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg (44 lb.) per passenger, including hand luggage. Excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenas and will be handed over to travelers upon their return from Antarctica. The baggage weight limit is a technical requirement imposed by the flight operation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase extra allowance. Note that at certain points during the expedition you will be required to handle your own luggage.

Seats are not assigned on the charter flight between Chile and Antarctica, however preferred seating may be pre-booked for an extra level of comfort ($245 in 2020-21 & 2021-22). This option offers a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft (limited to rows 2-5), and a guaranteed empty middle seat. It also offers priority boarding in Punta Arenas and an amenities kit. 

Activities 

Kayaking is available on all departures at $895 per person (2020-21 & 2021-22 seasons). To take part in the program participants must have previous kayaking experience. Minimum age is 16 to participate, and the group is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Snowshoeing is available on all departures at $85 per person per excursion and can be booked and paid for on board the ship (2020-21 & 2021-22 seasons). All snowshoeing excursions are a maximum of 12 participants (minimum age 12).  

Room Configuration 

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at an 85% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select Porthole and Veranda Cabins upon availability; all other categories incur a 100% supplement. Sharing a cabin with another passenger of the same gender is also an option (same cabin categories apply). Passengers who book a Twin Cabin on a shared basis are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas and must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement that varies based on departure selected. 

Note: Single travelers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those who have conditions that can be disrupting to others (loud snoring, sleepwalking etc.) can only book their Air Cruise in a Single Cabin or in a Twin Cabin for single use. They cannot book on a twin-share basis. 

Families & Children 

Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 12 years of age. 

Travel Insurance 

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 USD per person. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, 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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; 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 and the wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, be prepared for that possibility. 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.

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Cruise Rates & Dates

Jan 14 - Jan 21, 2021
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Jan 27 - Feb 03, 2021
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Jan 31 - Feb 07, 2021
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Feb 05 - Feb 12, 2021
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Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2021
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Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2021
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Nov 17 - Dec 03, 2021
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Dec 02 - Dec 09, 2021
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Dec 06 - Dec 13, 2021
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Dec 07 - Dec 14, 2021
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Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2021
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Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
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Dec 16 - Dec 23, 2021
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Dec 17 - Dec 24, 2021
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Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2021
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Dec 21 - Dec 28, 2021
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Dec 22 - Dec 29, 2021
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Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2021
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Dec 26 - Jan 02, 2022
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Dec 27 - Jan 03, 2022
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Dec 28 - Jan 04, 2022
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Dec 31 - Jan 07, 2022
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Jan 02 - Jan 09, 2022
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Jan 13 - Jan 18, 2022
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Jan 14 - Jan 21, 2022
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Choose the Polar Expedition Ship that Fits Your Travel Style

Expedition Ship
Ocean Nova

The 72-guest Ocean Nova is a comfortably compact and nimble expedition vessel cruising the Antarctic. Options to fly over the Drake Passage and then board the Ocean Nova make her itineraries appealing.

Expedition Ship
Hebridean Sky 21

The 73-passenger Hebridean Sky is an ice-strengthened, all-suite expedition ship featuring picture windows in every cabin and private balconies on several suites.

Expedition Ship
Magellan Explorer

The 73-guest Magellan Explorer is a brand new expedition ship built specifically for Antarctica fly cruises. This polar class 6 vessel features stylish design with technical advances for smooth and safe expeditions.

Deals

Current Deals on This Air Cruise

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Offer expires December 31st, 2020
Relaxed Cancellation Policy for 2021-22 Antarctica Expeditions

Book your Antarctica expedition with confidence using these relaxed cancellation conditions.

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Complimentary Preferred Seating On 2021-22 Antarctic Flight Cruises

Receive complimentary preferred seating on your Antarctic flight ($495 value) on 2021-22 Antarctica expeditions in this early-booking deal.

Expert Reviews

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Mary Kohut • February 28th, 2020
Expert Aboard: Hebridean Sky Ship Review

Two AdventureSmith cruise experts provide insights into the different charters of 73- to 114-guest Hebridean Sky in this ship review. Read about the luxury and service aboard, and traveling aboard this ship on an air cruise versus a cruise across the Drake Passage.

Todd Smith • May 29th, 2018
Expert Review: Antarctica Air Cruise

AdventureSmith's founder and president reviews his air cruise aboard the 72-guest Ocean Nova. Learn what it's like to fly the Drake and why he's dubbed Antarctica "Alaska's big brother."

Testimonials

Hear It from Travelers Who Have Explored Antarctica with Us

"Amazing Experience"

We most enjoyed flying over the Drake Passage - left more time to enjoy Antarctica. We chose a small vessel with only 68 passengers. It was an amazing experience, and I really liked being on a smaller vessel.

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"Lots Of Adventure & Fun!"

Our Antarctic trip was all we expected and more; lots of adventure and fun! We were very pleased with the high quality staff on board the Ocean Nova.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Air Cruise

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7 Day Land Tour
Torres Del Paine Trek

The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains to enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations by night.

From $1690USD
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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Patagonia

This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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5 Day Cruise
Fjords of Tierra del Fuego - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

The 5-day Fjords of Tierra del Fuego cruise aboard the 210-guest Stella or Ventus Australis begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. Explore Glacier Alley, Darwin Mountains, Magellanic penguins in Tucker Islet, elephant seals in Ainsworth Bay, Wulaia Bay, Cape Horn and more.

From $1590USD
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8 - 11 Day Cruise
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Enjoy a 3-hour flight before setting foot on the 7th Continent. This 8- or 11-day Antarctic air cruise aboard the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer or 172-passenger World Explorer flies above the Drake Passage before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

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11 Day Cruise
Weddell Sea—Emperor Penguin Voyage

The 11-day Weddell Sea—Emperor Penguin Voyage offers the unique experience of close emperor penguin encounters at secluded rookeries via helicopter rides. Cruise aboard the 108-passenger M/V Ortelius on one of the most spectacular Antarctic adventures.

From $11300USD
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10 Day Cruise
Polar Circle Air Cruise

This 10-day program includes a flight to and from Antarctica plus a cruise by expedition ship along the Antarctic Peninsula as far south as the Polar Circle. Reach a remarkable geographical objective while avoiding the stormy Drake Passage.

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