Antarctic Express - Fly/Sail

From Ushuaia, Argentina to Punta Arenas, Chile
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring beauty and incredible wildlife of Antarctica? Then join this Antarctic cruise and sail around the famous Antarctica landmarks and then fly back to Chile. Our purpose built and well appointed Antarctica cruise ship and knowledgeable expert crew will guide you through an Antarctic adventure. 

Starting in Ushuaia, we sail through the Beagle Channel & head towards Cape Horn, where weather permitting, we can make a rare landing on the island. The seas in this area are notorious and exciting and from here we cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, sailing to Antarctica. The first wildlife encounters of your Antarctic cruise can be made along the way, as a variety of seabirds including albatross accompany the cruise ship and whales can be spotted from on deck. Keep your eyes peeled for the first icebergs. Your Antarctic expedition continues to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula where we spend a few days exploring the wonderful area by sea & land. Shore excursions let you set foot on the ice like the real Antarctic explorers and come face to face with the local penguins, seals and seabirds. The journey ends on King George Island & your flight awaits to take you to Punta Arenas, Chile.

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Perfect for those short on time - Fly the Drake Passage (known for rough sea).

Witness abundant wildlife, unafraid of humans.

Enjoy beautiful scenery from the air & on the ground.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia At Sea

This afternoon you will board your ship. We recommend arriving in Ushuaia at least 1 day in advance. Depart Ushuaia & set sail for the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.

Day 2
Cape Horn

With an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you will awake with Cape Horn in sight. Should weather permit, we will board our zodiacs to explore this rarely visited island. Soon we will head on our way again for our voyage to Antarctica via the Drake Passage.

Day 3
Shetland Islands

Making our way to King George Island, in the Shetland Islands, we will entertain you with lectures & presentations headed by our expert guides. Spot wildlife from the comfort of the lounge or up on the outside deck. There will be many seabirds, like albatross & petrels, as well as whales which can be seen.

Day 4
Shetland Islands

As we cross the Antarctica Convergence, you will notice the changes in the environment. Cameras at the ready as your first icebergs are to be found. Upon reaching the Shetland Islands, you will encounter ice-filled bays while enjoying the array of seabirds, penguins, seals & whales. Here we will board zodiacs for your first memorable shore excursion visit to a penguin colony. We aim to make the most of the endless daylight, that we encounter while in Antarctica.

Day 5
Antarctic Peninsula Punta Arenas

Today we say farewell to Antarctica as we fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas & overnight in our hotel.

Day 6
Punta Arenas Depart

Breakfast is included this morning at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (Flight not included).

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation based on triple share on either Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel post cruise in Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
  • Included Copy 7 Meals on day 5 in Punta Arenas is not included
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Flights from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 20 Shore excursions (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 31 NOTE: Departure on 13/12/2017 is a day longer & in reverse
M/V Ocean Nova | Antarctic Cruise Ship

68 Passengers

Hebridean Sky | Antarctic Cruise Ship

114 (70 crew) Passengers


  • Included Sea Kayaking option from USD$895.00 per person (subject to availability)
  • Included Hiking & Snowshoeing option from USD$195.00 per person (subject to availability)
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