Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise

From Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Want to see both Antarctica and South Georgia...limited time, or not sure about crossing the Drake Passage? Then join this Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise and fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island near Antarctica and board your vessel there. Explore Antarctica then cruise to South Georgia, in the comfort of our purpose built Antarctica cruise ship, Magellan Explorer. Onboard expert guides will educate you on everything there is to know about this fascinating area, before sailing to Ushuaia where the journey ends.

Explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, abundant with penguins; gentoos, Adelies and chinstraps, seals, seabirds, and whales, along with research stations and historic sites, ice bergs, glaciers, stunning harbours and channels and magnificent mountains.  During your expedition, shore excursions and zodiac explorations will be offered as often as possible allowing you to get up close and personal with this majestic and pristine wilderness area. South Georgia is a great addition, with its very distinct wildlife, including huge numbers of king penguins and elephant seals. Fly to Antarctica, and explore the stunning 7th continent, a memory to treasure forever!

 

Viva's Best Bits...

Save time & avoid the rough Drake Passage, take a 2 hour flight to King George island and join your expedition cruise there, and start exploring Antarctica!

"The expedition ships used for fly cruise adventures have a maximum
of 75 guests. That means disembarking and embarking in Antarctica is faster and smoother, no waiting around for your turn!" Tara, Team Viva

Visit both Antarctica and South Georgia in just over 2 weeks! This gives you fantastic wildlife spotting and scenery in Antarctica, plus South Georgia's distinctive wildlife, like king penguins

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Punta Arenas

Our staff members welcome you in Punta Arenas,Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel, visit Explorers House, and attend a mandatory briefing. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers.

Day 2
Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. You then walk 2-km (1.25-mi) to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your expedition vessel

Day 3-5
Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each
day disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. You will explore several spots in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Sound that offers the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 6
Elephant Island

Sailing north, 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 to South Georgia. While stormy conditions rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.

Day 7-10
Sailing to South Georgia

As we sail northward, our expert guides offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge while keeping an eye out for the region’s birdlife.

Day 11-12
South Georgia

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. Each visit is unique.If the weather is favorable, visits are also planned
at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Day 13-15
Sailing towards South America

As the ship heads to South America, the program of presentations continues. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history.

Day 16
At sea and Beagle Channel

Approach South America and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you head to Ushuaia.

Day 17
Ushuaia

Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends at the pier upon disembarkation.

**please note, some departures are 1 days shorter or in reverse, please ask for full itinerary for each departure date

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 16 nights onboard Magellan Explorer
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel in Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, Coffee, tea, chocolate, water and snacks while onboard vessel
  • Included Copy 20 Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All guided shore excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Lectures and entertainment on board
  • Included Copy 20 Exclusive access to Explorers House in Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 20 Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of waterproof boots for landing
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
  • Included Copy 7 Personal travel insurance
  • Included Copy 31 Preferred seating on your flight to Antarctica - additional charge
  • Included Copy 31 Kayaking (additional charge)
  • Included Copy 31 Hiking or snowshoeing programe (additional charge)
Transportation
Magellan Explorer | Antarctic Cruise Ship

75 fly cruise (100 maximum) Passengers

BAE 146-200, the AVRO RJ 85, and the AVRO RJ

Activities

  • Included Landings in the Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia
  • Included Option to go Kayaking (additional charge)
  • Included See more of the landscape - join a hiking or snowshoeing programe (additional charge)
  • Included Fly the drake passage, to King George Island
  • Included Zodiac cruising through stunning landscapes
  • Included Great wildlife opportunities including the sight of 150,000 king penguins!
  • Included Antarctica history - see Elephant Island
  • Included Onboard lectures by the expert expedition team
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Duration

17 days

Price from

$14,395 USD

Per person, twin share

Based On Lowest Cabin

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