Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise

From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
  • 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 time, or not sure about crossing the Drake Passage? Then join this Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise. From Ushuaia cruise to South Georgia, in the comfort of our purpose built Antarctica cruise ship, Magellan Explorer. Sail onward to the magical whith continent of Antarctica. Onboard expert guides will educate you on everything there is to know about this fascinating area. Finally depart Antarctica with a flight from King George Island back to Punta Arenas, Chile. 

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!


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Explore both South Georgia and Antarctica. Save time & avoid the rough Drake Passage, take a 2 hour flight from King George island back to South America.

"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

Our staff welcomes you in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the pier. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards South Georgia.

Day 2-4
Sailing to South Georgia

As we sail toward South Georgia, our historians and our naturalists 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 5-8
Exploring 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. Depending on conditions, possible stops can include St. Andrew’s Bay where you could be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins and Cooper Island to see the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses and 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.

Day 9-10
Sailing to the Antarctic Peninsula

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

Day 11
Elephant Island

Sailing south, 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 12-15
Exploring Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and sail 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 sites in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 16
Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. A 2-km (1.25-miles) walk takes you through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to the aircraft. Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

Day 17
Punta Arenas

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

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 16 nights onboard Magellan Explorer
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel in Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • 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)

Magellan Explorer

100 (75 on fly-cruise) Passengers

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


  • 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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17 days

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$15,995 USD

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