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8-Day Antarctica Fly/Cruise

8-Day Antarctica Fly/Cruise

8 days

8-Day Antarctica Fly/Cruise
from $13495 USD

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Flying over Cape Horn and the legendary waters of the Drake Passage, this expedition offers you the unique option to visit Antarctica in just 8 days while avoiding the heady seas that are routinely encountered on classic expeditions that sail both ways across the Drake. This is the perfect Antarctica expedition for travelers with either limited vacation time or who want to avoid the potential of getting seasick sailing across the Drake. The main ship, the M/V Ocean Nova, is a comfortable, ice-hardened mid-range vessel that features tastefully done and spacious common areas and modest cabins featuring private bath. A second ship, the M/V Hebridean Sky, is a more expensive, all-suite ship with fewer departures however it is an ideal alternative for elite travelers. The customized plane used to fly us to Antarctica is a specially equipped, privately owned aircraft that is perfectly suited for flying in this rugged, remote environment. These expeditions fly round trip between Punta Arenas, Chile and the air strip on King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, your gateway to the great white continent of Antarctica!

*** Rates and availability: Due to the worldwide popularity of these cruises, it's advised to book as early as you can, a year out or more. Please contact us for availability and specific prices. in 2020-2021, prices start at US$13,495/person in twin cabins on the Ocean Nova during early December trips and up to US$26,995/person for the Grand Suite on the Magellan Explorer (peak season). In 2021-2022, on the less expensive Ocean Nova, Twin Cabin rates start at US$13,495/person, while Single cabins start at US$17,495. Trips operate from early December through late February every season ***

Departure Dates 2020-2021 (for 2021-2022, please scroll down)

  • December 6-13, 2020 (Magellan Explorer >>)
  • December 7-13, 2020 (Ocean Nova >>)
  • December 13-20, 2020 (Hebridean Sky >>)
  • December 16-23, 2020 (Magellan Explorer)
  • December 17-23, 2020 (Ocean Nova)
  • December 18-23, 2020 (Hebridean Sky)
  • December 21-28, 2020 (Magellan Explorer)
  • December 22-29, 2020 (Ocean Nova)
  • December 23-30, 2020 (Hebridean Sky)
  • December 26 - January 2, 2021 (Magellan Explorer)
  • December 27 - January 3, 2021 (Ocean Nova)
  • December 28 - January 4, 2021 (Hebridean Sky)
  • December 31 - January 7, 2021 (Magellan Explorer)
  • January 14-21, 2021 (Magellan Explorer)
  • January 17-24, 2021 (Ocean Nova)
  • January 19-26, 2021 (Magellan Explorer)
  • January 22-29, 2021 (Ocean Nova)
  • January 27 - February 3, 2021 (Ocean Nova)
  • February 1-8, 2021 (Ocean Nova)
  • February 15-22, 2021 (Magellan Explorer)
  • February 20-27, 2021 (Magellan Explorer)

Departure Dates 2021-2022

M/v Ocean Nova >>

  • December 2 - 9, 2021
  • December 7 - 14, 2021
  • December 12 - 19, 2021
  • December 17 - 24, 2021
  • December 22 - 29, 2021
  • December 27, 2021 - January 3, 2022
  • January 17 - 24, 2022
  • January 22 - 29, 2022
  • January 27, 2022 - February 3, 2022
  • February 1 - 8, 2022
  • February 6 - 13, 2022
  • February 11 - 18, 2022

M/v Magellan Explorer >>

  • December 1 - 8, 2021
  • December 6 - 13, 2021
  • December 11 - 18, 2021
  • December 16 - 23, 2021
  • December 21 - 28, 2021
  • December 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022
  • December 31, 2021 - January 7, 2022
  • January 14 - 21, 2022
  • January 19 - 26, 2022
  • January 31 - February 7, 2022
  • February 5 - 12, 2022
  • February 10 - 17, 2022
  • February 15 - 22, 2022
  • February 20 - 27, 2022

M/v Hebridean Sky >>

  • December 18 - 25, 2021
  • December 23 - 30, 2021
  • December 28, 2021 - January 4, 2022
  • January 2 - 9, 2022

Important Program Notes:

  • Travelers booking the fly/cruise expedition through AWR can receive a complimentary extra service - please contact us (can vary).
  • Optional: See Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak! Join a small group of participants and paddle in Antarctica under the leadership of an experienced Kayak Master (US$895/person).
  • Optional: Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with the optional hiking and snowshoeing program (US$85/person).
  • Optional: For an extra level of comfort, travellers can purchase "Preferred Seats" on their Antarctic flights. This option offers a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, and a guaranteed empty middle seat. It also offers priority boarding when departing from Punta Arenas and an amenities kit (US$495/person - round trip).
  • The maximum baggage allowance is 20 kilograms (approximately 44 pounds) of luggage per person, including carry-on. We highly recommend soft sided luggage and bags.
  • For single travelers, we recommend signing up on a "willing to share" basis. If you are willing to share a cabin, there is no single supplement. However if you require a guaranteed single cabin, add 85% to the normal per person sharing rate for a twin cabin or consider booking a dedicated single cabin, of which there are a handful on the Ocean Nova.
  • English is the official language on a cruise unless specifiied otherwise.
  • For families with young kids, please contact us as there are minimum ages on the fly/cruise expeditions while older children may be entitled to a special discount.
  • Because of the temperamental nature of this region's legendary environment, travelers need to be aware and prepared for contingency touring plans (conducted by Expedition representatives) in case inclement weather precludes flying. In general, we recommend an open ticket for return if possible or travel insurance to cover any trip interruption/delay scenarios. We can send details of these contingency plans on request.


Day 1: Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile and overnight

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by the expedition vessel's local representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, join your fellow passengers and enjoy a group orientation at the hotel that reviews important details about your voyage and summarizes the essential guidelines for all Antarctic travelers. Later this evening, we will gather for an official welcome dinner where you can meet more of your fellow adventurers while dining on delicious local fare. All travelers need to be in Punta Arenas by 3pm today or earlier. We can help arrange an extra hotel night at your request for those who'd prefer to arrive a day early which is recommended if your schedule allows. Transfers are included for travelers arriving before 3pm however they cannot be guaranteed for guests arriving after 3pm.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Day 2: Fly to King George Island

Today your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Your plane is the BAE-146, a specially designed craft manufactured in the UK by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). Operated by Aerovoas DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in the rugged climes of Patagonia and Antarctica, the plane is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which makes it especially well- suited for Antarctic flying. As we disembark the aircraft, 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 board your expedition vessel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Ocean Nova

Day 3: Explore Antarctica

Over the next four unforgettable days, we will cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing through ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, we travel by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert Antarctic guides. On board the vessel, enjoy an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and appreciate spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while discussing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The ship's Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by wildlife and seascape, crafting a unique and astonishing experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore the best possible places that provide a true window into Antarctica's storied environment and wildlife. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Ocean Nova

Day 4: Explore Antarctica

Enjoy up to 2 or 3 landings today, conditions and time allowing, as we discover more of this magical place.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Ocean Nova

Day 5: Explore Antarctica

Continue our voyage, seeing and learning more and more about Antarctica.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Ocean Nova

Day 6: Explore Antarctica

Enjoy a final full day exploring Antarctica.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Ocean Nova

Day 7: Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas

Today we return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the plane back to Punta Arenas. After arriving, transfer to the hotel and overnight. 

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Day 8: Depart Punta Arenas

Today, transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas in time for your flight out. 

Meals included: Breakfast


8-Day Antarctica Fly/Cruise
from $13495 USD
*** Contact Us for other itinerary and lodging options! ***

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Round flights between Punta Arenas - King George Island
  • All drinks on board
  • Lectures and onboard entertainment
  • Services of professional crew and bilingual Expedition Staff
  • Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica
  • Comprehensive pre- and post- departure information
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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