With only one crossing of the Drake Passage, these ‘fly & sail’ itineraries allow more time for exploration to discover Antarctica. Witness humpback and minke whales feasting on krill against a backdrop of mesmerising icebergs, Zodiac cruise around ice floes spotting leopard seals, set foot on land amidst vast penguin colonies, hike to breath-taking panoramic viewpoints, and visit working scientific research stations and historic huts.
These itineraries may fly one or both ways across the Drake passage.
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Arrive at the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Punta Arenas, just 300km south of the world-famous ‘Torres del Paine National Park’ in Patagonia. Your representative will greet you and take you to your hotel, to rest and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
You will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for your charter flight to King George Island. Note that due to the nature of flying to remote areas, flight schedules are dependent on weather in both Punta Arenas and King George Island.
Your Captain and expert expedition crew will create unique daily itineraries based on the current weather and ice conditions, using Zodiacs to observe wildlife intimately and to access destinations that would otherwise be inaccessible. Landing points may include the Lemaire Channel, nicknamed “Kodak Gap,” due to its outstanding natural beauty, Half Moon Island where you may see fur seals, chinstrap penguins and skuas, Blow Bluff or Paulet Island where you may see Adelie and Gentoo penguin colonies, or the fossil-rich world of Seymour Island. You may set foot on Antarctica and hike to magical vantage points or visit historic huts and working scientific research posts, or Zodiac cruise around awe-inspiring icebergs or spot hungry humpback and minke whales who have come to feast on krill. No two days will ever be the same, and your crew will ensure you will have the absolute trip of a lifetime!
As the last glimpses of ice disappear into the horizon, your Captain steers the ship northbound towards South America. Your expedition team arranges fascinating talks to discuss the highlights of the trip and to share stories and photos amongst your newfound friends.
As you glide through the Beagle Channel and arrive into Ushuaia, you bid farewell to your new friends and expedition family ready for your onward journey (selected dates include flights both ways, thus those itineraries start and end in Punta Arenas, not Ushuaia).
(This itinerary also operates in reverse)
3rd February 2024 - 14th February 2024
13th February 2024 - 23rd February 2024
21st February 2024 - 3rd March 2024
19th January 2025 - 31st January 2025
26th January 2025 - 7th February 2025
12th February 2025 - 24th February 2025
20th February 2025 - 3rd March 2025
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