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What's Included

  • Luxury fly-in Antarctica cruise
  • Luxury accommodation in Santiago and Punta Arenas
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Explore the magnificent landscape and wildlife of Antactica with a fly-in cruise that lets you skip the Drake Passage and fly straight to King George Island. We’ve also included two nights in Santiago and a night before and after your cruise in Punta Arenas, making this a comprehensive trip from start to finish.

Your first two nights will be spent in Chile’s capital where you can relax and spend some time exploring. Enjoy the buzz of city life and the many restaurants and bars – we can also arrange privately guided tours if you’d like to get under Santiago’s skin. You will then fly down to Punta Arenas in the far south, where you will spend a night before boarding another flight to King George Island.

The next eight days are spent exploring the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll head out on Zodiacs with expert guides to discover this incredible world, learning all about this very special ecosystem. The aim of this cruise is to sail south to the Polar Circle, looking out for whales, penguins and sea birds as you sail through this mesmerising landscape.

Once you’re back at King George Island, it’s time to board your flight back to Punta Arenas.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Santiago

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Santiago

Accommodation in Santiago

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Two nights in Santiago Two nights in Santiago

Enjoy a couple of days in bustling Santiago, Chile's capital city. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Andes, Santiago is considered to have an understated charm. Sleek glassy skyscrapers share space with perfectly landscaped gardens, fascinating museums and stylish art galleries. There's also an emerging culinary scene boasting fine dining establishments and a celebrated seafood market. You'll have our list of recommended tours, restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Santiago airport

Flight

Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Punta Arenas

Days 3-4

Punta Arenas

Accommodation in Punta Arenas

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Overnight in Punta Arenas Overnight in Punta Arenas

On arrival into Punta Arenas, you will be welcomed by Antaractica XXI staff and attend a briefing that provides important information about your cruise. Spend the night in one of the southernmost cities in the world - it has a population of around 130,000.

Days 4-11

Antarctica

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A smooth two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the plane and 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 embark your expedition vessel.

Expedition ship in Antarctica

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Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.

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Antarctica21 Polar Circle Air Cruise: Day Eight Antarctica21 Polar Circle Air Cruise: Day Eight

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board a flight to Punta Arenas.

Days 11-12

Punta Arenas

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Spend a final night in Punta Arenas before your onward flight.

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