Polar Circle Fly-In Cruise
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- 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
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
Private transfer to your hotel in Santiago
Accommodation in Santiago
- 62 rooms
- Restaurant & Sky Bar
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Spa, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam room
The Singular Santiago is a luxury hotel in the Lastarria neighbourhood of Santiago. A sister hotel to The Singular Patagonia, The Singular Santiago is located in one of the artiest areas of the Chilean capital, Lastarria: the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Visual Arts, and the Gabriel Mistral Center are all within walking distance of the hotel. It’s not just the location that’s appealing: the rooftop pool provides a scenic setting in which to both cool down after a day exploring Santiago and take in the view; the spa offers post- or pre-long-haul flight massages; and the Singular Restaurant serves French dishes alongside local specialties, such as Guanaco and Penca, to keep the flavour decidedly Latin. The ninth-floor Sky Bar is the perfect place to polish off a day in Lastarria. There are 62 rooms: the Patio Rooms and the Classic Rooms overlook the Plaza Mulato Gil, and the Deluxe Balcony Rooms have views across the Parque Forestal. All rooms at The Singular benefit from stylish decor and all the mod-cons you could wish for, including wireless internet, LCD TVs, large and comfortable beds, and well-equipped, spacious marble bathrooms.
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.
Private transfer to Santiago airport
Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
Private transfer to your hotel in Punta Arenas
Accommodation in Punta Arenas
A good, comfortable and well-maintained hotel in which to stop over whilst in Punta Arenas. There are 111 rooms, some with views of the city’s main plaza, others with views out across the Magellan Straits. The hotel is fairly centrally located and has a pleasant bar and restaurant area.
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.
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
- 38 Cabins
- Single, Twin and Triple Cabins Available
- Glass-enclosed Observation Lounge
- Dining Room
- Presentation Room
Antarctica21’s Ocean Nova is a unique set-up allowing you to make the very most of your precious time and maximise exploration at Antarctica itself. Flights depart from Punta Arenas in the South of Chile (the program includes a night in Punta Arenas before the flight where you will have a welcome meal and presentation before your adventure the next day. Arriving into the Southern Continent you board the Ocean Nova, a modern passenger vessel (rather than a converted scientific vessel as many other cruises). All 38 cabins are outdoor, with private facilities. A relatively small vessel, the Ocean Nova is able to reach areas other larger cruises cannot, it also allows more exploration as the smaller number of guests means that no time has to be spent waiting for groups to ‘take their turn’ in the visit. Guiding is excellent and there is high guide to guest ratio. As well as zodiac boat trips ashore, you can opt add kayaking or snowshoeing packages to your adventure.
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.
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board a flight to Punta Arenas.
Spend a final night in Punta Arenas before your onward flight.
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