Antarctica Express Air Cruise

A zodiac-ride of a lifetime during your Antacrtica cruise
Maryse Reyneri
Lingering sunsets in Antarctica
Markus Geissler
Man meets nature
Sandra Welser
Air transportation
John & Janet Waith
Family ties
Tom Arban
Spacious views from the lounge
Tom Arban
Dining room

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. Please note: Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close.

    Day 2

      Cape Horn

      After crossing Nassau Bay, wake up in front of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, put into the water via the Zodiacs and visit the lighthouse and the Chilean station in charge of keeping it beaming. Back on board, get ready to sail towards Antarctica and start crossing the famous waters named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

      Day 3

        Drake Passage

        Sailing through Drake Passage, en route to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). You are invited to relax and enjoy life on board and to take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent birds such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as Humpback and Minke whales swimming on their way down to Antarctica.

        Day 4

          South Shetland Islands

          After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Tanking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

          Day 5

            King George Island / Flight to Chile

            Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay, where you will have the chance to enjoy the Antarctic scenery and visit some interesting places around the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Gather at the aerodome where you will board the flight taking you back to Punta Arenas, Chile. The program ends upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas.

            NOTE: Upon request, a complimentary transfer and hotel night at Hotel Rey Don Felipe will be provided in Punta Arenas.

            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy.
            - Solo travelers can request the Twin Share Program where you will be matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate cannot be found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
            - Solo travelers not wishing to opt for the Share Program can book a dedicated single cabin at published rate, or book a twin cabin for single use with a 85% supplement.
            - Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.
            Included in the rate:
            Transfers airport/hotel/airport in Punta Arenas foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage (in case of using the complimentary hotel upon return from Antarctica, no transfer is included the following day)
            1 complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from
            Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program
            Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program
            Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise
            All guided shore excursions
            Lectures and entertainment on board
            Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
            Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica

            Not included in the rate
            Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the program
            Personal insurances
            Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
            Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day)
            Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable

            Deposit & Payment

            Initial deposit is $1200 for Antarctic Express and Small Ship Expedition Itineraries, $2200 for all other itineraries, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

            Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure.

            Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

            Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 130 days prior to departure.

            Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

            Cancellation Policy

            Days Prior to departureFee
            120+ Days75% of the Deposit