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Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard Magellan Explorer
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For those short on time this Antarctic Express Air Cruise optimizes your experience so you can see it all! Embark on the Magellan Explorer in Ushuaia and set sail for Cape Horn. Depending on the weather, be one of the few to step foot on this rarely-visited island! Begin by crossing the Drake Passage en route to King George Island. While at sea, attend lectures and presentations about the polar region. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as seabirds, whales, dolphins, and seals. Instead of sailing, enjoy flying across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile where you can continue on to your next destination. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 2 : Cape Horn | Drake Passage
Day 3 : Drake Passage
Day 4 : South Shetland Islands
Day 5 : Disembark in King George Island | Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 6 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Visit the legendary Cape Horn; weather permitting step foot on the island
  • Attend presentations and lectures by your expert polar guides
  • Sail through ice-filled bays and between giant icebergs
  • Explore Chile's Frei Stations and Russia's Bellingshausen Station

Ship

Magellan Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Iceberg in Antarctica A spectacular iceberg off the coast of Antarctica Gull flies over icy water Embark on a zodiac adventure Icebergs at sunset Air transportation

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Begin 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 3 PM and 4 PM. At 4 PM boarding closes. Keep your passport on hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.

Day 2 Cape Horn | Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After crossing Nassau Bay, wake up in front of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely-visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous waters named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th-century British explorer.

Day 3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

Day 4 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 catch your first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Take advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight to continue exploring well into the evening.

Day 5 Disembark in King George Island | Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding your flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. This evening's meals are at your leisure and are not included in the program.

Day 6 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flight.

Magellan Explorer

Cabo de Hornos Hotel

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Per person starting at
$4,995
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Triple Suite
Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
Magellan Explorer Porthole Cabin
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Porthole Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Deluxe Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 4 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Penthouse Suite
Located on Deck 5 (330 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
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Grand Suite
Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") featuring two balconies and a sitting area.
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Single Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). 1 king-size bed

Notes

-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Cabin sharing, where solo travelers are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender is available in Porthole and Veranda Cabins. 
-Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.85x the double occupancy rate for Porthole and Veranda Cabins types. Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Suite, and Grand Suite cabins are 2x the double occupancy rate.
-Children ages 12 and up are permitted onboard accompanied by an adult.

Included in the rate:
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica. Please note: this complimentary hotel night applies only to travelers staying in double occupancy rooms. Solo travelers will be charged a supplement.
  • Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program
  • Flight to Punta Arenas from Frei Station on King George Island 
  • Ship cruise
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
  • All guided shore excursions
  • Lectures and entertainment on board
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
  • IAATO passenger fee
Not included in the rate:
  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the program. Dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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