Peninsula Fly-In

from £7088
excluding flights *
6–11 nights Dec-Mar

Overview

This unique option allows passengers to fly direct between Punta Arenas in southern Chile and King George Island, the largest in the South Shetlands archipelago, before boarding a ship for an expedition cruise around the Peninsula. This is a great choice for those with limited time or who doubt their sea-legs.

Highlights

  • Fly from Punta Arenas to the South Shetlands Islands
  • Option to fly one way and cruise the other
  • Cruise past striking icebergs on the Antarctic Peninsula's waterways
  • Enjoy fantastic wildlife encounters with penguins, seals, whales and seabirds

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Flight over the Drake Passage
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

Crossing the Drake Passage is one of the most talked-about subjects for anyone contemplating a journey to the Antarctic Peninsula. Its reputation inspires excitement in some but in others brings nervous anticipation. In many ways the crossing is part of the adventure and heightens the sense of remoteness surrounding your destination, however, it is not the only way to reach the peninsula.

The flight from Chile to the South Shetland Islands only takes a little over 90 minutes, aboard a 'turbo fan jet BAE 146', particularly suited for this kind of trip. You can choose to fly both ways, ideal if you are short on time or are particularly concerned about the Drake Passage - or why not fly one way and cruise the other, taking the opportunity to experience both options for a really unique Antarctic experience.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018/19 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
03 Dec 2018 11 days Akademik Vavilov £9,765
06 Dec 2018 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,458
07 Dec 2018 8 days Ocean Nova £9,058
11 Dec 2018 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,458
12 Dec 2018 8 days Ocean Nova £9,058
16 Dec 2018 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,458
17 Dec 2018 11 days Akademik Ioffe £10,304
17 Dec 2018 8 days Ocean Nova £9,058
21 Dec 2018 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,919
22 Dec 2018 8 days Ocean Nova £10,958
27 Dec 2018 8 days Ocean Nova £10,958
28 Dec 2018 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,700
29 Dec 2018 11 days Polar Pioneer £8,769
06 Jan 2019 11 days Polar Pioneer £8,769
17 Jan 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £10,227
29 Jan 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £10,227
01 Feb 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,919
03 Feb 2019 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,265
03 Feb 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £10,227
06 Feb 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,919
08 Feb 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £10,227
11 Feb 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,919
13 Feb 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £10,227
16 Feb 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,919
19 Feb 2019 8 days World Explorer £11,400
24 Feb 2019 8 days World Explorer £11,400
10 Mar 2019 11 days Polar Pioneer £8,769

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Snowshoeing

Photography

Paddle-boarding

2019/20 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
02 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £9,996 - Waitlist only!
03 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,600
06 Dec 2019 8 days Magellan Explorer £10,765 - Waitlist only!
07 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £9,996 - Waitlist only!
07 Dec 2019 11 days Akademik Vavilov £9,612
08 Dec 2019 * 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,600
11 Dec 2019 8 days Magellan Explorer £10,765
12 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £9,996
13 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,600
13 Dec 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,535
16 Dec 2019 8 days Magellan Explorer £10,765
17 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £9,996 - Waitlist only!
18 Dec 2019 11 days Ocean Adventurer £13,800
18 Dec 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £11,535
21 Dec 2019 8 days Magellan Explorer £10,765
22 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535
23 Dec 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £12,150
26 Dec 2019 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
27 Dec 2019 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535 - Waitlist only!
28 Dec 2019 8 days Hebridean Sky £12,150
31 Dec 2019 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150 - Waitlist only!
05 Jan 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
10 Jan 2020 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,600
15 Jan 2020 8 days Ocean Adventurer £8,600
16 Jan 2020 12 days Greg Mortimer £7,462 - Waitlist only!
17 Jan 2020 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535 - Limited availability!
19 Jan 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
22 Jan 2020 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535 - Waitlist only!
24 Jan 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
25 Jan 2020 11 days Greg Mortimer £7,642 - Waitlist only!
27 Jan 2020 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535
01 Feb 2020 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535
01 Feb 2020 AC 11 days Akademik Vavilov £10,612
05 Feb 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
06 Feb 2020 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535
09 Feb 2020 8 days World Explorer £11,400
10 Feb 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
11 Feb 2020 8 days Ocean Nova £11,535
11 Feb 2020 ** 11 days Akademik Vavilov £9,612
14 Feb 2020 8 days World Explorer £11,400
15 Feb 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
19 Feb 2020 8 days World Explorer £11,400
20 Feb 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150
24 Feb 2020 11 days Greg Mortimer £6,462 - Waitlist only!
25 Feb 2020 8 days Magellan Explorer £12,150

Please see the itinerary page for program variations * This voyage embarks from Ushuaia and disembarks at King George Island (Chile) ** This voyage embarks from King George Island (Chile) and disembarks at Ushuaia and attempts to cross the Antarctic circle AC This departure attempts to cross the Antarctic circle Activity Key:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Camping

Diving

Snorkelling

Paddle-boarding

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • Flight over the Drake Passage (fly-fly, fly-cruise and cruise-fly options available)
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night and post-voyage night in a hotel in Punta Arenas, with return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island, are included on voyages aboard the Ocean Adventurer, World Explorer, Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky
  • A flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, and from King George Island to Punta Arenas, are included on the December 2018 voyage aboard the Polar Pioneer
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Punta Arenas, with a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, is included on the January-March 2019 voyages aboard the Polar Pioneer
  • Aboard the Greg Mortimer: a pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia, and a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, is included on the 16 January 2020 voyage. A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Punta Arenas, and a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, is included on the 25 January 2020 voyage. A pre-voyage night and post-voyage night in a hotel in Punta Arenas, with return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island, are included on the 24 February 2020 voyage.
  • A flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas at the end of your voyage is included with the Akademik Vavilov and Akademik Ioffe
  • Expedition jackets are NOT provided on the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky. A jacket is loaned for the duration of the voyage on the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Vavilov. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers.

Day 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island, South Shetlands

Transfer to the airport and take your seat aboard the BAE-146 aircraft for the 90 minute flight to King George Island. King George Island is part of the South Shetlands archipelago, which lie about 160km off the coast of Antarctica. You'll land at the Chilean base Frei, from where your Antarctic adventure will really begin. Following an exploration of the area, head down to the beach on Fildes Bay where you will be transferred by Zodiacs to the ship.

Days 3-6: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

The next few days will be spent exploring this incredible region - your itinerary will be dependent on weather and ice conditions, but highlights may include the huge flooded caldera of Deception Island, the wildlife of Livingston Island, Port Lockroy and Cuverville Island. Look out for whales, penguins and seals and enjoy spectacular scenery and breathtaking icebergs from the ship or Zodiacs. The voyage will aim to reach the dramatic and much-photographed Lemaire Channel, crossing latitude 65° south.

Day 7: King George Island - Punta Arenas

Returning north disembark at King George Island and head to the aerodrome at the Chilean base for the flight back to Punta Arenas. Enjoy an overnight stay in the city.

Day 8: Punta Arenas

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Notes

Important Reminder: All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

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