Fly across Antarctica in this Customized 8-Days Antarctica Trip
The continent of Antarctica is fascinating and unique, but reaching this far-flung destination has long been a challenge. Antarctica has traditionally been reached through a sea journey in a vessel crossing the Drake Passage, which can have rough and icy waters. Due to technological advancements and increased demand for faster and more comfortable journeys, there is now a flight option to Antarctica with the added bonus of an aerial view of one of the most stunning destinations in the world. You will take a chartered flight between Punta Arenas, Chile and Antarctica before embarking on the ship, eliminating the need to traverse the Drake Passage. The flight takes you soaring over icebergs, beaches with leopard seals and penguins who reside in the icy plateaus, and snow-capped mountains. Tour highlights include:
1. Take a chartered flight from Punta Arenas.
2. Get a bird's eye view of entire glaciers, ice-laden vistas, and beautiful shapes created by the icebergs.
3. Enjoy lectures and educational presentations from the environmentalists and specialists from Antarctica about the importance of the icebergs and ice sheets.
4. Check out the snowy ecosystem of wildlife who form part of the Antarctic ecology.
Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.
This 8-Day trip to Antarctica begins with a flight adventure starting from Punta Arenas in Chile. From here, you will fly to King George Island where you will embark on the ship. You will spend 3 days aboard the ship to check out places such as the South Shetland Islands. At the end of the tour, you will disembark at King George Island to fly back to Punta Arenas for your international departure.
Day 1: Arrival at Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive in the city of Punta Arenas in Chile, which is also the most populated city in Southern Patagonia. It is here that you will be meeting your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. If you arrive early, you have the option of touring the city of Punta Arenas, which is located on the Strait of Magellan, a passageway that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Your guide will take you to the Plaza Muñoz Gamero which has a dedicated memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, while the Museo Nao Victoria contains the replica of one of his galleons. Enjoy the beautiful nightlife of the place before you board the flight the next day.
Day 2: Flight to King George Island, Embarkation
This morning, your guide will transfer you to the airport for the flight from the Punta Arenas International Airport towards King George Island. Through the course of the flight, you will cross the legendary Drake Passage. Check out the white sheet stretching below you submerging into the vast sea. You can see the icebergs, descending glaciers and other stunning picturesque scenery during the flight. Land at King George’s island which is the largest island in the South Shetland Island group. It lies around 120 km off the coast of the Antarctica Continent in the South Ocean. Now the adventure really begins as you descend from the flight and walk towards the shore where you will be picked by Zodiac to be transferred to sail in the expedition ship to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Days 3 - 6: Visiting Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands
On these days, you will spend time on the ship while taking Zodiac trips to the glaciers and other places of interest. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you might be overwhelmed by this incredible natural wonder. As your Expedition Team looks out for whales and seabirds, you'll be notified of any new sightings. On board, experts will teach you about the glaciology, history, and natural life of the area.
Your first Zodiac landing is something you'll always remember. Strolling on a shoreline as penguins shuffle by is an authentic encounter with the untamed world of Antarctica.
Each landing is dependent on weather and the whims of the wildlife, however, there are consistently new sightings and photographic opportunities. Soon you would be able to differentiate between an Adélie, Gentoo, and Chinstrap Penguins. You may take a Zodiac voyage looking for whales and chunks of ice one day, followed by a climb to a penguin rookery the following day. From the blasting sound of a calving icy mass to the rush of spotting predators like panther seals and killer whales in real life, each day will be an unforgettable adventure.
Day 7: Arrival at King George Island, Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
On the final day of the trip, you will return to King George’s Island where you will disembark from the ship. Fly back to Punta Arenas for your international departure.