Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Enjoy an 8 day / 7 night air-cruise to Antarctica.

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Classic Antarctica

Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

Departure city

Punta Arenas, Chile

Itinerary Type: Air-Cruise

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Optional extras

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    Hiking Program
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Ship options

For complete Air-Cruise pricing details review our brochure.

Itinerary at a Glance

The Classic Antarctica air-cruise is our most popular Antarctica expedition itinerary. Once arriving by flight to Antarctica, you will sail between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy seeing ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs, while spotting penguins, seals, and whales that call the White Continent home. The Classic Antarctica air-cruise is available on all our expedition ships.

  • Day 1: Start of the Air-Cruise Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM, where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you are welcomed at Explorers House to attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.
  • Day 2: Scheduled Flight to Antarctica George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. You then walk 2-km (1.25-miles), passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.
  • Days 3 - 6: Exploring Antarctica Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of educational presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

    No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.

  • Day 7: Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).
  • Day 8: End of Air-Cruise After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
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Photo Album: Classic Antarctica

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Each day disembark your expedition vessel by Zodiac and explore the landscapes together with our expert polar guides.

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Elect to spend your time kayaking on in the austral waters of Antarctica during your expedition.

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In the company of our expert polar guides, visit colonies of penguins while hiking on the 7th continent.

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Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to the White Continent where you can start your expedition directly in Antarctica.

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Enjoy a wide range of dining options during your Antarctica expedition experience.

Choose Your Ship

The Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise is available on all three of our expedition ships. Review which ship is best for your trip.

Ocean Nova

Sturdy and nimble, this ship was built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland and is ideally suited for Antarctic expeditions.

For complete Air-Cruise pricing details review our brochure.

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Sail on Ocean Nova and save $2,000 per person on nine exclusive 2022-23 Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise departures, our most popular expedition. Book now to secure an exclusive Antarctic Travel Credit!

Magellan Explorer

Featuring a modern design and innovative technologies, this expedition vessel was custom-built for our Antarctic air-cruises.

For complete Air-Cruise pricing details review our brochure.

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Magellan Explorer was custom-built for Antarctic air-cruises.

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Public spaces that are perfect for relaxing and wildlife watching.

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Enjoy access to the expansive bridge and learn about polar navigation.

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Enjoy views of the unforgettable landscapes from your bed.

Optional Trip Extras

For your air-cruise, you can choose a few additional add-ons to enhance your expedition experience with us. Review our Trip Packages, Extra Services & Promotions page for more information. On the Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise, you can add the following optional packages and activities to add to your booking:

  • Sea Kayaking
  • Hiking & Snowshoeing
  • Preferred Seating
  • Hotel and Transfer Package
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Sea Kayaking Program: See Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak.
Reserve at booking, price on Ocean Nova is $895 USD & Magellan Explorer is $995 USD, prices are per person for the entire trip program.

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Hiking and Snowshoeing Program: Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape while hiking and snowshoeing.
Book onboard, price: $85 USD per person per excursion.

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Preferred Seating: For an extra level of comfort, travelers can purchase Preferred Seats on their Antarctic flight.
Book upon reservation, price $495 USD per person.

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Hotel and Transfer Package: This package is available pre-expedition and post-expedition and includes group airport transfers, 1-night hotel accommodation, breakfast, and a drink voucher.
For pricing, please inquire at the time of reservation.

Testimonial

‘’Expedition leader and staff more than exceeded my expectations – so qualified, intelligent, passionate and patient. By the end of our few days, they felt like old friends. I’ll really miss them and the environment they created for me and my family. The other staff on the boat, turning down our rooms, feeding and serving us. Made me feel like royalty or a celebrity or both. I couldn’t have asked for more.’’

Lucy M. – Traveler from USA

Classic Antarctica Expedition, December 2021

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‘’Hoping to return again in 2023-2025 Truly mesmerizing, absolute joy – life-changing experience.’’

Ryan B – Traveler from USA

Classic Antarctica Expedition, December 2021

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’Extraordinary experience. The Staff was exceptionally friendly and service oriented. The trip exceeded expectations and would highly recommend it.’’

Samuel S. – Traveler from USA

Classic Antarctica Expedition, February 2022

Testimonial

‘’Hoping to return again in 2023-2025 Truly mesmerizing, absolute joy – life-changing experience.’’

Ryan B – Traveler from USA

Classic Antarctica Expedition, December 2021

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