Antarctica Express

This trip combines a visit to Antarctica and Cape Horn with time at sea to spot whales and magnificent seabirds, such a albatrosses and petrels. This short itinerary gives you a full day in Antarctica, where you can visit a penguin colony and explore the continent.

Antarctica Express Air Cruise


6 days / 5 nights

Departure city

Ushuaia, Argentina

Itinerary Type: Air-Cruise

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Your Antarctic Journey

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the pier. You will board your ship in the afternoon and set sail for Antarctica. After your time at sea and your Antarctica experience, you will return by flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Day 1 / Start of the Air-Cruise
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the pier. Board your ship in the afternoon 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.

Day 2 / Cape Horn and Drake Passage
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view 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 passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

Day 3 / At Sea
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 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 / Drake Passage and Antarctica
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 seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

Day 5 / Antarctica and scheduled return flight
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. A 2-km (1.25-mi) walk takes you through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to the aircraft. Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Uponarrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

Day 6 / End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

  • Day 1 Start of the Expedition
  • Day 2 Cape Horn & Drake Passage
  • Day 3 Day at Sea
  • Day 4 Drake Passage and Antarctica
  • Day 5 Antarctica and Scheduled Return Flight
  • Day 6 End of Air-Cruise
Antarctica Express itinerary map

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Antarctica Express is available on all three of our expedition ships.

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Explore Further

As far as your path can go, there is more to discover. Find more stories from Antarctica in our blog.

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