Antarctica Express Air-Cruise offers an introductory trip to Cape Horn and
Antarctica. It combines a sailing across the Drake Passage, a very short visit
to Antarctica, and a flight over the Drake Passage. This quick expedition
offers travellers the opportunity to check Antarctica off their bucket list
while making a small financial and 'me investment. The trip can easily be
combined with a visit to Patagonia for a fuller travel experience in southern
latitudes. It can also be used to connect Ushuaia and Punta Arenas in
itineraries that visit both the Argentinean and Chilean sides of Patagonia.
from Ushuaia, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you through the Beagle Channel and to
legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore
one of the most spectacular places on earth - Antarctica.
DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. 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
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 · Drake Passage
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 sea birds, such as
albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way
south to Antarctica.
DAY 4 · Drake Passage and Antarctica
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 sea birds, 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
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 the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. 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 6 · End of the Air-Cruise
breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
The January 10-16, 2017 departure (AE3-HEB) on board Hebridean Sky is a day
longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia.
An itinerary description is available on request.
A promotional offer is now
in effect until December 15, 2016 for the 2016-17 Antarctica Express
Air-Cruises. Travellers who book before the deadline will receive a $600 Air
Credit reduction per person.
A promotional offer is now
in effect until Dec. 15, 2016, for the 2017-18 Antarctica Express Air-Cruises.
Travellers who book before the deadline will receive a $1,700 Air Credit
reduction per person.
The 2017-18 Early Booking
Promotion offers clients who confirm a 2017-18 Air-Cruise reservation before
Oct. 31, 2016 complimentary accommodation for two nights at the Cumbres
Lastarria hotel in Santiago.