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Express Tour of Antarctica

Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

6-7 Days


Scenery sailing in Antarctica

Express Tour of Antarctica

Adelie penguins summit the ice

Express Tour of Antarctica

Gentoos make their way up the icy bank

Express Tour of Antarctica

Evening sunlight paints the mountains gold in Antarctica

Express Tour of Antarctica

Bypass the Drake Passage with a short 2 hour flight

Express Tour of Antarctica

Chinstraps on the move

Express Tour of Antarctica

A curious seal pup

Express Tour of Antarctica

Sunset over the Drake Passage

Express Tour of Antarctica

Luxury cruise ship in Antarctica

Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica
Express Tour of Antarctica

A cost-effective Antarctic adventure. This itinerary is also ideal for those with limited time wanting to combine Antarctica with time exploring Patagonia. Sailing one way and flying back, you get to combine two iconic places: Antarctica and Cape Horn. Note, you'll only spend one day in Antarctica itself.

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Express Tour of Antarctica - 6-7 - $4,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • A six day voyage with one day in Antarctica
  • Starts in Ushuaia and finishes in Punta Arenas – ideal for combining Chile & Argentina
  • Choice of 3 ships and 5 departure dates per person
  • Complimentary hotel stay with dinner and Chilean wine

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Express Tour of Antarctica

Operator's Itinerary

Due to COVID-19, ​the routing of this voyage has been adjusted for the 2021/2022 season. Please get in touch for more details about embarkation and disembarkation.

Day 1: Ushuaia and Puerto Williams

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your vessel 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

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 towards King George Island

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 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: South Shetland Islands

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 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: King George Island to Punta Arenas

Upon 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: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Additional Notes: 

Passengers who book to share a Twin Cabin are accommodated in a single room in Punta Arenas for which there is a mandatory supplement of USD $115.

The 2-Jan-2021 departure operates in reverse, starting in Punta Arenas and sailing back to Ushuaia, and are one day longer. The single room supplement for Punta Arenas if you book to share a Twin Cabin is USD $440 for those voyages. An increase of approx. 5% is expected for 2020-21 bookings.

Preferred seating on your Antarctic flights can be added for USD $245 per person (limited spaces). This guarantees priority boarding and an aisle or window seat, with an empty middle seat, at the front of the aircraft. 

Note: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.

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What our customers think

This was a trip I want to return on as soon as possible. I would have loved more time in Antarctica, but even with the short time it was the perfect size and timed trip. Certainly made the visit to the 7th continent special.

Boyce & Elizabeth Mississippi December 2016

The most magical moment was visiting Paulet Island and seeing hundreds of thousands of penguins.

Liz Chon Greece December 2018

I don't know how to summarize what was the most magical adventure that I have ever experienced. The service on the ship, the extensive knowledge of the crew, expedition leaders and scientists were were superb. The landscapes and wildlife were spectacular.

Kristen Hilt United States Of America February 2019

It was everything and more! I had such an amazing experience. I loved every moment of it! Great cruise service, hospitable expedition leaders, and met lots of cool like-minded individuals.

Liz Chon Greece December 2018

The highlight was stepping onto Antarctica. The landscapes were awesome, the whales and penguins were fascinating. The staff and ship crew members were outstanding, they accommodated each passenger individually.

Mary and John New York January 2017

About The Ship

  • The first small-ship (under 100 passengers) built specifically for Antarctic expedition travel since 2003
  • Limited to a maximum of only 70 passengers per departure, Antarctic exploration doesn't get much more personal.
  • Hugely spacious, well appointed suites, many with floor to ceiling windows and outside balconies
  • Adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing, will be available to guests

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.



Additional Notes

Passengers who book to share a Twin Cabin are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas for which they must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement that varies based on the departure selected. Please contact us for details. 

The 7-Jan-2022, 5-Feb-2022, 7-Jan-2023 and 5-Feb-2023 departures all operate in reverse, starting in Punta Arenas and sailing back to Ushuaia, and are one day longer. 

Preferred seating on your Antarctic flights can be added for USD $245 per person (limited spaces). This guarantees priority boarding and an aisle or window seat, with an empty middle seat, at the front of the aircraft. 

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Children aged 8 years or more are admitted if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. A 5% discount on the rate per person is offered for children up to 8 - 12 years of age.


  • Airport/ hotel transfers as indicated
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in P. Arenas
  • Flight Antarctica/ P. Arenas (or vv)
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals on full board basis
  • Complimentary drinks offered during meals
  • Welcome dinner including drinks
  • All guided shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • IAATO passenger fee


  • Parka jackets are not provided
  • Any flights to/ from voyage start and end points
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, bar tab, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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