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Antarctic Express Fly & Cruise

Fast-tracking your arrival into Antarctica by flying and skipping the Drake Passage means a compressed journey of only 2 hours before embarking on your spacious and well-appointed 148 guest expeditionary ship. Touches other travellers have appreciated include the onboard National Geographic-certified photographer and complimentary kayaking session.

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Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

8 Days

From

$9,975 -$21,950

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Express Fly & Cruise - 8 Days - $9,975

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4 full days in Antarctica = 8 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • With capacity for 148 guests, this classic expedition-focused ship offers cabin options ranging from portholes to balconies
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1966
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:12
  • Includes pre and post cruise hotel nights in Puerto Natales 
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverages and an Antarctic kayaking session for all guests
  • National Geographic-certified photographer on every voyage and complimentary camera gear loan scheme available on board
  • Unique onboard ROV submersible and divemaster capturing underwater footage to share with guests

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Express Fly & Cruise

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Natales, Chile

Make your own arrangements to arrive in the Chilean town of Puerto Natales no later than 3pm this afternoon. You will be transferred to your group hotel on arrival. The town has a picturesque setting, with the Last Hope Sound inlet backed by the snow-dusted Cerro Benitez Mountains. Birders should head out for a stroll along the water’s edge to kickstart your wildlife list for the trip. 

Dinner is included tonight, and you will be briefed on the plans for tomorrow’s intended flight out to Antarctica. 


Day 2: Flight to Antarctica and ship embarkation

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for a direct 2-hour flight to King George Island. As with all flights to Antarctica, exact timings are subject to safe weather conditions, so this will be communicated to you locally. 

The flight will land on King George Island, one of the South Shetland Islands located off the tip of the Antarctica Peninsula. Look out the window as the views can be spectacular as you make your approach. 

After leaving the plane, a minibus will take you past the Chilean and Russian research bases to the shore. You will don your lifejackets here and take your first zodiac boat shuttle to your waiting expedition ship. After your mandatory safety briefings, the vessel will set sail and your Antarctic adventure will begin. 


Days 3 to 6: Exploring Antarctica

You will spend the next 4 days exploring Antarctica. As with any great adventure, there is no rigid itinerary. Your Captain and Expedition Leader will frequently adjust plans to make the most of the best weather conditions and wildlife opportunities. 

Your experienced expedition team of naturalists will be on hand to help explain the spectacular surrounding wildlife and landscapes. Using the ship’s fleet of capable zodiacs, your guides will take you ashore to crunch through the snow as you soak up the incredible noise (and smell!) of bustling penguin rookeries. 

The zodiacs are also the perfect platform to cruise through Antarctica’s jaw-dropping iceberg graveyards. A photographer’s dream, each berg is different, with mind-boggling shapes and textures, not to mention all the myriad blue hues. 

They will also look for an opportunity to offer a complimentary kayaking session. This is the most serene way to experience Antarctica from water level, with nothing but the sound of your paddle and any curious wildlife that may come to investigate you. 

There will be recaps of the day and educational talks from your naturalist team in the evenings, as well as briefings for the day ahead. Spend any free time you have out on deck looking for passing humpback whales or glorious glacial vistas stretching as far as the eye can see. 


Day 7: Disembark & fly back to Puerto Natales

Having returned to King George Island, today you will bid the ship farewell. A zodiac will take you back to the shore in good time for your 2-hour flight back to civilisation. 

On arrival in Puerto Natales, you will be transferred to the hotel for a final included night. 


Day 8: Depart from Puerto Natales

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport to begin your journey homeward. 

Alternatively, this is the perfect launch point for exploring the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. Swoop would be delighted to talk through the possibilities for extending your stay. Please ensure that your flight out of Puerto Natales is no earlier than 5pm local time. 


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

Why Swoop

Expert Impartial Advice At No Extra Cost

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Antarctic travel options are complicated. We help you choose the right ship, the right cabin, and at the right point in the season.

A Depth Of Knowledge On Board

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As a team of ex-guides, tour leaders, & polar adventurers our Antarctic knowledge is leagues ahead of the rest.

For The Ends Of The Earth

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Swoop is proud to be B Corp Certified as we know sustainability is more than our carbon footprint (but we’re reducing that too).

We’re With You At Every Step

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We’ll make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime.

This ship has so many strong attributes, but it’s the overall feeling of spaciousness that I appreciated the most. Plus, the top-deck observation lounge and library offers the perfect panoramic space to observe wildlife or simply relax and watch icebergs roll past. 

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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

2024

2025

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins so please contact us for details and availability. 


Children of all ages are permitted on this trip. Young travellers may receive a $500 discount off the voyage price, subject to availability. Please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing Complimentary Available only on November departures and subject to the appropriate weather conditions.
Add on icon Skiing Skiing Complimentary Available only on November departures and subject to the appropriate weather conditions. Previous experience is required.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling Complimentary One-off paddle session. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Cannot be booked in advance; onboard booking only.

Includes

  • One night hotel pre-embarkation (Puerto Natales, Chile)
  • One night hotel post-disembarkation (Puerto Natales, Chile)
  • Charter flights from Puerto Natales to King George Island, Antarctica
  • Accommodation and meals while onboard on full board basis
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • One complimentary kayak session per guest
  • Beverages including alcoholic drinks, except for certain super-premium brands
  • One 3-in-1 lined expedition parka per guest
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • Crew gratuities

Excludes

  • International and domestic air fare to/from Puerto Natales
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals and flights within Chile
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Waterproof boots (can be hired online and sent to the ship for approx. US $90)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop, internet, laundry)

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