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Fly & Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula

For maximum time in Antarctica with flights both ways, this trip really stands out. An extended fly & cruise voyage spending eight full days actually in Antarctica onboard a small, state-of-the-art expedition ship. Optional kayaking & polar snorkelling.

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Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

12 Days



Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Fly & Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula - 12 Days - $14,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 full days in Antarctica = 16 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Flies both ways over the Drake passage - in just 2 hours
  • Travelling on a small ship with a maximum of 132 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together 
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8, which is low & ensures a high level of personalisation
  • Includes pre and post flight hotel nights in Punta Arenas
  • Kayaking, diving and snorkelling activities on selected departures (additional cost)  
  • Complimentary parka jacket, drinks with dinner on board & post-voyage digital photo book

Landmarks potentially visited on Fly & Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:  Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, where you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history.

Tonight, we will gather to meet our fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of our expedition – our flight to Antarctica!

Day 2: King George Island

This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica. The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours.

On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you for your Zodiac transfer to your vessel. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.

King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely, so delays are very possible.

Days 3–10: Antarctic Peninsula 

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica: spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. On arrival, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight, plenty of time to fill your days with adventure.

Your experienced expedition team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day. Having made countless journeys to this area, they will choose the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day, along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will transport you from the ship to land, to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

Whilst ashore there is a chance to stretch your legs and wander along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow. Keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

We may also cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. No better time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible White Continent.

Day 11: King George Island to Punta Arenas

As we approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to farewell Antarctica and our amazing adventure before boarding our return flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to our preferred downtown hotel.

Day 12: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.

PLEASE NOTEWhile choosing to fly to/from Antarctica is the most expedient option, it's also more weather dependent than travelling by ship across the Drake Passage. Charter flights to/from Antarctica operate on a very flexible schedule to accommodate the changeable weather conditions. As a result, flight timings may be brought forward or delayed to ensure safe operating conditions. To discuss in more detail, please get in touch

This itinerary is for guidance only, as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions as well as taking advantage of impromptu wildlife opportunities.

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What our customers think of Fly & Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula

Fly & Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula trips scored 4.3/5 from 11 reviews

The entire Expedition Team was knowledgeable and answered the questions or got the answers immediately. Each and every team member were favorites.

Travelled: January 2023

Lawrence Hudson - USA

10/10 - The Drake Passage has notoriously rough seas and we were very happy to avoid that by flying. Once there in Antarctica there is no down time in that we were repositioning during meals and overnight. It was perfect. The Captain did a great job of bring us to the leeward side of the different islands so that the conditions were optimal for launching the Zodiacs and kayaks.

Travelled: January 2023

Stanley Rumbough - USA

10/10 - I get seasick just LOOKING at a boat, so I knew that crossing the Drake was not for me. Flying made everything possible. The stabilizers on the ship were also amazing! The smoothest ship I’ve ever felt.

Travelled: January 2023

Leah Rumbough - USA

The team were so energetic and passionate. Howard the expedition leader was a marvel and having him was truly special.

Travelled: January 2022

Stephanie Krolick - USA

I love knowing that there is a place at the bottom of the world that is covered with ice and penguins, and that my own eyes have seen it. It is both comforting and inspiring.

Travelled: January 2022

Stephanie Krolick - USA

The trip was full of memorable moments - for the first three days, it was just one awe-inspiring moment after another, and really we continued to be surprised and delighted up until the last hour.

Travelled: January 2022

Stephanie Krolick - USA

If I have to pick one moment, I’m going to pick the bum-slide down a steep slope overlooking a calving glacier and a tranquil, iceberg-filled bay that followed a lovely hike past a penguin rookery.

Travelled: January 2022

Stephanie Krolick - USA

The orcas appearing during the whale talk, the baby humpback breaching off the bow of the zodiacs, the polar plunge, watching from the outriggers as the the boat cut through the ice, drinking Macallan with ice fresh from a berg, having an impromptu dance party with my husband on top of a volcanic cinder cone. It was just a super trip from beginning to end.

Travelled: January 2022

Stephanie Krolick - USA

Most memorable moment: kayaking with whales in Antarctica

Travelled: January 2022

Terri Creech - USA

Flying both ways allows us to maximize our time on the peninsula and gave us flexibility to change course when the weather was bad.

Travelled: January 2022

Terri Creech - USA

We were lucky regarding weather and conditions but the team helped make the luck by monitoring the weather and adjusting the schedule to maximize the experience.

Travelled: January 2022

Mark Golan - USA

Antarctica is such an alien place that it truly makes you feel like you've left the planet. The days were amazingly long, in a good way. Each day felt like two given the amount of activity and their length. Just a wonderful experience.

Travelled: January 2022

Mark Golan - USA

We were very lucky on the trip. Saw large numbers of all three of the bristletail penguins in colonies and elsewhere. Likewise, we saw tons of whales. Great sightings of seals of all types: leopard, elephant, crabeater, Weddell and fur.

Travelled: January 2022

Mark Golan - USA

The excursions sites were great with a nice variety of penguin colonies, historical sites, landscapes, ice, and volcanoes.

Travelled: January 2022

Mark Golan - USA

Really great team. Howard did a nice job as leader of the expedition. The staff was friendly and very approachable. Really enjoyed John's insights into the birds and other animals. All expedition staff really seemed to enjoy their jobs and interacting with the guests.

Travelled: January 2022

Mark Golan - USA


With her slick lines, small number of guests, well-priced balcony suites and onboard hot tub, this is one of the hottest ships in Antarctica right now.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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

Additional Notes

While choosing to fly to/from Antarctica is the most expedient option, it's also more weather dependent than travelling by ship across the Drake Passage. Charter flights to/from Antarctica operate on a very flexible schedule to accommodate the changeable weather conditions. As a result, flight timings may be brought forward or delayed to ensure safe operating conditions. To discuss in more detail, please get in touch

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 times the cost of a single berth. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are permitted on this trip. There isn't any concession on pricing. 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 Kayaking Kayaking $1,295 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow). Prior kayaking experience to at least intermediate level is required and you must be able to do a wet exit to participate. Subject to weather and ice conditions. Booking in advance is essential. Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $1295-1330.
Add on icon Polar snorkelling Polar snorkelling $640 Available on select departures. No experience required. Dry suit provided.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $640 Available on select departures. A gentler option staying closer to shore and using inflatable kayaks, in a group of maximum 6 participants. Includes multiple outings, subject to suitable weather and ice conditions. Suitable for novices and only offered in calm conditions. Booking in advance is essential.


  • Flights: Punta Arenas to Antarctica as indicated in itinerary
  • Pre and post-flight hotel night
  • Transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • A digital photo book produced with photos and ship logs from your voyage
  • 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks reception
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites


  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages and communication
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Gratuities for ship crew 

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