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Antarctic Fly & Cruise In-Depth

Save time travelling to Antarctica by flying there in just 2 hours. With an impressive 5-6 full days to explore the wonders of the White Continent, you’ll be accompanied by a highly experienced expedition team and National Geographic certified photographer. Your petite purpose-built ship provides a perfect launchpad and also offers a complimentary kayaking session.

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Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

9 or 10 Days

From

$13,975 -$28,944

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Fly & Cruise In-Depth - 9 or 10 Days - $13,975

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 or 6 full days in Antarctica = 10 or 12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Accommodating  just 102 guests, the ship takes you on an intimate journey around Antarctica 
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1966
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:12 
  • Includes pre and post cruise hotel nights in Puerto Natales, Chile 
  • Complimentary house alcoholic beverages and an Antarctic kayaking session
  • Onboard National Geographic-certified photographer and complimentary camera gear loan scheme available
  • Unique onboard ROV submersible capturing underwater footage to share with guests

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Fly & Cruise In-Depth

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving in Puerto Natales, Chile 

Make your own arrangements to arrive in the charming Chilean town of Puerto Natales by 3pm today. Upon arrival, you'll be transported to your group hotel on a complimentary transfer. Dinner is included tonight, and you'll also receive a briefing on tomorrow's planned flight to Antarctica.

Puerto Natales offers a scenic start to your adventure, flanked by the placid Last Hope Sound inlet and framed by the snow-capped Cerro Benitez Mountains. Bird enthusiasts can take a leisurely walk along the waterfront to begin spotting local wildlife.


Day 2: Flight to Antarctica and ship embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll check out and take a transfer to the airport for a two-hour flight to King George Island, skipping the usual two-day ship journey across the Drake Passage. When flying to Antarctica, flight timings depend on safe weather conditions, so you’ll be informed of the exact schedule locally. 

As your plane dips down towards King George Island, part of the South Shetland Islands, enjoy the icy views from your window – look out for your ship anchored in the bay awaiting your arrival. 

After landing, a minibus will usher you past the Chilean and Russian research stations to the sea, where you'll put on a lifejacket and take a zodiac shuttle to your expedition ship. Your Antarctic adventure has begun!


Days 3 to 7: Exploring Antarctica 

Embracing the unexpected is key during these next five (or six for those booked on an extended voyage) days exploring the wonders of Antarctica. The ship’s Captain and Expedition Leader will change the itinerary daily to take advantage of weather and wildlife sightings.

Using the vessel's zodiac rib boats, your guides will whisk you ashore to watch penguin antics at their noisy rookeries and to hike through the snow for spectacular vistas of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. From your zodiac you might spot humpback whales gorging on krill and snoozing seals, amidst the glorious backdrop of icebergs. A photographer’s dream, each one features distinctive shapes, unusual textures and an ethereal combination of blue hues. A team of experienced naturalists will be on hand to share their knowledge about the extraordinary animals and landscapes. 

Weather permitting, the team will offer an opportunity for a complimentary kayaking session. This is a serene way to experience Antarctica at water level, with only the gentle splish splash of your paddle and the crackle of the brash ice to accompany the Antarctic soundtrack. 

Evenings will include recaps of the day, educational talks from your Expedition Team, and briefings for the day ahead. As the ship moves between locations, look out for passing whales and gaze out at the magnificent glacial vistas.


Day 8: Disembarking the ship and flying to Puerto Natales 

Today, the ship will arrive back at King George Island, ready for your short flight from Antarctica to Puerto Natales. You’ll disembark one last time and be taken to the port by zodiac, skipping the notorious two day journey by ship across the Drake Passage again. 

On arrival back into civilisation at Puerto Natales, you’ll be transferred to a hotel for a final included night and a complimentary dinner. 


Day 9: Homeward bound from Puerto Natales 

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your journey home.

Alternatively, consider extending your stay to explore the rugged peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. We would be happy to discuss options for extending your adventure. 

Please make sure your departure flight from Puerto Natales is scheduled no earlier than 3:45pm local time.

Note: 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

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.

Why our customers love Swoop

The Antarctic Experts.
No Compromises

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Our team has visited Antarctica over 150 times and has 100 collective years of polar experience, so from which trip is right for you to what shoes to bring - there’s no question we can’t answer.

Expert impartial advice at no extra cost

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Choosing the right voyage is complicated, Swoop makes it easy. We offer no-nonsense advice on 1500 voyages across 30 ships to find you the right trip, cabin, price - and we don’t charge a fee.

The only B Corp certified Antarctic specialist

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We want to protect Antarctica for future generations - which is why we became a certified B Corp and set up our own conservation fund. So your adventures can be a force for good.

A full concierge service, unlike booking direct

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We leave nothing to chance in delivering your perfect trip and have over 6500 happy travellers to show for it. With a dedicated Antarctic co-ordinator & support throughout - you’re in safe hands.

A small ship with an adventurous spirit – we love the classic feel and cosy atmosphere aboard the Orion.

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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.

2025

2026

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $13975

Additional Notes

The following voyages are 10 days long and spend an extra day in Antarctica, giving six full days exploring the continent: 

  • 26-Dec-2025
  • 02-Jan-2026
  • 19-Jan-2026
  • 11-Feb-2026
  • 24-Feb-2026

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 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 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)
  • Return charter flights from Puerto Natales to King George Island, Antarctica
  • Onboard accommodation and meals 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
  • Complimentary photography kit trial scheme
  • 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 airfare 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)
  • Enhanced and premium WIFI plans (such as for high-data video chatting and streaming)
  • 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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