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Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure

Fly over the Drake Passage in just 2 hours, both to and from Antarctica. ​Ideal for those ​wanting a high comfort level, but ​who have limited time or ​are ​anxious sailors. ​An outstanding program, successfully operated for over 15 seasons.​ Limited December to February departures only.

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Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

8 Days

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$15,295 -$32,395

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Comfort & Adventure

Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure - 8 Days - $15,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4 full days in Antarctica = 8 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • We like this ship's exclusivity – with only 76 guests and spacious suites​ (balconies available)
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2003
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:6 
  • Kayaking and snowshoeing ​(on select departures at additional cost)
  • One of the very few ​air-cruise ​trips to offer reserved plane seating
  • Includes pre-flight hotel night in Punta Arenas and complimentary drinks with meals
  • Exclusive access to Explorers House – your home-from-home private club & expedition centre while in P. Arenas

Landmarks potentially visited on Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.


Day 2: Fly to King George Island   

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. A short hop by minibus takes you to the water's edge. Here the adventure begins in earnest as you don your lifejacket and board your Zodiac rib for the ride to your expedition vessel, which is anchored in the bay.


Days 3 to 6: Antarctic Peninsula   

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. Onboard the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.


Day 7: Fly back to Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the programme.)


Day 8: Return home

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


NOTE: This 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.

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What our customers think of Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure

Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure trips scored 4.5/5 from 56 reviews

Polar plunge and the lecture on how our depleted stock of most of the worlds large whales if recovered could be a major contributer to carbon capture to slow global temp rise

Travelled: February 2024

Terry -

First Zodiac ride around the icebergs! Amazing.

Travelled: February 2024

Karen -

Zodiac afternoon excursion

Travelled: February 2024

Yi -

I loved the "Penquin highways." Observing their behaviors was fascinating. My husband liked the zodiac rides through the icebergs.

Travelled: February 2024

Stephanie -

We were fortunate to have Loli (Lolly) as our Naturalist and Zodiac driver for an incredible encounter with Humbacks. She was super informative, and was as excited as we were to see them. She was helping out on the boat for a couple of weeks but also was a Swoop employee as well. She made sure that we (Craig and Candice) were also sorted out on our flights when we had a delay. Everyone on the boat wanted to have her as their driver because she was so fun and pleasant to be with.

Travelled: January 2024

Craig -

Standing on the Antarctic continent with all the penguins & the majestic mountains & glaciers all around.

Travelled: January 2024

Linda -

It's hard to pick just one. The entire trip was magical. If I had to pick, I'd say it was setting foot on the actual continent and posing with Antarctica21's "7 Continents" flag. A close second would be when two pods of orcas decided to swim alongside our ship.

Travelled: January 2024

Timothy -

- crossing the river on a horse - seeing feeding orcas

Travelled: January 2024

Anthony -

Seeing all of the penguins, seals, and other wildlife in its natural habitat

Travelled: December 2023

Jeanette -

Standing on a ridge on the Antarctic peninsula with the sun shining down. Standing next to a penguin colony with no civilization close. The water smooth with ice floating.

Travelled: December 2023

Michelle -

Seeing icebergs and jumping in the southern ocean.

Travelled: December 2023

Patrick -

This is difficult as my adventure was filled with many memorable moments...but the first day after flying in will remain indelibly in my memories. We had cruised for 21 hours south in rough seas (at least for sea sick me it was rough!) That day I set foot on the continent of Antarctica, it was windy, snowy and blustery, everything I anticipated Antarctica should be! The gusting wind forced us to take a knee to avoid being blown over as we climbed up a small hill to our first penguin colony. That experience was quickly followed by our first whale citing during our zodiac back to the ship. But it was not one whale, oh no, it was 5 whales with a tremendous flock of birds hovering above tracking the leftover krill. You would think it would be difficult to beat this day but each day was as special in its own way as Antarctica shared its wonders with us!

Travelled: March 2023

Carolyn -

The whales, the sunsets, the quiet !!

Travelled: March 2023

Irwin -

the first morning, waking up and seeing the awesome landscape of blue icebergs, black terrain covered with pure white snow while on zodiak cruise, seeing a group of humpback whales engage in bubble net feeding

Travelled: March 2023

Saebom -

The sheer size and shapes of the glaciers

Travelled: March 2023

Larry -

We had 9 excursions in 5 days, 7 landings and 2 zodiacs. One of those zodiacs was supposed to be a landing but the tide wouldn’t allow us go ashore, so we did zodiacs instead at Heroina Island. I had lowered my expectations a bit since it was a plan B, but it was probably my favorite excursion of the trip! There were thousands of penguins all over the rocky island, some chilling, and many diving into the water in what seemed like swarms. We kept circling all of the action with dramatic waves crashing against the rocks as the penguins jumped with us safely and calmly very close by in the zodiac boat. Then a leopard seal came up right next to the boat and stuck his head up just to see what was going on, a little before we saw two whales surfacing side by side slightly in the distance. It was everything I could have hoped for and more.

Travelled: February 2023

Aaron -

Finally reaching Antarctica after two unsuccessful tries, disembarking our zodiac in rough seas with snow blowing sideways and planting ourselves on the rocky shore of the White Continent.

Travelled: February 2023

Karen and Tom -

Seeing the icebergs in the Iceberg Graveyard from the zodiac.

Travelled: February 2023

Gary -

You can't put words to the feeling you get in Antarctica. Just being there is a life changing experience that one needs to have for themselves to appreciate the Arctic. My most memorable moment was seeing all the wildlife in their natural environment and how they live. Walking so close and feeling as a part of the environment was something we just don't experience in the "real world".

Travelled: February 2023

Robert -

Hard to choose a single one. There were many!

Travelled: January 2023

Pete -

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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.

2024

2025

2026

Triple Suite Porthole Veranda Deluxe Veranda Penthouse Suite Grand Suite Single Veranda
March 2024
1-Mar-2024 Full $15,295* $17,995 $19,395 $22,795 $25,995 $25,995 Enquire
November 2024
26-Nov-2024 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
December 2024
1-Dec-2024 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
6-Dec-2024 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
11-Dec-2024 Full $15,995 $19,995 $21,995 $26,995 $24,995 $26,995 Enquire
16-Dec-2024 Full $15,995 $19,995 $21,995 $26,995 $24,995 $26,995 Enquire
21-Dec-2024 Full $18,795 $22,995 $24,995 $29,995 $27,995 $29,995 Enquire
26-Dec-2024 Full $18,795 $22,995 $24,995 $29,995 $27,995 $29,995 Enquire
31-Dec-2024 Full Full Full $24,995 $29,995 $27,995 $29,995 Enquire
January 2025
9-Jan-2025 $19,795 $17,995 $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
14-Jan-2025 Full Full $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
19-Jan-2025 $19,795 $17,995 $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
31-Jan-2025 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
February 2025
5-Feb-2025 $19,795 $17,995 $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
10-Feb-2025 $19,795 $17,995 $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
15-Feb-2025 $19,795 $17,995 $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
20-Feb-2025 $19,795 $17,995 $21,995 $23,995 $28,995 $27,495 $28,995 Enquire
25-Feb-2025 $17,995 $15,995 $19,995 $21,995 $26,995 $24,995 $26,995 Enquire
March 2025
2-Mar-2025 $17,995 $15,995 $19,995 $21,995 $26,995 $24,995 $26,995 Enquire
November 2025
21-Nov-2025 $17,995 $15,995 $19,995 $21,995 $26,995 $24,995 $26,995 Enquire
26-Nov-2025 $17,995 $15,995 $19,995 $21,995 $26,995 $24,995 $26,995 Enquire
December 2025
1-Dec-2025 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
6-Dec-2025 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
11-Dec-2025 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
16-Dec-2025 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
21-Dec-2025 $22,495 $19,995 $24,995 $26,995 $32,395 $30,795 $32,395 Enquire
26-Dec-2025 $22,495 $19,995 $24,995 $26,995 $32,395 $30,795 $32,395 Enquire
31-Dec-2025 $22,495 $19,995 $24,995 $26,995 $32,395 $30,795 $32,395 Enquire
January 2026
5-Jan-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
10-Jan-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
15-Jan-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
20-Jan-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
25-Jan-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
February 2026
6-Feb-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
11-Feb-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
16-Feb-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
21-Feb-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
26-Feb-2026 $20,995 $18,995 $23,495 $25,495 $30,495 $28,995 $30,495 Enquire
March 2026 Save up to 13%
3-Mar-2026 Save 11%
$17,995
$15,995
Save 13%
$15,995
$13,995
Save 10%
$19,995
$17,995
Save 9%
$21,995
$19,995
Save 7%
$26,995
$24,995
Save 8%
$24,995
$22,995
Save 7%
$26,995
$24,995
Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $15295

Additional Notes

Please note for departures from November 2024 - March 2025 Grand Suite cabins will be renamed as Suites.


Due to popularity of this trip, early booking is strongly advised (12-18 months in advance).  


Passengers who book to share a Twin Cabin are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas for which there's a mandatory supplement on top of the voyage price of USD $790 (2024/25 season) or USD $830 (2025/26 season).

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. 

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 $995 All departures. Kayaking competency required. Must be booked prior to departure. Subject to availability. For voyages departing November 2025 to March 2026, the kayaking program price is $895 per person and operated with two groups rather than one, as in the 2024-25 season. Only 20 spots total are available during each voyage. Booked kayakers will go out on paddle sessions in two separate groups of 10 guests each. Please note that these operate on an alternating basis, so Group 1 will kayak while the other group follows the normal off-ship program of landing or zodiac cruising, then at the next kayaking opportunity (likely the next day) Group 2 will kayak instead. With this process, each group of 10 guests enjoy 1-2 kayaking excursions during the duration of the expedition, if weather permits.
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing $85 Select departures. Snow shoes provided. Available for booking on board the ship (depending on conditions).

Includes

  • Airport/ hotel transfers as indicated
  • Hotel accommodation in P. Arenas on days 1 and 7
  • Charter flights P. Arenas/Antarctica return
  • Access to Explorers House expedition centre in P. Arenas pre and post-voyage
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals on full board basis
  • Welcome dinner including drinks
  • Complimentary drinks offered during meals
  • 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

Excludes

  • 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
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • 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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