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Antarctic Sail & Fly Combination

Get the best of both worlds on this time-efficient Antarctic adventure. Sail south on a thrilling journey across the Drake Passage, then take a swift two hour flight back to civilisation at the end of your voyage. In between, spend three to six unforgettable days exploring the White Continent aboard a comfortable, state-of-the-art expedition ship. Kayaking and snorkelling available.

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Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

12 Days


$17,195 -$35,295

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Sail & Fly Combination - 12 Days - $17,195

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Between 3 and 6 full days exploring Antarctica = 6 to 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • A compact ship with a maximum of just 132 guests puts the focus on maximising your time exploring
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • An impressive expert guide-to-guest ratio of 1:8 provides excellent educational opportunities
  • Optional kayaking, polar snorkelling and one-off paddling activities (additional cost)
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 parka jacket and post-voyage digital photo book 
  • Includes beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Sail & Fly Combination

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia 

Make your way south from Buenos Aires to the Patagonian city of Ushuaia. After landing at the beautifully situated airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for check-in from 3pm onwards. Spend the rest of the day exploring the quirky shops and historical museums in this bustling port city at the very tip of Argentina.

If you'd like to join tomorrow’s included catamaran cruise excursion around Isla de Los Lobos – which translates to “sea lion island” – you'll have the option to confirm your place today. 

Day 2: Embarking on your ship 

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at your hotel before spending the morning exploring more of Ushuaia. In the early afternoon, if you have chosen to take part in the scenic catamaran cruise, you’ll head to the port to set sail on the Beagle Channel.

Look out for sunbathing sea lions and imperial cormorants on the rocky shores. You might also spot soaring gulls, rock cormorants, skuas and black browed albatrosses, giving you a taste of the birdlife to come. As well as taking in panoramic views of the city and its mountainous backdrop, your guide will share fascinating stories about the region's people and communities.

Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the pier to embark on your ship. Once aboard your floating home from home, attend your first key briefings then head out on deck as you sail down the Beagle Channel and south towards Antarctica. 

Days 3 & 4: Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey across the infamous Drake Passage gives you plenty of time to get used to the rhythm of the ocean. During these two days, the friendly naturalist guides in your expedition team will be busy preparing you for your arrival in Antarctica. You'll be briefed on essential wildlife guidelines and biosecurity measures to help make sure the trip runs smoothly. The team will also launch their immersive lecture program covering Antarctica's fascinating history, wildlife and environment.

Keep your camera handy as you spend time out on deck – majestic birds such as albatrosses and giant petrels soar alongside the vessel, offering unforgettable photo opportunities. There may be chances to participate in citizen science programs including bird counts and cloud surveys. 

As the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula draw closer and the excitement builds, keep an eye out for your first iceberg sighting.  

Crossing the Antarctic Convergence marks a significant shift as the air and sea temperature drops. Weather and sea conditions permitting, the Captain might attempt your first Antarctic excursion by late afternoon of Day 4, marking the official start of your polar adventure. 

Days 5 to 10: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula’s western reaches and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore for the next six days. 

Your experienced Expedition Leader and Captain will use their knowledge to curate an action-packed itinerary based on the weather, ice conditions and opportunities to see wildlife. They’ll attempt to make landings or zodiac excursions twice a day, so you might find yourself cruising through sculptural iceberg graveyards while on the lookout for snoozing seals hauled out on the ice. 

The zodiac ribs will also ferry you between ship and shore, where you might visit chaotic penguin rookeries where there’s drama at every turn. You may take gentle hikes along pebble beaches or trek up snow-covered ridgelines to enjoy views of the ice-speckled ocean below and glaciers stretching off into the distance. 

Any optional activities you have booked in advance, such as kayaking and snorkelling, will be arranged whenever conditions permit. If a polar plunge is on your bucket list, the expedition team will also attempt to organise an opportunity for you to jump into the frigid Antarctic waters. 

As the ship navigates between landing sites, the scenery is sublime. These moments are perfect for unwinding in the observation lounge with its wraparound windows. Or pop on your swimsuit and head into the outdoor Jacuzzi to enjoy the icy landscapes from a unique perspective.  Listen for the thunder of breaking ice as glaciers calve and the captivating calls of seabirds – the White Continent creates a soundtrack you won't forget in a hurry. 

Day 11: Flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas

Wrapping up your adventure, the ship will anchor at Frei Base on King George Island. Here, you’ll board a flight to Punta Arenas, Chile, cutting two days of sailing time on the Drake Passage down to a quick two hour flight. On arrival back into civilisation you’ll be met and taken to your hotel for a final night.   

Day 12: Leaving Punta Arenas

After a complimentary breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers as you continue your travels in Chile or begin the journey north towards home. Your transfer to the airport is included as part of the trip.   

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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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 on specific cabin availability.

Triple Superior Twin Balcony Stateroom Superior Balcony Junior Suite Captain's Suite
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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $17195

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 is no 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 $1,330 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather, sea and ice conditions allow). 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.
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 up to six 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.
Add on icon Snorkelling Snorkelling $675 No experience required. Snorkelling is included multiple times, subject to suitable weather, sea and ice conditions. Dry suit provided. Available on select departures.


  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Pre-embarkation (Day 1) hotel night in Ushuaia, Argentina with breakfast
  • Post-disembarkation (Day 10) hotel night in Punta Arenas, Chile with breakfast
  • One-way two hour charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile 
  • 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis 
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks reception
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks are included with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Complimentary Starlink WiFi (connectivity may be patchy at times)
  • 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 historic landing sites
  • A digital photo book produced with photos and ship logs from your voyage


  • Any flights to/from voyage start and end points
  • Any additional services before and after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation and meals not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Gratuities for ship crew

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