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Sail & Fly Antarctica in Style

By sailing south across the Drake Passage then flying north in just two hours, this itinerary blends the adventure of arriving in Antarctica by ship with the speed of a quick exit. The risk of weather-related flight delays is removed at the trip's start, with soaring albatross accompanying you en route. Optional kayaking and paddleboarding activities are available.

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Trip type

Fly & Cruise

Trip length

10 Days


$16,795 -$29,495

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Sail & Fly Antarctica in Style - 10 Days - $16,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4 days ‘off ship’ exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
  • Choice of two purpose-built expedition ships with capacity for 135 & 140 guests
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • Excellent expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:7
  • Pre and post-cruise hotel nights included
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 expedition parka jacket & loan of boots
  • Alcoholic drinks included with dinner and during bar opening times on board 
  • Optional adventure activities on select departures: kayaking, one-off paddle and paddleboarding excursions (limited places, at additional cost)

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks potentially visited on Sail & Fly Antarctica in Style

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, the city nestled at the southernmost tip of Argentina, is the launch point for your Antarctic adventure. After being transferred to your hotel for a complimentary night’s stay, spend the rest of the day exploring Ushuaia. Visit the quirky Maritime Museum in the old prison, or schedule a tour around Tierra del Fuego National Park with its snow-capped scenery. Cap off the day by attending the pre-departure briefing at the hotel at 6pm. 

Day 2: Embarking on your ship

After fuelling up with the complimentary breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take the group transfer to the port and embark on your ship in the late afternoon. Your adventure truly begins with a scenic cruise through the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel. 

Head out on deck to start enjoying the first of many wildlife encounters – this body of water teems with seabirds ranging from black browed albatrosses to petrels, which often shadow the ship as it sails towards the cooler Antarctic waters. This can also be a good location to spot your first cetaceans, so look out for fins and blows along with the tiny splashes of passing Magellanic penguins. 

Days 3 & 4: Crossing the Drake Passage

While notorious for its lively seas and high winds, the Drake Passage is a rite of passage for those looking to explore Antarctica. Whether you get the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake, this is a fantastic place for birdwatching, with huge albatross giant petrels gliding past the ship 

Whatever the conditions, you can relax in the lounge with its large windows offering views out to the sparkling sea or attend fascinating presentations by the onboard Expedition Team. These immersive and enlightening lectures are designed to build anticipation and prepare you for your upcoming zodiac cruises and land excursions and cover topics ranging from biology to history. 

Crossing the Antarctic Convergence marks your official entry into Antarctic waters, and the air and water temperature both drop significantly.

Days 5 to 8: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

As you near land, the incredible panorama of endless glacier-laden mountains unfolds.  Spend as much time out on deck as possible and keep your eyes peeled for the blow of whales feeding in the krill-rich waters and look out for penguins and sealed dotted on vast sculptural icebergs. 

The Expedition Team will waste no time arranging your first excursions to explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Take a few moments to enjoy the profound silence of this incredible wilderness; the chaotic braying of a busy penguin rookery will quickly break your reverie! 

As your safety is top priority, your Expedition Leader and Captain will meticulously assess the ice and weather conditions to decide on the best landing sites. With so many options to choose from, each expedition promises chances to discover the White Continent both by zodiac cruising and on foot.  While out on your travels, you might hear the thunderous roar of a calving glacier, watch penguins waddle across the coastline, or take a hilltop hike with soul-stirring views across the vast landscape. True thrillseekers may even get the bragging rights of experiencing a polar plunge into the freezing waters. 

Day 9: Disembarking and flying to Punta Arenas

At the end of your adventure the ship will sail north to King George Island in the South Shetlands.  Here you’ll bid farewell to the penguins, as well as your comfortable ship. Instead of sailing back across the Drake Passage, instead you’ll take a quick and comfortable two hour flight to Punta Arenas, located in southern Chile. Once your feet are firmly back on South American land, a complimentary group transfer will usher you from the airport to your hotel. Tonight’s stay is included as part of your package.

Day 10: Enjoying the final day of your trip 

After a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, you’re free to continue your adventure in Chile or make your own way to the airport for the first leg of your journey home. 

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.



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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $16795

Additional Notes

Please note that not all optional activities are available on all departures. Contact us for details.

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, there are two dedicated single cabins. Alternatively, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a standard twin occupancy cabin. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin, which is available on a twin share basis in select cabin categories.

Children aged 8 years old with a height of 48ins (1.2m) and over are permitted on this trip. Please contact us for more 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 Paddleboarding Paddleboarding $295 Select departures only, subject to weather conditions. One-off paddleboarding session. Basic competency required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $995 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 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.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $295 One-off kayaking paddle session lasting approximately 60-90 minutes using inflatable sit-on-top kayaks. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Minimal kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.


  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Pre-embarkation hotel night and breakfast in Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Post-expedition hotel night and breakfast in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Online photo journal of the voyage
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 parka jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Accommodation, meals and soft drinks during the voyage on full board
  • Beer, standard wines and spirits, as well as cocktails, during bar service hours (typically pre-dinner and evenings) and dinner 
  • Basic complimentary WIFI access for one device at a time per guest 
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person (please note that travel insurance - including medical and curtailment cover - is still mandatory)


  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation not listed as included
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional additional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking or paddleboarding)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, premium beverages and high-data communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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