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Antarctic Fly & Sail Combination

A rare and popular voyage which flies one way and sails the other, maximising both expediency and experience. Spend 5-7 days exploring Antarctica on a small, newly-built expedition ship, with kayaking & snorkelling available. January - March departures.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

9-14 Days


$11,695 -$40,995

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Fly & Sail Combination - 9-14 - $11,695

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Flying one way means more time to explore and is popular with anxious sailors
  • 5-7 full days exploring Antarctica, depending on voyage date
  • Travelling on a small ship with 120-130 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together 
  • Kayaking, polar diving and snorkelling activities (additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket & post voyage photo book

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Fly & Sail Combination

Operator's Itinerary

The following itinerary is for Fly-then-Sail voyages. As indicated in the notes below, some departures are Sail-then-Fly, for which this itinerary operates in reverse.

Days 1 & 2: Punta Arenas to King George Island

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow's flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to in very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island. 

Days 3 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we're lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Days 9 & 10: Drake Passage

Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our expedition team recap all the incredible things we've witnessed, or perhaps you'll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.

Days 11/12: Ushuaia

We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you'll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel. 

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.

2022/2023 season:

Fly south & sail back: 04-Feb-2023, 28-Feb-2023 & 03-Mar-2023 (all 12 days)

Sail south & fly back: 15-Jan-2023, 18-Jan-2023 & 11-Feb-2023 (all 11 days)

2023/2024 season:

Fly south & sail back: 03-Feb-2024 (12 days) & 01-Mar-2024 (14 days)

Sail south & fly back: 10-Feb-2024 (9 days) & 13-Feb-2024 (11 days)

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What our customers think of Antarctic Fly & Sail Combination

Antarctic Fly & Sail Combination trips scored 4/5 from 34 reviews

The Zodiac rides where (1) we were in the middle of three humpback whales for 30-45 minutes as they circled and approached our Zodiac, getting no more than 6 feet away from us, and (2) we were watching 15-20 seals playing near an iceberg that lost a portion of ice at one end and then began rotating and turning as we watched this rare and memorable sight.

Travelled: March 2023

Dan -

The last night where we dropped anchor in a sun lit bay and had the BBQ outdoors on deck, we were able to reflect on an amazing expedition, with the friends we'd made and then some humpbacks turned up and showed us their tails reflecting the setting sun - magic

Travelled: February 2023

Rick -

Meeting Swoop’s Michael Battley! Michael was such a lifesaver when it came to getting me and my sister to even come on this trip after struggles with the Chilean mobility pass. He stayed with us on the phone every step of the way and I could not be more grateful. Beyond traveling mishaps, Michael turned out to be a great friend as well! He was one of the best parts of this trip.

Travelled: April 2022

Anonymous -

We were very happy with our choice to see Antartica up close through using kayaks to cruise through the icebergs. The most memorable was first seeing the size and magnificence of these beautiful structures.

Travelled: February 2023

Anonymous -

walking on the beach with so many penguins

Travelled: February 2023

Marjorie -

A very spiritual moment standing alone amongst thousands of penguins, seals, and nesting birds as I realized that because of man's efforts the many travesties of the past devastation are being (at least to some degree) reversed. We can make a difference, and this incredible world is worth it!

Travelled: March 2023

Chuck -

So many. If we had to pick one, it was standing on Antarctica and looking out on endless snow fields in one direction and iceberg graveyards in the other direction.

Travelled: March 2023

Michael -

The landscape, PENGUINS, Aurora - Sylvia Earle, PENGUINS, seals, the Aurora team, PENGUINS, other guest we met, how welcome we felt on the ship, PENGUINS,

Travelled: February 2023

Leslie -

Paradise Bay zodiac excursion with Renato (photographer), where it was calm and we saw so many beautiful things.

Travelled: February 2023

Pamela -

Polar Plunge

Travelled: March 2022

Doris -

It’s a tie: A leopard seal trying to mate with our boat, the polar plunge, and the wonderful friends I made (GO MICHAEL)

Travelled: April 2022

Anonymous -

Getting married on Petermann Island with the penguins

Travelled: April 2023

Lily -

There were many! My most memorable would be kayaking and having a whale surface about 500 feet from us, and then dive back down with a whale tail in the air.

Travelled: March 2023

Eleanor -

Kayaking with a humpback whale - a highlight of my life to date.

Travelled: March 2022

Lauren -

There were so many. All the penguins! Seals, whales. A calm Drake Passage. Sailing in the zodiac in Paradise Bay.

Travelled: February 2023

Lauren -

The zodiac ride among blue ice in Paradise harbor -

Travelled: February 2023

Bertha -

We were extremely lucky to have flat seas and great weather the entire cruise. So, every activity was wonderful and memorable.

Travelled: March 2023

Violetta -

Seeing whales so close up was amazing. A personal one for us was landing on our last continent. Special.

Travelled: February 2023

Diana -

Setting foot on the continent of Antarctica! Our fifth continent, and the Southern ocean our fifth ocean.

Travelled: April 2023

John Mark -

Wildlife in the Antarctic

Travelled: March 2023

Marc -


About The Ship

  • With its sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
  • Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
  • State-of-the-art stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating  
  • Large comfortable cabins

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 Polar Specialist

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.



Additional Notes

2023 / 2024 season:

Fly south & sail back: 03-Feb-2024 (12 days) & 01-Mar-2024 (14 days)

Sail south & fly back: 10-Feb-2024 (9 days) & 13-Feb-2024 (11 days)

2024 / 2025 season:

Fly south & sail back: 19-Jan-2025, 26-Jan-2025 & 12-Feb-2025 (all 13 days)

Sail south & fly back: 06-Feb-2025 (9 days) & 20-Feb-2025 (12 days) 

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. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are welcome. 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 $1,030 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 $1030-1330.
Add on icon Polar diving Polar diving $1,260 Available on select departures.
Add on icon Polar snorkelling Polar snorkelling $515 No experience required. Dry suit provided. Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $515-640
Add on icon Mountaineering Mountaineering $1,260 Available on select departures.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $480 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. Cost varies from USD $480-640


  • Pre-embarkation (day 1) or post-disembarkation (day 10) hotel night in Punta Arenas, depending on route
  • 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 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 historic landing sites
  • Gratuities for ship crew 
  • 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
  • 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)

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