Antarctica fly-cruises include a short 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands and then an expedition cruise that navigates the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Naturalist guides help you discover the region, on land and by Zodiac, and provide fascinating onboard lectures. This option allows you to save time getting to Antarctica and is appealing to those with limited time or who are simply looking to avoid the unpredictability of the infamous Drake Passage. Some fly-cruises that include the Falklands and South Georgia also offer flights into or out of Stanley in the Falklands.
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Fly to Santiago, via Sao Paulo, with LAN. (N)
Morning arrival. Transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco or similar for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional city tour. (N)
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas where you will be met and transferred to Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar for 1 night. In the afternoon there will be a cruise briefing followed by a welcome dinner. (B, D)
Morning flight to King George Island followed by a tour of the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. This afternoon, board your expedition vessel. (B, L, D)
Sail between ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs. Sea birds, penguins, seals and whales are often sighted during the daily landings and cruises in the Zodiac boats. Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. This journey visits some magnificent spots that may include Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands, and crosses the Lemaire Channel.
The itinerary will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions, as well as wildlife sightings. (B, L, D)
Return to King George Island and disembark at the Frei Chilean Base. Fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel for 1 night. (B)
Fly to Santiago for an overnight stay. (B)
Alternatively, extend your holiday further in Patagonia with a visit to the Torres del Paine National Park.
Fly to London, via Sao Paulo, arriving the following day.
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Optional camping and kayaking excursions are available on some ships, but space is limited and pre-booking is essential.
The itinerary above is based on a 7-night regular cruise programme. Longer cruise programmes are available offering a more in-depth exploration and include the chance to navigate further south to cross the Antarctic Circle and celebrate a special geographical milestone. Shorter express options are also available that sail from Ushuaia and return by air to Punta Arenas (or vice versa).
The price acts as a guideline only and will vary according to the time of year, the boat used and exact cruise duration. Fly-Cruises are available on expedition ships such as the Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky. Please enquire for further details, dates, availability and prices.
The price is based on two people travelling on a twin share basis.
Inclusions: International flights and internal flights; transfers; 1 night pre-cruise & 1 night pos-cruise hotel accommodation in Santiago; 1 night's pre-cruise and 1 night's post-cruise hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas; and an expedition cruise.
An Antarctic cruise itinerary can be combined with other tailor-made arrangements within Chile, Argentina or the rest of South America. For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor the itinerary pre- or post-cruise, please call 020 7873 5000 or email Sales@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Solo travellers can avoid paying a single supplement on selected vessels if they are willing to share a twin, triple or quad cabin.
Alternative programmes include Antarctica itineraries that sail across the Drake Passage, while longer programmes are available that combine the Antarctic Peninsula with the wildlife rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
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