Antarctica Tour & Air-Cruise From Chile

Antarctica Tour & Air-Cruise From Chile


Punta Arenas - Antarctic Sound

from 13795 USD

Punta Arenas - Antarctic Sound

days 8
  • Fly to Antarctica over the Drake Channell 
  • Visit Southern Shetlands and the Antarctic Sound
  • Go wildlife spotting and discover penguins and whales.
  • Best time to travel: November to March
  Depart from Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia and enjoy a classic discovery of the Antarctica Continent. Fly to the Southern Shetlands and embark on a comfortable, well-equipped vessel. Spend the next 3 days taking Antarctica tours and exploring on a zodiac boat some of the classic natural highlights of Antarctica.  
Day 1

Antarctica Tour: Welcome! - Punta Arenas

Couple in Punta Arenas looking the horizon pver the sea.


  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to your hotel.

Start this Antarctica tour in one of the most visited cities in Patagonia Chilena, Punta Arenas. This port city at the shore of the Magellan Strait is the capital of the Magallanes and Antarctica Region in Chile. One of its most curious attractions is the Nao Victoria, a full-scale 16-century replica of the ship used by Fernand Magallanes to reach the area.

Upon arrival, we’ll be waiting to welcome you and then, we’ll drive you to your hotel in the city. Before the Antarctic tour and air cruise experience started, gather our staff at the Explorers House and go through the essential guidelines to tackle a trip to Antarctica and an air cruise. End the day with a welcome dinner and meet your next day’s travel partners. 

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Couple in Punta Arenas looking the horizon pver the sea.
Day 2

Fly to Antarctica - Night in Antarctic Vesell

Aircarft landing in antarctica


  • Flight over Darke Passage and reach the Antarctic vessel

The air cruise experience starts today. Get ready to take an airplane to Antarctica and land on 25 de Mayo Island, one of the biggest in the South Shetland archipelago. Enjoy the views of the Drake Channel from the air, and feel the thrill while you get closer to the end of the world.

Upon arrival, a 1.25-mile walk will take you to Chile’s Frei Station, the most populated Chilean territory in Antarctica. Then, pass by Russia’s Bellingshausen Station and reach the shore where a Zodiac boat will be waiting, and take you to the Antarctic vessel. On this ship and during the next 3 days, explore Antarctica’s popular destinations.

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Aircarft landing in antarctica
Day 3

Firsts Zodiac Expeditions - Night in Antarctic Vesell

Passengers on a zodiac boat spoting a seal on the white beach.


  • First expedition ashore – South Shetland Islands

During the following 3 days, you will navigate the West coast of Península Antarctica, and take different zodiac rides to the shore. Each will lead to a tailored experience of interesting sites. Guided by the experts, you’ll make the most of every single detail.

Destinations may change due to unpredictable weather which is common in the area. But, let’s talk about the possible places you’ll visit, even if not in the following order.

The first day you may ride a zodiac to explore the South Shetland Islands. Prepare to sail between floating icebergs and spot the Antarctic wildlife. In Antarctica, common animals you can see are Adela penguins, Albatros, and Weddell seals. There are no polar bears in Antarctica.

Expeditions a-shore usually take a couple of hours. In small groups only, you can choose to depart on one of the two daily tours.

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Passengers on a zodiac boat spoting a seal on the white beach.
Day 4

Antarctica Tour, Second Day Explorations - Night in Antarctic Vesell

Spoting penguins on the coast in a Zodiac boat, Antarctica.


  • Zodiac ride to Antarctic Sound, Hope Bay, and other natural highlights

Antarctic tours start early in the morning when everyone gathers to enjoy breakfast onboard. Then, jump on the zodiac. Today you may explore the Antarctic Sound, a strait of water connecting the northeast and the west side of the Península Antárctica.

Here, you may pass by places like Hope Bay, and see the largest Adela penguin colony on the continent. It is also on this bay where Esperanza Argentine Base is settled, also the place of the first-born baby in Antarctica. Or enjoy some spontaneous whale watching, since these majestic animals offently wander the Antarctic Sound. 

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Spoting penguins on the coast in a Zodiac boat, Antarctica.
Day 5

Third Day Explorations - Night in Antarctic Vesell

Glacier in Antarctica zodiac expedition.


  • Zodiac ride to Gerlache Strait, and other natural highlights

Another option to explore and enjoy is the Garlache Strait, known as “one of the most beautiful places” in Antarctica. Here you may discover some of the “jewels” of the continent like whales eating “krill”, numerous bergs, and, the most mysterious, a whaling vessel that sank in 1916.

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Glacier in Antarctica zodiac expedition.
Day 6

Last Antarctic Tour - Night in Antarctic Vesell

A man watching the beautiful landscape of Antarctica.


  • Last day of activities in Antarctica

On your last day around the Antarctic Peninsula, another destination you may explore is Penola Strait, a narrow, less-than-a-mile strait. Nearby Penola Strait, discover the Wigging Glacier (also called “Middle Glacier”) and the Neumayer Channel, an amazing glacier-fringed waterway. Neumayer Channel is 15 miles, and also an impossible destination for larger ships. 

Along the Neumayer coast, there is also a famous destination in Antarctica, Port Lockroy, a former British base. Its peculiar attraction consists of featuring the “southernmost post office” in the world, called the “Penguin Post Office”

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A man watching the beautiful landscape of Antarctica.
Day 7

Flight Back to Chile - Night in Punta Arenas

Airplane flying through the Drake Passage.


  • Return to Punta Arenas on a 2-hour flight

After 3 days of Antarctica tours and deep learning about life here, the vessel starts to sail back to 25 de Mayo Island on the Southern Shetlands. From here, take a flight back above the Drake Passage and land in Punta Arenas. 

We’ll be waiting to take you to your hotel. If you still have strength and want to explore the city, we recommend visiting the Nao Victoria, also a thematic museum and a relaxing visit to your last day in Chile.

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Airplane flying through the Drake Passage.
Day 8

End of Antarctica Tour & Air Cruise From Chile

View of an antique building in Punta Arenas.


  • Transfer to Punta Arena’s airport.

This is the end of your trip. Today, you’ll be driven to Punta Arenas airport. Keep exploring other regions of South America and planning your next trip to Chile.

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View of an antique building in Punta Arenas.
  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2025 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
  • Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations.


Prices from 13795 USD per person

  • Welcoming dinner (day 1).
  • All meals on board the ship.
  • All shore excursions.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings in Antarctica, contingency plan, and IAATO passenger fee.
  • Tour guide.
  • Transfer from the airport and hotel on day one for guests arriving in Punta Arenas
  • Special access to Explorers House for guests in Punta Arenas
  • Pre-departure material.
not included
  • Meals ashore.
  • Any airfare (scheduled or charter flights).
  • All taxes and port charges.
  • Pre- and post-land arrangements.
  • Baggage cancellation.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature (laundry, bar, beverage charges, and telecommunication charges).
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Gratuities
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – Follow this link to get a free quote (only available for U.S. Travelers)


Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon No local flights are needed for this itinerary. This trip begins and ends in Punta Arenas.

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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