Classic Antarctica

Classic Antarctica

HIGHLIGHTS

Ushuaia - Drake Channel - Antarctica - Punta Arenas

from 5995 USD
HIGHLIGHTS

Ushuaia - Drake Channel - Antarctica - Punta Arenas

days 7
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel to Cape Horn
  • Cross the Drake Passage and cross the ocean to Antarctica.
  • Visit an Antarctic penguin colony.
  • Explore Fildes Bay and two stations.
  • Best time to travel: November to March
 

Depart from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica on a trip combining a cruise and an aircraft. Disembark in Antarctica and explore its incredible wildlife for a day, before flying back to Punta Arenas in Chile.

Itinerary
Day 1

From Argentina & Chile to Antarctica - Puerto Williams

Puerto Williams in the Chilean Province Antártida

 

  • Travel from Ushuaia to Puerto Williams on a ship

Your Antarctic experience begins in Ushuaia, the southernmost city of Argentina. Most precisely, the journey starts at Ushuaia’s pier where your ship awaits. Navigate through the Beagle Channel and after 2 hours, reach Puerto Williams in the Chilean Province Antártida. Take time to explore Puerto Williams and prepare to embark on the next day to cross the Drake Passage.

 

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What to see in Puerto Williams?

This is the region of the intrepid Yagánes, the native community and the first to endure the tough living conditions. From Puerto Williams, you can visit Villa Ukika inhabited by their last descendants, the Bahía Wulaia and the Martín Gusinde Museum to learn more about Yagán culture.

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Puerto Williams in the Chilean Province Antártida
Day 2

Awake in Cape Horn - Zodiac Navigation

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

 

  • Exploration of Cape Horn Island

Sail the entire night, crossing Nassau Bay, and greed the morning in plein Cape Horn area. Depending on the weather conditions, jump on a Zodiac boat and feel the excitement felt by the first explorers. Touch land and walk in an inhospitable place for most people, surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Return to the cruise and prepare to cross the Drake Passage and leave the American Continent. This is the last piece of land you will see in 24 hours. The next piece of land is Antarctica!

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Spoting penguins on the coast in a Zodiac boat, Antarctica.
Day 3

Sailing Drake Passage - Antarctic Waters

Front of antarctica cruise with people looking the landscape

 

  • Lectures on the Antarctic world & bird-watching

With no more than a blue see in front of you, you will feel free to do nothing but enjoy the view. Wildlife will start showing as Antarctica approaches. Whales, Albatros of different kinds, and petrels. One of the expert guides on board will guide you to discover wildlife signals and behaviors from the outside deck. Indoor activities include interesting lectures to learn more about the Antarctic unique environment.

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Front of antarctica cruise with people looking the landscape
Day 4

The Antarctica Continent - Penguin Rookery

Family of penguins in Antarctica

 

  • Reach Antarctica & visit a Penguin colony

The first icebergs start to show while the cruise reaches Shetland Island. Prepare for a first-hand spectacle! Sail through a white landscape full of whales, seals, and penguins. Zodiac will be ready and take you closer to a penguin’s colony. This is your chance to walk the end of the world and explore the customs of Antarctic wildlife. Make the most of this day and enjoy the extended daylight typical to Antarctica and get ready to go back to Chile.

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Family of penguins in Antarctica
Day 5

Chile’s Frei Station - Flight to Punta Arenas

Passengers boarding antarctica aircraft

 

  • Fildes Bay and aircraft

Leaving the Antarctic Continent behind, enjoy one last stop at Fildes Bay. Take a 1.25-mile walk to the aircraft station where you will take your flight back to Chile. On the way, pass by two research stations. At Fildes Bai landscape will start changing towards bigger pieces of iceless land. Get ready to fly over the Drake Passage and reach Punta Arenas in Chile where a transfer will take you to your hotel to spend the night.

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Passengers boarding antarctica aircraft
Day 6

End of the Antarctic Trip - Punta Arenas

Boat on the water in Punta Arenas

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport.

This is the end of your journey to Antarctica. After breakfast, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Punta Arenas airport. Stay tuned and discover other Antarctic trips we are excited about! Talk to a travel expert today and start planning your next adventure.

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Boat on the water in Punta Arenas
pricing
  • 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.
  • 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 5995 USD per person.

included
  • 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Punta Arenas).
  • 3-night on Zodiac cruise 
  • 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.
  • Transfers from your accommodation to the vessel (day 1).
  • Transfer from the vessel to Punta Arenas airport (day 6).
  • 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.

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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