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Antarctica Express Fly Cruise

  • Duration

    8 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
  • Price From

    £11,900pp
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A two-hour charter flight from Punta Arenas in Chile brings you to King George Island, the gateway to the White Continent and the beginning of an unforgettable voyage. Spend a week discovering the glories of the Antarctic Peninsula's icy fjords, serene icebergs and unparalleled wildlife, from killer whales and leopard seals to the iconic Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins.

Crossing the Drake Passage, by ship or by air, is a rite of passage for all adventurers to the Antarctic voyages. With a short two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to the edge of Antarctica, the Antarctic Express is an ideal itinerary for adventurers with less time, or who simply prefer to fly the Drake.

For those wishing to experience the sea crossing, an alternative voyage (Antarctic Explorer) operates a very similar itinerary, with embarkation in Ushuaia.

'Antarctica Express: Fly-Cruise' is also known as 'Antarctica Express: Fly the Drake'

Tour Itinerary

A two-hour charter flight from Punta Arenas in Chile brings you to King George Island, the gateway to the White Continent and the beginning of an unforgettable voyage. Spend a week discovering the glories of the Antarctic Peninsula's icy fjords, serene icebergs and unparalleled wildlife, from killer whales and leopard seals to the iconic Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins.

  • Day 1

    PUNTA ARENAS

    DAY 1: PUNTA ARENAS

    The adventure officially begins in Punta Arenas, one of the most populated cities in Chilean Patagonia. Meet your fellow adventurers at this evening's welcome dinner, and enjoy a short expedition briefing at the hotel.

  • Day 2

    FLY THE DRAKE

    DAY 2: FLY THE DRAKE

    Today, take a charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, enabling you to fly above the famous Drake Passage in approximately two hours. Enjoy scenes of the Antarctic landscapes from high above as your plane descends into the South Shetland Islands. Take a guided walk to shore and transfer by Zodiac to the ship, where you'll meet the rest of the Expedition Team. Here, your Antarctic Peninsula cruise truly begins.

  • Days 3-6

    THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

    DAYS 3-6: THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

    Spend four unique and unforgettable days exploring the wild beauty of the untamed White Continent. Adventures are interspersed with onboard lectures, bar talks, and wildlife watching. Enjoy daily excursions by Zodiac to penguin-swathed beaches, head out on whale watching expeditions, or hone your photography skills among the glaciers. The captain and crew will offer the activities best suited to the weather and wildlife activity.

  • Days 7-8

    FLY THE DRAKE & BEYOND

    DAY 7-8: FLY THE DRAKE & BEYOND

    Bid farewell to the Expedition Team at King George Island, where you'll disembark and fly 2 hours back across the Drake Passage. Arrive in Punta Arenas, where the evening is at leisure to reminisce with newfound friends, or explore the city independently. The next morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your onward arrangements. Whether you're heading home or on to Easter Island, your next steps can all be taken care of by Wendy Wu Tours.

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Antarctica Express Fly Cruise map

Places Visited: Punta Arenas - Fly the Drake Passage - King George Island - Antarctic Peninsula Cruise - Fly Drake Passage - Punta Arenas

Tour Dates & Prices

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.

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Antarctica Pricing Guide

2021 Departures

Start Date End Date Ship Start Location End Location Price From (Per Person)*
5th December 2021 13th December 2021 Ocean Adventurer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £12,800
11th December 2021 18th December 2021 Ocean Adventurer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £11,900
16th December 2021 23rd December 2021 Ocean Adventurer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £12,800
21st December 2021 28th December 2021 Ocean Adventurer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £12,800

2022 Departures

Start Date End Date Ship Start Location End Location Price From (Per Person)*
11th February 2022 18th February 2022 Ocean Adventurer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £12,400
16th February 2022 23rd February 2022 Ocean Adventurer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £12,400
1st March 2022 8th March 2022 World Explorer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £15,300
6th March 2022 13th March 2022 World Explorer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £15,300
11th March 2022 18th March 2022 World Explorer Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas, Chile £15,300

* prices are based on Twin Cabin occupancy

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