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  • Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Duration:  9 days (approx.)
Embark on a voyage of a lifetime with a nine-day expedition to Antarctica – the most remote wilderness on earth! Starting from Punta Arenas, enjoy a one-way flight to King George Island, one of the South Shetland Islands. Ride a Zodiac in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean from your cruise ship to the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring on foot with expert guides. Witness seals, whales and penguins that inhabit the blue ice and sea before cruising across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia – the world’s southernmost city.


  • 9-day Antarctica tour from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • Fly one-way to King George Island, one of the South Shetland islands
  • Spend four days viewing icebergs and wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Zoom over icy waters on a Zodiac and cruise through the Drake Passage
  • Watch Antarctica's famous penguins as they waddle around on the ice!
  • Explore the charming streets of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, with transfer to the Ushuaia aiport
  • Enjoy onboard presentations by experts on the environment and wildlife

What You Can Expect

9-Day Antarctica Tour from Punta Arenas: Drake Passage, South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

9-Day Antarctica Tour from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia: Fly South, Cruise North

Experience Antarctica from the comfort of your cruise ship, zipping by Zodiac to the massive continent! In this vast terrain of sea and ice, you may visit a deserted whaling station or float through a glacier-lined channel, but you’re sure to witness a profusion of astounding wildlife.

Your nine-day Antarctica journey includes a one-way flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, onboard talks by a knowledgeable and professional crew, who have rich backgrounds in marine biology, history, geology and more. Also included are 20 meals and ground transportation to Ushuaia International Airport. Enjoy seven nights accommodation in double or triple cabins aboard the cruise ship, which holds a maximum of 122 passengers, plus one night accommodation in Punta Arenas.

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Day 1: Punta Arenas
When you arrive in the charming town of Punta Arenas, Chile’s gateway to Antarctica, check in at your hotel and prepare for the exciting journey ahead. Stroll around town, visit one of the museums or enjoy a choice of eateries during your free time. If you arrive early in the day, consider a trip to the penguin colony and Rey Jorge Island Natural Sea Park, located out of town but well worth a visit (own expense).

Overnight: hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas

Day 2: Punta Arenas – King George Island (D)
Hop on a plane from Punta Arenas and fly across Drake Passage to King George Island (Isla Rey Jorge), a permanently glaciated landmass lying 75 miles (120 km) off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. Your flight takes just a few hours and provides breathtaking views on a clear day of the icy landscape below.

Upon landing on King George Island, the largest of the volcanic South Shetland Islands, explore the beauty of the terrain with your guide. Learn about the human and animal inhabitants of this harsh landscape, including the civilian settlement of Villa Las Estrellas, and keep an eye out for seals and penguins. After your exploration, jump in a Zodiac and make your way to the cruise ship, which will be your home for the next six days.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 3 – 6: Antarctic Peninsula (B, L, D)
During these four days, experience the extreme beauty of Antarctica, home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife. You’ll enjoy a range of unique adventures, such as hiking across the continent’s icy surface, riding on Zodiacs to historical sites and viewing wildlife in seemingly inhospitable terrain.

On your expeditions from cruise ship to continent, your guide will point out chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, as well as fur, crabeater and Weddell seals. Look for extraordinary minke and humpback whales that make the South Pole their home.

Embraced by the longest nights and the longest days on earth, you’ll witness the splendor of Antarctica’s azure waters, blue-tinged ice amid sheets of white, and pink night skies.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 7 – 8: The Drake Passage (B, L, D)
Spend time aboard the ship as you make the journey across the Drake Passage, named after the 16th-century explorer who accidentally discovered it. Infamous for its rough seas, this 500-mile (800-km) wide body of water lies between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica. The passage is teeming with bird and sea life, and from the decks of the ship you’ll spot albatross, penguins, whales and dolphins, among other wildlife.

As you retrace the path accidentally taken by Sir Francis, take in the gorgeous ocean views portside, relax inside with a good book or join one of several engaging presentations. Be entertained on board with lectures from experts covering topics as diverse as whales, birdlife, expeditions, geology and, of course, the icy land mass at the end of the earth.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 9: Ushuaia (B)
Upon arrival on dry land in Argentina, explore the quaint town of Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Enjoy free time strolling the streets and discover delightful shops, delicious eateries and interesting museums that document the eclectic history of this charming town. You’ll be transported to Ushuaia International Airport for your onward flight, or else remain and create your own adventure from here.
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