This amazing fly-cruise Antarctic trip sees you fly over and avoid the notoriously rough seas of Cape Horn and Drake Passage.
The Antarctica 21 programme takes you to one of the most remote places – the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent on earth.
Antarctica is a natural wonder that bewitches explorers, scientists and voyagers alike.
There are two itineraries to choose from – an 8-day and a 10-day cruise – for this once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Please contact us for the latest itineraries and read our blog about Antarctica costs, planning, and more.
Antarctica is fascinating territory that contains more than 90% of the earth’s land ice, which transforms it into the largest sweet water reserve on earth.
It has remained hidden from man during the longest period of time and its first visitors arrived at these virgin frozen lands only two hundred years ago.
Matchless beauty contrasts with the extreme climatic conditions, all of which make it an exotic destination, truly hypnotising for the few that reach this remote corner.
Among the main species that make up marine fauna are whales, elephant seals, Weddell Seals, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, as well as a variety of birds, such as Albatrosses, Petrels and Snowy Sheathbills.
There is the Classic 8-day itinerary or the longer 10-day Polar Circle adventure to choose from, plus a quickfire 6-day trip for those short on time.
Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage straight to pristine Antarctica.
Save time - it takes two hours to fly to Antarctica, whereas the boat crossing takes two days each way.
Enjoy life aboard a small ship - maximum 67-73 guests - so you spend your time exploring and not waiting.
Miss out on nothing - cross the Polar Circle and visit all of Antarctica's classic highlights.
Chance to kayak, hike and snow shoe (extra cost) in this wonderful environment.
Incredible wildlife from whales to penguins and seals.
This was a fantastic trip and fully lived up to expectations. The crew and lecturers were extremely helpful and knowledgeable and imparted their knowledge of this beautiful land with enthusiasm.
R. Clowes, Antarctica Cruise
Arrive before 14.00 (2pm) to the city of Punta Arenas where you are met by staff, and transferred to Hotel Cabo de Hornos.
In the afternoon, you meet your expedition mates and receive instructions and guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica, such as the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation.
In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner.
Please note: You must arrive Punta Arenas at 14:00 hours, at the latest, or you will be listed as a no-show and miss the tour and receive no refund.
Our Antarctic adventure begins today with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands).
Upon arrival, we explore the around where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located.
Then, it’s our first time on the zodiacs at the beach on Fildes Bay so we can board our expedition vessel, the Ocean Nova.
We cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs.
For company, we have sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.
Our journey southwards may include visits to some of the most magnificent spots on the white continent such as Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands, amongst others. These will be dependent on the conditions at the time.
Our day-to-day adventure is very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats.
At night, enjoy lectures and socialising as wish you a very enjoyable time on board.
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night
(Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward travels.
Arrive before 14.00 to the city of Punta Arenas where you are met by staff, and transferred to Hotel Cabo de Hornos.
In the afternoon, you meet your expedition mates and receive instructions and guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica, such as the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner.
We cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs. For company, we have sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.
Our journey southwards may include visits to some of the most magnificent spots on the white continent such as Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands, amongst others as well as reaching the Polar Circle. These will be dependent on the conditions at the time.
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas.Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night
(Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)
Prices From $11,495 / £9,748 per person
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Transfers as listed, meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on last day, drinks with meals, flight Punta Arenas – King George Island – Punta Arenas, sea voyage and lodging on board ship, shore excursions, conferences and shipboard entertainment, waterproof boots, hotel on first and last night
International flights (we can look for these), arrival and departure taxes, insurance, laundry service, telephone calls, bar drinks, use of Internet or other means of communication, tips, personal items
Ocean Nova is a modern expedition vessel originally built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the the waters off Greenland.
Refurbished in 2006, her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.
There is a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, spacious dining room, bar, library, gym and an infirmary.
The ship also has seven Zodiac boats that are used for disembarking and wildlife watching.
Capacity for 67 passengers in comfortable outside cabins.
Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 sq. ft. / 8 sq. mt. One lower single bed
Twin cabins 106 sq. ft./ 10 sq. mt. Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 sq. ft. / 14 sq. mt. Two lower beds and one upper bed
All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.
Magellan Explorer is a modern expedition vessel custom built for fly-cruises, built in Chile, and launched in 2019.
There are seven cabin types, and all have balconies apart from porthole cabins.
There is a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, spacious dining room, bar, library, gym and an infirmary. The ship also has ten Zodiac boats that are used for disembarking and wildlife watching.
Capacity for 73 passengers in comfortable outside cabins.
Single cabins 210 sq. ft. / 19 sq. mt. Sitting area and balcony.
Grand Suite 480 sq. ft./ 44 sq. mt. Two-room suite with sitting
room, balcony and bedroom
Penthouse suite 360 sq. ft. / 33 sq. mt. Suite with sitting room,
balcony and bedroom area
Deluxe Veranda cabin 240 sq. ft. / 22 sq. mt. Cabin with sitting area
Veranda cabin 210 sq. ft. / 19 sq. mt. Cabin with sitting area
Porthole cabin 200 sq. ft. / 18 sq. mt. Cabin with sitting area
Triple suite 480 sq. ft. / 44 sq. mt. Suite with two bedrooms,
balcony, and sitting area
Veteran Antarctic aircraft pilots, experienced sea captains, an international team of polar guides and academics, and a team of seasoned travel professionals come together to create the Antarctica 21 experience.
You travel with at least twelve polar guides.
Professional, experienced, and passionate, they are a well-staffed team of extraordinary leaders and experts.
Charming and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.
Excellent international cuisine is prepared for you for every meal aboard, and all dietary requirements can be catered for – please let us know at the time of booking.
Meals are accompanied by a great selection of premium wines, carefully chosen by the Hospitality Team to complement and enhance each meal.
Antarctica 21 cruises are open to almost everyone.
You must be able to endure cold temperatures and living on a comfortable boat, as well as be able to embark/disembark from zodiacs.
None of the walks are strenuous but the unique terrain offers its own challenges. The fitter and more mobile you are before the trip, the more you will enjoy it.
A flexible and positive approach to changes in itinerary and weather are good to bring a long.
Anyone wishing to kayak must have previous kayak experience and be aged 16 years or above.
You must plan to arrive with a flight that is scheduled to land in Punta Arenas no later than 14.00 (2PM) on Day 1 of the itinerary.
Those not flying in MUST be at the hotel and before 2 pm on day 1.
In the afternoon there is a mandatory safety and Antarctic guidelines briefing. You will also be fitted for your expedition boots. Participation in these activities is essential for the success of the expedition.
Travellers who miss the 2 PM arrival deadline will be considered “no-show”.
They will not be able to participate in the expedition and will receive no refund.
Don’t schedule tight connections.
Protect your travel investment by building some buffer time in your travel plans in case of problems such as with lost baggage, flight delays etc.
In case your flight into Punta Arenas is delayed for reasons beyond your control, ANTARCTICA XXI will do everything possible to accommodate your late arrival.
However, ANTARCTICA XXI cannot assume any responsibility for any resulting complications, including your inability to join the expedition.
Maximum of 10 people, led by experienced kayak master.
Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group some time at the landing site so you can explore.
The 2018-19 per person price is $895 USD.
The sea kayaking option is available on all Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises and all Polar Circle Air-Cruises. Payment of the participation fee is due at time of reservation. In case of cancellation 120 days or more prior to departure, ANTARCTICA XXI will refund 50% of the participation fee.
In case of cancellation 119 days or less prior to departure, there will be no refund.
Hiking and Snowshoeing
Maximum of 12 people, led by mountain guide.
The Expedition Leader to look for the best hiking or snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. Each excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration.
To take part in the hiking and snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, your level of physical fitness should be good. Minimum age for participation is 12 years.
The 2018-19 per person price is $195 USD.
The hiking and snowshoeing option is available on all Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air Cruises. In case of cancellation 120 days or more prior to departure, ANTARCTICA XXI will refund 50% of the participation fee.
For an extra level of comfort, travellers can now purchase Preferred Seats on their Antarctic flight.
This is a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, and a guaranteed empty middle seat, priority boarding in Punta Arenas and an amenities kit.
Capacity is limited to aisle 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the aircraft.
2018-19 price, per person:
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises (round-trip): $495 USD
Polar Circle Air-Cruises (round-trip): $495 USD
The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20kg (44lb.) per passenger, including hand luggage, for both Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air-Cruises.
Excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenas and will be handed over to travellers upon their return from Antarctica.
The baggage weight limit is a technical requirement imposed by the flight operation.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase extra allowance.
Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program.
However, with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather.
We need to emphasise the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage.
For this reason ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants.
Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions.
While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility.
Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.
We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.
We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.
When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.
You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.
What is ATOL?
The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.
And ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.
Who is covered?
To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).
If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.
If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.
Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.
I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?
If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.
We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.
If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.
You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.
MV Ocean Nova or Magellan Explorer.
Stating prices, per person, sharing a cabin.
Single supplements apply.
Ocean Nova fly-cruises (2023-24):
Triples: USD 11,495 / 13,595 / 15,995pp
Twin/doubles: USD 13,595 / 15,595 / 18,495pp
Ocean Nova fly-cruises (2024-25):
Triples: USD 11,495 / 13,595 / 15,995pp
Twin/doubles: USD 13,795 / 15,795 / 18,795pp
Magellan Explorer fly-cruises (2023-24):
Triples: USD 13,995 / 15,995 / 19,995pp
Twin/doubles: USD 14,995 to USD 34,995pp
Magellan Explorer fly-cruises (2024-25):
Triples: USD 17,995 / 19,995 / 24,995pp
Twin/doubles: USD 15,995 to USD 32,995pp
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