Antarctica XXI Fly-Cruise
Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica XXI takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most remote continent – Antarctica.
Antarctica is a continent surrounded by oceans. Reaching it requires either sailing across the ocean or flying over it. The body of water between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, the infamous Drake Passage, can be rough but by choosing to fly with Antarctica XXI you can avoid this passage should you wish. You’ll also save time since the flight takes just two hours (the ship crossing takes two days).
Once in Antarctica you’ll explore this magnificent continent on foot and by exploration vessel, leaving the main ship to board small zodiac boats which can reach the isolated spots where few humans have trodden and wildlife and nature abounds. You’ll visit Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellinghausen station, sail along ice-filled fjords, navigate mountainous glaciers and roaming icebergs, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and absorb the immense scenery all around you.
During the exploration, guests are escorted at all times with renowned naturalists, historians and scientists who share their passion and knowledge of Antarctica. This virtually guarantees magnificent sightings of Orcas, Humpacks and Minke whales, several species of penguin including Chinstrap, Macaroni, Gentoo and Adelie, leopard and elephant seals and a vast range of extraordinary birds including Albatross, Petrel and Skua.
Antarctica XXI only offers expeditions aboard small ships carrying a maximum of 71 guests. In Antarctica a regulation designed to manage environmental impact limits the number of visitors at any one location to no more than 100 meaning larger ships must organize travellers in groups that take turns and guests must wait for significant timeframes to disembark. Not with Antarctica XXI, with whom your experience of the vast White Continent is truly maximised.
Antarctica is an ecological wonder that has bewitched explorers, scientists and voyagers alike for two centuries. Its matchless beauty and extreme climate conditions make the continent one of the most exotic destinations in the world.
Why we like it
- Fly over Cape Horn & the Drake Passage
- Small ship cruising
- Optional kayaking and hiking
- Spectacular scenery and wildlife
- Zodiac expeditions, lectures and more ....
At a Glance
Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by ANTARCTICA XXI staff and transferred to your hotel. Attend an information evening this afternoon and meet your fellow adventurers.
Day 2: Your Antarctic adventure begins with a 2-hour flight to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Explore Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellinghausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
Day’s 3—6: Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
Day 7: Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding your flight back to Punta Arenas. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel to overnight.
Day 8: After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward arrangements.
- 6, 8 and 10 day departures available
- Scheduled departures December to February
- Range of cabin types avaiable. Seasonal and single supplements may apply
- Price from US$4,695 per person.