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€18,085 Per person
12 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

If the idea of Drakes Passage makes you weak at the knees, or you just don't have much time, but still want to get to the white continent then flying to Antarctica is the best way to go. The flights leave from southern Chile and land on King George Island, cutting two days of travel in both directions. Boarding the boat on King George Island you will find calm seas and head straight on to the Peninsula. This itinerary is based on a short four nights on board the ship - but other options of up to nine nights are there for those who wish to stay longer.

Itinerary highlights

  • Sit among a penguin colony.

  • Marvel at icebergs carved into hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

  • Kayak or hike in peace through untouched regions.

  • Reduce your travel time to Antarctica by flying to King George Island to meet your vessel, avoiding a crossing of Drake Passage.

Audley Travel specialist Nik

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Antarctica. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

  • Your trip will be unique
  • We work to your interests and budget
  • Advice from first-hand expertise
  • Santiago
  • Punta Arenas
  • Antarctica
  • Punta Arenas
  • Santiago

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Santiago.

Day 2 Santiago


Upon arrival in Chile's capital today you will be met and driven to your hotel in private vehicle.

Day 3 Punta Arenas

Santiago , Punta Arenas

Today you will arrive in Punta Arenas where you will meet up with the other members of your Antarctic expedition. This trip is based on a twin cabin on a six night cruise, there are both shorter trips and triple share cabins which can offer significant savings.

Day 4 Polar Cruise

Punta Arenas , Polar Cruise

This morning you will transfer to the airport to board the flight across Drakes Passage to King George Island and board the ship.

Day 5 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today is your first full day on the Antarctic Peninsula. If the weather allows, you might go ashore and take a short walk to an explorer's hut, a relic from the great age of polar pioneers. Due to Antarctica's harsh desert conditions, these simple shelters have been remarkably well preserved.

Day 6 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today might see you sailing through the Lemaire Channel, a strait of water bisecting the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island. You'll sail past towering cliffs of ice, glaciers running to meet the water, and immense icebergs. Make sure to stay out on deck and keep a camera to hand - you'll soon see why this passage is nicknamed Kodak Gap. In the afternoon, there may be an option to go kayaking. Away from the noise of an engine, you'll glide almost in silence through calm, still waters and get a real sense of Antarctica's wilderness.

Day 7 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Penguins are one of the biggest draws of a trip to Antarctica, and today you may be able to come face to face with them. If weather conditions allow, you'll go ashore to observe a penguin colony. Species include chinstrap and gentoo penguins; some crowd beaches while others make their homes on icy escarpments. From on board the ship, you might be able to see them streaking into the water, where they are much more graceful than they are on land. Venturing ashore in the Zodiacs, today you may find yourself hiking on the Peninsula to reach a scenic viewpoint, or a point of geological interest. The walks are not long, but they're a chance to immerse yourself in the Antarctic landscapes and experience something of what the early explorers must have felt when they traversed this endless-seeming white desert.

Day 8 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today, your vessel may take you to Deception Island, one of Antarctica's active volcanoes. Your ship will squeeze through Neptune's Bellows, a narrow gap that opens out into a caldera edged with sheer cliffs and black sand beaches. Here you may see the remains of a Chilean research station and colonies of chinstrap penguins. Whale sightings are also a possibility in this area. The real highlight, though, is the chance to bathe in the hot springs on the island's beaches, if the tide allows.

Day 9 Punta Arenas

Antarctica , Punta Arenas

Fly back across Drakes Passage and spend a night back in Punta Arenas.

Day 10 Santiago

Punta Arenas , Santiago

Fly north to Santiago and transfer to your hotel.

Day 11 International return flight

Santiago , International return flight

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 12 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Fiona

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The specialist who designs your trip to Antarctica will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip.

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