Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - 8 Days

Aboard Ocean Explorer– 138 passengers

Answer the call of Antarctica by flying over the notorious Drake Passage by charter plane to land at King George Island before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula by ship. In just 8 adventure-packed days, you’ll experience rewarding shore visits and Zodiac cruises, marvel at intimate wildlife encounters, explore historic sites and make the most of your landmark visit to the 7th Continent. Select from a range of adventure options and onboard activities that match your personal interests and make your expedition uniquely yours.

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the included group hotel. Please be sure to book a flight that will land with enough time to arrive at the hotel prior to 3 pm on Day 1 of your expedition as there is a mandatory briefing, luggage weighing and boot & parka distribution this afternoon. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day. 
 
Day 2: Fly to King George Island and Embarkation
Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will enable you to cross the legendary Drake Passage in only two hours, while far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends onto the South Shetland Islands. After landing, make your way to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!
 
Days 3 to 6: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The Antarctic Continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. As your Captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region, and presentations on photography to help you take memory- catching images.
 
Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a shore inhabited by thousands of penguins is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
 
You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of spotting apex predators like leopard seals and orcas in action, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore during this unrivaled wilderness experience. Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
 
Day 7: Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your group transfer to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
 
Day 8: Depart Punta Arenas
After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport. Please note that a departure transfer from the hotel to the Punta Arenas airport is not included.
 

EXPEDITION SPIRIT: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team  must  consider  the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you may experience on this voyage; please  be  aware  that  no  specific  itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same  token,  wildlife  encounters  as  described  are  expected,  but  not  guaranteed.  Your  Expedition  Team  will  use  their  considerable  experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed. Trips with flights to and/or from Antarctica have a higher risk of having a trip delay or interruption due to weather.

Route Map

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Studio Double
$18,295
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$12,807
Limited
Studio Veranda
$19,395
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$13,577
 
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$20,495
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$14,347
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$21,595
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$15,117
 
Deluxe Veranda
$22,195
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$15,537
 
Grand Veranda
$23,495
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$16,447
 
Royal Veranda
$24,095
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$16,867
 
Junior Suite
$26,895
Save 30%
$18,827
 
Explorer Suite
$27,995
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$19,597
Limited
Owner's Suite
$30,195
Save 30%
$21,137
Limited
Studio Single
$23,495
Save 30%
$16,447
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$24,795
Save 30%
$17,357
Full
Studio Double
$20,295
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$17,251
Full
Studio Veranda
$21,395
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$18,186
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$22,595
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$19,206
 
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$23,795
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$20,226
 
Deluxe Veranda
$24,495
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$20,821
 
Grand Veranda
$25,995
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$22,096
 
Royal Veranda
$26,695
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$22,691
 
Junior Suite
$29,795
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$25,326
 
Explorer Suite
$30,995
Save 15%
$26,346
Limited
Owner's Suite
$33,295
Save 15%
$28,301
Limited
Studio Single
$25,995
Save 15%
$22,096
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$27,395
Save 15%
$23,286
Full
Studio Double
$18,495
Save 5%
$17,570
Full
Studio Veranda
$19,495
Save 5%
$18,520
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$20,495
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$19,470
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$21,495
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$20,420
Limited
Deluxe Veranda
$21,995
Save 5%
$20,895
Limited
Grand Veranda
$23,495
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$22,320
Limited
Royal Veranda
$26,995
Save 5%
$25,645
Limited
Junior Suite
$30,995
Save 5%
$29,445
 
Explorer Suite
$31,995
Save 5%
$30,395
Full
Owner's Suite
$32,995
Save 5%
$31,345
Full
Studio Single
$23,495
Save 5%
$22,320
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$28,495
Save 5%
$27,070
Full
Studio Double
$18,495
Save 5%
$17,570
Limited
Studio Veranda
$19,495
Save 5%
$18,520
Full
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$20,495
Save 5%
$19,470
Limited
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$21,495
Save 5%
$20,420
Full
Deluxe Veranda
$21,995
Save 5%
$20,895
Full
Grand Veranda
$23,495
Save 5%
$22,320
Limited
Royal Veranda
$26,995
Save 5%
$25,645
Limited
Junior Suite
$30,995
Save 5%
$29,445
 
Explorer Suite
$31,995
Save 5%
$30,395
Full
Owner's Suite
$32,995
Save 5%
$31,345
Full
Studio Single
$23,495
Save 5%
$22,320
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$28,495
Save 5%
$27,070
Full
Studio Double
$18,495
Save 10%
$16,646
Full
Studio Veranda
$19,495
Save 10%
$17,546
Full
Deluxe Veranda Fwd
$20,495
Save 10%
$18,446
Full
Deluxe Veranda Mid
$21,495
Save 10%
$19,346
Full
Deluxe Veranda
$21,995
Save 10%
$19,796
Full
Grand Veranda
$23,495
Save 10%
$21,146
Full
Royal Veranda
$26,995
Save 10%
$24,296
Full
Junior Suite
$30,995
Save 10%
$27,896
 
Explorer Suite
$31,995
Save 10%
$28,796
Full
Owner's Suite
$32,995
Save 10%
$29,696
Full
Studio Single
$23,495
Save 10%
$21,146
Full
Studio Veranda Single
$28,495
Save 10%
$25,646
Full

Transfer Package is $995/person on Svalbard Explorer or $695/person on Three Arctic Islands and not included in the cabin cost. 

Single Travelers:

  • Can book a Studio Veranda Single or Studio Single at the prices listed above
  • Can book into a share cabin in the following categories: Studio Double, Studio Veranda, Deluxe Veranda Forward, Deluxe Veranda Middle and Deluxe Veranda.
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda and 2x the per person price for all other categories

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $795/person – requires experience
  • Paddling (one-time): $195/person

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a dedicated Single cabin (Studio Single or Studio Veranda Single) at the prices listed above
  • Can book into a share cabin in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price in Studio Double – Deluxe Veranda and 2x the per person price for all higher categories

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $995/person – requires experience
  • Paddling (one-time): $295/person
  • Camping: $295/person

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Ocean Explorer Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

This palatial, airy apartment offers stunning views from its large private veranda on the highest cabin level (deck 7). The luxurious suite features a large master bedroom, living room and dining area and two large master bathrooms, among other amenities. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

443 square feet (41.2 sq. m.) 

Explorer Suite

This unique 2-room suite is located on Deck 7. It has one double bed that can be configured into two singles in the inner bedroom and the outer sitting area is furnished with a sofa-bed. Walk-out from either room to a double sized balcony. There are also 2 TV’s, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. And an additional powder room in the outside sitting area.

269 sq. ft (25.0 sq. m.)

Ocean Explorer Junior Suite

Junior Suite

The decor and layout of this stately suite will amaze. The private veranda, convenient Deck 6 location, plus proximity to the lounge and downstairs dining room are equally impressive. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

296 square feet (27.5 sq. m.) 

Ocean Explorer Royal Veranda Stateroom

Royal Veranda Stateroom

This spacious, classic stateroom allows you to stretch freely. Centrally located on Decks 4 and 6. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

189 – 272 square feet (17.6 – 25.3 sq. m.) 

Ocean Explorer Grand Veranda Stateroom

Grand Veranda Stateroom

Near the center of the ship on Deck 6, this stateroom offers easy access to the lounge, dining room and a private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed. 

195 – 205 square feet (18.1 – 19 sq. m.) 

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

Revel in superior comfort of this stateroom on Deck 4 while taking in the panoramic ocean views from your private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus a fold out sofa bed.

200 – 205 square feet (18.6 – 19 sq. m.) 

Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom

These classic staterooms on Deck 4 ensure guests have easy access to all amenities the ship has to offer. One double bed made up of two twin berths plus some with a fold out sofa bed.

203 – 272 square feet (18.9 – 25.3 sq. m.)

Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom

Enjoy privacy and elegance at the front of the ship on Deck 4 where guests are treated to sweeping views from their private veranda. One double bed made up of two twin berths.

168 – 195 square feet (15.6 – 18.1 sq. m.)

Studio Veranda Stateroom

Located on Deck 6 these cabins have one double bed that can be configured into two singles.  There is a floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a walkout balcony.  There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor.

173 sq. f. (16.1 sq. m,) 

Studio Double

Enjoy the calm ambience of this Deck 3 stateroom which features a porthole window and every amenity essential for your polar voyage. One double bed made up of two twin berths.

175 – 186 square feet (16.2 – 17.3 sq. m.)

Studio Veranda Single

Designed for one. This unique cabin is located on Deck 7 .  It has one twin bed with a  floor to ceiling glass view that opens to a generous walkout balcony. There is also TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. There is only 1 cabin in this category so it typically sells out far in advance. 

162 sq. f. (15.1 sq. m.)

Studio Single

Designed for one.  This cabin is located on Deck 3 with one double bed and a porthole view.  There is also a desk and chair, TV, state of the art ‘infotainment’ system and private bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor. There is only 1 cabin in this category so it typically sells out far in advance. 

177 sq. ft. (16.5 sq. m,) 

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage. Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting your expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast. (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
  • A briefing dinner on Day 1 in Punta Arenas
  • A pre-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the hotel to the airport
  • Flights to and from King George Island
  • A post-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel
  • One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data intensive applications.)

Exclusions: 

  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities