Antarctica & South Georgia Air-Cruise - 18 Days

Aboard Magellan Explorer – 76 passengers

Join us for a remarkable experience that takes you through the western Antarctic Peninsula, through Elephant Island to South Georgia. The South Georgia and Antarctica air-cruise allows you to sail through the nutrient-rich waters and, each day, disembark with our expert polar guides having time to either hike, snowshoe, or kayak in bays nearby. As we make our way to South Georgia, you will follow in the footsteps of famous Antarctic explorers, like Ernest Shackleton, and learn about their daring southerly adventures. After reaching South Georgia, visit some of the largest colonies of penguins in the world, including the king penguin, and see the nesting grounds of thousands of albatrosses.This is one of very few voyages that will visit Antarctica and South Georgia with a one way flight across the Drake Passage.

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Start of the air-cruise
You must arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM, whether you join us at the airport for a transfer to our hotel, or you meet us directly at the hotel. Visit Explorers House, and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. At Explorers House, enjoy local gastronomy as you meet your fellow adventurers.

Day 2: Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A smooth two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your adventure begins as you exit the airplane, and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. A short vehicle transfer takes you to the shore of Fildes Bay where a Zodiac takes you to your boutique expedition vessel.  

Day 3-6: Exploring Antarctica
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 seabirds, 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 educational presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.

Day 7: Elephant Island
Sailing north, we hope to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.

Day 8-9: Sailing to South Georgia 
As we sail northward, our historian and our naturalist guides offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge while keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife.

Day 10-13: Exploring South Georgia 
The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands, and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. At the peak of the breeding season, it is said to have the highest concentration of wildlife per square meter on the planet. If the weather is favorable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Day 14-16: Sailing towards South America 
As the ship heads to South America, the program of presentations continues. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history.

Day 17: At sea and the Beagle Channel
Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you make your way to Ushuaia.

Day 18: Ushuaia, Argentina 
Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends.

Please note the itinerary and route map are only tentative outlines of what you may experience. No specific itinerary, routing or landing sites can be guaranteed in advance. Where the ship actually sails will depend on a lot of factors including, but not limited to, the weather & ice conditions and the captain & expedition leader. Every trip is different, which adds to the excitement of expedition cruising in the polar regions. 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
Triple
$17,995
Full
Porthole
$15,995
Full
Veranda
$19,995
Full
Deluxe Veranda
$21,995
Full
Suite
$24,995
Full
Penthouse Suite
$26,995
Limited
Single Veranda
$26,995
Full

Single Travelers: 

  • Can book a dedicated single cabin at Single Veranda prices above.
  • Can book a Twin Cabin for single use at 1.85x the per person share price in Porthole & Veranda Cabins. For all other categories the single use price is 2x the per person price.
  • If willing to share a cabin, we can match you with another passenger of the same gender in either a Porthole or Veranda Cabin. Passengers who book a twin cabin on a shared basis are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas. Those passengers must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement which is $790/person for the 2024-25 season and $830/person for the 2025-26 season. Note: Single travelers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those who have conditions that can be disrupting to others (loud snoring, sleepwalking, etc.), can only book their air-cruise in a Single Cabin or a Twin Cabin for single use. They cannot book on a twin-share basis.

Adventure Options:

  • Full Kayaking program: $995/person for 2024-25 season & $895/person for 2025-26 season. Experience required and must be booked in advance as spots are limited. Starting the 2025-26 season there will be 2 separate groups of 10 kayakers, with each group kayaking on an alternating basis.
  • Snowshoeing/Hiking: $85/person per excursion, only bookable onboard the ship

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

Cabin Descriptions

Penthouse Suite

Suite with sitting room, bedroom area and balcony. Located on deck 5. 

Approx. size: 360 sq. ft (33 sq. m)

Suite

Two-room suite with bedroom, sitting room, two bathrooms and two balconies. The bedroom can be arranged with 1 king or 2 twin size beds, except Suite #405 which has a queen bed. The sitting area has a queen sized sofa bed. Located on deck 4. 

Approx. size: 480 sq. ft (44 sq. m)

Deluxe Veranda Cabin

Cabin with sitting area, bathroom and balcony. Most cabins can be arranged with either 1 king or 2 twin size beds. Cabin #409, 412 & 420 have 1 fixed queen bed. Located on deck 4. 

Approx. size: 240 sq. ft. (22 sq. m)

Veranda Cabin

Cabin with sitting area, bathroom and balcony. Can be arranged with 1 king or 2 twin sized beds. Located on deck 3. 

Approx. size: 210 sq. ft (19 sq. m)

Porthole Cabin

Cabin with sitting area, bathroom and porthole. Can be arranged with either 1 king or 2 twin beds. Located on deck 3. 

Approx. size: 200 sq. ft (18 sq. m)

Triple Suite

Suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies. The main bedroom can have either 1 king or 2 twins and the second bedroom has a queen size sofa bed. Located on deck 4. There is only 1 Triple Suite on the ship and it sells out very far in advance. 

Approx. size: 480 sq. ft (44 sq. m)

Single Veranda Cabin

Cabin with sitting area and balcony. Located on deck 3. 

Approx. size: 210 sq. ft (19 sq. m)

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, exclusive group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
  • For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
  • One overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica.
  • For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, enjoy special access to Explorers House.
  • Exclusive group transfers airport/hotel on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica, and exclusive group transfers hotel/airport on the last day of the air-cruise.
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Ship cruise as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board the ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Dinner served daily on board the ship offering a choice between one of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board the ship throughout the expedition.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • Contingency Plan 
  • IAATO passenger fee.

Exclusions: 
Anything that is not specifically listed under the “Included in the Rate” section. For example: 

  • Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Internet connection on board the ship.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities.
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.