Antarctic air-cruises is all we do. As a boutique specialist we dedicate 100 % of our resources to the organization of your Antarctic trip.
Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic air-cruise model. We are the world’s leader in this unique style of travel to Antarctica. We have completed over 180 fly and cruise departures, more than any other company in the world, by far. One Flight Per Expedition We use a single flight to carry all travelers to and from Antarctica for each of our expeditions. This makes our operation fast and efficient while reducing the chance of weather-related delays compared to the alternatives. Small Is Beautiful Antarctica21 only operates small ships, carrying a maximum of 75 guests. With a small group of travelers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you can spend more time exploring and less time waiting. Antarctic Vehicle Unique in its kind, “Bigfoot” was specially designed and built for Antarctica21 to support our operation at King George Island. Its traction system can adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic terrain. High Staff/Traveler Ratio Travel with a well-staffed team of at least twelve expert polar guides. Passionate and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.
Our Antarctica Express Air-Cruise was designed for travelers looking for a quick and affordable visit to the White Continent. This expedition offers you the chance to visit Cape Horn, cruise the Drake Passage, land in Antarctica, and fly back.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Begin your trip in Ushuaia, Argentina Board your ship at the pier in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.
Day 2: Cape Horn
Visit to Cape Horn After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
Days 3: King George
Sail to Antarctica As you sail through the Drake Passage in route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
Day 4: Drake Passage and Antarctica
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening
Day 5: King George- flight Punta Arenas
Antarctica and Scheduled Return Flight Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. A 2-km (1.25-mi) walk takes you through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to the aircraft. Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board 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).
Day 6: Overnight in Punta Arenas
Final Day of your Air-Cruise After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
Note: This itinerary is offered on both our 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons. On some of our Antarctica Express expeditions, the departure operates in reverse. An itinerary description is available on request.