Small Group Safari

Antarctica Fly-Cruise Safari

A wonderful way in which to explore Antarctica without having to transit the notorious Drake Passage. You will travel by light aircraft before boarding the Magellan Explorer and exploring the Great White Continent.

Duration 7 Days
Price From $12,367
When Dec 2019 - Mar 2020
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

This expedition is great for those with a limited amount of time, combining a short flight between Punta Arenas and the Chilean Frei Station on King George Island, with a ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula. The coldest, driest, windiest and most remote continent on earth, here you will explore vast icy seas and meet the unique wildlife from zodiacs and on foot on this 8-day itinerary. As with many of our safaris in the Polar Regions, flexibility is the key and your exact itinerary will depend on nature and weather conditions.


What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • No Drake Passage crossing, avoiding the roughest seas and saving time travelling to Antarctica.
  • Visit vast penguin colonies.
  • The opportunity to stand on the continent of Antarctica (conditions permitting).
  • Explore ice-filled fjords and cruise among spectacular icebergs.


The perfect safari for those short on time who want to see Antarctica, or for people who get seasick.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by our guides and transferred to a comfortable hotel. In the afternoon, attend a briefing that provides important information about the voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. In the evening guests gather for a welcome dinner, where you will meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. Please Note: Expedition members should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

Overnight: Magellan Explorer D

Day 2

Punta Arenas - King George Island

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, located in the mountainous and wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. You will now be able to explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a zodiac to board the small expedition ship Magellan Explorer, your home for the following days.

Overnight: Magellan Explorer B, L, D

Days 3-6

South Shetland & The Antarctic

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula. Weave through ice-filled fjords, disembark the ship by zodiac and marvel at the seabirds, penguins, whales and seals as well as the imposing snow-covered mountains. While on board, you’ll enjoy lectures and presentations as well as views from the decks and lounge areas. The itinerary will be completely flexible to allow for the ever-changing conditions in Antarctica.

Overnight: Magellan Explorer B, L, D

Day 7

King George Island - Punta Arenas

Today you bid farewell to Antarctica and return to King George Island before flying back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer back to your hotel for the night.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group departure leaving on set dates.

2019 - 2020 Departures
Dec 6 - 13, 2019
Dec 11 - 18, 2019
Dec 16 - 23, 2019
Dec 21 - 28, 2019
Dec 26, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Dec 31, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020
Jan 5 - 12, 2020
Jan 19 - 26, 2020
Feb 5 - 12, 2020
Feb 10 - 17, 2020
Feb 15 - 22, 2020
Feb 20 - 27, 2020
Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2020

Please note that prices exclude international flights.

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