Antarctica Express Cruise

Sail along the mythical waters of Drake Passage to Antarctica. Explore ice-filled bays in Zodiac boats, visit penguin colonies and enjoy onboard lectures and presentations. Fly back over Southern Patagonia.

6 Days


Antarctica Express Cruise - 6 - $5,695

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Sail along the Beagle Channel
  • Explore Cape Horn
  • Visit a penguin colony
  • Seabird spotting
  • Onboard lectures and presentations
  • Set foot on Antarctica 
  • Fly back to Punta Arenas 

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Antarctica Express Cruise

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Set sail for Antarctica

Board the vessel in Ushuaia around 4pm. Sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn. 

Accommodation: Antarctic Vessel

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Set foot on Cape Horn

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you'll wake in full view of the legendary Cape Horn. You will board a Zodiac and you can 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 honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th-century British explorer.

Accommodation: Antarctic Vessel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: En route to King George Island

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, there will be a range of engaging lectures and presentations for you to attend, helping you learn more about the culture, history, and nature of this unique region.

In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed 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.

Accommodation: Antarctic Vessel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: First sight of 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 sea birds, 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.

Accommodation: Antarctic Vessel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Farewell Antarctica

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area. You can visit the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen.

Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $5,695 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.


  • All meals and accommodation as detailed in itinerary 
  • Ship cruise
  • Shore excursions as detailed in itinerary 
  • Lectures and onboard entertainment
  • Flight back from Antarctica to Punta Arenas
  • Loan of boots for Antarctica landing
  • Transfer to/from hotel in Ushuaia 


  • Long haul flights
  • Accommodation in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas (this can be arranged upon request)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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