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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Antarctic Explorer Fly and Cruise

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Antarctica on this expedition cruise with a flight across the Drake Passage either one way or both ways, with included Zodiac excursions

Cruise Only
10 nights from £9695pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Antarctica
  • Chinstrap Penguins, Antarctica
  • Antarctica
  • Punt

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Immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into the sea, penguins are dwarfed by soaring peaks and humpback and minke whales feast on abundant krill.

Flying across the Drake Passage either one-way or both ways allows a bird's-eye view of the ice-strewn landscape and quicker access to Antarctica, with more time to spend exploring the magnificent ice-covered wonders of the Frozen Continent. In true expedition style, the Expedition Leader will work closely with the Captain to maximise opportunities for adventure and exploration based on prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea/ice conditions. Inflatable Zodiac boats provide opportunities for up-close explorations to places which would otherwise be inaccessible.

AE100 Operated by Aurora Expeditions

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5 Jan 2021 - ANP136G

Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Punta Arenas (preferred flights only). Request your Aurora Expeditions luggage tag from the hotel check-in staff and label with your name and ship cabin number. Tonight, meet fellow expeditioners at a briefing for the first leg of the expedition - the flight to Antarctica!.

Day 2 - Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands)

Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to King George Island (weather permitting). On arrival into King George Island, the expedition team will greet you for your Zodiac transfer to embark the ship. Settle into the cabin before important briefings. (D)

Day 3 - 9 - Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Being so far south, there are approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. The experienced Expedition Team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are generally made twice a day; join Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among icebergs, watching for whales, seals and penguins and head ashore to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts, wander along pebbly beaches or up snow-covered ridges with mountains towering overhead and ice-strewn oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the chance to do that whenever conditions allow, and adventurers will have the chance to take the polar plunge - conditions permitting. There may be the chance to cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or sail scenic bays to enjoy whale-watching. Listen out for the rumble of glaciers as they carve their way to the sea, and enjoy a quiet moment to experience the tranquillity of this incredible white continent. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - King George Island - Punta Arenas

Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 11 - Punta Arenas

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering a flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Please note King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

13 Jan 2021 - ANP137G

Day 1 - Punta Arenas (Chile)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Punta Arenas (preferred flights only). Request your Aurora Expeditions luggage tag from the hotel check-in staff and label with your name and ship cabin number. Tonight, meet fellow expeditioners at a briefing for the first leg of the expedition - the flight to Antarctica.

Day 2 - Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands)

Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to King George Island (weather permitting) and embark ship. (D)

Day 3 - 8 - Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Being so far south, there are approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. The experienced Expedition Team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are generally made twice a day; join Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among icebergs, watching for whales, seals and penguins and head ashore to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts, wander along pebbly beaches or up snow-covered ridges with mountains towering overhead and ice-strewn oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the chance to do that whenever conditions allow, and adventurers will have the chance to take the polar plunge - conditions permitting. There may be the chance to cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or sail scenic bays to enjoy whale-watching. Listen out for the rumble of glaciers as they carve their way to the sea, and enjoy a quiet moment to experience the tranquillity of this incredible white continent. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - 10 - Drake Passage

Enter the Drake Passage for the return journey to South America. Enjoy lectures and film presentations whilst cruising, and weather and time permitting, the Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Cruise up the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, disembark ship and transfer to downtown Ushuaia. (Please note flights must not be booked before 12pm on the day of disembarkation) (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering a flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Please note King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

12 Feb 2021 - ANP138G

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Ushuaia (preferred flights only). Request your Aurora Expeditions luggage tag from the hotel check-in staff and label with your name and ship cabin number.

Day 2 - Ushuaia

Take your luggage to reception by 8am, where it will be collected and taken to the ship. Check out of the hotel by 11am then enjoy free time before meeting back at the hotel lobby at 2pm for a tour of Ushuaia. See the old Government House, the La Mision neighbourhood and the upper area of the city which offers panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Transfer to the pier to embark ship at 4pm. (B,D)

Day 3 - Drake Passage

As you commence your Drake Passage crossing the Expedition Team will prepare you for you first landing with important wildlife guidelines, and start lectures about Antarctica's history, wildlife and ecology. Watch seabirds soaring above the ship, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands

Stand on deck for your first glimpse of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Look for icebergs and, weather permitting, there may be our first landing on Antarctica this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 10 - Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Being so far south, there are approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. The experienced Expedition Team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are generally made twice a day; join Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among icebergs, watching for whales, seals and penguins and head ashore to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts, wander along pebbly beaches or up snow-covered ridges with mountains towering overhead and ice-strewn oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the chance to do that whenever conditions allow, and adventurers will have the chance to take the polar plunge - conditions permitting. There may be the chance to cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or sail scenic bays to enjoy whale-watching. Listen out for the rumble of glaciers as they carve their way to the sea, and enjoy a quiet moment to experience the tranquillity of this incredible white continent. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - King George Island (South Shetland Islands) - Punta Arenas (Chile)

Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 12 - Punta Arenas

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering a flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Please note King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

1 Mar 2021 - ANP138G

Day 1 - Punta Arenas (Chile)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Punta Arenas (preferred flights only). Request your Aurora Expeditions luggage tag from the hotel check-in staff and label with your name and ship cabin number. Tonight, meet fellow expeditioners at a briefing for the first leg of the expedition - the flight to Antarctica.

Day 2 - Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands)

Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to King George Island (weather permitting) and embark ship. (D)

Day 3 - 8 - Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Being so far south, there are approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. The experienced Expedition Team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are generally made twice a day; join Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among icebergs, watching for whales, seals and penguins and head ashore to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts, wander along pebbly beaches or up snow-covered ridges with mountains towering overhead and ice-strewn oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the chance to do that whenever conditions allow, and adventurers will have the chance to take the polar plunge - conditions permitting. There may be the chance to cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or sail scenic bays to enjoy whale-watching. Listen out for the rumble of glaciers as they carve their way to the sea, and enjoy a quiet moment to experience the tranquillity of this incredible white continent. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - 10 - Drake Passage

Enter the Drake Passage for the return journey to South America. Enjoy lectures and film presentations whilst cruising, and weather and time permitting, the Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Cruise up the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, disembark ship and transfer to downtown Ushuaia. (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering a flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Please note King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

Price Includes

  • 8, 9 or 10-night cruise
  • Hotel stays in Punta Arenas or Ushuaia as specified in the itinerary
  • Flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island as specified in the itinerary
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers not mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes

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Special Features

  • Special Guest:
  • Scott Portelli - International award-winning photographer Scott Portelli will join this cruise as a photography guide on the 5 and 13 Jan 2021 departures.
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 14th - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - Sailing on: Greg Mortimer From: £10000
      Aurora Stateroom Twin Balcony Stateroom - C Balcony Stateroom - B Balcony Stateroom - A Balcony Stateroom Superior Junior Suite Captains Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10000 Blue Water Price from: £10611 Blue Water Price from: £10840 Blue Water Price from: £11069 Blue Water Price from: £13435 Blue Water Price from: £15954 Blue Water Price from: £18550
  • February
    • Feb 13th - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas - Sailing on: Greg Mortimer From: £10000
      Aurora Stateroom Twin Balcony Stateroom - C Balcony Stateroom - B Balcony Stateroom - A Balcony Stateroom Superior Junior Suite Captains Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £10000 Blue Water Price from: £10611 Blue Water Price from: £10840 Blue Water Price from: £11069 Blue Water Price from: £13435 Blue Water Price from: £15954 Blue Water Price from: £18550
  • March
    • Mar 2nd - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - Sailing on: Greg Mortimer From: £9695
      Aurora Stateroom Twin Balcony Stateroom - C Balcony Stateroom - B Balcony Stateroom - A Balcony Stateroom Superior Junior Suite Captains Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9695 Blue Water Price from: £10305 Blue Water Price from: £10534 Blue Water Price from: £10763 Blue Water Price from: £13053 Blue Water Price from: £15496 Blue Water Price from: £18015
Map for Antarctic Explorer Fly and Cruise