Classic Air-Cruise to Antarctica

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Classic Air-Cruise to Antarctica

Plunge into polar waters and get a deep dive into Antarctica.

Antarctica is a frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. Fly and cruise on one of Antarctica 21’s wilderness expeditions to the white-continent through ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs. Experience natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art. See whales, seals, and sea birds worthy of seafaring poems. Sail near monolithic glaciers and among scatterings of icebergs on your Antarctica 21 cruise onboard Ocean Nova. Astounding animal encounters – opportunities found nowhere else on earth. This is the modern explorer’s final frontier.

Antarctica21 was founded in 2003 by adventurers who believed there was a better way to travel to Antarctica. From the invention of the Antarctic air-cruise to the building of the first Antarctica21 ship, they continue in their quest for innovation and sustainability. As a boutique specialist, they design and deliver adventurous yet comfortable small-scale expeditions to Antarctica with the aim of creating the perfect balance between active exploration and high-quality hospitality.

Magellan Explorer is a modern expedition vessel custom built for Antarctica. Launched in 2019, the ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, well-stocked bar, library, meeting room, gym, sauna and a medical clinic. Magellan Explorer has seven categories of accommodation including dedicated single cabins. All cabins feature a wardrobe, an individually controlled heating system, a sitting area and a private bathroom with shower. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Tour Highlights

  • Fly The Drake 
    Our two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, the Chilean gateway to Patagonia, directly to antarctica, where you then board your expedition ship. No stormy crossing. No seasickness. Just quick, total immersion in your antarctic adventure.
  • Immersive Exploration
    This small expedition vessel is like a private yacht, offering direct access to areas along the Antarctic shore that larger ships simply can’t reach. With fewer guests, you get on and off faster, so your time ashore is focused where it should be: savouring every moment of a travel experience unlike any other.
  • Landscape
    Antarctica stuns with its awe-inspiring beauty. peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; deep fjords and massive glaciers; sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea.
  • Adventure
    Feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks as you cruise in a zodiac boat to shore. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on antarctic soil.
  • Wildlife
    Penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate in Antarctica and South Georgia move along in their world and find endless inspiration for photographs.
  • Memories
    Setting foot on the seventh continent is a privilege and an honor. You will bring home unforgettable tales, and memories of a lifetime.

Tour Details

Tour Dates

  • Tour Start Date: 15-Feb & 25 Feb 2025
  • Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Tour Price

  • Price per person on twin sharing basis: US$ 21,995
  • Per person in a Single Cabin: US$ 28,995


  • Punte Arenas group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1 & Day 8
  • Punte Arenas overnight with breakfast at Hotel Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar,
  • Welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1
  • Overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on Day 7
  • Special access to Explorers House
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and vice versa
  • Accommodation in a Veranda Cabin onboard Magellan Explorer
  • Ship cruise as indicated in the program
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice 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 ship
  • All guided shore excursions
  • Lectures and entertainment on board
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
  • Contingency Plan
  • IAATO passenger fee


  • International Airfare to Chile
  • Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary
  • Dinner in Punta Arenas on Day 8
  • 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
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under Inclusions
  • GST & TCS


  • The schedule and itinerary may change due to weather conditions.
  • Booking a dedicated Single Cabin: No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated Single Cabins
  • For an extra level of comfort, you can purchase preferred seating on your antarctic flight. This option offers you a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, priority boarding in Punta Arenas, and an amenities kit. Please note that due to the nature of the operation in antarctica, priority boarding is not available on the return flight.
  • Children are admitted from the age of 8 years if accompanied by an adult who will take responsibility and sign a waiver. A 5% discount on the rate is offered for childen upto 12 years.

Payment Terms

  • An initial deposit of $ 3,500 USD per person is required to book a cabin
  • The balance is due in full 120 days prior to departure.

Changes & Cancellation

Cancellation received up to 180 days prior to departure: there will be a full refund of the deposit received, less a $1,000 USD per person processing fee that will be retained by Antarctica21.

  • Cancellation received between 179 and 120 days prior to departure: there will be no refund of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellation received between 119 and 90 days prior to departure: there will be a refund of 10% of the amount paid, provided that the final payment has been received.
  • Cancellation received between 89 and 60 days prior to departure: there will be a refund of 7.5% of the amount paid, provided that the final payment has been received.
  • Cancellation received between 59 and 30 days prior to departure: there will be a refund of 5% of the amount paid, provided that the final payment has been received.
  • Cancellation received between 29 and the departure date: there will be no refund.