Antarctica Fly and Cruise Expeditions

Fly-and-cruise expeditions to Antarctica offer travellers the option to fly the Drake Passage on a two-hour flight from Chile, saving two days at sea each way.

An Introduction To Antarctica Fly & Cruise Expeditions

Our hand-picked Antarctica Fly and Cruise Expeditions, carefully selected by our in-house Antarctica experts, offer a chance to explore the world's most pristine and remote continent without sailing across the Drake Passage by flying to Antarctica.
Luxury fly-and-cruise expeditions are ideally suited to travellers who need more time or would prefer not to experience the sea crossing of the Drake Passage. On landing at King George Island, travellers will embark on their expedition ship in Antarctica and begin their expedition immediately, with no days spent at sea.
Antarctica fly-and-cruise expeditions are shorter than regular expedition cruises, typically lasting between 6 and 8 days. Our luxury expeditions take place on small, modern, purpose-built expedition ships with high levels of comfort, fine dining, outstanding amenities, and world-class expedition teams.

Fly and Cruise Expeditions to Antarctica

luxury cruise ship sailing in Antarctica
Door To Door
King George Island To King George Island
Jan 17 - Jan 23 2026
6 Nights

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Exploring Antarctica by Zodiac on a luxury cruise
Door To Door
King George Island To King George Island
Dec 13 - Dec 19 2024
6 Nights

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luxury expedition cruise ship in Antarctica
Door To Door
King George Island To King George Island
Oct 26 - Nov 1 2025
6 Nights

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Advantages Of An Antarctica Fly & Cruise Expedition

Why Visit?


Reach Antarctica Quickly

Fly and cruise expeditions offer the fastest way to reach Antarctica. Flying to Antarctica saves two days of sailing between South America and Antarctica.


Skip The Drake Passage

For guests who are apprehensive about crossing the potentially turbulent waters of the Drake Passage, the fly-and-cruise option allows them to exclude that part of the Antarctica experience.


Spend All Your Time Exploring Antarctica

Maximise your time with no days spent at sea. Upon landing, all your time will be spent on an expedition exploring Antarctica by ship and by Zodiac with no additional sea time.


Shorter Expedition Length

Antarctica fly-and-cruise expeditions have the shortest trip lengths of any trip to Antarctica, ranging from 6 to 8 days.

Flying to Antarctica

Antarctica fly and cruise expeditions depart from Punta Arenas in southern Chile, which is reachable via air from Santiago, the capital of Chile. Included in the cost of a fly-cruise expedition is a private charter flight between Punta Arenas and a remote airstrip at King George Island, located on the South Shetland Islands, approximately 55 miles from the Antarctica continent. Flying to Antarctica and seeing the frozen wilderness for the first time is an exhilarating experience.

The short 2-hour flight takes place on a BAE 146, an aircraft with four engines that seats 80 guests and is designed for short runway take-offs and landings. On landing on King George Island, you will be transferred to Zodiacs, which will take you to your ship, which will be at anchor.

All fly and cruise expeditions include a night in a hotel in Punta Arenas before and after the expedition. As this is a charter flight and due to the changeable weather in Antarctica, the exact flight time will be communicated on arrival in Punta Arenas.
Please see our guide below to learn how to get to Antarctica, including cruising from South America.

When To Go On An Antarctica Fly and Cruise Expedition

Antarctica fly-and-cruise expeditions operate during the height of the Antarctic summer, from early December until February. This window offers the best weather conditions, essential for flights to land in Antarctica. It is also an excellent time for expedition cruising in Antarctica, as temperatures are mildest and the wildlife is most active.

Outside of this short season, flying to Antarctica is impossible due to the changeable weather conditions. To visit Antarctica earlier or later in the season, we recommend an Antarctica expedition cruise that sails from South America.

To learn more about what Antarctica offers on an expedition cruise each month, please see our guide.

Plan Your Antarctica Fly & Cruise Expedition

Book Well in Advance: Antarctica fly-and-cruise expeditions have a limited selection of dates, and ships fill up quickly. We recommend booking your cruise 12 - 18 months in advance to secure your chosen dates, ship and cabin.

Choose Your Itinerary: Only a handful of Antarctica cruise ships offer fly-and-cruise expeditions. Our Travel Experience Team advises and recommends different options based on your preferences.

Reserve Your Cabin With North Pole Cruises: We will ensure you receive the best price from the operator when booking. Our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team will help you choose your trip and answer any questions. We will provide lots of helpful information, including packing lists, before the voyage and support you during your journey if you have any issues. With every booking, we offer peace of mind with our 100% financial protection.

Travel Insurance: When booking, purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your Antarctica cruise that covers trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation from remote locations. Ensure that your policy explicitly covers polar travel.
Visiting Antarctica on a fly and cruise expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and we are here to help you plan and prepare for your extraordinary voyage to one of the world's most remote and beautiful destinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Antarctica fly-and-cruise expeditions are generally more expensive than regular expedition cruises to Antarctica because they include additional logistics and services, such as a private charter flight.
In 2024, an all-inclusive luxury 6-day Antarctica fly-and-cruise expedition onboard Silver Endeavour, one of the leading luxury expedition ships offering fly-and-cruise expeditions, starts from £12,790 (€14,950, $16,289) per person for a classic Veranda Suite. For a more luxurious option, choose the Owner’s Suite, which starts from £42,724 (€49,950, $54,425) per person.

Yes, flying one way to Antarctica and sailing back across the Drake Passage is possible. Several Fly and Cruise options are available, including flying one way across the Drake Passage or itineraries featuring the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

The main difference between a fly and cruise expedition and a typical expedition cruise is flying across the Drake Passage instead of sailing. The rest of the expedition is identical and will feature daily shore landings and exploration by Zodiac with a team of expert guides.

Our Antarctica fly and cruise expeditions are fully inclusive and include the following:

  • Charter Flight between Punta Arenas and King George Island, Antarctica, as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas before and after the expedition, as described in the itinerary.
  • Your chosen en-suite cabin on a small, modern expedition ship.
  • All meals and drinks with meals.
  • Guided daily shore landings and Zodiac cruises with the expedition team.

Activities like kayaking are at an additional cost and will be quoted during the reservation process.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Travel Experience Team.

Due to the interchangeable weather in Antarctica, there is a risk that flights can be delayed due to the conditions.
The ships we work with are highly experienced in offering fly-and-cruise expeditions to Antarctica and have created itineraries that allow for weather delays. A hotel night is often included in Punta Arenas before and after the expedition to permit any potential delays.
During the reservation process, our Travel Experience Team will advise you about timescales for onward travel that will leave you enough time if your flight from Antarctica is delayed.

The first step to reserving your Antarctica fly-and-cruise expedition is to contact our Travel Experience Team. They will happily help you with your itinerary and provide details about availability and pricing for your selected voyage.

Financial security is paramount for our clients, so all bookings made through North Pole Cruises include 100% financial protection. We also include supplier failure insurance free of charge for extra peace of mind. This ensures you have the very best protection on your booking.

When reserving your chosen itinerary, the payment options will be quoted.
Typical payment terms are a 25% deposit when booking to reserve your cabin and the final balance payable 90 days before departure.
We accept payment via credit card or bank transfer.

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