ANTARCTICA

Antarctic Circle Fly-In

King George Island fly-in, Antarctica
from £7819 9-13 nights | Dec - Mar Exc. flights See price details
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  • Dec - Mar

Overview

Combine a memorable flight between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island, the largest in the South Shetlands archipelago, with an expedition cruise to cross the legendary Antarctic Circle. A great way to explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula as you head to the extreme latitudes of the far south.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the White Continent's breathtaking scenery
  • Experience thrilling Zodiac cruises and shore landings
  • Witness penguin colonies active with playful chicks
  • Enjoy whale watching - it's at its best in February
  • Enchance your cruise with optional adventure options

Choosing to fly either one-way or in both directions between Chile and Antarctica offers a different perspective and saves time at sea crossing the notorious Drake Passage. You can instead focus on enjoying a leisurely cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula's spectacular west coast, pushing south across the Antarctic Circle with plenty of time available to stop and explore on foot, by zodiac, kayak or even snorkelling and scuba-diving!

Venturing far south beyond 66°33”, across the Antarctic Circle, reveals a frozen region of brooding mountain ranges, massive blue icebergs and waterways taut with fast ice. Plentiful krill attracts the continent's greatest variety and concentration of wildlife, including orcas, leopard seals, fur seals, penguins and snow petrels.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Board your ship in Ushuaia this afternoon and set sail down the Beagle Channel.
Day 2: Drake Passage
Cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. The on-board polar experts will speak about Antarctica's unique wildlife and history and prepare you for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.
Day 3: South Shetland Islands
Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking the crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, you will go ashore this afternoon.
Days 4-9: Antarctic Peninsula
Explore the Peninsula's west coast, where you can view the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks, watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights, Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs, admire basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast Antarctic landscape. Land on wildlife-rich offshore islands and on the Antarctic mainland. Continue south and celebrate in style as you cross the Antarctic Circle, keeping your eyes peeled for orcas, humpbacks and minke whales as you start to make your way north again.
Day 10: King George Island - Punta Arenas
Returning to the South Shetland Islands, disembark at mountainous King George Island where you will board a charter flight back to Punta Arenas. On arrival in Punta Arenas, transfer to a your hotel for a final night with the group.
Day 11: Punta Arenas
Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and departing.
Notes
  • Some alternative itineraries include a flight in both directions between Punta Arenas and King George Island.
  • Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions! 

Itinerary Variations

2018/19 Season

Polar Pioneer

Day 1 Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and embark ship
Days 2-3 Drake Passage
Days 4-9 Antarctic Peninsula & across the Antarctic Circle
Day 10 Disembark on King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas for overnight
Day 11 Depart Chile

Ocean Nova

Day 1 Arrive in Punta Arenas and overnight
Day 2 Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island and embark ship
Days 3-8 Explore Antarctic Peninsula and cross the circle
Day 9 Disembark on King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas for 1 night stay
Day 10 Transfer to airport for your homeward journey

Ocean Adventurer & World Explorer

Day 1 Arrive in Punta Arenas and overnight
Day 2 Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island and embark ship
Days 3-5 Explore Antarctic Peninsula
Days 6-7 Cross the Antarctic Circle
Days 8-9 Northbound along the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 10 Disembark on King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas for 1 night stay
Day 11 Depart Chile

Akademik Vavilov - 29 Dec 2018 & 09 Feb 2019

Day 1 Fly from Punta Arenas to Stanley for embarkation
Days 2-3 At sea
Days 4-5 King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 6-8 Antarctic Circle and Gerlache Coastline
Days 9-10 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands
Day 11 Disembark on King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas for 1 night stay
Day 12 Make your own way to the airport for your homeward journey

Akademik Vavilov - 08 Jan 2019

Day 1 Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island for embarkation
Days 2-7 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8-11 Detaille Island, Marguerite Bay & Antarctic Circle
Days 12-13 Drake Passage crossing
Day 14 Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport

Akademik Ioffe - 12 Jan 2019

Day 1 Fly from Punta Arenas to Stanley for embarkation
Days 2-3 At sea
Days 4-5 King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 6-8 Antarctic Circle and Gerlache Coastline
Days 9-10 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands
Day 11 Disembark on King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas for 1 night stay
Day 12 Make your own way to the airport for your homeward journey

Akademik Vavilov - 19 Feb 2019

Day 1 Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island for embarkation
Days 2-6 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 7-10 Detaille Island, Marguerite Bay & Antarctic Circle
Days 11-12 Drake Passage crossing
Day 13 Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport

2019/20 Season

Greg Mortimer

Day 1 Overnight in Ushuaia
Day 2 Embark ship
Days 3-4 Drake Passage
Days 5-11 Antarctic Peninsula & across the Antarctic Circle
Day 12 Disembark on King George Island and fly to Punta Arenas for overnight
Day 13 Depart Chile

Accommodation Options

Polar Pioneer

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

Our smallest ship, Polar Pioneer offers traditional expe…

Ocean Adventurer

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable…

Ocean Nova

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Nova carries a small group of up to 68 passeng…

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

Taking up to 92 passengers, this ice-strengthened vessel…

Akademik Ioffe

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

Taking up to 96 passengers the Akademik Ioffe is the num…

Island Sky

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

The Island Sky is a small expedition vessel with elegant…

World Explorer

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

The World Explorer is a state of the art, purpose built …

The Greg Mortimer

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

A slick, modern expedition vessel purpose built for expl…

Excursions

Camping

Stay all night on the 7th Continent

Kayaking

Paddle through ice-choked channels on this thrilling option…

Scuba Diving

Experienced divers can take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunit…

Snorkelling

Snorkel in Antarctica and see this magical place from a who…

Snowshoeing

Try this traditional method of walking over deep snow to ex…

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Glide peacefully across an icy bay

Prices & Dates

2018/19 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVessel

Prices from

20 Dec 2018 + ≠⌂ 11 days Ocean Adventurer £13,300
29 Dec 2018 < ≠⌂ 11 days Akademik Vavilov £9,643
01 Jan 2019 + ≠θ 10 days Ocean Nova £12,785
02 Jan 2019 + ≠⌂ 11 days Ocean Adventurer £13,300
08 Jan 2019 = ≠⌂ 14 days Akademik Vavilov £12,346
10 Jan 2019 + ≠⌂ 11 days Ocean Adventurer £13,300
12 Jan 2019 < ≠⌂ 11 days Akademik Ioffe £9,716
22 Jan 2019 + ≠θ 10 days Ocean Nova £12,785
09 Feb 2019 < ≠⌂ 11 days Akademik Vavilov £9,643
11 Feb 2019 + ≠± 11 days World Explorer £17,100
13 Feb 2019 + 11 days Ocean Adventurer £13,300
18 Feb 2019 + ≠θ 10 days Ocean Nova £12,785
19 Feb 2019 = ≠⌂ 13 days Akademik Vavilov £11,396
02 Mar 2019 # ≠SD 11 days Polar Pioneer £8,331

+ fly both directions (Punta Arenas - King George Island - Punta Arenas)
# cruise/fly - embarks Puerto Williams, with flight from Punta Arenas, disembarks King George Island, with flight to Punta Arenas
< fly/fly (Punta Arenas-Stanley and King George Island-Punta Arenas)
= fly/cruise (Punta Arenas - King George Island - Ushuaia)

Activity Options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £808 on the Polar Pioneer; £800 on the Ocean Adventurer and World Explorer; £688 on the Ocean Nova; £612 on the Akademik Ioffe and Vavilov
S Snorkelling is available on this voyage: £462 on the Polar Pioneer
D Diving is available on this voyage: £750 on the Polar Pioneer
θ Snowshoeing is available on this voyage: £150 on the Ocean Nova
Camping is available on this voyage: £300 on the Ocean Adventurer; complimentary on the Akademik Ioffe and Vavilov
± Stand up paddle boarding is available on this voyage: £200 on board the World Explorer

Note the inclusions for this holiday are dependent on the vessel chosen. Please contact our team if you have any queries.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Polar Pioneer

Inclusions Transfer from downtown Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas Airport on day of embarkation • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams on day of embarkation • Transfer from Puerto Williams Airport to ship (including tour and lunch), for embarkation • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on day of disembarkation • Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport to hotel in Punta Arenas on day of disembarkation • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas on day of disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises • Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team • Access to on board doctor and basic medical services • Loan of gumboots during the voyage • Comprehensive pre-departure information • Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket • A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Exclusions All airfares not specified in inclusions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance • Airport arrival or departure taxes • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Excess baggage charges • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.

Ocean Nova

Includes: Transfers between Punta Arenas airport and hotel pre- and post-voyage • Overnight accommodation at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar in Punta Arenas, including breakfast, pre- and post-voyage • Welcome dinner in Punta Arenas • Return charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (maximum baggage allowance is 20kg per person, including hand luggage; any additional luggage can be stored in Punta Arenas) • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot beverages and snacks around the clock • Alcoholic and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner only • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team • Loan of waterproof boots for landings in Antarctica • Comprehensive pre- and post-departure material

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK to Punta Arenas • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks from the bar, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance • Passengers must provide their own waterproof, windproof jacket

Ocean Adventurer & World Explorer

Includes: Airport-hotel transfer in Punta Arenas on day 1 • Overnight accommodation in Punta Arenas on Day 1, including breakfast and welcome dinner • Overnight accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas post-voyage • Return flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island, with hotel-airport transfers in Punta Arenas • Ship transfers as applicable • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (includes soft drinks) • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Selected wine and beer with evening meal (restrictions apply) • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings and Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Online photographic album, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members

Excludes: Any airfares not mentioned in inclusions (please contact our team for your tailor-made quotation and best fares available at time of booking) • Transfer from hotel to airport on final day • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic drinks not mentioned in inclusions, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Cancellation, baggage and travel insurance • Waterproof trousers are not included - Passengers must bring suitable clothing for water landings.

Akademik Ioffe

Includes Transfer from central meeting point to airport in Punta Arenas • Flight from Punta Arenas to Stanley • Transfer from airport to ship for embarkation • Transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas post-voyage • Transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas post-voyage • Overnight accommodation in Punta Arenas for one night post-voyage • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot beverages on board • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Comprehensive pre-departure materials • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Loan of boots, jacket and waterproof trousers - must be requested at time of booking

Excludes Any airfares not specified in inclusions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - A pre-voyage night is strongly recommended - our team will be pleased to arrange this for you • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Akademik Vavilov 29 Dec 2018 & 09 Feb 2019

Includes Transfer from central meeting point to airport in Punta Arenas • Flight from Punta Arenas to Stanley • Transfer from airport to ship for embarkation • Transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas post-voyage • Transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas post-voyage • Overnight accommodation in Punta Arenas for one night post-voyage • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot beverages on board • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Comprehensive pre-departure materials • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Loan of boots, jacket and waterproof trousers - must be requested at time of booking

Excludes Any airfares not specified in inclusions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - A pre-voyage night is strongly recommended - our team will be pleased to arrange this for you • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Akademik Vavilov - 08 Jan & 19 Feb 2019

Includes Transfer from central meeting point to airport in Punta Arenas • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island for embarkation • Transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot beverages on board • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Comprehensive pre-departure materials • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Loan of boots, jacket and waterproof trousers - must be requested at time of booking

Excludes Any airfares not specified in inclusions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - A pre-voyage night is strongly recommended - our team will be pleased to arrange this for you • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

2019/20 Prices and Dates

2019/20 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVessel

Prices from

14 Feb 2020 ~ ≠DS 13 days Greg Mortimer £7,819


~ cruise/fly - embarks Ushuaia, disembarks King George Island with flight to Punta Arenas

Activity Options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £831 on the Greg Mortimer
S Snorkelling is available on this voyage: £831 on the Greg Mortimer
D Diving is available on this voyage: £831 on the Greg Mortimer

Note the inclusions for this holiday are dependent on the vessel chosen. Please contact our team if you have any queries.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Greg Mortimer

Includes: Group transfer from airport to hotel in Ushuaia on arrival (selected flights only) • One night's accommodation in Ushuaia pre-voyage • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on disembarkation • Group transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas on day of disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • House wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner • Welcome and farewell drinks • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Comprehensive pre-departure information • A printed photo book as a record of your voyage (one per booking) • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Aurora Expeditions' polar expedition jacket, yours to keep • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Excludes: All airfares not specified in inclusions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks not specified in inclusions, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Travel insurance with emergency evacuation cover (mandatory) • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided)

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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