The Antarctica Express Air-Cruise offers an introductory trip to Cape Horn and Antarctica.
It combines a sailing across the Drake Passage, a very short visit to Antarctica, and a flight over the Drake Passage. This quick expedition offers travellers the opportunity to check Antarctica off their bucket list while making a small financial and time investment.
The trip can easily be combined with a visit to Patagonia for a fuller travel experience in southern latitudes. It can also be used to connect Ushuaia and Punta Arenas in itineraries that visit both the Argentinean and Chilean sides of Patagonia.


Leaving from Ushuaia, we will take you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica.

Day 1: Start of the Air-Cruise
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board the vessel and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.
Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr.
At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.

Day 2: Cape Horn & Drake Passage
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and 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.

Day 3: Drake Passage
As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

Day 4: Drake Passage & 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.

Day 5: Antarctica and scheduled return flight
Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as 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. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

Day 6: End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.


• Flights according to the itinerary
• Transfer from/to airport/hotel according to the itinerary
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program.
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
• 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 ship.
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, wáter and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment on board.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.

Special Discounts 2018/2019

A promotional offer is now in effect until May 31, 2018.
Travellers who book before the deadline will receive US$ 700 reduction per person! On these trips triple berths are available on a shared basis. 

DATES 2018-2019:
AE01-OCN: Nov 29-Dec 4, 2018
AE02-HEB: Dec 3-8, 2018
AE03-HEB: Dec 26-Jan 1, 2019* < - Reverse itinerary
AE04-OCN: Jan 14-19, 2019 SOLD OUT
AE05-HEB: Jan 29-Feb 3, 2019
AE06-HEB: Feb 21-27, 2019* < - Reverse itinerary
*The December 26, 2018 and the February 21, 2019 departures on board Hebridean Sky are a day longer and operates in reverse, with start in Punta Arenas and end in Ushuaia. An itinerary description is available on request.

Important Notes:
Sharing a cabin with another passenger of the same gender:
This is available on Ocean Nova in Twin Cabins, and on Hebridean Sky in Window Suites.
Passengers who book a Twin or Triple Cabin on a shared basis are accommodated in single rooms at the hotel in Punta Arenas and must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement of $450 USD for Classic Antarctica and Polar Circle Air-Cruises, and $195 USD for Antarctica Express Air-Cruise (except the December 26, 2018-January 1, 2019 and February 21-27, 2019 departures, which is $350 USD).
Single travellers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those who have conditions that can be disrupting to others (loud snoring, sleepwalking etc.) can only book their Air-Cruise in a Single Cabins or in a Twin Cabin for single use. They cannot book on a twin-share basis.