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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise | Magellan Explorer

8 Days
From AUD 24,185


Start: Punta Arenas, Chile

Finish: Punta Arenas, Chile

SHIP: Magellan Explorer



DestinationDeparture Date

06/12/2023, 11/12/2023, 16/12/2023, 21/12/2023, 26/12/2023, 31/12/2023, 14/01/2024, 19/01/2024, 31/01/2024, 05/02/2024, 10/02/2024, 15/02/2024, 20/02/2024, 25/02/2024, 01/03/2024, 26/11/2024, 01/12/2024, 06/12/2024, 11/12/2024, 16/12/2024, 21/12/2024, 26/12/2024, 31/12/2024, 14/01/2025, 19/01/2025, 31/01/2025, 05/02/2025, 10/02/2025, 15/02/2025, 20/02/2025, 02/03/2025 

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Explore the pristine landscape of Antarctica on this 8 day journey. Fly over the Drake and land on King George Island,  an Island located in the South Shetland Islands. Board the Magellan Explorer, a ship that boasts elegance and practicality and cruise the  unforgettable landscape of the western coast of the Antarctic peninsula. A unique experience that visits a variety of sites that holds true to a well rounded short but sweet, Antarctica experience, avoiding the infamous Drake Passage.



Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.


Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

At Sea - Days 3 to 6

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

King George Island

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)


After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer

Brand new vessel, the Magellan Explorer, is an elegant base from which to explore the polar regions, combining boutique hospitality with top class expedition facilities. It is the ideal platform for air-cruise operations and several international polar expedition experts were part of the design process. Working with engineers, naval architects and designers, the expedition experience of guests was always in mind. Built in Chile, the Magellan Explorer has a capacity of 73 passengers providing an intimate small ship cruising experience. 

The ship has a fleet of 10 zodiacs to ensure all guests can disembark the ship and enjoy time on the icy landscapes or drift through glacial waters in search of unique wildlife. The ship contains a glass observation lounge and presentation room that boasts state-of-the-art visual and audio equipment for presentations conduct by the expert expedition crew. The Magellan explorer is truly one of the most modern and advanced vessels to operate in Antarctica. 

Ice Class: Length: 90.7 m (298 ft.)
Breadth: 16.2 m (53 ft.)Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 14 knots
Electricity: Passenger

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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.


Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.


Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Pricing per person & date

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise | Magellan Explorer from AUD 24,185
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06 Dec 2023 13 Dec 2023 8
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