Santiago to Antarctica – Fly & Cruise

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This extraordinary and adventurous trip takes you on a fly-in cruise to discover the awesome landscapes of Antarctica and includes two nights in Santiago before departure, as well as your flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island.

Begin with a couple of days in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, to take in the culture of one of Latin America’s principle metropoles.

Then it’s on to Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world. Take a tour of this historic city and after an overnight at a top class hotel, it’s time to embark on the main event, an exhilarating fly-in Antarctic Cruise.

The beauty of a fly-in cruise is that you avoid the rough and long ocean crossing at Drake Passage and can begin your seven-day cruise straight away. During your cruise you’ll be lead out on exciting expeditions by specialist guides to uncover the secrets of this wild and largely unexplored continent.

Day 1: Arrive Santiago
Day 2: Santiago
Day 3: Punta Arenas
Day 4: Punta Arenas - Antarctic Peninsula
Day 5: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 6: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 7: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 8: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 9: Antarctic Peninsula - Punta Arenas
Day 10: Depart Punta Arenas

  • Set ARRIVAL TO SANTIAGO from Nov to Feb

    Arrive into Santiago today.

    Upon arrival to Santiago, you will be welcomed outside of Customs by an English-speaking assistant holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in. (Private Transfer)


    Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 by the Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia who was sent by the conqueror of the Incas, Pizzaro, to establish a new capital in the fast growing Spanish Empire in the New World. Much of the core layout as designed by the master builder Pedro de Gamboa remains to this day. During the Half day city tour you will visit key locations where the rich history of the city played out.

    The tour starts with a visit to "Forestal Park", which runs along Mapocho River - water that penetrates the land. The river itself flows from the Andes and cuts the city of Santiago in two. It is then onto Santa Lucia Hill, the actual spot on where the city was founded. A geographical high point of the area the hill is now adorned with wonderful facades, fountains and stairways, including "Neptuno Terrace" at the summit. Neptuno Terrace is reminiscent of the Trevi fountain and its surrounds are now a public park located alongside the National Library. You then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de Armas as when cities were founded the center was also were the armory and military base was established - hence the name Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms). Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. Continue to the Presidential Palace "La Moneda"; the current seat of the government. You will wander the streets that were once elegant at the beginning of the 19th century and now are a commercial center. Pass by Dieciocho Street that has been deemed as "typical" example of architecture from the period as well as the Cousino Palace built around 1870 and the Basilica de los Sacramentinos, a blatant imitation of the Sacred Heart Church of Montmartre in Paris. Finally reach Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue better known as "Alameda", which is the main street of the city where the tour concludes with a visit only to the San Francisco Church, located in the heart of Santiago, built between 1586 and 1628 by the Franciscan order and is the oldest colonial era building in the country.
    End of the tour and transfer to the hotel. (B.) (Private Tour)


    Today at schedule time we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas.

    Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by a representative 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. (B. D.) (Private Transfer)


    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. (B. L. D.) (Semi-Private Transfer)


    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. (B. L. D.)


    Cruising and Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. (B. L. D.)


    Cruising and Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. (B. L. D.)


    Cruising and Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. (B. L. D.)


    Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas.

    Upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas and we will transfer you to hotel for the night. (B.) (Semi-Private Transfer)


    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.(B.) (Private Transfer)

The below hand-picked properties feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.


  • Santiago: Matildas Boutique Hotel
  • Punta Arenas: Cabo de Hornos
  • Antarctica: M/V Ocean Nova


  • Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
  • Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
  • Antarctica Cruise. We have several Antarctica cruises and itineraries that you can choose from, please let us know if you wish to change the selected yacht for other vessel orprogram
  • Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours Pty Ltd will provide the best possible alternative.


  • Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Return flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary:

(B.) = Breakfast

(L.) = Lunch

(D.) = Dinner

  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:

(Private Transfer) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport is operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others

(Semi-Private Transfer) = transport provided by the hotel or lodge to their guest only

(Private Tour) = Your own, personal tour guide and an exclusive vehicle

  • Parks and monuments entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking local guides throughout
  • Service charges and taxes. 


  • International and internal flights.
  • Internal flights needed: Santiago – Punta Arenas
  • We can purchase these flights on your behalf
  • Tourist Visas are not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone calls, laundry, tips, alcohol, etc.