Highlights

  • Discover the wilderness and wildlife of the White Continent
  • Skip the Drake Passage with a chartered business class flight
  • Take Zodiac cruises to seek out rare wildlife, from whales to penguins
  • Experience all the luxuries of a Silversea cruise
  • Enjoy a pre- and post-cruise stay in Punta Arenas, Chile

A fast-track to the wilds of the White Continent, this luxury Silversea cruise skips the infamously choppy waters of the Drake Passage to deliver you in unmatched style, via a business class charter flight, to King George Island. As gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula, this is your launch pad for six days of expert-led exploration aboard the ice-class ship, Silver Explorer. Let Zodiac tours, kayak paddles and shore excursions introduce you to the wildlife of this unique region as you spot whales and sea birds and come face to face with vast colonies of penguins and seals, returning to fine dining and indulgent spa treatments on board. It’s all paired with luxury hotel stay in Punta Arenas in the heart of Chilean Patagonia.


Day 1

Depart for Punta Arenas

Start your holiday in style with an included chauffeur transfer and airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia.


Day 2

A free day in Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. You’ll then have the rest of the day to explore, taking in everything from the bustling port area to the city’s wool-boom mansions, which look out over the shores of the Strait of Magellan. In the evening, you’ll enjoy the first of your include dinners and the chance to meet some of your fellow guests before your flight south the following day.

Stay: Hotel Cabo de Hornos 

Dinner included

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas


Day 3

Fly to King George Island

This morning, after breakfast, your included transfer will see you to the airport where you’ll board your exclusive business class flight south to King George Island. Soaring over the icy waters of the Drake Passage, you’ll be treated to an aerial glimpse of the drama that awaits before landing at the island’s tiny airport for your next transfer to the waiting Silver Explorer. Fully refurbished in 2018, this leading ice-class ship hosts a maximum of 144 guests and 118 crew, offering unmatched levels of service throughout your voyage, from the public spaces to the butler-served suites. You’ll also be treated to all the luxuries that come as standard with the Silversea brand, from fully inclusive fine dining to optional spa treatments.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Silver Explorer, Antarctica

Silver Explorer, Antarctica

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer


Days 4 – 8

Antarctic Peninsula

Over five, thrilling days, you’ll explore the wilderness of the White Continent in the company of Silver Explorer’s expedition team, striking out on the ship’s fleet of 12 Zodiacs to spot breaching whales, soaring seabirds, vast colonies of seals and families of chinstrap, emperor and Adélie penguins. You’ll even have the chance to step ashore for some truly memorable close-up encounters, trekking on secluded shores beneath towering mountain ranges. What’s more, with your ship’s strengthened hull, you’ll push through ice floes with ease, reaching the remotest locations for a truly unique adventure. Then, back on board, the excitement continues in the form of expert lectures on Antarctica’s geography, geology and wildlife.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Silver Explorer in Antarctica

Silver Explorer in Antarctica

Silversea Expeditions

Silversea Expeditions

Adélie penguins, Antarctic

Adélie penguins, Antarctic


Day 9

Return to Punta Arenas

Your adventure draws to a close today as you arrive back on King George Island to board your return flight across the Drake Passage. Finally, check in for one last night in Punta Arenas before your flight home.

Stay: Hotel Cabo de Hornos 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Punta Arenas & the Magellan Strait

Punta Arenas & the Magellan Strait

Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas, Chile

Magellanic penguins near Punta Arenas

Magellanic penguins near Punta Arenas


Days 10 – 11

Depart for UK

Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. On arrival, you’ll be met by one of our chauffeurs, who’ll see you safely home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"As the world’s final frontier, there really is nowhere like Antarctica, and a voyage here is certainly an adventure of a lifetime. The reason I’m such a fan of this particular itinerary – apart from the fact it’s with my favourite cruise line, Silversea – is that it skips over the choppiest part of a traditional Antarctic expedition, the Drake Passage. Saving both time and your sea legs, you’ll be whisked down to King George Island in unmatched style, enjoying one of the great landings as you descend over the ice berg-studded waters of the South Shetland Islands."

Scott Anderson

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £11,970 pp incl. flights

High Season from: £11,970 pp

Includes

  • Economy Class Roundtrip
  • Private flight in Business Class (Roundtrip Punta Arenas/King George Island)
  • 1 night hotel pre and post your cruise
  • Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Parka
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
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