Our most immersive and diverse expedition, this voyage offers a comprehensive Antarctic and Southern Ocean experience in significantly less time.
Explore more of pristine Antarctica in significantly less time by enjoying convenient charter flights from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica, then back to Santiago, Chile on the culmination of your journey. In just 17 days, you’ll explore the remote South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, historically significant South Georgia and the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), teeming with wildlife.
As you explore the rugged remoteness and magnitude of these spectacular regions, you’ll marvel at the abilities its bountiful penguins, seals and whales have to completely charm you. You’ll never feel quite as alive as you will here, following in the footsteps of famed explorers, gliding past towering ice-blue glaciers, or wandering across rare polar beaches and dramatic landscapes, taking it all in.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- The speed and convenience of flying to Antarctica;
- Cruise the peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands
- Unprecedented wildlife viewing: several varieties of penguins, birds, seals and whales
- Visits to historic sites including the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
- Step foot on the 7th Continent
- Enjoy on board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar specialists
DAY 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile
DAY 2 — Embarkation Day
DAYS 3 & 6 — Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
DAYS 7 TO 9 At Sea — At Sea
DAYS 10 TO 13 — South Georgia
DAYS 14 & 15 — At Sea
DAY 16 — Disembarkation, Port Stanley and Fly to Santiago, Chile
DAY 17 — Depart Santiago for home
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Days 3 to4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-7 — Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 8-10 — At Sea
Days 11 to 13 — South Georgia
Day 14 & 15 — At Sea
Day 16 — Disembark Stanley & Fly to Santiago, Chile
Day 17 — Depart Santiago for home
Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay
Getting to the Antarctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Antarctic adventure.
Take a five-hour flight from Santiago to Easter Island, one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands. A single massive (extinct) volcano rising over 10,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean floor, Easter Island is famous for its enormous statues carved from the tough stone of the Rano Raraku, the island’s volcano. Your package includes tours of the statues, tombs and volcanoes of the island. This luxurious package offers guests three nights’ accommodation at Explora Rapa Nui, where all meals, daily explorations and drinks are included.
One of the great natural wonders of the world, the grandeur of Iguazú Falls includes over 274 cascades spread over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River. Learn about the history, flora and fauna of the National Park, and the waterfalls. Experience the spectacular views and the thundering sounds of the waterfalls, located in the midst of 890 square miles of nature reserve. The National Park has easily walkable footpaths which will give you incredible access to the numerous waterfalls. Enjoy one of the true wonders of the natural world.