Skip the four days of Drake Passage crossings and optimize your Antarctica experience by flying! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island. Once in Antarctica, you’ll waste no time being inundated with the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the white continent. Within hours of your departure you’ll be greeted by our team of experts on the ship and be on the lookout for penguins and whales in Antarctica.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- The fastest, most direct way to Antarctica.
- Fly over the Drake Passage.
- Land on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, after a short flight
- See iconic Antarctic wildlife
- Possible landing sites include Brown Bluff, Melchior Island and Paradise Harbour
- Great for anyone who may be short on time or wants to fly over the mythical Drake Passage
Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Days 3 to 6 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Day 7 — Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 8 — Depart 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.