In this quintessential 20-day experience for polar travelers, follow in the footsteps of famed historical explorers as you journey through the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia, South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
After a convenient charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, you’ll sail the picturesque Beagle Channel and head out to sea for this epic journey. Hundreds of diverse species of birds and animals await your perusal; the extreme isolation and silence will alter your world perspective. Witnessing a glacier calving, participating in a reverential tribute to a famed explorer or being charmed by lovable, playful penguins - the sheer magnitude, beauty and diversity of the Antarctic will take your breath away.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot;
- Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers;
- See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, including 30 breeding bird species and four penguin species;
- Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his graveside;
- Explore the quaint British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands;
- Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic by taking an optional kayaking excursion; and
- Enjoy on board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar Specialists.
Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 — Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Day 3 — At Sea
Days 4 and 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 6 and 7 — At Sea
Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia
Days 12 and 13 — At Sea
Days 14 to 17 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 18 and 19 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 20 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia for your charter flight back to Buenos Aires
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.
Savour a spectacular bottle of Malbec with fine Argentine steak, explore street art in colourful San Telmo or experience the world-class shopping on Avenida Florida. Discover the elegant beauty of Buenos Aires, a city that melds European charm with the frenzied pace of Latin life. This package includes a guided tour of the city’s impressive highlights, from the quaint, cobbled plazas to its most sophisticated neighbourhoods. In the evening, you will enjoy a spectacular dinner and tango show with a live orchestra. Please contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser for pricing.
Daily Briefings and RecapsYou will have regular briefings throughout the voyage. These briefings allow your Expedition Leader and Team to provide you with information about upcoming landings and any itinerary changes that may occur. During your recap sessions you are encouraged to share your experience and wildlife sightings or ask questions about the places you have just visited.
Say Hello to the Captain and Crew
During your voyage you may be invited to visit the Bridge, where you can observe how the Captain and officers sail and navigate the ship. A map of your expedition path will be available, so you can see exactly where you have been.
The Expedition Staff Were Fantastic!
“We have not been on a Quark Expedition trip before but we really enjoyed the cruise. The Expedition staff were fantastic! Always helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and the team leaders - Woody & Annie were the best! Kayak team couldn’t have done anymore - they were always patient and helpful - made our trip memorable.”
Mr. & Mrs. Duncan
Passengers on the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, Ocean Diamond Voyage Nov. 2013