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Antarctic Expeditions

Antarctica: the great white continent and one of the last true wilderness areas on earth – largely unchanged since the early explorers.

It’s home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife, where penguins, seals and whales are the only permanent residents.

Gaze up at magnificent icebergs, explore islands guided by various species of penguin including chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie. Experience the awe-inspiring king penguin rookeries of South Georgia, the “Galapagos of the Poles,” as well as the incredible wealth of untamed wildlife in the unique and diverse archipelagos of the Southern Ocean.

Quark Expeditions has been the world leader in polar cruises and guided tours for over two decades and successfully operated many first-ever passenger trips to Antarctica, including the Circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent and the first Weddell Sea voyage.

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    11 or 12 days
    from $5,995

    Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

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    11 days
    from $14,595

    A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the Seventh Continent.

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    10 days
    from $11,595

    Revel in the excitement of crossing the famed Drake Passage after embarking from Ushuaia, with the convenience of a northbound return flight at the end of your expedition. Minke and humpback whales or Adélie penguins floating on ice floes may greet you as you pass, enroute to the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • 10 days
    from $10,995

    Take the fastest route to Antarctica – a three-hour flight – and enjoy your first glimpse of the continent from the air, a unique introduction to the vast and dramatic landscape that remains one of the last unspoiled regions in the world. Continue your journey on ship, where an adventure beyond your wildest imagination awaits

  • 8 days
    from $8,995

    You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula – and no Drake Passage crossings required! Included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the Seventh Continent with a spectacular aerial view before transferring to your ship in no time.

  • 17 days
    from $19,995

    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 flying from Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 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.

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    14 days
    from $9,595

    Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, it also offers the opportunity to venture further south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head towards a milestone few travelers reach, you’ll feel you are in a world without borders, sailing through an endless stretch of sea, snow and ice.

  • 23 days
    from $13,995

    Explore Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, with a convenient charter flight in between, before embarking on the cruise portion of your once in a lifetime adventure. In this diverse expedition, you’ll experience the spectacular flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) before immersing yourself in the unique history and exquisite, rare wildlife of South Georgia.

  • 14 days
    from $8,495

    A comfortable, included charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia starts you off on an epic journey to 66 degrees south. Crossing the Drake Passage, an adventure in itself, is an opportunity to engage with expert on-board lecturers and get to know your fellow travelers.

  • 20 days
    from $11,995

    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.

  • 20 days
    from $13,795

    This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting.

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    For an extraordinary 21 day journey of epic proportions, combine the unequaled wonders of the Galapagos Islands with the delights of a classic Antarctic Explorer expedition.

  • Galápagos
    10 or 11 days
    from $5,998

    Exploring the Galapagos Islands is never mundane, and from the time you board our small expedition ship Evolution, you’ll recognize this as the adventure of a lifetime. Stroll among prickly-pear cactus and look for yellow land iguanas on one of the smallest islands of the archipelago.

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    10 days
    from $6,198

    The Galapagos Islands are a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the best way to explore them is on board the small expedition ship Evolution. It will take you were few vessels travel, to the remote western side of Isabel Island and its neighboring island, Fernandina. While on this adventure you can swim with sea turtles and penguins; walk among blue-footed boobies and other seabirds nesting on the islands; hike a dormant and active volcano; watch for whales and possibly see the Galapagos’ largest land iguanas while you visit Urbina Bay. This adventure can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with a classic expedition to create a true Southern Hemisphere experience!

  • 17 days
    from $12,995

    Welcome to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), an archipelago teeming with wildlife and featuring beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and vast open spaces. As one of 12 passengers aboard the small exploration boat Hans Hansson, you’ll visit places larger boats don’t venture to, and explore the biodiversity of East and West Falkland from sea and land.

  • 16 days
    from $9,995

    Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you’ll enjoy its heavily European-influenced heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation.

  • 19 days
    from $17,995

    Our 12-passenger small exploration boat Hans Hansson allows us to visit the incredible remote islands of the Antarctic Peninsula that larger vessels simply don’t visit. Fewer passengers mean more intimacy and flexibility when exploring the Antarctic, adventures tailored to meet the expectations of participants, and greater face-time with the crew.