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.
10 daysfrom $11,795
This expedition transports you to a land that has risen from its winter slumber. Curious penguins are nesting, and majestic whales are returning. Melting sea ice creates highways of water, inviting travelers with a sense of adventure to step off the beaten track and explore the world’s most remote, unspoiled and wildest continent.
10, 11, or 12 daysfrom $5,595
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.
11 daysfrom $14,595
A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground in no time, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the 7th Continent.
10 daysfrom $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 daysfrom $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
7 or 8 daysfrom $8,995
You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.
17 daysfrom $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.
20 daysfrom $11,995
This epic 20-day expedition brings you to a side of the Antarctic Peninsula even the luckiest of travelers don’t often see. You’ll experience the best of polar travel, including abundant wildlife, important historical sites, and ice—lots of ice.
14 daysfrom $8,495
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 daysfrom $13,395
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.
20 daysfrom $0
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.
For an extraordinary 21 day journey of epic proportions, combine the unequaled wonders of the Galapagos Islands (operated by sister company, International Expeditions) with the delights of a classic Antarctic Explorer voyage (operated by Quark Expeditions).
10 or 11 daysfrom $5,998
Exploring the Galapagos Islands is never mundane, and from the time you board small expedition ship Evolution - operated by sister company, International Expeditions - 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.
10 daysfrom $6,198
The Galapagos Islands are a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the best way to explore them is on board small expedition ship Evolution, operated by Quark’s sister company, International Expeditions. Evolution 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 daysfrom $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 daysfrom $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 daysfrom $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.
All of Quark’s Antarctic voyages include great daily outdoor activities such as Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing on early season voyages. However, the more discerning adrenaline junkie can also choose from a range of optional adventure activities, with varying exertion levels, to experience the 7th continent in a more personal way.
Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements and availability.
Click here to flip through Quark’s Adventure Options booklet online, with great videos of the activities.