11 or 12 days
This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica;
- Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula;
- Be aboard one of Quark’s specially designed ice strengthened vessels;
- Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists; and
- Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Day 3 — Cape Horn
Days 4 and 5 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 6 to 8 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9 and 10 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia
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.
Introduction to Buenos Aires Package
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.
All voyages feature an “Expert on Board”, who may be a practicing scientist, historian, or researcher from a prominent institution or polar research program. You are welcome to watch them work and inquire about their fieldwork during your voyage.
Special Guest, Jonathan Shackleton
Mix ‘n mingle in Antarctica with explorers, past and present.
Jonathan Shackleton Cousin of the Irish Kildare-born Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. He is the family historian for the Irish Shackletons and will be joinng Quark for four voyages during the 2013.14 Antarctic season.