11 or 12 days
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.
Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.
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
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 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.
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.
Carbon Offsetting Program
Adding to its long list of industry “firsts”, Quark Expeditions is proud to say that Ocean Diamond will be the first ship to deliver CarbonNeutral® voyages under a new certification established in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for carbon neutral certification. The offsets will be provided by The CarbonNeutral Company, a world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions.
Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.