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Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North Cruise South, Fly North

9 or 10 days

If you’re looking for a more efficient Antarctic experience, this is it. Venture south, crossing the infamous Drake Passage and experience the first sighting of Antarctica with your fellow shipmates. After your penguin, seal, whale, iceberg and glacier cravings have been satisfied you’ll take the relaxing way home by flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • The excitement of a southbound Drake Passage crossing.
  • The speed and convenience of a flight back to South America.
  • All the Antarctic Peninsula highlights.
  • Lecturers and specialists deliver presentations on geology and animal life.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

You will embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel.

Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have surprisingly calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers.

Days 5 to 7 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome you to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as you get closer to land and you catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains.

Day 8 — Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

As the ship turns north, you’ll say goodbye to the penguins, as well as many of your shipmates.

Day 9 — Depart for Home

Depart for home.
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Adventure Options Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition

Every Quark Antarctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. 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.

$950 per person

Kayaking in Antarctica is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore this incredible region. Glide through the quiet waters and take in the beauty of Antarctica. Paddle through astounding icebergs, watch penguins, seals and possibly whales swim around your kayak.

Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing during your voyage. Your kayak guides will always attempts to take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.

Offered on most Antarctic voyages, spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark. Please contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser for more information.

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.

Travel to the world’s most remote inhabited island

Take a five-hour flight from Santiago to Easter Island, one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands. A single massive (extinct) volcano rising over 10,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean floor, Easter Island is famous for its enormous statues carved from the tough stone of the Rano Raraku, the island’s volcano. Your package includes tours of the statues, tombs and volcanoes of the island. This luxurious package offers guests three nights’ accommodation at Explora Rapa Nui, where all meals, daily explorations and drinks are included.

Expedition Facts

Onboard Lectures

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.

Safety First

Life Boat Drill

By international maritime law, you must participate in an emergency drill within 24 hours of sailing. Upon embarkation, you will be asked to locate your life vest in your cabin and remember your life boat and muster station. This mandatory drill will be scheduled as soon as possible by the Expedition Leader. You will be provided with full details after you embark.

Polar Library

Our ships has been stocked with the world’s largest floating library of polar book and DVD’s.  The collection includes books in multiple languages covering subjects like wildlife, history, marine biology, ecology and geology. Our DVDs include a selection of documentaries series, polar-themed films, and popular titles.