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Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise the Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands

17 days

Our most immersive and diverse expedition, this voyage offers a comprehensive Antarctic and Southern Ocean experience in significantly less time. You’ll take a short three-hour flight to the white continent to see all the highlights, visit the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, as well as the distinct culture and charm of the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Exploring extremes is the hallmark of this voyage, which offers unprecedented pristine landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities. Conclude your once-in-a-lifetime experience with a flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • The speed and convenience of flying to Antarctica;
  • Cruise the peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Unprecedented wildlife viewing: several varieties of penguins, birds, seals and whales
  • Visits to historic sites including the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Step foot on the 7th Continent
  • Enjoy on board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar specialists

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile

Your journey begins in Punta Arenas. This port city is situated at the southern tip of Chile, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Today you board your chartered flight to Antarctica. The journey over the Drake Passage will take you less than four hours. Your first glimpse of Antarctica comes into view shortly before the aircraft descends towards King George Island.

Days 3 to 6 — Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

You’ll get a sense that you’ve arrived on a new planet during the start of your Antarctic voyage, as the pristine nature and dramatic environments are like nothing else on earth. From the vessel you can watch whales swim and feed in the nutrient-rich waters and spot penguins porpoising in the water and jumping aboard ice floes. Just as amazing as the wildlife are the towering snow-covered mountains and massive glaciers of the Peninsula, which will be your playground for the next four days.

Days 7 to 9 — At Sea

Your days at sea are enjoyed out on deck or taking in presentations by the Expedition Team.

Days 10 to 12 — South Georgia

With a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. You’ll learn that the original inhabitants here arrived to hunt whales and fur and elephant seals to perilously low levels. Thankfully populations have rebounded and whaling and sealing ceases to exist today. You will also see many remnants of these days gone by; including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

Days 13 and 14 — At Sea

The next few days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire. Go on deck to spot whales and sea birds flying overhead, or attend lectures from our on-board specialists. Whatever you choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing creatures you’ve met so far.

Day 15 — Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), you’ll be greeted by a feeling of rugged remoteness. Port Stanley is a unique outpost with a British country-charm to it. There are plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as some friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the pub.

Day 16 — Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

Disembark in Stanley and board a charter flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 — Depart for Home

After breakfast, you are free to continue on your flight homeward.
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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.

$250 per person

Not very many people have the opportunity to say they’ve camped on the 7th Continent. This is one of the best ways to experience Antarctica in a more intimate manner, and take your expedition to the next level.

Camping is available on most Antarctic voyages and has a limited number of spots. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark. Please contact your Quark Polar Travel Adviser for more information.

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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.