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Antarctica’s Scotia Arc The Ultimate Insider’s Voyage

25 days

This voyage will take you off the beaten track—to rare and seldom-visited sites—for a true insider’s journey to Antarctica. Our expedition will follow a narrow chain of islands, called the Scotia Arc, linking the southernmost Andes and Antarctica and will call in at the beautiful Falklands and South Georgia before heading south to the lesser-known and more remote South Sandwich, South Orkney and South Shetland archipelagos.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Experience the Southern Ocean’s more remote South Sandwich, Orkney and Shetland archipelagos
  • An ideal voyage for birders and some of the largest penguin colonies in Antarctica
  • Visits to active volcanoes and lectures from Quark’s passionate Polar experts

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia offers you a small-town feel but has many shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship.

Day 3 — At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you’re at sea.

Days 4 and 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of the Falklands.

Days 6 and 7 — At Sea

Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence.

Days 8 to 10 — South Georgia

Today, South Georgia Island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

Day 11 — At Sea

You’ll be treated to lectures and presentations about wildlife, history and ice from the Expedition Team, as well as have time to mingle with your fellow passengers.

Days 12 and 13 — South Sandwich Islands

Visit Zavadovski Island and Saunders Island

Days 14 and 15 — At Sea

At Sea

Day 16 — South Orkney Islands

Off the beaten track, the South Orkney Islands will draw you in with their vibrant scenery, rich bird life and the towering icebergs that collect along their shores.

Days 17 to 22 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Days 23 and 24 — Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins.

Day 25 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast aboard the ship we will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight.
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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.

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.