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Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica Explorers and Kings

20 days

This is a truly epic adventure through the remote Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting; you’ll take a step back in time at historically significant sites; and you’ll be mesmerized by the rich diversity and contrasts that make these regions so captivating and unique.

Watch a wild, isolated and extreme world come to life as scores of penguins dive for food, herds of elephant seals bathe in the sun, and pods of orcas pass you by. You’ll be transported to your own wildlife documentary, staged in a magnificent setting of mountains, sea and ice.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost tip of the world’s 7th continent, by ship, Zodiac and foot
  • Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with our expert team of on-board lecturers
  • See South Georgia’s incredible wildlife, including 30 breeding bird species and four penguin species
  • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages to South Georgia and pause for a moment at his gravesite
  • Wander the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic, with an optional kayaking excursion

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet also has many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants that you can 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 we’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 11 — South Georgia

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

Days 12 and 13 — At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica!

Days 14 to 17 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica.

Days 18 and 19 — Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Day 20 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team.
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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.

$575 per person

If you love cross-country skiing, why not experience it on pristine Antarctic snow? All you’ll hear will be the sound of your skis gliding through the fresh snow as penguins provide the soundtrack to your journey. Cross-country skiing is available on select Antarctic voyages at the beginning of the season. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark. Please contact your 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.

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.

Expedition Facts

Laundry

A complete list of laundry charges will be provided when you are on board the ship. Laundry is collected each morning and request forms and bags are provided in your cabin.

We encourage you to take advantage of the laundry services as it will mean you need to pack fewer articles of clothing.

Packing Tips

Pack to dress in layers so you are prepared for these rapid weather changes. Average daily temperatures in mid-season are between 25 and 35 Fahrenheit or -4 and +2 Celsius; however wind conditions can make it seem colder.

Be sure your base layers and mid layers are made from breathable fabrics and your outer layers are waterproof (not water resistant) and don't forget to pack a hat, neck warmer and sunscreen & sunglasses.

Visit the Quark online Gear Shop to help prepare for your expedition.

The Expedition Staff Were Fantastic!

“We have not been on a Quark Expedition trip before but we really enjoyed the cruise. The Expedition staff were fantastic! Always helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and the team leaders - Woody & Annie were the best! Kayak team couldn’t have done anymore - they were always patient and helpful - made our trip memorable.”

Mr. & Mrs. Duncan

Passengers on the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, Ocean Diamond Voyage Nov. 2013