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Antarctic Expeditions

Antarctica: the great white continent and one of the last true wilderness areas on earth – largely unchanged since the early explorers.

It’s home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife, where penguins, seals and whales are the only permanent residents.

Gaze up at magnificent icebergs, explore islands guided by various species of penguin including chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie. Experience the awe-inspiring king penguin rookeries of South Georgia, the “Galapagos of the Poles,” as well as the incredible wealth of untamed wildlife in the unique and diverse archipelagos of the Southern Ocean.

Quark Expeditions has been the world leader in polar adventures for over two decades and successfully operated many first-ever passenger voyages to Antarctica, including the Circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent and the first Weddell Sea voyage.

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    11 or 12 days
    from £4,000

    This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region.

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    11 days
    from £9,800

    Enjoy Antarctica in style — by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island in Antarctica.

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    10 days
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    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.

  • 10 days
    from £7,400

    Take the fastest route to Antarctica – a three-hour flight – and enjoy your first glimpse of the continent from the air, a unique introduction to the vast and dramatic landscape that remains one of the last unspoiled regions in the world. Continue your journey on ship, where an adventure beyond your wildest imagination awaits

  • 8 days
    from £6,000

    You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.

  • 17 days
    from £13,400

    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.

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    14 days
    from £5,700

    This expedition offers you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal.

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    23 days
    from £9,400

    If you desire to “do it all” on your Antarctic adventure, then this is the voyage for you. Not only will you cross the Antarctic Circle and travel further south than traditional Antarctic cruises, you’ll also visit the wildlife playgrounds of the Falklands and South Georgia.

  • 20 days
    from £8,000

    This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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    For an extraordinary 21 day journey of epic proportions, combine the unequaled wonders of the Galapagos Islands (operated by sister company, International Expeditions) with the delights of a classic Antarctic Explorer voyage (operated by Quark Expeditions).

  • Galápagos
    10 or 11 days
    from £4,000

    Exploring the Galapagos Islands is never mundane, and from the time you board small expedition ship Evolution - operated by sister company, International Expeditions - you’ll recognize this as the adventure of a lifetime. Stroll among prickly-pear cactus and look for yellow land iguanas on one of the smallest islands of the archipelago.

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    10 days
    from £4,200

    The Galapagos Islands are a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the best way to explore them is on board small expedition ship Evolution, operated by Quark’s sister company, International Expeditions. Evolution will take you were few vessels travel, to the remote western side of Isabel Island and its neighboring island, Fernandina. While on this adventure you can swim with sea turtles and penguins; walk among blue-footed boobies and other seabirds nesting on the islands; hike a dormant and active volcano; watch for whales and possibly see the Galapagos’ largest land iguanas while you visit Urbina Bay. This adventure can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with a classic expedition to create a true Southern Hemisphere experience!

  • 17 days
    from £8,700

    Welcome to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), an archipelago teeming with wildlife and featuring beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and vast open spaces. As one of 12 passengers aboard the small exploration boat Hans Hansson, you’ll visit places larger boats don’t venture to, and explore the biodiversity of East and West Falkland from sea and land.

  • 16 days
    from £6,700

    Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you’ll enjoy its heavily European-influenced heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation.

  • 19 days
    from £12,100

    Our 12-passenger small exploration boat Hans Hansson allows us to visit the incredible remote islands of the Antarctic Peninsula that larger vessels simply don’t visit. Fewer passengers mean more intimacy and flexibility when exploring the Antarctic, adventures tailored to meet the expectations of participants, and greater face-time with the crew.