19 or 20 days
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. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Join us for the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travelers!
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot.
- Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers.
- See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as “the Galapagos of the South.” This includes more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of Penguin.
- Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his graveside.
- Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
- On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar Specialists.
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Day 3 — At Sea
Days 4 and 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 6 and 7 — At Sea
Days 8 to 10 — South Georgia
Days 11 and 12 — At Sea
Days 13 to 16 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17 and 18 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 19 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
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.
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.
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.
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