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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

7 or 8 days

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.

Keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seabirds and astounding icebergs. Beaches dotted with leopard seals and penguins give way to icy plateaus, with snow- capped mountain peaks looming behind. You’ll find yourself thankful for the near-constant sunlight by which you can continue to take it all in.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Marvel at all the Antarctic Peninsula highlights
  • Enjoy on-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists

Day 1 — Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins with an included flight from international gateway Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. You will be transferred to the included group hotel. In the afternoon, a Quark Expeditions representative will meet you at the group hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival.

Days 3 to 5 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

Day 6 — Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas

Disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your transfer from the airport to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 7 — Depart Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Punta Arenas airport for your included return flight to Santiago.
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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.

Каякинг в Антарктике

$950 с человека

Каякинг в Антарктике — пожалуй, это один из самых близких и вдохновляющих способов знакомства с этим невероятным регионом.Плывите тихими водами, наслаждаясь красотой Антарктики.Огибайте впечатляющие айсберги, наблюдайте за пингвинами, тюленями. Возможно, вам повезет, и мимо вашего каяка проплывет кит. Каякинг в полярных регионах очень сильно зависит от погоды. Однако мы гарантируем как минимум одну возможность для него во время вашего круиза.Во время круиза ваши гиды неизменно будут предлагать вам все возможности для развлечений в подходящий момент.

В большинстве антарктических круизов каякинг рассчитан на тех, кто уже имеет определенный опыт. Количество мест ограничено.Quark предоставляет все оборудование, гидов и инструктаж.Для получения дополнительной информации, пожалуйста, свяжитесь со своим консультантом Quark по полярным путешествиям.

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.

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.

Expedition Facts

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

The Quark Expedition Team Is Exceptional

“The Quark expeditions team is, as always, EXCEPTIONAL!! Their level of quality of care, enthusiasm, knowledge, friendliness, safety and passion exceed expectations. My first experience with the Quark family was earlier in the year with a trip to Antarctica. I was so happy with my experience that I had to book another trip with them later in the same year to the other end of the World - The Arctic, which was another great experience. I’m looking forward to where the Quark family can take me next!”


Three Arctic Islands, Sept. 4, 2012

Antarctic Food Chain

Penguins play an important role in the Antarctic food chain. They may be cute, but they are also vulnerable. Not only do they fall prey to leopard seals, but skua and petrels frequently scavenge penguin carcasses as well as their eggs and chicks!