11 Days / 10 Nights
Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice, witnessing penguins building their nests; navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.
Selected Departure Dates from Ushuaia, Argentina, through March 2022
Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. This expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.
Starting at: $7,495
Nov 3-14 aboard the World Explorer, Starting at $8,995
Nov 4-14 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $7,495
Nov 13-24 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $8,995
Nov 13-23 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $7,495
Nov 30 - Dec 10 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $7,495
Dec 9-19 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $7,495
Dec 9-19 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $9,446 - on Sale!
Dec 18-28 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $9,995
Jan 4-14 aboard the Ocean Adventurer, starting at $10,495
Jan 28- Feb 7 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $9,495
Feb 6- 16 aboard the Ocean Adventurer, starting at $8,495
Feb 16 - 26 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $7,495
Oct 31- Nov 10 aboard the Ultramarine, starting at $10,795 - On Sale
Nov 3- 13 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $8,995
Nov 20-30 aboard the Ultramarine, starting at $11,245 - On Sale
Dec 19-29 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $10,345 - On Sale
Jan 7-17 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $9,895
Jan 12-22 aboard the Ocean Adventurer, starting at $8,995
Jan 16-26 aboard the World Explorer, starting at $9,895
Jan 17-27 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $8,095
Jan 21-31 aboard the Ocean Adventurer, starting at $8,995
Jan 30-Feb 9 aboard the Ocean Adventurer, starting at $8,995
Feb 13-23 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $8,095
Mar 6-16 aboard the Ocean Diamond, starting at $7,195 - On Sale!
- Discover why this trip is perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica
- Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
- Travel safely and comfortably aboard any of Quark Expeditions’ three small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels
- Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
- Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
On all ships, rates include:
- One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia, Buenos Aires or Punta Arenas as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
- All shore landings per the daily program.
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities.
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
- Various presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
- Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
- A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
- An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
- Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
- A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- All luggage handling aboard ship.
- Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
Also included during expeditions that embark in Ushuaia:
- Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to any local hotel.
- Group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day
Rates specifically do not include:
- Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
- Passport and visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation and lunch on specified fly and cruise programs.
- Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
- Telecommunications charges.
- The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
- Massage services.
Day 1 - Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrival in Ushuaia and transfer to the hotel
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With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.
Day 2 - Embarkation Day
Transfer to the pier for embarkation, set sail! (b,d)
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Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent! (b,d)
Days 3 and 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage
During the following two days, we will cross the famous Drake Passage. (b,l,d)
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Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead. (b,l,d)
Days 5, 6, 7 and 8 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Exploring the South Shetland Islands and reaching the 7th Continent at the Antarctic Peninsula. (b,l,d)
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Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world. (b,l,d)
Days 9 and 10 - Crossing the Drake Passage
Spend the following two days, en route to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage. (b,l,d)
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The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences. (b,l,d)
Day 11 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Today we arrive in Ushuaia and continue to our next destinations in Argentina or return home. (b)
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You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home. (b)
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.