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Antarctica Express - Crossing the Circle from Punta Arenas

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 19,895

Embark on an epic expedition to the Antarctic Circle. Flying over the Drake Passage to King George Island, you’ll board the Ocean Adventurer and spend a full week voyaging the Antarctic seas, passing by icebergs and whales and venturing to penguin rookeries and frozen landscapes.


This 11-day Antarctic cruise takes you across the Antarctic Peninsula to explore the frozen landscape of the seventh continent. It features flights to and from Antarctica, first-class accommodations aboard a cruise vessel, shared tours, and is perfect for people who want to see Antarctica but skip the voyage across the Drake Passage.

Your journey to the South Pole begins in Punta Arenas, the southernmost centre of Argentina. At a welcome dinner, you’ll be briefed on the upcoming journey and get prepared for what’s in store. You’ll then fly across the Drake Passage to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Embark on the Ocean Adventurer, a 4-star polar cruise vessel that carries up to 117 passengers to the southernmost reaches of the Earth. With all the comforts of a first-class hotel, the Ocean Adventurer will be your home for the voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Aboard the Ocean Adventurer, you’ll spend a week journeying through the Antarctic seas. In the South Shetland Islands, learn about the region’s history and spot whales and seabirds thousands of kilometres away from civilization. As you venture closer to the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll head on zodiac excursions to spot penguins and icebergs. Near Pleneau Island, watch for whales amongst the sea of icebergs. At Neko Harbour, get up close to calving glaciers and watch as ice splashes into the sea. Depending on the weather, you’ll also venture to penguin rookeries, watch a leopard seal in the midst of a hunt, and marvel at the otherworldly landscape of the South Pole. After crossing into the polar circle, celebrate the achievement with a glass of sparkling wine, toasting each other as you collectively accomplish something few adventurers ever do.

At the end of your epic adventure, you’ll return to King George Island and fly back to Punta Arenas to connect back home or continue to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 19,895

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Day 1

Punta Arenas - Chile

Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you'll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration8 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Adventurer

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    Ocean Adventurer


    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    Facilities

    • Activities Desk
    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Exercise Room
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge

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Day 3

Antarctic Peninsula

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

South Shetland Islands

As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you'll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

Even more exciting are your daily land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you'll never forget! Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula

Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won't be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.

You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbour to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you'll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of excitement and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Antarctica Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach -66.563194 degrees S. Ice conditions vary year to year and are always considered during navigation. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line, you and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of sparkling wine!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Antarctica Circle

As you toast the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you've made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most peculiar, yet magical ice formations you'll see anywhere on the continent.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven't had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you'll surely be satisfied by the time you return to King George Island. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Northbound Along the Peninsula

Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas

After your week of exploration, you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Depart Punta Arenas

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Ocean Adventurer:
2019: Dec 18
2020: Jan 25

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as detailed in itinerary
  • All Zodiac transfers as detailed in itinerary
  • Photographic Journal on DVD
  • Use of waterproof expedition boots
  • Quark Expeditions parka
  • Applicable Service taxes and port charges
  • Flight to Antarctica
  • 18 Hour bridge access

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Telecommunication charges
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

Click here for a list of which vessel runs on the many Arctic and Antarctica expedition cruises. Please note that vessel scheduling can change and this list is presented as a guide only. Please contact your nearest travel agent for the most up to date schedule.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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