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Antarctica Express Cruise: Punta Arenas

Duration
8-11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,156

Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the sheer beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.


This 9-day journey embarks from Punta Arenas, an historic former penal colony on the southern tip of Chile. Explore the spectacular landscapes of Drake Passage and the Antarctic before returning to Punta Arenas.

A short flight from Punta Arenas takes you to your vessel at King George Island. You’ll have plenty of time to take photos of this amazing region before sailing for the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Keep a lookout for whales and penguins, as well as fur, elephant and leopard seals. Zodiac cruises take you in for a closer look, allowing you to see the wildlife, glaciers and other natural wonders up close.

Disembark in Punta Arenas for your flight home, or spend a few extra days in the world’s southernmost city.

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Duration
8-11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,156

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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
Duration5 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
Duration1 Night
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 AdeĢlie, 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

Antarctic Peninsula

Your Expedition Team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

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 8

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

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DEPARTURES:


Ocean Adventurer
:

8 Day Itinerary
2019: Dec 3, 8, 13
2020: Jan 10, 15

11 Day Itinerary
2018:
Dec 28
2019: Feb 3, 8, 19, 24; Dec 3, 8, 13
2020: Jan 10, 15; Feb 9, 14, 19

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • An official Expeditions parka
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia from airport to local hotel
  • Group transfer from designated location in Ushuaia to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers

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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