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Antarctic Express

Crossing the circle

Reach a milestone on your journey by crossing the Antarctic Circle. Maximize your adventure by skipping ocean traffic and flying over the Drake Passage in a chartered plane. Simply combine our exciting itinerary Crossing the Circle: Expedition to the South with a direct return flight from Chile to your polar-ready ship for our Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle trip. Then explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula by sea and continue further to reach 66⁰33′ south. Also mark other achievements off your wish list, such as sea kayaking through channels dotted with icebergs.

Moments of Travel
What is included?
What is not included

Fly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest and most direct way to Antarctica

See Antarctica’s iconic wildlife, such as penguins, seals and whales

Marvel at the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula, including crossing the Antarctic Circle

Celebrate the passing of the Antarctic Circle with a toast

Enjoy presentations on wildlife, history, glaciology and geology by our polar experts on board

Leadership throughout the trip by our experienced expedition leaders, including landings and other activities

All transfers by Zodiac and cruise according to the daily programme

All landings according to the daily programme

Accommodation on board with daily cleaning service

All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board for the duration of the trip (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. (Unfortunately, ship kitchens cannot prepare kosher meals).

Selected beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available 24 hours a day

Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers, as scheduled

A photo diary documenting the expedition

A pair of waterproof expedition boots borrowed for the landings and Zodiac cruise excursions

An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep with you

Hairdryer and bathrobes in all cabins

All miscellaneous service charges and port taxes throughout the programme

All baggage handling on board the ship

Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers with a maximum benefit of USD 500,000 per person

A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1

One night’s accommodation in the pre-expedition hotel in Punta Arenas with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as the cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who book a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available).

An informative dinner on day 1 in Punta Arenas
A pre-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the hotel to the airport

Flights to and from King George Island

A post-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel

One night’s accommodation in the hotel after the expedition in Punta Arenas with breakfast

International airfare

Passport and applicable visa fees

Government taxes on arrival and departure not mentioned

Meals, unless otherwise stated

Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical insurance – strongly recommended

Excess baggage charges on international and domestic flights

Mandatory waterproof trousers for the Zodiac disembarkation and cruise excursions, or any other equipment not mentioned.

Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified

Telephone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary depending on location)

Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition personnel and the ship’s crew

Additional overnight accommodation

Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly indicated

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populous city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are plenty of museums, restaurants and stores to keep you busy for days. In the early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions® representative will meet you at the official hotel at the point of departure, where you will enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed on the preparations for the day of departure.

Day 2

Flight to King George Island and boarding

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will allow you to cross the legendary Drake Passage in just two hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for its arrival. Your first glimpse of the dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends to land on the South Shetland Islands. After landing, head for the coast, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Day 3

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The White Continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. Even more exciting are their shore excursions. Your first landing in the Zodiac is something you'll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins is the most intimate way to get to know Antarctica's unique wildlife. Each landing is different and depends on the weather conditions, but every day there are new opportunities to see and take photos, and it won't be long before you spot an Adélie penguin, a Gentoo penguin and a chinstrap penguin. You can take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin nursery the next. From the thunderous sound of a glacier being born to the thrill of spotting top predators like leopard seals and orcas in action, you'll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore this unrivaled travel experience. Your expedition team will accompany you along the route, ensuring safety and providing information about the places you visit. Our team of education specialists will also provide in-depth explanations of the region's glaciology, history and wildlife.

Day 4

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The White Continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. Even more exciting are their shore excursions. Your first landing in the Zodiac is something you'll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins is the most intimate way to get to know Antarctica's unique wildlife. Each landing is different and depends on the weather conditions, but every day there are new opportunities to see and take photos, and it won't be long before you spot an Adélie penguin, a Gentoo penguin and a chinstrap penguin. You can take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin nursery the next. From the thunderous sound of a glacier being born to the thrill of spotting top predators like leopard seals and orcas in action, you'll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore this unrivaled travel experience. Your expedition team will accompany you along the route, ensuring safety and providing information about the places you visit. Our team of education specialists will also provide in-depth explanations of the region's glaciology, history and wildlife.

Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The White Continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. Even more exciting are their shore excursions. Your first landing in the Zodiac is something you'll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins is the most intimate way to get to know Antarctica's unique wildlife. Each landing is different and depends on the weather conditions, but every day there are new opportunities to see and take photos, and it won't be long before you spot an Adélie penguin, a Gentoo penguin and a chinstrap penguin. You can take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin nursery the next. From the thunderous sound of a glacier being born to the thrill of spotting top predators like leopard seals and orcas in action, you'll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore this unrivaled travel experience. Your expedition team will accompany you along the route, ensuring safety and providing information about the places you visit. Our team of education specialists will also provide in-depth explanations of the region's glaciology, history and wildlife.

Day 6

Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is a memorable experience and an impressive feat, as few travelers make it this far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famous latitude of 66°33 ́ S, we'll raise a toast to the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing that you've reached a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and your best chance of finding sea ice - the basis of Antarctica's marine ecosystem.

Day 7

Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is a memorable experience and an impressive feat, as few travelers make it this far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famous latitude of 66°33 ́ S, we'll raise a toast to the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing that you've reached a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and your best chance of finding sea ice - the basis of Antarctica's marine ecosystem.

Day 8

Heading north along the Peninsula

If you haven't had enough of the Antarctic wildlife and icebergs, you'll certainly be pleased when you return to King George Island. You will continue to explore by Zodiac or on land as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your expedition team will always be on the lookout for seabirds, seals and whales that you may have missed on your journey south.

Day 9

Heading north along the Peninsula

If you haven't had enough of the Antarctic wildlife and icebergs, you'll certainly be pleased when you return to King George Island. You will continue to explore by Zodiac or on land as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your expedition team will always be on the lookout for seabirds, seals and whales that you may have missed on your journey south.

Day 10

Disembarkation and flight to Punta Arenas

After a week of exploration, you will say goodbye to your expedition team and disembark on King George Island. His two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas in Chile brings his adventure to an end. Once the group has been transferred to the hotel, you will be free to explore and enjoy a free evening in the city or at the hotel to remember the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 11

Departure from Punta Arenas

Depois do pequeno-almoço, poderá continuar a sua viagem ou dirigir-se ao aeroporto de Punta Arenas para o seu voo de regresso.

Scheduled departures

  • 25 de January, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Punta Arenas

    Expedition Boat Ocean Adventurer

    Values since: 13140€ per person

  • 3 de March, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Punta Arenas

    Expedition Boat Ocean Adventurer

    Values since: 9380€ per person

Quotation

Information

Meals

If there’s one constant on board, it’s the fact that you enjoy delicious meals every day. Although meal times may change due to landings and wildlife encounters, you will always be served three well-prepared meals a day. Most dietary restrictions can be catered for if you inform us before dispatch.

Breakfasts and lunches are usually served buffet-style, while dinners are plated. A la carte meals are prepared at the time of ordering, allowing our chefs to prepare each dish according to your individual needs, ensuring you receive high-quality meals during your expedition.

Soft drinks and juices are available during meals and when the bar is open; beer and wine are served at dinner; and coffee, tea and water stations are available 24 hours a day – all included in the cost of your package. Spirits, premium wines and champagne are available at an additional cost which can be billed to your on-board account. The ship’s well-stocked bars are open for you to enjoy with your fellow passengers in the late morning, afternoon and evening.

Flights

Yes, although we don’t include the cost of flights in the trip, we can also take care of them if you wish. All you have to do is tell us when you book.

We send you a quote with the price of the flights at the time and then you decide whether to buy with Triskelion, on your own or with another agency.

The team

Our expedition leaders and their teams have specialised knowledge in subjects as varied as polar history, marine biology, glaciology, ornithology and photography. Your knowledge and enthusiasm will greatly enhance your immersion in the polar environment and further deepen your connection to the Arctic.

With more than 30 years’ experience taking passengers to remote polar regions and an industry-leading staff-to-guest ratio, we know how to handle the unexpected safely. To ensure that this hard-earned experience is passed on, all our new expedition staff receive comprehensive training at the Quark Academy, which offers hands-on polar expedition training before any staff member’s first trip, as well as ongoing training for experienced staff.

Necessary Documents
Payment Method
Cruise included activities

Hiking

Hiking in the polar regions is different from the typical trail experience. Here, in treeless terrain, we are the tallest figure in the landscape as we walk over spongy tundra, crunchy snow or sandy beaches in remote parts of the Arctic and Antarctic. Reaching land anywhere in the polar regions means you’re not a distant observer.

Our organised hikes range from short trips to the top of viewpoints or visits to see wildlife, to longer hikes of several kilometres over ice, rock and snow. Excursions can last between two and three hours, with plenty of time for wildlife photography, learning moments with your experienced guides or just time to relax and admire the incredible polar landscape.

No experience is necessary, but participants must be able to get in and out of a Zodiac and walk on uneven ground. The hiking options are adapted to all interests and abilities, from those who want to contemplate the landscape in silence, to photographers who want that perfect shot and energetic travellers who want to reach the top of a peak in the hope of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat.

Equipment that will be provided for the walking tours

Trekking poles are available on request
Bring your Quark Parka and the foldable water bottle provided on boarding (they’re yours)
Muck boots (loaned throughout the expedition)
Other recommended equipment/clothing

Base and mid-layer garments
Waterproof and breathable trousers
Wool or synthetic hiking socks
Warm hat
Hat with brim
Sunglasses
Waterproof and sunscreen and lip balm (minimum SPF 30)
Backpack, preferably water-resistant (or with a raincoat)
Warm gloves
Camera and accessories

Polar Diving

The Polar Dive is scheduled once during each trip. Throughout the trip, the expedition leader and captain constantly monitor the conditions to choose the best time and place. The Polar Plunge sometimes takes place on land or, in many cases, from the gangway or the Zodiac. All participants wear a tethered harness and dive into the polar waters from the side of the Zodiac or from the safety of the gangplank, applauded, of course, by the other passengers and the expedition team.

Safety is paramount – the on-board doctor is always present on polar dives. Guides in survival gear circle the area in Zodiacs, while guests take turns jumping or cannon-balling into the polar waters.

Zodiac Cruise

Zodiacs are used to transfer you to land, to transport your luggage when necessary and to take you on an ocean cruise among icebergs, whales and seabirds. During the expedition, you will visit remote and isolated places that are only accessible by Zodiac.

These large, sturdy inflatable boats are extremely safe and have been specially designed for expedition work. Zodiacs are the workhorses of polar expeditions. The separate air compartments maintain a large reserve of buoyancy, even if these robust boats suffer damage. Its flat-bottomed design allows the boat to land directly on the cobbled and icy beaches that you will encounter on your polar expedition.

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