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Explore Antarctica

Discovering the 7th continent

If this is your first visit, our classic Antarctic Explorer trip offers you the best of the stunning Antarctic Peninsula in 11 days. Conquer the famous Drake Passage in your choice of four stabilised polar-class vessels; explore majestic natural environments in the zodiac and on foot; see penguins, whales and other wildlife up close; and enjoy lectures on history, biology and glaciology with polar experts on board. You can personalise your adventure with options that match your interests and cross the 7th continent on the list – your way.

Introduced in our 2024/2025 Antarctic season, we have a new helicopter-activated itinerary on our Antarctic Explorer: Discover the 7th Continent. This itinerary will focus on getting you into our helicopters as much as possible, so that you can fly over Antarctica in one of our twin-engine helicopters and appreciate all the wonders to be found down there.

Moments of Travel
What is included?
What is not included

Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

Travel safely and comfortably aboard any Quark Expeditions ice-strengthened ship

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

Experience the abundant wildlife, such as penguins, seals and whales

Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic with an optional paddle excursion

Leadership throughout the trip by 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, the ships’ 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

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

Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1

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

Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day

Departure transfer for the group on disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport or luggage storage.

International flights

Passport and applicable visa fees

Government taxes on arrival and departure not mentioned

Meals outside the cruise, 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 Ushuaia, Argentina

You'll start your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port city at the tip of South America. This Argentinian city is the ideal gateway to explore the southern extension of Patagonia as you prepare for your adventure. Do activities in the mountains or enjoy artisan chocolate in a café in town.

Day 2

Boarding day

Tradução Embarkation will take place in the late afternoon, after which the ship will sail through the historic Beagle Channel, which crosses the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southern tip of South America. The next time you see land, you'll be on the southernmost continent in the world!

Day 3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team on photography, wildlife, glaciology and history. Between shows, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting to your fellow passengers over a drink in the bar.

Day 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team on photography, wildlife, glaciology and history. Between shows, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting to your fellow passengers over a drink in the bar.

Day 5

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Tradução The most common reaction when arriving on the White Continent is a feeling of awe and wonder. The experience is beyond words, as few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You'll begin to understand why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other, creating a unique and personal experience. Every day, you'll take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glacial bays, canals and landing sites. Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing site, whether you're hiking through the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or socialising with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as curious whales such as humpbacks, minkes or perhaps orcas, during a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. In the middle of the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, like penguins squabbling over valuable pebbles or the rumble of a melting glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this marvellous part of the world.

Day 6

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Tradução The most common reaction when arriving on the White Continent is a feeling of awe and wonder. The experience is beyond words, as few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You'll begin to understand why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other, creating a unique and personal experience. Every day, you'll take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glacial bays, canals and landing sites. Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing site, whether you're hiking through the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or socialising with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as curious whales such as humpbacks, minkes or perhaps orcas, during a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. In the middle of the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, like penguins squabbling over valuable pebbles or the rumble of a melting glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this marvellous part of the world.

Day 7

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Tradução The most common reaction when arriving on the White Continent is a feeling of awe and wonder. The experience is beyond words, as few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You'll begin to understand why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other, creating a unique and personal experience. Every day, you'll take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glacial bays, canals and landing sites. Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing site, whether you're hiking through the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or socialising with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as curious whales such as humpbacks, minkes or perhaps orcas, during a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. In the middle of the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, like penguins squabbling over valuable pebbles or the rumble of a melting glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this marvellous part of the world.

Day 8

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Tradução The most common reaction when arriving on the White Continent is a feeling of awe and wonder. The experience is beyond words, as few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You'll begin to understand why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other, creating a unique and personal experience. Every day, you'll take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glacial bays, canals and landing sites. Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing site, whether you're hiking through the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or socialising with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as curious whales such as humpbacks, minkes or perhaps orcas, during a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. In the middle of the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, like penguins squabbling over valuable pebbles or the rumble of a melting glacier. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this marvellous part of the world.

Day 9

Crossing the Drake Passage

The return journey through the Drake Passage provides the last opportunities to enjoy the fresh Antarctic air. Spend some time on deck watching the seabirds and looking for whales, enjoy presentations from your expedition team and celebrate the shared experiences of exploring Antarctica.

Day 10

Crossing the Drake Passage

The return journey through the Drake Passage provides the last opportunities to enjoy the fresh Antarctic air. Spend some time on deck watching the seabirds and looking for whales, enjoy presentations from your expedition team and celebrate the shared experiences of exploring Antarctica.

Day 11

Disembarking in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, allowing you to continue your adventure or catch your flight home.

Scheduled departures

  • 20 de January, 2024
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  • 29 de January, 2024
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  • 5 de March, 2024
  • 11 Dias

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    Values since: 9095€ per person

  • 5 de November, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Ushuaia

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    Values since: 8032€ per person

  • 14 de November, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Ushuaia

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    Values since: 8127€ per person

  • 22 de November, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Ushuaia

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    Values since: 6867€ per person

  • 23 de November, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Ushuaia

    Expedition Boat World Explorer

    Values since: 8127€ per person

  • 1 de December, 2024
  • 11 Dias

    Beggining Ushuaia

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    Values since: 7357€ per person

  • 10 de December, 2024
  • 11 Dias

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    Values since: 7357€ per person

  • 28 de December, 2024
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    Values since: 13800€ 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
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Cruise included activities

Aeroplane trip aboard the Ultramarine

If the polar landscapes are spectacular from the sea, they are even more breathtaking from the air, a view you can enjoy sitting in one of the two twin-engine helicopters parked at Ultramarine. Usually in groups of 7 to 9 people, you can enjoy an unforgettable aerial visit to Antarctica during a 10 to 15 minute flight excursion, included in the cost of the trip. Additional helicopter activities may also be available for purchase on board. Note: all helicopter operations depend on weather conditions and logistics.

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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