Expedition in Brief
- Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula.
- Learn about the unique Antarctic environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists.
- Take zodiac excursions to spot leopard seals, humpback and minke whales.
- Hike the iconic Antarctic Peninsula & see a stunning panorama of ice, mountains and glaciers.
- Visit chinstrap penguin colony, which can number in the hundreds of thousands.
- Enjoy hassle-free travel with such inclusions as domestic flights, gratuities, and drinks aboard the all-inclusive, all-suites ship, the Island Sky.
Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina
Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where we meet and transfer to the included flight to Ushuaia.
Today, you can spend time hiking nearby, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel.
Days 3 to 4
Crossing the Drake Passage
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.
Days 5 to 7
South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
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.
Days 8 and 9
Crossing the Drake Passage
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.
Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, say goodbye to the Expedition Team and crew, and fly back to Buenos Aires (flight included).
After Your Trip
Extend Your Adventure with Post-Trip Options
Quark Expeditions is pleased to offer a number of options to continue your journey after returning from the 7th Continent. Please contact one of our Polar Travel Advisors for pricing.
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