Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle

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Check off a travel milestone by crossing the Antarctic Circle. Maximize your adventure by skipping the ocean transit and flying over the Drake Passage by charter plane. Simply combine our exciting Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition itinerary with a direct round-trip flight from Chile to your polar-ready ship, to get our Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle voyage. Then, explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula by sea, and continue further to reach 66⁰33´ south. Check other achievements off your bucket list as well, such as sea kayaking through channels dotted with icebergs.

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Day 1Punta Arenas, Chile

Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in 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 bring everyone together to your starting hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

Day 2Fly to King George Island and Embarkation

 Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only two 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 with a one-mile (1.6 km) walk to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Day 3–5Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As we approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.
Your first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out 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 excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping in Antarctica, you’ll welcome each day with the excitement and energy of a young child. Our Expedition Team will be with you all along, providing insights into the places you visit and offering photography tips to get the most out of your expedition.

Day 6 - 7Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is both a memorable experience and impressive achievement, as few travelers reach so far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famed latitude of 66°33´ S, we’ll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and 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 your best chances of encountering sea ice – the foundation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

Day 8 - 9Northbound 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 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 species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Day 10Disembarkation 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 two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your group transfer to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

Day 11Depart 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.

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Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle

Start : 23 Feb, 2023  End : 5 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Triple
  $14,995
Lower Deck Twin
  $19,295
Main Deck Porthole
  $20,395
Main Deck Window
  $21,995
Superior
  $22,995
Deluxe
  $22,995
Suite
  $30,995
Owner's Suite
  $33,295

Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle

Start : 6 Mar, 2023  End : 16 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
From $12,295
$7,992
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Triple
  $9,695
Lower Deck Twin
$12,295 $7,992
Main Deck Porthole
$13,295 $8,642
Main Deck Window
$14,295 $9,292
Superior
$14,795 $8,877
Deluxe
$14,795 $8,877
Suite
$19,895 $11,937
Owner's Suite
$21,495 $12,897

Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle

Start : 25 Jan, 2024  End : 4 Feb, 2024
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
11 Days
From $19,895
$16,911
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Triple
  $16,295
Lower Deck Twin
$19,895 $16,911
Main Deck Porthole
$20,995 $17,846
Main Deck Window
$22,595 $19,206
Superior
$23,995 $20,396
Deluxe
$23,995 $20,396
Suite
$31,495 $26,771
Owners Suite
$33,595 $28,556

Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle

Start : 3 Mar, 2024  End : 13 Mar, 2024
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
11 Days
From $18,495
$13,871
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Triple
  $14,995
Lower Deck Twin
$18,495 $13,871
Main Deck Porthole
$19,495 $14,621
Main Deck Window
$20,995 $15,746
Superior
$22,495 $16,871
Deluxe
$22,495 $16,871
Suite
$29,495 $22,121
Owners Suite
$31,495 $23,621

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
  • All shore landings per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
  • Photographic Journal, documenting the voyage.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • An official parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • All luggage handling aboard ship.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
  • All flights to or from Antarctica as specified in the itinerary.
  • Pre night hotel in Punta Arenas with breakfast included.
  • Group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight.
  • Group transfer to hotel upon arrival in Punta Arenas.
  • A briefing dinner on arrival day to prepare you for your trip.
  • One night post expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast included.

This expedition excludes:

  • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified.
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

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