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World Explorer - 176 Guests

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering The 7th Continent

Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. This expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover why this trip is perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica
  • Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Travel safely and comfortably aboard any of Quark Expeditions’ three small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • On select itineraries, arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of your journey

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Nov 05, 2024Nov 15, 20248,479 9,033
Nov 14, 2024Nov 24, 20248,578 9,138
Dec 03, 2024Nov 24, 20248,317 8,860
Dec 28, 2024Jan 07, 202515,480 16,491
Jan 22, 2025Feb 01, 20258,755 9,327
Jan 31, 2025Feb 10, 20259,675 10,307
Feb 09, 2025Feb 19, 20259,675 10,307
Feb 18, 2025Feb 28, 20258,578 9,138
Mar 11, 2025Mar 21, 20258,911 9,493
Nov 06, 2025Nov 16, 20258,438 8,989
Nov 24, 2025Dec 04, 20259,005 9,593
Dec 27, 2025Jan 06, 202610,868 11,578
Jan 05, 2026Jan 15, 202610,508 11,194
Jan 14, 2026Jan 24, 20269,851 10,494
Jan 23, 2026Feb 02, 20269,851 10,494
Feb 26, 2026Mar 08, 20267,745 8,251
Mar 07, 2026Mar 17, 20267,745 8,251
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Nov 05, 2024Nov 15, 20248,479 9,033
Nov 14, 2024Nov 24, 20248,578 9,138
Dec 03, 2024Nov 24, 20248,317 8,860
Dec 28, 2024Jan 07, 202515,480 16,491
Jan 22, 2025Feb 01, 20258,755 9,327
Jan 31, 2025Feb 10, 20259,675 10,307
Feb 09, 2025Feb 19, 20259,675 10,307
Feb 18, 2025Feb 28, 20258,578 9,138
Mar 11, 2025Mar 21, 20258,911 9,493
Nov 06, 2025Nov 16, 20258,438 8,989
Nov 24, 2025Dec 04, 20259,005 9,593
Dec 27, 2025Jan 06, 202610,868 11,578
Jan 05, 2026Jan 15, 202610,508 11,194
Jan 14, 2026Jan 24, 20269,851 10,494
Jan 23, 2026Feb 02, 20269,851 10,494
Feb 26, 2026Mar 08, 20267,745 8,251
Mar 07, 2026Mar 17, 20267,745 8,251


ITINERARY

Please Note: The below itinerary is for the 11-day tours. The November 3rd and 13th departures are 12-day tours, spending one extra day exploring the Peninsula.


Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4: 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.

Day 5-8: 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.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 9-10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia

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.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.



World Explorer (Luxury Expedition, 176-guests)

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy - these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only will it be among the fastest ships, it will also be one of our finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve 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
  • Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility
Rates do not include the following:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Kayaking: USD 995
  • Camping: USD 295 (Not available on Dec 11, 2021 & Jan 25 / Feb 03, 2022 departures)
  • Paddling: USD 295 
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding: USD 295

 
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