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Antarctic Air-Cruise:Crossing The Circle

Antarctica Expedition

Spend less time getting to and from the Antarctic Peninsula with this fly-in, fly-out option. We fly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, spend a week cruising the peninsula and crossing the Antarctic Circle, and then fly back to Punta Arenas.

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    • The fastest, most direct way to Antarctica
    • Fly over the Drake Passage
    • All the Antarctic Peninsula highlights including crossing the Antarctic Circle
    • Photography instruction included
    • Crossing of the Antarctic Circle
    • Optional Polar camping along the Peninsula
    • Enjoy on board lectures and educational presentations from Polar specialists


    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Jan 24, 2025Feb 03, 202511,771 12,870
    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Jan 24, 2025Feb 03, 202511,771 12,870


    Day 1: Punta 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 meet all passengers at the official starting point hotel where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

    Day 2: Embarkation Day

    Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship is approaching King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctica landscapes will be from a very unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetlands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

    Days 3-5: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the white continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

    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 and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, Gentoo or chinstrap penguin.

    You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Neko Harbour to the complete silence of night, while camping on the ice 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.

    Days 6-7: The Antarctic Circle

    Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!

    With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations you’ll see anywhere in Antarctica.

    Days 8-9: Northbound 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 we return to the Drake Passage. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

    Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.

    Day 10: Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

    After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to the Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile brings your adventure to an end. After we transfer you from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy a final dinner in the city to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

    Day 11: Depart for home

    After breakfast, you are free to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

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    • 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
    • A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
    • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas 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.)
    • A briefing 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 post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
    Rates above 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

    Kayaking: USD 995
    Paddling: USD 295


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