Antarctica Express: Crossing the Circle

Cross off a travel milestone by crossing the Antarctic Circle. Maximize your adventure by skipping the ocean and flying over the Drake Passage by charter plane.

Fly and Cruise Antarctic Polar Circle
© Sebastian Arrebola

  • Fly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica.

  • Witness iconic Antarctic wildlife, such as penguins, seals and whales

  • Marvel at all the Antarctic Peninsula highlights, including crossing the Antarctic Circle

  • Take advantage of optional polar camping along the peninsula

  • Celebrate crossing the Antarctic circle with with a toast

  • Enjoy on-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists

  • Duration: 11 days
    Embarks: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Disembarks: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Language: English


Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern 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 you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your 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 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 and spend time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

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.
As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout 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 land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.
Each landing is different and 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 and chinstrap penguin.
You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore this unrivaled travel experience.
Your Expedition Team will accompany you along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach 66°33’ S. Ice conditions vary year to year and are always considered during navigation. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line, you and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of sparkling wine!
As you toast the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can 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 some of the most peculiar, yet magical ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the continent.

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 penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your 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 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.

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

•Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
•All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
•A group 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
•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.)
•Beer and wine during dinner
•All shore landings per the daily program
•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 shore landings
•An official Expedition parka to keep
•Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
•Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
•Comprehensive onboard 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 $500,000 per person

•For some specified departures, the purchase of a transfer package, including charter flight and hotels in conjunction with the expedition, is mandatory. The applicable per person cost is indicated on the Dates & Rates summary
•International airfare
•Passport and applicable visa expenses
•Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
•Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
•Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
•Excess-baggage fees on international flights
•Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
•Laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified
•Phone and Internet charges
•Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
•Additional overnight accommodation
•Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
•Adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., sea kayaking, paddling excursions, etc.)

Dates & Rates

Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 25 Jan 2020 / 04 Feb 2020 More info about this Ship
Triple Cabin
Twin Cabin
Sold Out
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Sold Out
Owner's Suite
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 26 Jan 2021 / 05 Feb 2021 More info about this Ship
Triple Cabin
Twin Cabin
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Owner's Suite

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.


© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola

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