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 Antarctica
QRK © Sebastian Arrebola

Duration: 11 days
Starts: Punta Arenas, Chile
Ends: Punta Arenas, Chile
Language: English Speaking Voyage


Included
Optional


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.

Itinerary

© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola

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.

DAY 2 | FLY TO KING GEORGE ISLAND AND EMBARKATION
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!

DAYS 3–5 | ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND 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.
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.

DAYS 6 & 7 | ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
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.

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 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.

DAY 10 | DISEMBARKATION 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 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.

DAY 11 | DEPART 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.

Itinerary

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.

DAY 2 | FLY TO KING GEORGE ISLAND AND EMBARKATION
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!

DAYS 3–5 | ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND 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.
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.

DAYS 6 & 7 | ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
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.

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 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.

DAY 10 | DISEMBARKATION 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 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.

DAY 11 | DEPART 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.


© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola


INCLUSIONS

•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

EXCLUSIONS

•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: 23 Feb 2023 - 05 Mar 2023 (1317)
Triple Cabin
$14,995
Lower Deck Twin
$19,295
Main Deck Twin
$20,395
Twin Window - M.Deck
$21,995
Superior
$22,995
Deluxe
$22,995
Suite
$30,995
Owner's Suite
$33,295
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 25 Jan 2024 - 04 Feb 2024 (1349)
Triple Cabin
$16,295
$15,480
Lower Deck Twin
$19,895
$16,065
Main Deck Twin
$20,995
$16,953
Twin Window - M.Deck
$22,595
$18,245
Superior
$23,995
$19,376
Deluxe
$23,995
$19,376
Suite
$31,495
$25,432
Owner's Suite
$33,595
$27,128
Ship: Ocean Adventurer | Date: 03 Mar 2024 - 13 Mar 2024 (1350)
Triple Cabin
$14,995
$14,245
Lower Deck Twin
$18,495
$13,178
Main Deck Twin
$19,495
$13,890
Twin Window - M.Deck
$20,995
$14,959
Superior
$22,495
$14,959
Deluxe
$22,495
$14,959
Suite
$29,495
$19,614
Owner's Suite
$31,495
$20,944

* The prices are per person in US Dollars, unless expressly specified in a different currency. In that case, payment will be in US dollars at the exchange rate of the day.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
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.

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