Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent All Inclusive (with Buenos Aires flights)
» Mar 2 2018 – Mar 11 2018 (10 DAYS)
» EMBARKATION: Ushuaia
» DISEMBARKATION: Ushuaia
EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
- Discover why this trip is perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica
- Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
- Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
- Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more
- Take advantage of such inclusions as domestic flights, gratuities, and drinks aboard our all-suites ship, the Island Sky
- Day 1 – Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina
- Day 2 – Embarkation Day
- Days 3 and 4 – Crossing the Drake Passage
- Days 5 to 7 – South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 8 and 9 – Crossing the Drake Passage
- Day 10 – Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires
This expedition transports you to a land that has risen from its winter slumber. Curious penguins are nesting, and majestic whales are returning. Melting sea ice creates highways of water, inviting travelers with a sense of adventure to step off the beaten track and explore the world’s most remote, unspoiled and wildest continent.
Sail through landscapes of blue and white hues peppered with icebergs. You might experience an overwhelming silence broken only by the splash of a breaching humpback whale, approach an ice floe as a resting leopard seal raises its head in curiosity, or become surrounded by a bounty of penguins on snow-capped islands. The highlights are endless, the adventure exhilarating and the memories eternal.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina
Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where we meet and transfer to the included flight to Ushuaia.
Day 2 – Embarkation Day
Today, you can spend time hiking nearby, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Days 3 and 4 – Crossing 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.
Days 5 to 7 – 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.
Days 8 and 9 – Crossing the Drake Passage
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 10 – Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, say goodbye to the Expedition Team and crew, and fly back to Buenos Aires (flight included).
CABINS & PRICES
|Standard Suite||From USD 11,795|
|Superior Suite||USD 12,495|
|Premium Suite||USD 12,695|
|Corner Suite||USD 13,995|
|Deluxe Balcony Suite||USD 14,995|
|Owner’s Balcony Suite||USD 19,895|
All rates expressed in USD per person sharing
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
- Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits on board
- 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 special guests as scheduled
- A photographic journal documenting the expedition
- Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
- An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
- A hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
- Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- All luggage handling aboard the ship
- Gratuities for shipboard staff and crew
- Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
- Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
- Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
- One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast
- Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day
- Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
- Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
- International airfare
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
- 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, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
- Phone and Internet charges
- Additional overnight accommodation