9 days

Antarctic Express - Fly South 2014-15

Antarctic Express - Fly South 2014-15

Antarctica’s seabirds

The epic icebergs and landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula


South Shetland Islands


Cruise the Beagle Channel

Light of the Antarctic

Seals and seabirds of the Beagle Channel

Trip rating
  • This Peregrine journey takes us to one of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations. The journey starts from Punta Arenas where the group meets and flies south to King George Island avoiding the Drake Passage. You will then board the vessel and after making shore visits on our way through the South Shetland Islands we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent of Antarctica, to be immediately dazzled by perhaps the most dramatic scenery to be found anywhere on earth. Sailing aboard our well-appointed expedition vessel, we witness Antarctic nature in all its glory. These areas boast an extraordinary abundance of wildlife, including five species of seals and massive rookeries of gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins as well as a profusion of seabirds ranging from albatross to skuas. Another wildlife highlight may well be observing a variety of magnificent whales in close proximity as they crest the surface of the waves. On the 'White Continent', we also see remarkable landscapes of ice.

    Weather, ice and other mitigating factors may result in changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions.


    Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Make your way to Punta Arenas, Chile. The city is situated at the tip of South America, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Please arrive in the early afternoon. Quark Expeditions will transfer the group to a local hotel to spend the night. After an informative briefing, enjoy a welcome dinner with your traveling companions. Arrival Transfers:Please note an arrival transfer from the airport is included in your voyage fare. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions. Accommodation: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.

    Day 2 - Embarkation Day - Punta Arenas & King George Island

    A quick flight of less than 4 hours from Punta Arenas lands on King George Island in the South Shetlands. En route, from your bird's eye view, bid the Drake Passage a fond Bon Voyage. You've saved time and worry by choosing this Antarctic Express expedition. After exploring that portion of the island where the Chilean Research Base, Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva and the Russian Base, Bellingshausen, are located, you are transferred to the ship by Zodiac. By late afternoon, you will have embarked on your Antarctic adventure.

    PLEASE NOTE: Luggage allowance is 15kg checked baggage plus 5kg carry on.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-5 - Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Deception Island, Paradise Harbour and Gerlache Strait … these are the names that conjure iconic images of the Antarctic Peninsula: towering glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes. You’ll visit penguin colonies, listen for calving glaciers, and visit historic sites and research stations. The included parka is perfect attire for the changeable Peninsula weather. Pack waterproof pants, binoculars and a camera, too. Photo opportunities abound in Antarctica. Changing conditions mean each expedition is different, and your Expedition Team will make the most of whatever weather, ice or wildlife conditions present themselves to make sure you have an unforgettable visit. Here are just a few of the things you might find yourself doing:

    • Sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, waiting for a curious penguin chick to approach

    • Taking a "polar plunge" in the icy waters of Neko Harbour

    • Listening to the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island

    • Zodiac cruising among majestic icebergs in Pleneau Bay, or past rocky beachheads crowded with fur and elephant seals

    • Scrambling to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of Port Lockroy

    • Watching in awe as humpback, Minke and other whales breach or spyhop right before your eyes

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Crossing the Drake Passage

    The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may in fact get calm weather. No matter the condition, you will benefit from having developed your sea legs in the preceding days during your visit to Antarctica. Our Expedition Teams will available on deck, on the ship’s bridge to help you spot the majestic wondering albatross and a number of whale species. A series of illustrated and engaging presentations on subjects such as marine biology, polar history, and glaciology will be delivered as part of our shipboard education program.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Disembarkation - Ushuaia, Argentina

    After a final breakfast aboard the ship, say goodbye to your crew as we disembark in Ushuaia. We’ll transfer you to the hotel (included) to check in and then you’ll have a chance to explore the town on your own to shop, sightseeing and sample some Argentinian cuisine.

    Day 9 - Ushuaia

    Check out of your hotel and depart for home to share your unforgettable memories with your friends and family.

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • All shore landings per the daily program.
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    • A waterproof expeditions parka to keep.
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
    • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the hotel.
    • 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 $100,000 per person.
    • Pre expedition night hotel in Punta Arenas.
    • A group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel (on Day 1 only).
    • A group transfer from your hotel to the airport in conjunction with the charter flight to Antarctica.
    • Flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica as specified in the itinerary.
    • 1 night post voyage hotel accommodation in Ushuaia.
    • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages.

    Not Included

    • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation and lunch on specified Fly and Cruise programs.
    • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
    • Telecommunications charges.
    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

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    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer (formerly know as the Clipper Adventurer) underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

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Trip Code PPFS14
Start City: Punta Arenas
End City: Ushuaia
Style: Polar

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