Fly across the Drake Passage and cruise the coast and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula
Enjoy Antarctica in style – by flying and then cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula in our most in depth expedition ! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island in Antarctica. Skipping all the extra days at sea, enjoy only the best scenery and wildlife experiences of the Antarctic. Prepare yourself for sensory overload, as you’ll be inundated by the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the white continent. Our team of on-board polar experts will have you identifying different species of penguins and whales in no time.
- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 132
Why you'll love this trip
Flying over the famous Drake Passage to King George Island is the fastest, most direct way to travel to Antarctica
Get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, such as minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins
Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent, but you'll be one of them
A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives
Optional activities such as sea kayaking or polar ice camping can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast
On-board lectures and presentations led by polar specialists provide in-depth knowledge about Antarctic history, geology and wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
Special InformationAn arrival transfer is included if you arrive today. Please arrive by 3.00pm as an important information meeting will be held in the hotel before dinner.
Note: There is a luggage limit of 15 kg of checked baggage and 5 kg of hand baggage on the flight and this is strictly adhered to.
On this voyage, you’ll get more time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula than any other Express Expedition—allowing you to make the most of your experience as much as possible.
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 presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region
Even more exciting are your daily land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins
and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of
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 and chinstrap
You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbour 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 that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience.
Your Expedition Team accompany you along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
- Breakfast (7)
- Lunch (7)
- Dinner (7)
Special InformationNo departure transfer is included. Please make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
TransportExpedition cruise ship, Plane, Zodiac
AccommodationExpedition Voyage, Hotel
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential and a good level of fitness is required for cross country skiing and mountaineering. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.
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