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Antarctic Explorer – Discovering The 7Th Continent (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Ship: Varies by Departure
Ushuaia, Argentina to Ushuaia, Argentina
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DAY 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easygoing and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinian wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

DAY 2
Ushuaia, Argentina

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel cuts through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart—the next time you see land you'll be in the world's most southern continent!

DAY 3
Drake Passage (Cruising)

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake Passage is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we'll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

DAY 4
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 5
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

When 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 can 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, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels, and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

DAY 6
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 7
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 8
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 9
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 10
Drake Passage (Cruising)

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

DAY 11
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 12
Ushuaia, Argentina

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, allowing for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

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About Us

Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. The spirit of exploration runs deep in our polar pedigree and we are passionate about creating transformational experiences for fellow adventurers visiting these regions.

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