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Antarctic Express – Crossing The Circle (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Ship: Varies by Departure
Punta Arenas, Chile to Punta Arenas, Chile
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
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 all passengers at the official starting point hotel, where you'll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

DAY 2
Punta Arenas, Chile
Air travel
King George Island Airport, Antarctica
Walk
King George Island Anchorage, Antarctica

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!

DAY 3
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

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 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 Antarctica. 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, or chinstrap penguin. 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 excitement and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience. Your expedition team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

DAY 4
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 5
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 6
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach 66° 33' S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! 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 magical, odd ice formations you'll see anywhere on the continent.

DAY 7
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 8
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

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 journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily 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 9
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 10
King George Island Anchorage, Antarctica
Walk
King George Island Airport, Antarctica
Air travel
Punta Arenas, Chile

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 the group transfer to your hotel, enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel.

DAY 11
Punta Arenas, Chile

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Antarctic Express – Crossing The Circle map

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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