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Crossing The Antarctic Circle – Southern Expedition (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Ship: Varies by Departure
Ushuaia, Argentina to Ushuaia, Argentina
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Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

DAY 2
Ushuaia, Argentina

As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead.

DAY 3
Drake Passage (Cruising)

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You'll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates, and chat with your Expedition Team. You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your Expedition Team. You'll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

DAY 4
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 5
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
DAY 6
Orne Harbor, Antarctica
DAY 7
Neko Harbor, Antarctica
Paradise Bay, Antarctica

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent's coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You'll see plentiful floating icebergs and be fixated on the ocean surface as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites that we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbor, or Paradise Harbour. Although weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions. Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).

DAY 8
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33' S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you've made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.

DAY 9
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 10
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur, or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you've experienced.

DAY 11
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 12
Drake Passage (Cruising)

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you've witnessed over the course of your voyage.

DAY 13
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 14
Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.

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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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