Discover Antarctic Package

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF:
• Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica
• Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
• Travel safely and comfortably aboard any of Quark’s three
small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels
• Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard
lecturers and specialists
• Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and
more!
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 has retained
an easy going 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 time in the nearby Tierra del
Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentinean
wines and barbecues in the city, or
visit the many boutiques and cafés
before you leave for your expedition to
Antarctica.

DAY 2

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

DAYS 3 & 4

Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough
water, but hope for a smooth sailing as
the Drake 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.

DAYS 5 TO 8

South Shetland Islands and
Antarctic Peninsula
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 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 Harbour, gives the
opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin
colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll
have the choice between mountain
hiking or spending time sitting quietly
on a pebbled beach enjoying 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 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.

DAYS 9 & 10

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

DAY 11

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

Adventure Options

Booking an Adventure Option on your expedition
is a great way to enhance your polar experience.
These options are subject to availability and fill up
quickly, so be sure to book yours early. Please note,
Adventure Options are weather dependent.

KAYAKING

Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence
of icebergs and glaciers! Our kayaking adventures are the
best way to feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of
16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures
are only conducted during calm weather conditions. We
recommend you have some prior kayaking experience,
including the capability to do a wet exit.
The kayaking adventure option is open to all levels of experience. However,
we advise that kayaking in polar waters is not an activity for first-time guests.
Beginners interested in kayaking, should first take an introductory kayaking course
prior to their voyage.
In addition, regardless of your experience, we recommend kayaking lessons for
a minimum of three hours in preparation for your expedition. It is of the utmost
importance that you be comfortable while kayaking in order to maximize your
enjoyment and your overall experience.

CAMPING

Treat yourself to an overnight camping adventure in
Antarctica! Our popular camping options have limited
availability, varying by ship. Dress warmly and eat a hearty
meal before you head out as no meals are allowed on land.
You will need to complete a waiver form before being
considered for this adventure option.

SNOWSHOEING

A novel way to experience the beauty of the polar landscape,
and discover remote alcoves and hidden valleys. The rewards
of walking atop the snow are well worth the effort, as we’ll
be able to visit new places that may be inaccessible on foot.
This traditional means of transport across the snow
comes from the indigenous people of North America.
While you can appreciate a connection with the past,
the snowshoes we use today are much lighter and more
forgiving than the old wood-weave snowshoes used during
the days of the North American fur trade

THIS EXPEDITION INCLUDES

• Shipboard accommodation with daily
housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on
board
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by our
experienced Expedition Leader
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily
program
• Formal and informal presentations by our
Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• Photographic journal documenting the
expedition
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore
landings
• An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials,
including a map and an informative Antarctic
Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum
benefit of US$100,000 per person
• Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-
expedition hotel on Day 1
• One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation
in Ushuaia with breakfast
• Group transfer from hotel to ship on
embarkation day
• Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
from the ship to the local airport.

THIS EXPEDITION EXCLUDES

• International & internal airfare . Contact
Experience Argentina for flights & accommodation
in Buenos Aires
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not
mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical
travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other
gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
unless specified
• Phone and internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for
shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities

Dates:

Nov 18 –Nov 28, 2016
Nov 27 –Dec 7, 2016
Jan 4 –Jan 14, 2017
Feb 2 –Feb 12, 2017
Feb 11 –Feb 21, 2017
Feb 20 –Mar 2, 2017
11 Days

Summary: Antarctica

Description: Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins
building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

Departs:

Nov 18 –Nov 28, 2016
Nov 27 –Dec 7, 2016
Jan 4 –Jan 14, 2017
Feb 2 –Feb 12, 2017
Feb 11 –Feb 21, 2017
Feb 20 –Mar 2, 2017

 


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