Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

Start: Punta Arenas Finish: Punta Arenas

Visiting: Drake Passage


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 0 - 132

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $15160

Tour Overview

A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground in no time, overtaken by the sheer magnitude of the 7th Continent. Fully immersed in the Antarctic environment, you’ll experience a roller coaster of emotions, from excitement to exquisite solitude to incredible gratitude for the wonder of it all. You may go in search of whales and find yourself bearing witness to a glacier calving. Or you may plan to climb one more peak for a better vantage point and find yourself in a rookery of curious penguins. Antarctica will leave you in awe, but it won’t leave you unchanged.

Highlights

  • iconTravel on a small expedition vessel
  • iconExplore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • iconSkip the Drake Passage and fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • iconCross the Antarctic Circle at 66° 33’ S
  • iconAccompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
  • iconIncredible wildlife including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Punta Arenas; overnight in hotel.

Meals: dinner

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in 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 we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for embarkation day. Please note that you need to arrive at the hotel in Punta Arenas no later than 3pm today. 

icon Day 2 : Charter flight to King George Island; board ship and embark.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship is approaching King George Island for our arrival. Our first glimpse of dramatic Antarctica landscapes will be from a very unique perspective, as the plane descends for landing in the South Shetlands. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

icon Day 3 -5 : Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As the 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. Our first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out 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 the daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is 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. We may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping on the ice in Antarctica, each day will be welcomed with the excitement and energy of a young child.

icon Day 6 -7 : Crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33' S. We will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, Weddell seals and some of the most magical, odd ice formations seen anywhere in Antarctica.

icon Day 8 -9 : Travelling northbound along the Peninsula.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as we travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. The Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded us on the journey south.

icon Day 10 : Disembark on King George Island; charter flight to Punta Arenas and overnight in hotel.

Meals: breakfast

After a week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to the Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. A three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings our adventure to an end. After we transfer you from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy a final dinner in the city to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

icon Day 11 : End Punta Arenas.

Meals: breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Punta Arenas for your homeward flight.

What's Included

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    Meals

    6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.

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    Return charter flight to King George Island from Punta Arenas

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    Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

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    All accommodation

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    All meals while on the ship

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    All transport and listed activities

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    Beer and wine during dinner

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

Food

All meals while on the ship included. *Typical Meals* The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale. *Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal. *Lunch:* Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ. *Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee. Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local team can be well prepared.

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Dates & Availability

Monday Feb 21, 2022

Nights

10

Available

8

$15298.71

Thursday Feb 23, 2023

Nights

10

Available

8

$15159.63