February 24 - March 3, 2019 ITINERARY
EIGHT DAYS From $14255
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 you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
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!
Days 3 to 6 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
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 7 — Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas
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 your transfer from the airport to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
Day 8 — Depart Punta Arenas
After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
• All cabins have exterior views and private bathroom facilities
• TV and safe in every cabin
• Individual temperature controls
• Electrical supply: 220v
• Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
• One dining room with unreserved seating
• Bar staffed by a professional bartender serving a selection of soft drinks, juices, liquors, spirits, beer and wine, which can be charged to your shipboard account
• Comfortable lounge area for reading or relaxing with a cup of coffee
• Observation decks for spotting wildlife and enjoying the ever-changing polar landscape
• Polar library stocked with a large collection of polar books, and games
• Pool & sauna
• Spa facilities and wellness program
• Lecture theatre
• Polar Boutique
• Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless Internet access
• Zodiac Cruising (included)
• Kayaking (additional charge)
• Camping (additional charge)
• Standup Paddleboarding (additional charge)
Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only will it be among the fastest ships in Antarctica, it will also be one of the finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation.
The personal space is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.
Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor running track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. For the active adventurers, add-ons include kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.
Blending high design with total functionality, World Explorer is all set to be your home away from home on the seas.
Built for Polar Expeditions
•World Explorer delivers the contemporary accommodations and exceptional service of premium hotels to guests in the world’s most remote region, Antarctica. Currently under construction in Portugal, this ship is engineered with guest enjoyment of our uniquely active and immersive polar expeditions in mind.
•World Explorer will be an environmentally friendly polar expedition ship, incorporating advanced marine technology with a fuel-efficient Rolls Royce Diesel Electric engine.
World Class Service
•Exceptional cuisine and friendly, attentive service by uniformed onboard staff elevate expedition dining to a memorable experience.
Comfortable All Suites, All Balcony Accommodations
•Spacious suites designed to meet the unique needs of polar travelers offer a welcoming sanctuary with private Antarctic and ocean views. A heated outdoor swimming pool, gym and spa, and outdoor running track help guests unwind after each exploratory experience.
•World Explorer also maximizes the off-ship experience with plenty of activities. Sea kayaking, camping and stand-up paddle boarding each provide an interesting new vantage point from which to experience the wonder of the 7th continent.
Buenos Aires Add-on
We recommend you add on 2-4 nights in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the trip.
• Welcome cocktail party
• All-inclusive dinner and tango show
• 4 Nights, in the most glamorous 5 Star Hotel in Buenos Aires
• Delicious Buffet Breakfast daily
• City tour with professional guide
• Gay nightlife tour
Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour: 773.772.9666.
Gay Friendly, Luxury Accommodations
Enjoy this 5 star masterpiece in the heart of Puerto Madero. Your room is a space of minimal old-world elegance perched above Buenos Aires’ most dynamic neighborhood. Escape the busy city with pure white Empire-style furnishing that create a stylish oasis. Or bring the tango to your suite through your Dolby home entertainment center. Glass fitted bathrooms with marble floors and separate walk-in showers are stunning additions to each suite. You can expect custom linens, down comforters and artisanal bed throws to be draped over your bed.
Relax on a deck chair, at a table or a booth, and take in the spectacle of one of Buenos Aires’ most spectacular pools. Enjoy a selection of fresh fruit juice and exotic poolside cocktails, and enjoy the serenity. Or make your way to the Library Lounge, be it for a morning coffee, a healthy lunch, or a quiet spot to read. Overstuffed velvet sofas, sumptuous oriental rugs, and crystal candelabras create an elegant and perfectly intimate space.
Air: International and domestic airfare not included.
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