Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake by Quark Expedition
Punta Arenas | King George Island | Antarctica Peninsula | South Shetland Islands | King George Island | Punta Arenas
Flying over the notorious Drake Passage by charter plane to land at King George Island before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Select onboard activities that match your personal interests and make your expedition uniquely yours.
February – March
8 Days 7 Nights
Couple / Group Friend
The Highlights of the Journey
- Marvel at intimate wildlife encounters
- Explore historic sites and make the most of your landmark visit to the 7th Continent
- Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to icebergs, wildlife and more
- Spot iconic Antarctic wildlife, such as penguins, seals, and whales
**Rates are based on Standard Room Category in US Dollar
**Rates are based on 2 (two) people traveling together staying in one stateroom
**Rates are based on low season rate and subject to change depending on the availability
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.
Important reminder: all guests must arrive at the designated hotel by 3 PM local time. We recommend staying connected to the internet/phone in case of any updates.
Punta Arenas - King George Island | Embark
In the morning take a charter-flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, crossing the great Drake Passage in only a few hours. Your first glimpse of Antarctic landscapes will be from above, as the plane descends for landing on King George Island.
On landing, stretch your legs and spend a bit of time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 3 - 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. 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 presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the glaciology, history, and wildlife of the region.
Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins 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, and chinstrap penguin.
You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of spotting apex predators like leopard seals and killer whales in action, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore during this unrivaled travel experience.
Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
King George Island - Punta Arenas | Disembark
After your week of exploration, say goodbye to the expedition team and disembark at King George Island. From here, it’s a three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas. After transferring from the airport to the hotel, you’re free to explore the town and perhaps enjoy one final dinner with the group.
Punta Arenas | End Journey
After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights