11 Days – Discover the Antarctic Continent

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Antarctic Explorer Cruise, Discovering the 7th Continent by Quark Expeditions

We start this trip in Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the American Continent. Here, we will already begin to receive information about Antarctica and the Antarctic cruise. Crossing the Drake Passage will be one of the first adventures you will tackle on this incredible journey to Antarctica on a unique cruise ship that only makes polar voyages.

During this itinerary, you will enjoy the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. We start sailing for 2 days departing from the city of Ushuaia in ships that have a maximum capacity of 200 people.

Arriving at the Antarctic Peninsula, we will have the opportunity to make the most of our time. 

Every day there will be activities included, such as exploratory walking tours, Zodiac tours. In addition, the specialized guides will give talks with information about biology, fauna, geology and all the wildlife of Antarctica where we will be able to learn in detail about what animals live in Antarctica.

In addition, if you want to live an even more special adventure, we recommend taking the optional activities offered by this itinerary, such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, camping or helicopter rides to fly over the peninsula (only available on the Ultramarine ship).

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Antactic Explorer Map


  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula guided by a team of highly specialised professionals.
  • Discover the most hidden corners of Antarctica in small boats that can get close to the most inaccessible places.
  • Make the most of every day in Antarctica with zodiac and walking tours.
  • Experience a unique adventure by sleeping on a campsite in Antarctica.


  • Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One Night accommodation in Ushuaia, Argentina. (Pre expedition)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility.
  • (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated


<span>Day 1</span>Arrive in 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.

<span>Day 2</span>Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which 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!

<span>Days 3 and 4</span>Crossing the Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

<span>Days 5 to 8</span>South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will 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, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore glaciated bays, channels and landing sites. Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are hiking the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or consorting with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, all of which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals as well as curious whales, such as humpbacks, minkes, or perhaps orcas while on a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. Amid 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. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

<span>Days 9 to 10</span>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 and celebrate the experiences shared exploring Antarctica.

<span>Day 11</span>Disembark in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure onward or catch your flights home.


11-16 Days



Type of trip



2 Weeks


Hiking & Trekking
Whale watching

Frequently asked questions

Yes, 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.

Yes, you can extend your trip and Enjoy the rest of Argentina and Chile, either before your Antartic expedition or after, don't hesitate to contact a travel advisor.

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