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The World Explorer prides itself as being sophisticated yet comfortable offering passengers six tiers of deluxe accommodation. Personal space is a priority with every cabin features either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for spectacular ocean views. The glass-domed Observation Lounge is the perfect place for quiet contemplation and to unwind after a day of exploration. Other common areas include the Explorer Lounge, a library and a dedicated lecture theatre. As for health and wellness, there is an outdoor running track, a small gym, a sauna and spa.

Activities such as Zodiac cruising, hiking, education lectures and photography are included in the cruise price. Optional extras include sea kayaking, skiing, paddling excursions, mountaineering, camping and stand up paddle boarding which are available on selected Antarctica voyages.

*Number of days depends on itinerary

Optional Activities available on selected voyages include: Kayaking from $1410, Paddling $420, Camping $420, Stand up Paddle Boarding $420. Check with us for updated pricing and availability

 

Highlights
Triple
Infinity Suite
Superior Suite
Owner's Suite

Antarctica Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, upon arrival transfer from airport to your hotel. Spend the rest of this day exploring this bustling port city.

Ushuaia - Embark the World Explorer
Day 2

Late in the afternoon embark the World Explorer. Sail down the Beagle Channel during the night.

Breakfast, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 3-4

While at sea attend lectures and presentations led by the Expedition Team, here you will learn about the wildlife, geology and the history of upcoming sites and landings. Head to the deck to sight wildlife or enjoy a drink at the bar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula
Day 5-8

Be captivated by the unique and untouched landscape often leaving travellers speechless when they first arrive Antarctica. Days are spent on Zodiacs to explore local bays, channels and sites rich in history. There’s also an abundance of wildlife to observe and photograph.

There are colonies of different penguin species such as the chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins that waddle along curiously. Watch the Weddell seals, fur and leopard seals that lay lazily on the banks of nearby waters. While on Zodiac’s, keep your eyes open for humpback and minke whales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 9-10

Nearing the end of your journey as you head back across the Drake Passage. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip as well as the final chance to spot seabirds and whales from the deck. In the meantime, enjoy presentations by the Expedition team celebrating your experiences during your final days at sea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Disembark in Ushuaia
Day 11

Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will disembark in the morning depending on weather conditions. Take a group departure transfer to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Punta Arenas
Day 1

Begin your journey in Punta Arenas, upon arrival you will be greeted and take a group transfer to your hotel. Explore the city to see museums, restaurants or go shopping before heading to the hotel to enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing about embarkation day.

Dinner
Punta Areanas - King George Island - Embark the World Explorer
Day 2

After breakfast you will take a group transfer to the airport for your charter flight to King George Island crossing the legendary Drake Passage in a matter of hours. Catch your first glimpse of the Antarctic landscape as the plane descends for landing over the South Shetland Islands. Once you arrive, you can explore the island before your Zodiac transfer to the World Explorer

Breakfast, Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Day 3-6

The striking beauty and distance away from civilisation can leave you feeling awestruck or speechless when you first reach the ‘White Continent’. Everyday will be a new adventure as you’ll spend the next few days (weather permitting) Zodiac cruising to visit historical sites as well as getting close to the abundant wildlife raging from leopard seals, a variety of penguin species and witnessing the magnificent minke or humpback whales.

Consider going kayaking (extra cost) for an authentic water experience or an Antarctic plunge if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
King George Island - Disembark the World Explorer - Punta Arenas
Day 7

Say your final goodbyes to the Expedition Team before disembarking at King George Island. Here you will take your group charter flight back to Punta Arenas where you will be transferred back to a hotel. Reflect on the highlights of your trip at a local restaurant as you are free to explore the city tonight.

Breakfast
Punta Arenas
Day 8

Enjoy your last breakfast in Punta Arenas and make your own way to the airport for your forward flight home or continuing your travels in South America.

Breakfast

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Ushuaia
Day1

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, upon arrival transfer from airport to your hotel. Spend the rest of this day exploring this bustling port city.

Ushuaia - Embark the World Explorer
Day 2

Late in the afternoon embark the World Explorer. Sail down the Beagle Channel during the night.

Dinner
At sea
Day 3-6

While at sea attend lectures and presentations led by the Expedition Team, here you will learn about the wildlife, geology and the history of upcoming sites and landings. Head to the deck to sight wildlife or enjoy a drink at the bar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia
Day 7-8

You can expect varied shore landings (weather dependant) on South Georgia in terms of historical significance as well as a flourishing sub-Antarctic wildlife.

South Georgia is a birder’s paradise as seabirds, albatross and petrels are abundant in numbers and not to mention the penguins that are blanketed over the beaches. Visit Grytviken which hosts the first whaling station in Antarctica as well the final resting place of the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton.

Consider going kayaking (extra cost) for an authentic experience in the water.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
At sea
Day 9-10

Days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures to prepare you for your upcoming excursions.

You may have your first official stop in Antarctica on the South Orkney Islands depending on weather and sea conditions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula
Day 11-13

Be awestruck by the sites of carving glaciers in brilliant shades of blue while being up close to the many penguin species that call the Antarctic Peninsula home.

The chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins are curious creatures that inhabit this area, along with Weddell seals and leopard seals can be found throughout the banks of the Antarctic Peninsula. While on a zodiac cruise, keep a lookout for minke and humpback whales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 14-15

The journey towards home begins today. Take this time for your final chance to spot whales and seabirds from the deck and reflect on this incredible journey.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia - Disembark the World Explorer
Day 16

It’s time to say your last farewells to new found friends and the expedition team as you disembark the World Explorer. You will be transferred to the airport for forward flight.

Breakfast

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers & Kings

Ushuaia

Upon arrival in Ushuaia you be transferred to your hotel. If you arrive early you can spend the rest of the exploring this bustling port city.

Ushuaia - Embark the World Explorer
Day 2

Get your sea legs ready as you will embark the World Explorer. From the hotel you will take a group transfer to the ship.

Dinner
At sea
Day 3

While at sea familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and enjoy the presentations led by expert staff to prepare you for wildlife you may encounter and sites you will visit.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Falkland Islands
Day 4-5

You’ll spend the next couple of days exploring the rugged landscape of the Falkland Islands. Observe the variety of penguin species that call this land home such as the Magellanic, Gentoo, rockhopper penguins and perhaps the elusive king penguins.

Visit the charming capital, Stanley and walk the streets to see bright coloured buildings of British-style architecture.

At sea
Day 6-7

Head southeast to South Georgia officially entering Antarctic waters. Keep a lookout for whales and seals that often feed on krill when you cross what’s known as the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia
Day 8-11

South Georgia is a site of significant history and home to flourishing biodiversity and wildlife. Your days here will be spent learning and visiting various sites (weather permitting) such as abandoned whaling stations, whaling posts and Grytviken, the historic site famous for Ernest Shackleton’s grave.

The wildlife is certainly a highlight of visiting South Georgia which can vary day to day. You may see animals such as king and macaroni penguins, elephant seals and fur seals as well as unique landscapes of rugged mountains, basalt cliffs and green plains.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At sea
Day 12-13

Anticipation builds are you journey to your next destination, Antarctica! While at sea the Expedition Team will present historical and biological lectures in preparation for your upcoming excursions and wildlife that you may encounter.

Depending on weather and sea conditions, you may have your first official stop in Antarctica in South Orkney Islands.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
Day 14-17

Be awestruck by the vast wilderness contrasted with desolate landscape of glaciers and mountainous peaks of the ‘White Continent’. The next few days are spent on landings and Zodiac cruising giving you opportune times to observe the varying varying from wildlife of colonies of penguins, fur seals Weddell seals, to leopard seals.

Consider goingon an exciting adventure of kayaking (extra cost) or a polar plunge if you’re feel brave!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 18-19

Your journey home begins as you head towards the Drake Passage. Spend your final days reflecting and celebrating the highlights of your trip or head to the deck for your final chance to spot whales and seabirds.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia - Disembark the World Explorer
Day 20

After breakfast say your last farewells to new found friends and the Expedition Team. You will take a group transfer to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of 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 bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard 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 for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Departures from Ushuaia only - Group transfers from ship to airport in Ushuaia
  • Departures from Ushuaia only - Group transfers from airport to pre-expedition hotel in Ushuaia
  • Departures from Ushuaia only - One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - A group transfer in Punta Arenas from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - A briefing dinner on Day 1 in Punta Arenas
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - A pre-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the hotel to the airport
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - A post-expedition group transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the hotel
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - Flights to and from King George Island

Tour Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, massage services 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
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake - departure transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas
  • Adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (eg. sea kayaking, paddling excursions, etc)

Tour Pricing

Itinerary (USD)
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Triple
Infinity Suite
Veranda Suite
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Owner's Suite
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Nov 03, 2019
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,495
$12,995
$12,995
$14,395
$14,995
$15,595
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Dec 07, 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,995
$15,195
$15,195
$16,795
$17,495
$18,395
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Dec 17, 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,995
$15,195
$15,195
$16,795
$17,495
$18,395
South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari
Dec 27, 2019
Cruise
16
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$13,995
$20,295
$20,295
$22,495
$23,495
$24,395
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
Feb 9, 2020
Fly/Fly
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$10,795
$16,495
$16,495
$18,395
$19,195
$19,995
Antarctic Express: Peninsula in Depth
Feb 14, 2020
Fly/Fly
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$10,795
$16,495
$16,495
$18,395
$19,195
$19,995
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Feb 19, 2020
Fly/Fly
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$10,795
$16,495
$16,495
$18,395
$19,195
$19,995
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings
Feb 27, 2020
Cruise
20
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$16,595
$24,095
$24,095
$26,695
$27,895
$28,995
Itinerary (USD)
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Triple
Infinity Suite
Veranda Suite
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Owner's Suite
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Dec 07, 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,995
$13,995
$12,995
$14,995
$16,495
$17,995
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Early Booking Bonus Applies
Nov 13, 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,995
$13,995
$12,995
$14,995
$16,495
$17,995
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Dec 18, 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,995
$14,995
$13,995
$15,995
$17,495
$18,995
South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari
Dec 27, 2020
Cruise
16
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$14,995
$21,995
$20,995
$23,995
$26,495
$28,495
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Jan 28, 2021
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,495
$14,495
$13,495
$15,495
$16,995
$18,495
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle Early Booking Bonus Applies
Feb 18, 2021
Fly/Fly
11
Punta Arenas- Punta Arenas
$18,995
$27,995
$26,495
$30,495
$32,995
$35,995
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
Feb 26, 2021
Fly/Fly
8
Punta Arenas
$12,495
$17,995
$16,995
$19,995
$21,495
$22,995
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle
Mar 03, 2021
Fly/Fly
11
Punta Arenas- Punta Arenas
$18,995
$27,995
$26,495
$30,495
$32,995
$35,995

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