11 Day - Antarctic Explorer

A Quark Expedition - Discovering the Peninsula

11 Day

This is the Antarctic expedition to choose if you have never visited Antarctica. You’ll leave the ship usually twice a day to explore the highlights of the Peninsula. Visit penguins rookeries, watch for whales and admire seals lazing on ice floes. You’ll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves around grounded icebergs. You could take a polar plunge or climb a craggy hill for a panoramic view of an icy harbour. This voyage lets you choose the level of activity and the adventure option that meets your expectation.

12 days’ Antarctica Explorer expeditions are offered on these ice-strengthened Polar Adventure Ships. Dates for the 12 day cruises are available on request

Some departures offer optional overnight camping in Antarctica at an extra cost: ask BFirst Travel.
We strongly recommend our clients to arrive in Ushuaia a day prior to the cruise start date to allow enough time in case of any unforeseen flight disruption. Click onto the Antartic Expedition Video

DAY 1

Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego

Arrive in the southernmost city in the world and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this ‘frontier town’ at leisure. This expedition is perfect for first-time polar travelers, adventurers who want to push the envelope or time-constrained people.

DAY 2

Embarkation Day - Antarctica Cruise

Our comfortable and well-appointed Expedition Ships are embarked in Ushuaia in the afternoon. After embarkation in the early afternoon, you will sail down the Beagle Channel. Keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.

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DAY 3 - 4

Drake Passage - Antarctica Cruise

Journey across the famous Drake Passage, named after the 16th-century English navigator Sir Francis Drake – an experience in itself. The ship is accompanied most of the way by albatrosses – including the magnificent wandering albatross – along with an impressive variety of other seabirds. Cross the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zones. Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if your crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing. Our Expedition Team will deliver an incomparable education program en route to Antarctica.

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DAY 5 - 8

Antarctica Cruise South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition's progress. We attempt to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps, you'll fell salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scamble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy charm near Port Lockroy. You could sit quietly on a pebbled beach to wait for a curious penguin chick to approach or take a plunge into the icy waters of Neko Harbour. Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy. The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories; noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as your arms pump and your legs power you up an incline on cross-country skis. As you sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation or to test your endurance and to engage your curiosity.

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DAY 9 - 11

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

As you cross the Drake, the ship will be accompanied by Albatross and Petrels. Spend some time on deck learning to identify the different birds. Please note that on twelve day expeditions, an extra day is spent in the Antarctic peninsula. Note: On the last day only breakfast is included.

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Included:

One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast.
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
All shore landings per the daily program.
Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader.
All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
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 pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
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 $100,000 per person.

Not Included:

Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
Beverage Package for some cruises - check with BFirst Travel
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified.
Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
Excess baggage charges.
Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
Telecommunications charges.
The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

Notes:
 

Rates are subject to change without notice.
Read this itinerary as a guide only.
DEPENDING ON THE EXPEDITION DATE/VESSEL.
Please check with BFirst Travel for more detailed information.
Optional kayaking and camping are available in Antarctic season.
Vessel information:
Clipper Adventurer
This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Clipper underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Clipper Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts.
Only 122 guests.
4 partially enclosed lifeboats.
Fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers.
All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite.
One dining room with unreserved seating.
Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room.
Ice-strengthened hull.

Clipper Adventurer View Ship
Sea Spirit
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience Quark's Antarctica in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called RIBs - for shore transfers and cruising.
Quark's all-suite ship
Smallest suite is a spacious 215 square feet.
15 suites have balconies.
Owner's Suite is an outstanding 550 sq. feet.
Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
Open bar
Optional kayaking and camping, climbing and cross-country skiing
Every suite has an exterior view
10MB communications access card included in every voyage

Ocean Diamond
Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Quark's Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, this outstanding vessel features numerous adventure options plus onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library.
Intimate viewing of Antarctic wildlife, icebergs and more
All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite.
Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every cabin
Chefs pamper you with delicious meals, three times daily.
Remote headsets available for remote presentations.
Massage & Wellness Program, Photography Program
Optional camping, kayaking, snow-shoeing, skiing & mountaineering.
Polar Library & Expert in Residence Program
All-inclusive beverage packages available
Speed of vessel saves up to 12 hours on Drake crossing. Giving you more time to enjoy Antarctica

Indicative Tour Cost

Per person in USD

**** From Share Twin -$8,300.00

**** From Single -$14,110.00

MEALS:

B.  Breakfast included
L.  Lunch included
D.  Dinner included

Why Choose BFirst Travel?

BFirst Travel, a wholly owned Australian tour company, ATAS/AFTA accredited and helloworld affiliate. For the past 15 years we have specialised exclusively in Latin America. We know a few parts of the world, and we know them well. Our been there, done that expertise elevates your experience beyond the ordinary, to the level of adventure with comfort! "Travel is all about the experience, which starts with your travel preparations”.

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