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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Trip Details:

Operator:   Quark Expeditions
Price From:  5,595 USD
Fitness Needs:  Light Impact
Program duration:  10 day

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About this program

Venture to one of the world’s most inspiring destinations on this unforgettable journey through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Here you will find why Antarctica has inspired explorers for centuries, and become a bucket-list adventure for travelers the world over.

You’ll discover a world unlike any other, where each trip is completely different. Enjoy traveling on a zodiac through shattered sea ice, watch penguins build nests, and marvel at the towering icebergs.

This opportunity to learn about the surrounding environment and unique wildlife from expert lecturers and polar specialists onboard is unparalleled, and you won’t want to miss this!

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel 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’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Days 3 and 4: Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5-7: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. 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 local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! 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 in Neko Harbour. Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 8 and 9: 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, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

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

Country Fast Facts

Argentina

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Continent: South America
Official Language(s) Spanish
Capital: Buenos Aires
Population 43,417,000 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean, Oceanic (Warm/Temperate/Cool), Tundra, Humid Subtropical
Major Airport(s): Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (USH)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Industry, Tourism, Energy, Foreign Trade/Investment.
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