Admire the beauty of the seventh continent in just 8 days, with no Drake Crossings required. On Quark Expeditions' Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake, you will fly from Punta Arenas in Southern Chile across the Drake Passage and embark your ship at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will then fully explore the stunning icescapes, wildlife and history of Antarctica, before flying back.
As your ship approaches the White Continent, you will be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Cruise in a Zodiac and keep your camera close to you as the leopard seals dot the coastline and penguins wander in the icy plateau near the majestic glaciers and stunning icebergs.
You will experience the most remote place on Earth as you explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula on an 8-day adventure.
Day 1: Punta Arenas
Day 2: Fly to King George Island
Days 3 - 6: Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands
Day 7: Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
Day 8: Depart Punta Arenas
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. There are many museums, restaurants and shops to enjoy here if you arrive in the morning. In the afternoon you will be welcomed by a Quark Expeditions representative, you'll then enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing.
Embark your charter flight and cross the Drake Passage in only a few hours and arrive at King George Island. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing you'll transfer by Zodiac to your ship.
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. It is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. Enjoy daily excursions including Zodiac cruises' in search of whales and icebergs, and hikes to penguin rookeries. 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 unrivalled travel experience.
After a week of exploration, you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. You'll then take the two-and-a-half-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, bringing your adventure in Antarctica to an end. Enjoy an evening to yourself.
After breakfast, continue your travels in the region or make your way to the airport for your flight home
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