Antarctic Express Fly the Drake Cruise

Claudio Suter
Sea Kayaking
Jonathan Brunger
Travelers on a zodiac tour in Antarctica
Claudio Suter
Antarctic Sunrise
Quark Expeditions
A massive iceberg dwarfs your approach during an Antarctica cruise
Keep cameras close at hand
Sun deck
Sea Adventurer's Dining Room.
Skip the four days of Drake Passage crossings and optimize your Antarctica experience by flying! A short two-hour flight takes you between Punta Arenas, Chile, and King George Island. Once in Antarctica, the penguins, seals and whales will keep you and your camera busy, as will the massive icebergs, mountains and glaciers, which create other-worldly landscapes on the white continent. Within hours of your departure you’ll be greeted by your team of experts on the ship and be heading out on your first Zodiac experience in search of wildlife on this unique Antarctic cruise.

Day 1

    Punta Arenas, Chile

    Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a representative will bring everyone together to your starting hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day

      Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the infamous Drake Passage in only a few hours. Way below, the ship is approaching King George Island for your arrival. The dramatic Antarctic landscapes soon become visible as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetlands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Peninsula!

      Days 3-6

        Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

        There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As you approach the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through the human eye.

        Your first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the Captain and Expedition Team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. A team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

        Even more exciting are your daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities. You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a chinstrap rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping in Antarctica, you’ll welcome each day with the excitement and energy of a young child. Your Expedition Team will be with you all along, providing insights into the places you visit and offering photography tips to get the most out of your expedition.

        Day 7

          Disembarkation & Fly to Punta Arenas

          After your four days of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to the Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile brings your journey to an end. After transferring from the airport to the hotel, you can enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about all the sights and sounds of Antarctica.

          Day 8

            Depart for Home

            After breakfast, you will make your own way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

             TripleLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin with PortholeMain Deck Twin with WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuite
            Kayaking Option: $950
            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
            - Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
            - Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

            Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all 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.

            Rates include:
            - All flights between Punta Arenas (PUQ) and Antarctica (KGI) as specified in the itinerary
            - One night pre-night and one-post night expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas
            - A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel
            - Included lunch in Punta Arenas prior to boarding, or on the charter flight to Antarctica
            - Group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight to/ from Antarctica
            - 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 experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
            - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
            - Formal and informal presentations by the 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 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
            - Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person