14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage

Including return international flights, return charter flights across the infamous Drake Passage, 5 nights sailing the Antarctica Peninsula, pre- and post-expedition accommodation and more.

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  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
  • 14 day Ultimate Antarctica Expedition cruise plus fly the Drake Passage
 

Highlights

 

An extraordinary experience encompassing charter flights, city tours and a once-in-a-lifetime expedition of the White Continent with a 14 day Ultimate Antarctica tour plus fly the Drake Passage

Santiago is your first touchpoint with this adventure and starts with four nights in the Chilean capital. You have some free time for independent exploration, but will also be treated to a more insightful sojourn with a guided city tour to some top landmarks, including Plaza de Armas, La Moneda and the view-blessed summit of Cerro Santa Lucia. On the fourth day of the tour you are taken towards the Pacific Coast on an excursion to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. There is even a stop at a vineyard for a tasting of local wines! 

It is then time for you to fly further south towards Punta Arenas in Chile’s Patagonia region. Overnight in the city before boarding your charter flight. This is what really sets this trip apart; many other Antarctic adventures see you navigate the notorious waters of the Drake Passage by sea – a journey that can take several days. On this tour however, you soar above the Drake Passage and descend to land at King George Island in only a few hours! You also get to see the Drake Passage from a perspective few others get to enjoy. From King George Island you hop into a Zodiac for a water transfer to the Quark Ocean Adventurer. The next four days you spend aboard the ship will be a flurry of thrilling Zodiac landings, unforgettable and educational shore excursions, hikes to penguin rookeries, and chance sightings of some of Antarctica’s most iconic animals – seals, whales and seabirds. When you’re not exploring the White Continent you can attend presentations delivered by the expert Expedition Team, covering topics including Antarctica’s glaciology, history and wildlife. 

 

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff  Santiago

Head to the airport and board a flight departing for Chile. Upon arrival in Santiago you will be welcomed by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Santiago (B)

Take today as a full leisure day to either rest after your flight, or to get out into Santiago and begin soaking up its lively atmosphere. 

Day 3: Santiago (B)

You will be picked up from the hotel in the morning to join a guided tour of the historic centre of Santiago. Stop off at the Presidential Palace (known as La Moneda), which once housed the national mint. Some of the other sights you’ll take in within this beautiful area of Santiago are Plaza de Armas, Palacio de la Real Audiencia (currently the National History Museum), and Casa Colorada, the former residence of the Spanish governor. You will also see a striking cathedral and beautiful post office. The tour concludes with the journey up to the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia to an incredible vantage point offering exquisite views of the city and the Andes. 

Day 4: Santiago – Casablanca Valley – Valparaiso and Vina del Mar – Santiago (B)

Today’s outing sees you travel towards the Pacific Coast, bound for the towns of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Enroute you will make a stop at Veramonte Winery in the Casablanca Valley to learn about the varietals produced here – and to indulge in a tasting of some of the estate’s wines. It is then onto Valparaiso where you can see the Fisherman’s Wharf, main square, watchtower and naval academy. You will also take in some of the steep streets and climbing houses for which the city has become so well known. Next on the itinerary is Vina del Mar, a destination nicknamed ‘Garden City’. Some of the things to see in Vina del Mar include its fine arts museum, the Avenida Peru and Palacio Rioja. The return drive to Santiago follows a route along the coast, passing through the resort towns of Reñaca, Cochoa and Concon. 

Day 5: Santiago – airplane-takeoff  Punta Arenas (B, D)

A transfer takes you to the airport in time for the short flight to Punta Arenas, a city located on the Strait of Magellan in the Patagonia region. Punta Arenas is the gateway for your Quark Antarctic Expedition. There is a transfer from the Punta Arenas airport to the hotel. A Quark Expeditions representative will meet you at the hotel and there is a welcome dinner and briefing tonight.

Day 6: Punta Arenas – airplane-takeoff King George Island (B, D)

Clamber into a charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica. This journey sees you soar over the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours, rather than navigating its waters on a multi-day ship voyage. Enjoy this unique experience of seeing the Drake Passage from a viewpoint usually only experienced by the birds! Your Quark Antarctic Expedition vessel will be docked on King George Island in anticipation of your landing. Catch your first glimpse of the rugged Antarctic landscapes as your plane descends towards the South Shetland Islands, and stretch your legs once on terra firma with an easy 1.6-kilometre walk to shore. Here, you jump aboard a Zodiac for a thrilling water transfer to the ship. 

Day 7: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

There is little that can prepare you for your first sighting of Antarctica. The White Continent is a place like no other on the planet. The ship’s Captain and Expedition Team will alert you to any sightings of Antarctica’s most iconic residents – whales and seabirds – and the on-board team of presenters will shed insight into this remarkable destination with history, wildlife and glaciology talks. 

Day 8: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The schedule and locations for Zodiac landings and shore excursions is weather dependent, however the opportunities that you do set foot on Antarctica will be experiences you’ll never forget. Walk along a beach and learn about the differences between Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins; set out on a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs; hike to a penguin rookery; or keep eyes trained on the water to see inquisitive leopard seals. You may even bear witness to a calving glacier! Every day on-board the ship promises unique encounters and magnificent photo opportunities. 

Day 9: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Continue the voyage through this spectacular region, making excursions and landings as determined by the Captain. 

Day 10: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Make the most of your final full day of sailing by capturing those last precious photographs and doing your best to tick off additional wildlife sightings. 

Day 11: King George Island – airplane-takeoff Punta Arenas (B)

The time has come for your to disembark the ship, and the expedition adventure ends as you arrive back on King George Island. Say goodbye to the ship’s crew, and board a two-and-a-half-hour flight back across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas. A group transfer takes you to the hotel and you have free time for the rest of the evening. Tonight is your last night of the trip.

Day 12: Punta Arenas – airplane-takeoff  Australia (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and then make your own way to the airport in time to catch your return flight back to Australia. 

Day 13: In flight

Day 14: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Day 1: Australia  – airplane-takeoff – Lima

Head to the airport and board a flight departing for Lima, Peru! Upon arrival in Lima you will be welcomed by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the hotel for check in.

Day 2: Lima (B)

Enjoy the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city’s historical center. Flanked by streets of ornate colonial mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. On one side of the plaza is the cathedral, which houses the remains of Lima’s founder, Francisco Pizarro. Then, you will go to Barranco. This bohemian district is full of tradition and history and is located only fifteen minutes from Miraflores. Immersed in the old colonial vibe with classical architecture all around us, we’ll wander Barranco in search of local flavours. We’ll walk a few blocks away to a dynamic area well-known for its many local restaurants that serve up local delights such as anticuchos (beef hearts), picarones (small donuts), and other traditional Limeñan local food. You’ll become an expert in Peruvian snacks as you sample the most popular ones. The cherry on top of this Lima night tour will be our final stop in a vibrant local bar, where you can try the famous Pisco sour!

Day 3: Lima  – airplane-takeoff – Cusco – Sacred Valley  (B,L)

Today you will be transferred to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley. On the way you will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where you will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. 

Later on, drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. Then, visit the town of Pisac and wander through the local market, known for its multi-coloured textiles, local foods, and indigenous clothing – a great opportunity to pick up some souvenirs as well as take some great photos. Lunch is included in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo you’ll see it’s a magnificent example of Incan urban planning. It’s one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Once you get there you will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, you will return to Cusco and transfer to your hotel in Yucay.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

An early pick up to drive you to Ollantaytambo train station where you’ll board the tourist train towards Aguas Calientes, a modern little town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that you can experience in Peru. After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, until finally it reaches the cloud forest. After approximately 1 hour 45 minutes you will have arrived in Aguas Calientes town, where you will be taken to the Machu Picchu ruins starting with a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. Upon arrival, you will get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and the tour guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. After the guided tour, you will have some free hours to wander around the site and take more photos on your own with advice on the best locations from the guide. Later on, you will return to the town by bus and in the afternoon you will take the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo town, followed by a private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Note: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences, exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Day 5: Cusco  (B)

This morning enjoy an orientation walking tour around the centre of Cusco, a vivid example of the mixture of Inca and Spanish cultures. On the way you will see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, considered the most important temple of the Inca Empire. Then, you will head to the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas”, surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. Here you will find the beautiful “Cathedral” of Cusco, built in the XVI. Wrap up your tour at the ChocoMuseo where you can sample hot chocolate made from local beans. Also visit the San Pedro Market where you will find vegetables, meats, local cheeses (which you should certainly try), local chocolates, herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to purchase some souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat ‘mystery soups’. Some may be just chicken; however, the most popular amongst the locals are usually the more unusual ones like frog soups or soups that contains nose to tail of various animals. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Maybe head out for dinner with your fellow travellers – your local guide or your tour leader can recommend some good places to grab a meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try one of the many establishments serving up cuy, which you might know by the English name of guinea pig.

Day 6: Cusco  – airplane-takeoff – Rio de Janeiro  (B)

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio De Janeiro. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. Rio de Janeiro is without doubt South America’s most beautiful city and regarded as the holiday capital of Brazil. From the white-sand beaches to the winding streets of the favelas up to Corcavado and Christ the Redeemer towering over Rio’s six million local inhabitants (known as cariocas), this short break will introduce you to the city. Prepare yourself to be swept away.

Day 7: Rio de Janeiro (B,L)

Today enjoy a tour that takes a scenic drive from Copacabana beach, continuing along Botafogo beach and passing the Palácio Guanabara, official residence of the State´s Governor, on the way to Corcovado Hill (704m), and the greatest national icon – The Christ Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro.  Here, you will have time to enjoy panoramic views of Rio and appreciate the giant statue, which was recently named as one of the seven new wonders of the world. 

From here, the tour continues to the district of Urca and the world-famous Sugar Loaf, where you will board the first cable car to the top of Urca Hill (215m), which offers spectacular views of Guanabara Bay. A second cable car will take you on to the Sugar Loaf (395m), providing a chance to take in the spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounds. Upon descending from the Sugarloaf, pass through the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema en route to a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a local Churrascaria. 

Following lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium and a stop at the Sambadrome (the stadium for the city´s main Carnival parade). In the city’s historic downtown area, you will have a chance to see the Duque de Caxias Palace, Itamaraty Palace, Tiradentes Square and Lapa Arches, followed by a visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. From here the tour will also make a quick stop to visit Selaron Stairs, an amazing urban work of art by the late Jorge Selaron. Returning to the hotel along Aterro do Flamengo, pass by the Monument to the Fallen in World War II and the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo.

Day 8: Rio de Janeiro (B)

Today is at leisure for you to explore Rio de Janeiro.

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro (B)

Today is at leisure for you to explore Rio de Janeiro.

Day 10: Rio de Janeiro  – airplane-takeoff – Iguazú  (B)

Today you will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro’s airport for your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival at Iguazu, you will be transferred to visit the falls from the Brazilian side which will give you a completely different perspective of these amazing falls, as you will have a panoramic view of the entire falls. Once the tour concludes, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Argentinean side.

Day 11: Iguazu  (B)

Today, you will visit the Argentinean side of Iguazu Waterfalls. Gain a deep perspective of the breathtaking waterfalls, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Three sets of trails and walkways allow exploring the natural beauty of the falls and the surrounding jungle as you walk through the National Park. On the lower circuit take in a view of the falls from below, feeling part of the natural surroundings, and sensing their great magnitude. The upper circuit takes you above the falls where you get a different perspective of the same waterfalls you just saw on the lower circuits. And no visit to Iguazu is complete without viewing the Devil’s Throat Falls, where you stand just feet from the thundering cascades of water tumbling to depths below.

Day 12: Iguazu– airplane-takeoff–Santiago (B)

Head to the airport and board a flight departing for Chile. Upon arrival in Santiago you will be welcomed by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the hotel for check in. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 13: Santiago (B)

Take today as a full leisure day to either rest after your flight, or to get out into Santiago and begin soaking up its lively atmosphere. 

Day 14: Santiago (B)

You will be picked up from the hotel in the morning to join a guided tour of the historic centre of Santiago. Stop off at the Presidential Palace (known as La Moneda), which once housed the national mint. Some of the other sights you’ll take in within this beautiful area of Santiago are Plaza de Armas, Palacio de la Real Audiencia (currently the National History Museum), and Casa Colorada, the former residence of the Spanish governor. You will also see a striking cathedral and beautiful post office. The tour concludes with the journey up to the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia to an incredible vantage point offering exquisite views of the city and the Andes. 

Day 15: Santiago – Casablanca Valley – Valparaiso and Vina del Mar – Santiago (B)

Today’s outing sees you travel towards the Pacific Coast, bound for the towns of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Enroute you will make a stop at Veramonte Winery in the Casablanca Valley to learn about the varietals produced here – and to indulge in a tasting of some of the estate’s wines. It is then onto Valparaiso where you can see the Fisherman’s Wharf, main square, watchtower and naval academy. You will also take in some of the steep streets and climbing houses for which the city has become so well known. Next on the itinerary is Vina del Mar, a destination nicknamed ‘Garden City’. Some of the things to see in Vina del Mar include its fine arts museum, the Avenida Peru and Palacio Rioja. The return drive to Santiago follows a route along the coast, passing through the resort towns of Reñaca, Cochoa and Concon. 

Day 16: Santiago – airplane-takeoff  Punta Arenas (B, D)

A transfer takes you to the airport in time for the short flight to Punta Arenas, a city located on the Strait of Magellan in the Patagonia region. Punta Arenas is the gateway for your Quark Antarctic Expedition. There is a transfer from the Punta Arenas airport to the hotel. A Quark Expeditions representative will meet you at the hotel and there is a welcome dinner and briefing tonight.

Day 17: Punta Arenas – airplane-takeoff – King George Island (B, D)

Clamber into a charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica. This journey sees you soar over the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours, rather than navigating its waters on a multi-day ship voyage. Enjoy this unique experience of seeing the Drake Passage from a viewpoint usually only experienced by the birds! Your Quark Antarctic Expedition vessel will be docked on King George Island in anticipation of your landing. Catch your first glimpse of the rugged Antarctic landscapes as your plane descends towards the South Shetland Islands, and stretch your legs once on terra firma with an easy 1.6-kilometre walk to shore. Here, you jump aboard a Zodiac for a thrilling water transfer to the ship. 

Day 18: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

There is little that can prepare you for your first sighting of Antarctica. The White Continent is a place like no other on the planet. The ship’s Captain and Expedition Team will alert you to any sightings of Antarctica’s most iconic residents – whales and seabirds – and the on-board team of presenters will shed insight into this remarkable destination with history, wildlife and glaciology talks. 

Day 19: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The schedule and locations for Zodiac landings and shore excursions is weather dependent, however the opportunities that you do set foot on Antarctica will be experiences you’ll never forget. Walk along a beach and learn about the differences between Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins; set out on a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs; hike to a penguin rookery; or keep eyes trained on the water to see inquisitive leopard seals. You may even bear witness to a calving glacier! Every day on-board the ship promises unique encounters and magnificent photo opportunities. 

Day 20: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Continue the voyage through this spectacular region, making excursions and landings as determined by the Captain. 

Day 21: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Make the most of your final full day of sailing by capturing those last precious photographs and doing your best to tick off additional wildlife sightings. 

Day 22: King George Island – airplane-takeoff – Punta Arenas (B)

The time has come for your to disembark the ship, and the expedition adventure ends as you arrive back on King George Island. Say goodbye to the ship’s crew, and board a two-and-a-half-hour flight back across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas. A group transfer takes you to the hotel and you have free time for the rest of the evening. Tonight is your last night of the trip.

Day 23: Punta Arenas – airplane-takeoff  Australia (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and then make your own way to the airport in time to catch your return flight back to Australia. 

Day 24: In flight

Day 25: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Santiago, including daily breakfast
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas, including daily breakfast
  • 5 nights’ accommodation aboard Quark’s Ocean Adventurer in a Lower Deck Twin Cabin; plus all meals while on-board, including snacks, soft drinks and juices, and beer and wine during dinner
  • Pre and post-expedition group transfers in Punta Arenas between the hotel and airport
  • Return charter flight from Punta Arenas over the Drake Passage to Antarctica, landing on King George Island
  • All Zodiac transfers and shore landings as per the itinerary, and a program of activities aboard the voyage, including presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Additional activities including self guided hiking plus the polar plunge – a once in a life time experience allowing you to safely jump into the icy ocean waters  
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Use of waterproof expedition boots for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expedition parka to keep
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Option to extend to the 25 day itinerary including the highlights of South America – Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and more 

Highlights:

  • Arrive in Santiago and see the historic centre of the Chilean capital with a city tour encompassing sights such as La Moneda, Plaza de Armas and Cerro Santa Lucia
  • Make a day trip to the cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, and stop at a local vineyard in the Casablanca Valley for a wine tasting
  • Fly to Punta Arenas in the Patagonia region for an overnight stay before boarding a charter flight across the notorious waters of the Drake Passage, to reach King George Island in only a few hours
  • Spend 5 nights aboard the Quark Ocean Adventurer for a voyage around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Make Zodiac landings and shore excursions to walk along some of Antarctica’s deserted beaches or hike to penguin rookeries
  • Be on the lookout for whales, leopard seals and calving glaciers while aboard the ship, and also attend expert presentations on Antarctica’s history, wildlife and glaciology
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 120 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $3,000/$4,000 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2-3 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Tipping
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Single Supplement: 

14 day itinerary

Lower Deck Twin Cabin – $14,499 per person in addition to your twin share price.
Main Deck Porthole Cabin – $16,999 per person in addition to your twin share price.
Main Deck Window Cabin – $18,999 per person in addition to your twin share price.
Superior Cabin – $19,999 per person in addition to your twin share price.

25 day itinerary

Lower Deck Twin Cabin – $15,999 per person in addition to your twin share price.
Main Deck Porthole Cabin – $18,999 per person in addition to your twin share price.
Main Deck Window Cabin – $20,499 per person in addition to your twin share price.
Superior Cabin – $22,499 per person in addition to your twin share price.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your private cruise cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel rooms. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, click here. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) and internal flights on day 6 Cuzco to Rio De Janeiro and day 12 Puerto Iguassu to Santiago for the 25 day itinerary will be forfeited.
Please note, the remainder of the internal flight as per itinerary including a charter flight across the Drake page will still be included as a Tour Only package.

Group Size: minimum 2. You will also enjoy the company of fellow cruise passengers while sailing. There is a maximum number of 125 people aboard the cruise.

Child Policy: Same price as an adult – Minimum age 8 years.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Santiago – Hotel Fundador or similar
Punta Arena – Quark Expedition decided hotel  
Lima – Jose Antonio Lima Hotel or similar
Sacred Valley – Sonesta Posadas del Inca De Yucay or similar
Cusco – Xima Hotel or similar 
Rio de Janeiro – Arena Leme Hotel or similar 
Iguazu – El Pueblito Hotel or similar 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people 

Triple Share: Not available 

Ship: Ocean Adventurer –  Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002, with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship.

With the latest rounds of refurbishments guests will enjoy:

  • A refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship.
  • The addition of six new twin cabins and three new suites.
  • All existing cabins will be furnished with all new soft furnishings and brand new bathrooms.
  • Main common areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room will be remodelled as well as the Bar.
  • Major technical enhancements—including two new Rolls Royce engines, which will significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimized carbon footprint.

Cabin Types:

Lower Deck Twin Cabin – A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. 

Main Deck Twin Porthole – A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. 

Main Deck Twin Window – A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.

Superior Cabin – A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Note: this cabin has either corner or parallel bed configuration.

Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.
More ship information can be found by clicking here.

Scenic Cruising: Please note, where the itinerary mentions “Scenic Cruising” this means there is no port on this day and sightseeing is done from the deck of the ship. 

Optional Activities: 

Dates: 7 December 2020, 12 December 2020, 17 December 2020

Kayaking – $1,410 per person 
Paddlers who join the Sea Kayak program will endeavour to kayak multiple times throughout the voyage, whenever weather and voyage logistics permit. In addition, the Sea Kayakers paddle a more technical vessel: a traditional sea kayak that has spray skirts to enclose paddlers into the kayak. The paddler must be able to comfortably roll as a minimum requirement and will not miss out on landing site opportunities. 

Paddling Excursion – $420 per person
The Paddling Excursion offers guests with all ranges of paddling experience the opportunity to participate in a paddling activity, using an inflatable sit-on-top kayak. During the paddling excursion, participants will paddle for approximately 1 – 1.5 hours with an experienced kayak guide and Zodiac safety driver. The Paddling Excursion is a one-time experience and no experience is required.

Watch: Antarctica – Kayaking the 7th Continent (360° VR).

Optional tours are subject to availability, weather conditions and minimum numbers and book out well in advance. We suggest you submit your booking request as soon as possible. 

Optional Tours requested within 120 days of travel cannot be accepted.
You can purchase your optional tours by clicking here

Charter Flight over the Drake: Please note, there is a strict luggage limit of 33 lbs (15 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island. Should you have addi¬tional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Punta Arenas. There is NO option to pay for additional luggage.

Important Information Regarding Charter Flight: Due to weather conditions, flying in this region can be difficult and is beyond the control of Quark Expeditions. Inclement weather conditions may delay or require a cancellation of the remaining itinerary after the final attempts to operate flights, Quark Expeditions will offer passengers a full refund on the cruise fare in the event of trip interruption if the charter flight is not able to take off by 14:00 hrs of the final day of attempts. However, international airfare, domestic airfare, any additional services purchased or change fees, will not be refunded by Quark. Quark Expeditions will provide a trip interruption letter to be submitted by the passenger to their insurance company for airfare, change fees, and other expenses incurred due to the trip interruption.

Quark strongly recommends that all expedition guests purchase a travel insurance policy including trip delay, cancellation and interruption insurance.

Fitness Requirement: Coaches and Zodiac’s are not equipped with wheelchair access, therefore tours are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users and those who are less mobile. A reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us 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.

Tipping: If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of USD $10-15 per day, with between USD $3-5 per day being allocated towards the expedition team. Both of these are entirely at your discretion. 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable. 

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

14 day itinerary: 

3 December 
8 December
13 December

25 day itinerary: 

22 November
27 November
2 December  

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the Fine Print tab and proceed to “click here” for Tour Only option to view live availability.  Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 1 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 120 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Latam Airlines, Air New Zealand, Qantas and their codeshare partners or similar 
  • Adelaide – A $300 interstate surcharge per person apply
  • Perth – A $500 interstate surcharge per person apply
  • Please purchase the interstate fee after you click ‘Book Now’ or by clicking here in addition to your tour
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person weighing no more than 20kg
  • Please note, there is a strict luggage limit of 15kg checked luggage and 5kg cabin baggage on the flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

Travel Information

 

 

Ship Profile

 

Ocean Adventurer – As of June 2017, Quark Expeditions’ much beloved polar expedition ship the “Sea Adventurer” has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation, and been officially renamed the “Ocean Adventurer”. 

The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 128 travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002, with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).

Features
  • 63 outside cabins with exterior views and en-suite facilities with TV in every cabin
  • Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
  • One dining room with unreserved seating
  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender
  • Polar Boutique
  • Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room
  • Exercise Room
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access
  • Polar Library with a large collection of polar books

Activities

  • Zodiac Cruising (included)
  • Hiking & snowshoeing (included)
  • Optional kayaking (additional charge)
  • Camping (additional charge, on select voyages)

Maximise Your Adventure in the Polar Regions – click here to watch.

Deck Plan

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Santiago, including daily breakfast
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas, including daily breakfast
  • 5 nights’ accommodation aboard Quark’s Ocean Adventurer in a Lower Deck Twin Cabin; plus all meals while on-board, including snacks, soft drinks and juices, and beer and wine during dinner
  • Pre and post-expedition group transfers in Punta Arenas between the hotel and airport
  • Return charter flight from Punta Arenas over the Drake Passage to Antarctica, landing on King George Island
  • All Zodiac transfers and shore landings as per the itinerary, and a program of activities aboard the voyage, including presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Option to extend to 25 day Highlights of South America itinerary
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