Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

From AUD $17,000


Answer the call of Antarctica by flying over the notorious Drake Passage by charter plane to land at King George Island before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula by ship. In just 8 adventure-packed days, you’ll experience rewarding shore visits and Zodiac cruises, marvel at intimate wildlife encounters, explore historic sites and make the most of your landmark visit to the 7th Continent. Select from a range of adventure options and onboard activities that match your personal interests and make your expedition uniquely yours.

Trip Name
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition Length: 90 metres Passenger Capacity: 118 Built / refurbished: 1975 / 1998 / 2017 - re-named to the Ocean Adventurer in June 2017 Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers 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. 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 remodeled as well as the Bar. • Major technical enhancements – include two new Rolls Royce engines, which will significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimized carbon footprint.


Day 1 - Day 1 Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a Quark Expeditions® representative will meet you at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.
Day 2 - Day 2 Fly to King George Island and Embarkation
Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only two hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. 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, stretch your legs with a one-mile (1.6 km) walk to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!
Day 3 - Days 3 to 6 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.As your Captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert presenters will deepen your experience with explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region.Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a beach dotted with penguins 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, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguin.You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier to the thrill of spotting apex predators like leopard seals and orcas in action, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore during this unrivaled travel experience.Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
Day 4 - Day 8 Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island. Your two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your group transfer to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy an evening on your own, in the city or at the hotel to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
Day 5 - Please Note:
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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $17,000Triple Cabin
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $22,000Lower Deck Twin
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $22,700Main Deck Twin Porthole
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $24,700Main Deck Twin Window
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $26,100Superior Cabin
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $26,100Deluxe
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $34,500Suite
05-12-202212-12-2022AUD $36,800Owner's Suite
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $22,700Main Deck Twin Porthole
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $24,700Main Deck Twin Window
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $26,100Superior Cabin
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $26,100Deluxe
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $34,500Suite
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $36,800Owner's Suite
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $17,000Triple Cabin
10-12-202217-12-2022AUD $22,000Lower Deck Twin
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $17,000Triple Cabin
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $22,000Lower Deck Twin
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $22,700Main Deck Twin Porthole
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $24,700Main Deck Twin Window
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $26,100Deluxe
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $26,100Superior Cabin
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $34,500Suite
15-12-202222-12-2022AUD $36,800Owner's Suite
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $18,400Triple Cabin
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $23,400Lower Deck Twin
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $24,100Main Deck Twin Porthole
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $26,800Main Deck Twin Window
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $28,200Deluxe
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $28,200Superior Cabin
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $37,400Suite
20-12-202227-12-2022AUD $40,200Owner's Suite
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $17,000Triple Cabin
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $22,000Lower Deck Twin
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $22,700Main Deck Twin Porthole
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $24,700Main Deck Twin Window
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $26,100Superior Cabin
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $26,100Deluxe
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $34,500Suite
08-02-202315-02-2023AUD $36,800Owner's Suite
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $17,000Triple Cabin
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $22,000Lower Deck Twin
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $22,700Main Deck Twin Porthole
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $24,700Main Deck Twin Window
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $26,100Superior Cabin
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $26,100Deluxe
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $34,500Suite
13-02-202320-02-2023AUD $36,800Owner's Suite
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $17,000Triple Cabin
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $22,000Lower Deck Twin
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $22,700Main Deck Twin Porthole
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $24,700Main Deck Twin Window
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $26,100Superior Cabin
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $26,100Deluxe
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $34,500Suite
18-02-202325-02-2023AUD $36,800Owner's Suite
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $18,700Triple Cabin
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $22,100Lower Deck Twin
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $22,800Main Deck Twin Porthole
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $25,600Main Deck Twin Window
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $27,000Deluxe
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $27,000Superior Cabin
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $35,200Suite
10-01-202417-01-2024AUD $38,000Owner's Suite
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $18,700Triple Cabin
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $22,100Lower Deck Twin
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $22,800Main Deck Twin Porthole
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $25,600Main Deck Twin Window
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $27,000Deluxe
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $27,000Superior Cabin
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $35,200Suite
15-01-202422-01-2024AUD $38,000Owner's Suite
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $18,700Triple Cabin
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $22,100Lower Deck Twin
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $22,800Main Deck Twin Porthole
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $25,600Main Deck Twin Window
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $27,000Deluxe
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $27,000Superior Cabin
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $35,200Suite
20-01-202427-01-2024AUD $38,000Owner's Suite
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $18,000Triple Cabin
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $21,400Lower Deck Twin
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $22,100Main Deck Twin Porthole
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $24,900Main Deck Twin Window
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $26,300Superior Cabin
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $26,300Deluxe
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $34,500Suite
22-02-202429-02-2024AUD $36,600Owner's Suite
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $18,000Triple Cabin
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $21,400Lower Deck Twin
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $22,100Main Deck Twin Porthole
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $24,900Main Deck Twin Window
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $26,300Superior Cabin
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $26,300Deluxe
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $34,500Suite
27-02-202405-03-2024AUD $36,600Owner's Suite


    • Experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica
    • Fly over the Drake Passage
    • Marvel at all the Antarctic Peninsula highlights
    • Enjoy on-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists