Antarctic Express – Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas

Antarctic Express – Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas

From $ 15,600 AUD


Skip the Drake Passage and journey to the deep south of the globe. With included charter flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island, you’ll begin your polar expedition in no time. Be immediately dazzled by some of the world’s most unbelievable landscapes, including calving glaciers, penguin rookeries and floating icebergs dotting the deep blue of the Antarctic Ocean. Sailing aboard your well-appointed expedition vessel, participate in a series of onboard lectures and workshops presented by an expert team of scientists and researchers, further enhancing your polar knowledge. No day will be the same, and with a crew focused on maximising wildlife sighting and shore landing opportunities, you will witness these wilds in all their icy wonder.

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Antarctic Express - Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas
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  • Flying from Punta Arenas to the South Shetland Islands is the fastest, most direct way of travelling to Antarctica, and the view over the Drake Passage is unforgettable
  • Witness penguins playing in their natural habitat at inland rookeries during daily Zodiac landings along the Antarctic Peninsula led by your expert polar team.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive series of onboard lectures presented by polar specialists in Antarctic history, geology and glaciology, provide great insight into landscapes.
  • Let the crew of well-seasoned Antarctic experts monitor weather, sea and ice conditions and modify your itinerary to ensure shore landings and Zodiac cruises are abundant in wildlife sightings.
  • Keep your eyes peeled up on deck for migrating seabirds or whale pods cruising between icebergs as you traverse the icy southern seas in your polar expedition vessel.


No two Polar voyages are the same and this is part of the excitement of travelling in these remote regions. Weather, ice conditions and wildlife will all affect where your ship is able to access, and most importantly, where your Expedition Team think you will get the best possible experience from your trip. On board, daily updates are given to advise what the specific itinerary will be for the next day based on local conditions. Published itineraries cannot be guaranteed but an amazing voyage full of adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences is guaranteed. For fly/cruise itineraries, it is essential that you have insurance that covers for delays caused by weather. Quark Expeditions will make every effort to ensure the program takes place, but, due to weather conditions, flying in this region can be difficult and is beyond the control of Quark Expeditions. We strongly recommend that all expedition guests purchase a travel insurance policy including trip delay, cancellation and interruption insurance. In the unlikely event that the charter flight is unable to fly on day 2 or day 3 due to weather delays, Quark Expeditions will provide an additional night(s) hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas. On day 4, should the charter flight not be able to take off by 1400hrs, Quark Expeditions will officially cancel the voyage and provide letters for all clients to submit to their travel insurance providers under the trip delay/interruption and cancellation clause. QUARK EXPEDITIONS AND PEREGRINE ADVENTURES WILL NOT OFFER PASSENGERS A REFUND IN THE EVENT OF TRIP CANCELLATION. QUARK EXPEDITIONS AND PEREGRINE ADVENTURES WILL NOT OFFER PASSENGERS COMPENSATION IN THE EVENT OF A DELAY. IF THE CHARTER FLIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO TAKE OFF BY 1400 HRS ON DAY 4. Quark Expeditions will make every effort to assist passengers with rebooking hotels or flights, but this will be at the cost of the passengers, and Quark Expeditions strongly recommends that all clients contact their insurance provider prior to changing any reservations. Passengers on board the ship during these delays will remain on board with no additional cost until the time in which the charter flight is able to arrange transport. Quark Expeditions advises all clients to book changeable airlines tickets along with cancellation and interruption insurance to assist with additional airline change fees. We advise all passengers to have flexible travel arrangements upon disembarkation of the voyage if delays arise. Quark Expeditions and Peregrine Adventures will not be held responsible for any change/cancellation fees due to weather related delays or any other delays arising from force majeure. FOR CANCELLATION DUE TO ALL OTHER EVENTS OF FORCE MAJEURE, THE STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS SHALL APPLY.

Day 1 - Punta Arenas
Welcome to Punta Arenas – the most populated city in Patagonia. If you are planning on arriving today, please ensure your flight arrives in the early afternoon to allow for check-in and a welcome meeting. If you do arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy. In the early evening around 6 pm, your expedition leaders will meet you at the hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about embarkation day.
Day 2 - Punta Arenas – King George Island – Embarkation Day
This morning, transfer to Punta Arenas Airport and take a charter flight to King George Island, crossing the mighty Drake Passage in a matter of hours. Your first glimpse of Antarctic landscapes will be from above, as the plane descends for landing on King George Island. On arrival, stretch your legs and spend a bit of time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 3-6 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Begin your voyage around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, and with a flexible itinerary over the next few days, your expert captain and expedition team will plot a specific course to maximise wildlife sightings and shore landings. On multiple Zodiac cruises, you might walk along a beach teeming with thousands of penguins and seals or discover the rugged landscapes on hiking or snowshoeing opportunities. After your shore excursions, retire to your expedition vessel to socialise with fellow adventurers in the restaurant or lounging areas, relax into your comfortable stateroom or join with your specialist crew at a number of lectures, gaining in-depth knowledge of the geology, history and wildlife of the region. While nothing is set in stone, your polar team are dedicated to making this journey one of unforgettable beauty – spectacular sights at every turn.
Day 7 - King George Island – Disembarkation Day – Puntas Arenas
After your week of exploration, bid farewell to the expedition team and disembark at King George Island. From here, it’s a three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas. After transferring from the airport to the hotel, you’re free to explore the town and perhaps enjoy dinner with some of your fellow polar adventurers.
Day 8 - Punta Arenas
After breakfast, you’re free to continue on your own travels or make your own way to Punta Arenas Airport for onward flight connections. There are no activities planned for the final day and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Trip Dates

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07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 15,600-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 17,800-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 20,000-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 21,500-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 23,700-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 25,900-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 28,200-
07-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 32,600-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 20,000-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 21,500-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 23,700-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 25,900-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 28,200-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 32,600-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 15,600-
12-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 17,800-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 15,600-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 17,800-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 20,000-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 21,500-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 23,700-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 25,900-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 28,200-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 32,600-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 16,300-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 18,500-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 20,800-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 23,000-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 25,200-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 27,400-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 29,600-
22-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 32,600-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 16,300-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 18,500-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 20,800-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 23,000-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 25,200-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 27,400-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 29,600-
27-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 32,600-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 16,300-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 18,500-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 20,800-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 23,000-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 25,200-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 27,400-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 29,600-
16-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 32,600-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 16,300-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 25,200-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 29,600-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 32,600-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 20,800-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 18,500-
21-01-202128-01-2021AUD $ 27,400-
26-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 18,500-
26-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 26,700-
26-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 25,200-
26-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 29,600-
26-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 31,900-
26-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 34,100-


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