Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

Check off a travel milestone by crossing the Antarctic Circle. Maximize your adventure by skipping the ocean transit and flying over the Drake Passage by charter plane. Simply combine our exciting Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition itinerary with a direct round-trip flight from Chile to your polar-ready ship, to get our Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle voyage. Then, explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula by sea, and continue further to reach 66⁰33´ south. Check other achievements off your bucket list as well, such as sea kayaking through channels dotted with icebergs.

Itineraries

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 1

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.

Fly to King George Island and Embarkation

Day 2

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!

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Days 3 to 5

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. Much of 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 expert education team will also provide in-depth explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region. Even more exciting are your land 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 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 this unrivaled travel experience. Your Expedition Team will accompany you along the way, ensuring safety and providing insights into the places you visit.

Antarctic Circle

Days 6 and 7

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is both a memorable experience and impressive achievement, as few travelers reach so far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famed latitude of 66°33´ S, we’ll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell seals, and your best chances of encountering sea ice – the foundation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

Northbound Along the Peninsula

Days 8 and 9

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to King George Island. You will continue to explore by Zodiac or on land as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

Day 10

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.

Depart Punta Arenas

Day 11

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Route Map

Trip Sailings

Ship Name Departs on Cabin Name Cabin Description Price Per Person Promo Price Per Person Mandatory Transfer Price
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Triple Triple (3 berths) $14,295 $12,865 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $14,295 $12,865 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $14,295 $12,865 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $18,395 $16,555 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $31,272 $28,145 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $18,395 $16,555 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $18,395 $16,555 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $32,972 $29,675 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $19,395 $17,455 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $19,395 $17,455 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $19,395 $17,455 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $20,995 $18,895 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $35,692 $32,123 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $20,995 $18,895 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $20,995 $18,895 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Superior Double (2 berths) $21,995 $19,795 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Superior Single (1 berth) $43,990 $39,591 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $43,990 $39,591 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $21,995 $19,795 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Suite Single (1 berth) $59,190 $53,271 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Suite Double (2 berths) $29,595 $26,635 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $63,390 $57,051 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $31,695 $28,525 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Triple Triple (3 berths) $14,295 $12,865 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $14,295 $12,865 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $14,295 $12,865 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $18,395 $16,555 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $31,272 $28,145 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $18,395 $16,555 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $18,395 $16,555 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $32,972 $29,675 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $19,395 $17,455 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $19,395 $17,455 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $19,395 $17,455 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $20,995 $18,895 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $35,692 $32,123 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $20,995 $18,895 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $20,995 $18,895 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Superior Double (2 berths) $21,995 $19,795 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Superior Single (1 berth) $43,990 $39,591 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $43,990 $39,591 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $21,995 $19,795 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Suite Single (1 berth) $59,190 $53,271 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Suite Double (2 berths) $29,595 $26,635 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $63,390 $57,051 None
Ocean Adventurer February 23, 2023 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $31,695 $28,525 None

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 1

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.

Fly to King George Island and Embarkation

Day 2

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, make your way to the shore, before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Days 3 to 5

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The White Continent is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. Even more exciting are your land 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 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 this unrivaled travel experience. Your Expedition Team will accompany you along the way, ensuring safety and providing insights into the places you visit. Our expert education team will also provide in-depth explanations of the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region.

Antarctic Circle

Days 6 and 7

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is both a memorable experience and impressive achievement, as few travelers reach so far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famed latitude of 66°33 ́ S, we’ll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell seals, and your best chances of encountering sea ice – the foundation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

Northbound Along the Peninsula

Days 8 and 9

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to King George Island. You will continue to explore by Zodiac or on land as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas

Day 10

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.

Depart Punta Arenas

Day 11

After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.

Route Map

Trip Sailings

Ship Name Departs on Cabin Name Cabin Description Price Per Person Promo Price Per Person Mandatory Transfer Price