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12 DAYS ANTARCTICA IMMERSION

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

Cruise, Outdoor & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Winter Wonderland

Highlights

  • Carefully handpicked ships offering insightful excursions and modern comfort
  • Encounter rich wildlife – penguins, whales, seals and sea birds
  • Explore the historic sites and active science bases
  • For Ultramarine passengers, enjoy the exclusive helicopter adventures
  • For Scenic Cruise passengers, experience a deep dive into the pristine waters in a submarine – Scenic Neptune, or take to the skies in the custom designed helicopters.

Join the world’s most illustrious explorers as you sojourn into the untouched Seventh Continent. Crossing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that few are ever lucky enough to encounter. Sail between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy seeing ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs, while spotting penguins, seals, and whales that call the White Continent home.

In this program, we have handpicked the best expedition ships for discerning travellers looking for the right blend of unique excursions, insightful lectures hosted by expert naturalists, and modern comfort.

From

USD 9,131 Per Person

11 Days 10 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY OF XINJIANG

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA OR SANTIAGO OR BUENOS AIRES

Ushuaia or Santiago or Buenos Aires
N.A.

[For Quark Expeditions – World Explorer & Aurora Expeditions]

Fly to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, with one night pre-cruise stay.

 

[For Silversea Cruise]

Fly to Santiago, the Chilean capital filled with life, it captivates with its assorted panoramas and its versatility.

 

[For Quark Expeditions Ultramarine & Scenic Cruise]

Fly to Buenos Aires, defined by Latin passion and European romance, this dynamic city is known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historical arts, and culinary experiences.

Day 02-04 EMBARK IN USHUAIA OR PUERTO WILLIAMS & CROSS DRAKE PASSAGE

Onboard
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

[For Silversea Cruise]

Fly from Santiago to Puerto Williams for embarkation.

 

[For Quark Expeditions Ultramarine & Scenic Cruise]

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia for embarkation.

 

We will transfer you to the port for sail through the Beagle Channel. Afterwards cross the legendary Drake Passage, notorious for its turbulent seas which pushes nutrient to the surface and often attracting seabirds and whales. Spend time on deck looking for wildlife or attend our expert-hosted presentations on history, wildlife and glaciology to prepare you as we gradually approach the Ice Continent.

Day 05-09 CRUISE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

Onboard
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Journey down to one of the planet’s most remote, extreme and enchanting wilderness, Antarctica. You will ultimately land on the frozen shores of the nearly inaccessible White Continent.

Cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula, the untamed landscape of snow-blanketed fjords, cathedral-sized icebergs and calving glaciers.

Lying close to the north-western tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands, is home to plump elephant seals, crowds of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins with research bases of several countries.

Depending on the weather condition, every day is different and will bring new discoveries into your adventure. Partake in zodiac excursions across remote bays in the company of curious penguins, whales, orcas, seals or seabirds one day, then hike through the vast wilderness of spongy tundra, crusty snow or sandy beach on another day.

[For Quark Expeditions – World Explorer] 

For those short in time, World Explorer offers an express journey with one less day in Antarctica. 

[For Scenic Cruise]

The itinerary includes one additional day in the Antarctic Peninsula. There may be opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South. Go kayaking in Antarctica under the guidance of our experienced Discovery Team, dive deep into the pristine waters in the submarine – Scenic Neptune^, or take to the skies in the custom designed helicopters (for an additional cost).

Day 10-11 CROSS DRAKE PASSAGE

Onboard
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

The return journey across Drake Passage offers final opportunities to come across seabirds and wildlife you may have previously missed. You may want to join in additional presentations by our experts or exchange stories of a lifetime with fellow travellers over a glass of champagne.

Day 12 DISEMBARK IN USHUAIA OR PUERTO WILLIAMS

Nil
Breakfast included

You will arrive in Ushuaia or Puerto Williams to continue your adventure or catch your flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago.

 

[For Scenic Cruise]

Fly to Buenos Aires for one night post-cruise stay. 

 

[For Silversea Cruises]

Fly to Santiago for one night post-cruise stay.

Hotels & Tour Price

QUARK EXPEDITIONS - World Explorer

2023-24 Season - Indicative cost per person

Verenda Suite - 20sqm
from US$9,131
Superior Suite - 26sqm
from US$11,084
Deluxe Suite - 31sqm
from US$11,903
QUARK EXPEDITIONS - World Explorer

QUARK EXPEDITIONS - World Explorer

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy. The personal space is exceptional. Every suite has either a private walk-out or French balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer delivers plenty of public areas to unwind, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge, the Explorer Lounge, the library, a small gym and a sauna, a spa, and a lecture theatre for presentations and discussions.

(Refurbished: 2019; Guest Capacity: 172; Rooms: 86; Restaurant: 1)

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QUARK EXPEDITIONS - Ultramarina

2023-24 Season - Indicative cost per person

Explorer Suite - 26.5sqm
from US$13,141
Balcony Suite - 25.8sqm
from US$14,491
Deluxe Balcony Suite - 37.5sqm
from US$16,921
Terrace Suite - 40.3sqm
from US$17,596
QUARK EXPEDITIONS - Ultramarine

QUARK EXPEDITIONS - Ultramarine

The newest addition to Quark’s fleet, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places. It is equipped with two twin-engine helicopter, every passenger has the chance to fly over the Antarctica Peninsula on a helicopter, along with a range of adventure options more extensive than any other ship in its class.

(Launched: 2021; Guest Capacity: 199; Rooms:102; Restaurant: 1)

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SILVERSEA - Silver Cloud

2023-24 Season - Indicative cost per person

Vista Suite - 22sqm
from US$9,450
Veranda Suite - 27sqm
from US$10,950
Deluxe Veranda Suite - 27sqm
from US$12,450
Medallion Suite - 48sqm
from US$18,450
Silver Suite - 54sqm
from US$20,450
SILVERSEA - Silver Cloud

SILVERSEA - Silver Cloud

The first cross over ship in Silversea’s fleet. 80% of the large suites includes a veranda, four dining options, 20 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, and one of the highest crew to guest and space to guest ratios, bring you remote and remarkable to you in ultra-luxurious comfort.

(Refurbished: 2016; Guest Capacity: 200 in polar regions; Rooms: 151; Restaurants: 4)

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SILVERSEA - Silver Endeavour

Indicative cost per person

Classic Veranda Suite - 33sqm
from US$12,150
Superior Veranda Suite - 33sqm
from US$13,650
Deluxe Veranda Suite - 33sqm
from US$14,450
Premium Veranda Suite - 33sqm
from US$23,100
Silver Suite - 50sqm
from US$33,800
SILVERSEA - Silver Endeavor

SILVERSEA - Silver Endeavor

Sailing to both poles, this newest addition to Silversea fleet redefines the meaning of ultra-luxury expedition cruising. Her PC6 ice-class rating is one of the highest in the industry. Spread over eight public decks, not only does she feature ample onboard space, multiple restaurants, plus a huge choice of bars and lounges, but her large and luxurious suites are some of the best in expedition cruising. Superbly designed, all her suites feature a balcony and the highest standards of service thanks to an impressive crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.

(Launched: Nov 2022; Guest Capacity: 200; Rooms: 100; Restaurants: 4)

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SCENIC - Scenic Eclipse

Indicative cost per person

Veranda Suite - 32sqm
from EUR15,665
Deluxe Veranda Suite - 33sqm
from EUR15,665
Grand Deluxe Veranda Suite - 39sqm
from EUR17,975
Spa Suite - 48sqm
from EUR22,375
Panorama Suite - 110sqm
from EUR34,145
SCENIC - Scenic Eclipse

SCENIC - Scenic Eclipse

Purpose-built to the highest standards to operate in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, Scenic Eclipse, The World's First Discovery Yachts, blends state-of-the-art technology with 6-star ultra-luxury for unrivaled exploration. All suites have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and step out private verandah of your suite. Take your exploration to the next level and soar above majestic icebergs or explore the fascinating underwater world - Scenic Eclipse remains the only ship to offer guests unrivaled discovery with two state-of-the-art onboard helicopters and a custom-built submarine, Scenic Neptune.

(Launched: 2019; Guest Capacity: 200; Rooms: 114; Restaurants: 10)

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AURORA EXPEDITIONS - Sylvia Earle

Indicative cost per person

Balcony Stateroom Cat. C - 21sqm
from US$11,916
Balcony Stateroom Superior - 29-40sqm
from US$15,116
Junior Suite - 39sqm
from US$19,036
AURORA EXPEDITIONS - Sylvia Earle

AURORA EXPEDITIONS - Sylvia Earle

The state-of-the-art X-BOW® design enables this innovative ship to pierce through the rough Antarctic waves with more stability and speed, thereby reducing fuel consumption by up to 80% compared to older ships. Led by some of the industry's best acclaimed Expedition Specialists, this 100% climate neutral ship offers diverse shore activities designed to maximize landing time before retreating to your spacious cabins.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All meals aboard the ship as stated
  • Return transfers from/to cruise port
  • Selected sea and land excursions
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment lectures

Quark Expeditions – World Explorer (Additional)

  • One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Ushuaia on Day 1 
  • All soft drinks and juices, as well as select beer and wine during dinner 
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep 
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan 
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD 500,000 per person 

Quark Expeditions – Ultramarine (Additional) 

  • One pre-cruise & one-post hotel night stay in Buenos Aires 
  • Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires and from Buenos Aires airport to hotel 
  • Chartered round trip flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia in economy class 
  • One 10- to 15- minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather and logistic permitting) 
  • All soft drinks and juices, as well as select beer and wine during dinner 
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep 
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan 
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD 500,000 per person 

Aurora Expeditions (Additional) 

 

  • One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Ushuaia on Day 1 
  • Half-day tour of Ushuaia on Day 2, prior to embarkation 
  • Select beers, house wines and soft drinks during dinner 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consultation) 
  • One 3-in-1 waterproof, polar expedition jacket 
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage 

Silver Cloud & Silver Endeavour (Additional)

  • One pre-cruise & one-post hotel night stay in Santiago
  • Round-trip flights between Santiago and Puerto Williams in economy class
  • Food and Beverages with choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Premium beverages in-suite and throughout the ship
  • In-suite 24-hour dining and room service
  • Butler service in all suites
  • Complimentary expedition gear including parka, backpack and water bottle
  • Butler service in every suite category
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Unlimited Free Wifi

Scenic – Eclipse (additional)

  • One pre-cruise hotel night stay in Buenos Aires
  • Round-trip flights between Buenos Aires and Punta Arenas in economy class
  • Complimentary expedition parka and water bottle, plus use of special polar boots
  • Butler service for an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio
  • Up to 10 dining experiences
  • The finest selection of included premium branded beverages, with a choice of over 100 whiskeys
  • Onboard Swarovski Telescopes and in suite binoculars
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Return airport transfers, all tipping on board and on shore

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Airfares 
  • Optional activities 
  • Beverages where meals are included 
  • Gratuities 
  • Personal expenses e.g. excess baggage fees, telephone bill, internet connection & laundry 
  • Visa 
  • Travel insurance 

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