Saturday 16th of November 2019 until Friday 27th of December 2019
South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari - 16 Days / 15 Nights - from $22602* per person (with World Journeys).
Special Offer - First time travellers with Quark save up to US$1,000
Save US$500 per person on Standard Cabins, and US$1,000 per person on Premium Cabins. Valid on bookings confirmed by 31 Jan 2019 for selected voyages to Antarctica departing Nov 2019 to Mar 2020. Applies to voyage fare only. Valid only for guests who have not previously travelled with Quark Expeditions.
• Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of the journey • Experience the quintessential wildlife experience of the "Galapagos of the Poles" - South Georgia • Visit South Georgia's king penguin rookeries - the largest in the world • Reflect at the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton • Visit abandoned whaling stations and learn stories of inhabitants who called this island home • Enjoy on-board lecturers and educational presentations from polar specialists
Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you'll enjoy its heavily European-influenced heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation. At sea, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet us on this fabled island, where we'll pay our respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.
Your Ship: Ocean Diamond The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.
Your Ship: World Explorer Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy, these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only will it be among our fastest ships, it will also be one of our finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation.
Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina - You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in this splendid city, known for its rich architecture and European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).
Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation - After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.
Days 3 to 5: At Sea - The Expedition Team will keep you busy by testing your knowledge of seabirds, penguins and the history of South Georgia as they begin their educational lecture program.
Days 6 to 8: South Georgia - The first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sighting of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Rising out of the icy ocean waters, have your binoculars and cameras ready to photograph these rocks. Shags, prions and wandering albatross often rest here.
Days 9 and 10: At Sea - Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you're at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by the Expedition Team.
Days 11 to 13: Antarctic Peninsula - The most common reaction to arriving at the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you'll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, the next you'll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.
Days 14 and 15: At Sea - After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins.
Day 16: Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires - We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, we will taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.
Includes: • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board • Complimentary wine with dinner (Ocean Endeavour only) • All shore landings per the daily program • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • Photographic journal documenting the expedition • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person • One night's hotel accommodation Buenos Aires
Departs: 16 Nov and 27 Dec 2019
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