Antarctica & Valdivian Rainforest

Antarctica & Valdivian Rainforest


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.

11 days / 10 nights
Specific departure dates in December 2024 and January 2025.
Places visited
Punta Arenas, King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula & Puerto Varas

What´s included

  • Daily breakfast, transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes.
  • 1 night’s pre-expedition and 1 night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas.
  • 5 nights of accommodation onboard the Ocean Explorer or the World Explorer Ships from Quark Expeditions in Antarctica with full board & activities.
  • 3 nights of accommodation at AWA Hotel in Puerto Varas with full board and shared activities.
  • All Quark zodiac transfers and cruising & shore landings as per the day program.
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board throughout your Quark voyage. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner onboard the Quark vessel.
  • A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1.
  • One night’s pre-expedition and one night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast.
  • Flights to and from King George Island.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media, and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data-intensive applications).
  • An official Quark Expeditions ® parka to keep.

Not included

  • International flights.
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned.
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned.
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Optional tours and experiences.
  • Any items not mentioned.

Detailed description

Day 1
Punta Arenas
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
Punta Arenas / Antarctica
Fly to King George Island and Embarkation

Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will enable you to cross the legendary Drake Passage in only two hours, while 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 onto 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!

Days 3-6
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. The Antarctic Continent 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, and presentations on photography to help you take memory-catching images.

Even more exciting are your daily excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking on a shore inhabited by thousands of penguins is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

Each landing is different and is dependent on the weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between Adélie, Gentoo, and chinstrap penguins.

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 wilderness experience.

Your Expedition Team will accompany you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.

Day 7
Antarctica / Punta Arenas
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 8
Punta Arenas

After breakfast, private transfer to Puerto Natales Airport for your flight to Puerto Montt. Upon arrival, regular transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to AWA Hotel in Puerto Varas (Driving time: approx. 1 hr.)

AWA Hotel All-inclusive Shared Program includes:

• All meals and drinks during the stay (premium wines & liquors carry an additional cost).
• Shared transfer in/out from Puerto Montt Airport.
• Shared excursions per day with guides: one Full-Day or two Half-Day excursions.
• Use of electric bikes (according to availability).
• WI-FI and free parking.
• Use of Spa facilities, outdoor equipment (bikes, kayaks, and stand-up paddles), visit to the organic garden and photovoltaic plant.

Days 9-10
Puerto Varas
AWA Hotel Puerto Varas Excursions Menu

You may choose from a menu of excursions provided by the AWA Hotel.


  • Rafting Petrohué River
  • Petrohué Waterfalls
  • Cascadas Zip Line Round Trip
  • Fundo Playa Venado
  • Horseback Riding in Puerto Rosales
  • Kayaking La Poza


  • El Solitario Trail and Saltos Petrohué River
  • Paso Desolación Trail
  • Ancient Alerce Hike
  • Cayutué Lagoon Trail


  • Route of the Colonists
  • Lahuen Ñadi Natural Monument


  • Market & Farm to Table
  • Farm to Table

Water Sports:

  • Rafting Petrohué
  • Kayaking Reloncaví Estuary

Horseback Riding:

  • Las Tranqueras Horseback Riding


  • Fly-fishing through the Rivers

Available at an additional cost:

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Excursion Helicopter Flight


Day 11
Puerto Varas / Puerto Montt

At appropriate time, regular transfer to Puerto Montt Airport for your flight.

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