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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 8+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Ends Punta Arenas, Chile
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Fly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica
  • Witness iconic Antarctic wildlife, such as penguins, seals and whales
  • Marvel at Antarctic Peninsula highlights, including crossing the Antarctic Circle
  • Celebrate crossing the Antarctic Circle with a toast
  • Enjoy onboard lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists
The tour "Antarctic Express: Crossing The Circle" is a cruise trip that starts from and ends in Punta Arenas. You will be cruising through Chile and Antarctica and pass by King George Island and Punta Arenas. "Antarctic Express: Crossing The Circle" takes 11 days and includes cabin accommodation onboard the cruise ship and other items. Please see the package includes section for more details.

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.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Overview
  • Day 1 : Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Day 2 : Fly to King George Island and Embarkation
  • Days 3 to 5 : Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Days 6 and 7 : Antarctic Circle
  • Days 8 and 9 : Northbound Along the Peninsula
  • Day 10 : Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas
  • Day 11 : Depart Punta Arenas
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast and 1 Dinner
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Accommodation
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All shore landings per the daily program
Guide
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
Others
  • 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
  • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic/Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Mandatory price included
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle tour. You can cancel the tour up to 125 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 124 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 01 November 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 01 November 2022, a deposit of 20% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 124 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Clean and healthy vessels that meet international certifications for infection prevention is ensured.
  • For the duration of the expedition, you will be only interacting with your fellow pre-screened passengers and Quark Expeditions staff.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days do you need in Chile?

    We recommend, at the very least, a 2-weeks tour of Chile to explore the blue glaciers and emerald forests of Torres del Paine, the enticing landscapes of the Atacama desert, and similar must-see destinations. You will be left with enough time to add a few more delightful places like capital Santiago, Valparaiso, and one or two world-class vineyards. A three-week tour will allow you to linger longer in all your favorite places. But if you have only 5 to 7 days, it’s best to focus on Santiago, the nearby colorful towns, and the wine valleys. Add a few more days, and you can squeeze in Patagonia, Atacama, Easter Island, or the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. To get more details on how many days to spend in Chile, see here.

  • Is Chile cheap for tourists?

    Chile is not the cheapest place to visit in South America. But the kind of trip you have in mind will determine your budget. Typically, most tourists like to hike in the Torres del Paine and explore the desert landscape of Atacama during a 10 to 15-day trip. It is possible to do a trekking-heavy trip on a budget of USD 90 to 100 per day per person. Basic accommodation and food costs are higher in Chile than in other South American countries. So be ready to spend at least USD 75 daily for a non-luxurious trip.

  • How do you get around in Chile?

    Chile is well connected from north to south via flights and buses. But it’s trickier to travel from east to west, and south of Puerto Montt because of the unusual landscape comprising glaciers and mountains. Long-distance buses are the best way to go up and down the country. For travelling to remote areas, you can hire your own car. Trains are useful only in certain parts, like Central Chile. You can also consider low-cost airlines: they are sometimes cheaper than long-distance buses—if you don’t mind missing out on the scenery on the way.

  • What is Chile best known for?

    Chile is best known for its diverse landscapes. It is home to incredible glaciers and fjords, the driest of deserts, superb rock formations, and ancient forests. Chilean hospitality is well known, and the people like to bond over maté tea. You’ll find buena onda (good vibes) wherever you go. The world has woken up to the exquisite taste of Chile’s wines. In fact, Latin America’s largest winegrower is in Chile’s countryside. Capital Santiago has some of the finest art galleries in South America like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Neighborhoods like Bellavista in Santiago and Concepción in Valparaíso have a very vibrant street-art culture. 

  • What is the typical food in Chile?

    Traditional Chilean cuisine is hearty and winsome, imbibing many European and South American influences. Some famous dishes include Plateada (soft-cut beef), Chorrillana (French fries with meat and seasoning); Empanada (baked or fried puff pastry with salty or sweet fillings), Pastel del choclo (a sort of shepherd’s pie made using corn mash), Pastel de jaiba (crab pie), Machas a la parmesana (a clam dish topped with cheese), and Completo (Chilean-style hot dog that is bigger than its American counterpart). And you must try Terremotos, a rather potent alcoholic drink, and the many excellent Chilean wines

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