2024.25 Antarctic Express Fly the Drake

Arrival and Departure Details

As you prepare for your journey, you may be interested in your arrival and departure details. Since international air transportation is not included in the cost of your expedition, you have some flexibility in planning your flights. Looking to extend your adventure beyond your polar expedition? On page 15, learn how to add on a pre- or post-expedition stop—or both!—in your gateway city. Arrival Day and Embarkation ARRIVING IN PUNTA ARENAS Please be sure to book a flight that will land with enough time to arrive at the hotel prior to 1 pm on Day 1 of your expedition. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the included group hotel. For passengers arriving before Day 1 of the itinerary, taxis are available to take you from the airport to your hotel for approximately $50 USD. On arrival at your hotel, either check in, and then make your way to the Quark Expeditions meeting room, or if you have arrived before check-in begins at 3 pm, you can head directly to the meeting room, which is open from 12 pm. Here you will collect your boots and parka, which you will need for the following day’s flight. You will also need to bring the luggage you are planning to travel with to the meeting room, so it can be weighed and checked for biosecurity clearance, which may involve vacuuming out any debris from outer clothing and backpacks, part of our commitment to protecting the sensitive Antarctic environment. After these procedures, the mandatory briefing will start at 6 pm in the meeting room. A welcome dinner hosted by a Quark Expeditions representative will follow the briefing.

PLEASE NOTE It is important that you arrive at the hotel in Punta Arenas no later than 1 pm, in order to have time for check in, luggage weighing and tagging, boot and parka distribution, and biosecurity clearance, prior to the mandatory briefing at 6 pm.

4 Call your Travel Professional or a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 1.888.892.0073 | Visit QuarkExpeditions.com for additional details

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