Emperor Penguin Quest: Expedition to Snow Hill

Quark Expeditions
p.p. in a Shared Cabin, Excludes Flights
Duration 14 days
Departure Buenos Aires, Argentina
Destinations Weddell Sea

Embrace the expeditionary spirit on a quest to reach the colony of thousands of pairs of emperor penguins and their chicks. Spend five days in the vicinity of Snow Hill, either on tour to the colony, or immersing yourself in our custom-designed Weddell Sea experiences. This 13 day voyage offers incredible opportunities to explore the striking shores of the last wild place on earth. The abundant wildlife, endless vistas, and fascinating science and history of the area will leave you speechless.

Travel aboard our new ship Ultramarine, enjoying the sauna or one of the ship’s many other onboard amenities. Enjoy helicopter sightseeing and Zodiac cruising for unique perspectives of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, the cofounders of Quark Expeditions, took the first group of commercial travelers to the North Pole In 1991. That inaugural, game-changing expedition—the first-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage—set Quark Expeditions on a course that would put us at the forefront of polar exploration. We’ve spent the last three decades taking travelers on polar expeditions to remote parts of the Arctic and Antarctic where no one else has set foot. Polar expeditions have evolved since Quark Expeditions’ 1991 journey aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker Sovetskiy Soyuz. While that first journey solidified Quark Expeditions’ role as the leader in polar adventure, we’ve not rested on our laurels. We’ve continued to achieve new firsts. We’re forever driven to forge new paths in polar explorations.  

Unsure if this Emperor Penguin Quest: Exhibition to Snow Hill itinerary is right for you? Review our Antarctica destination overview for full details on seasonality, routes, ship selection, pricing, expedition inclusions and how North South Voyages can help make your Antarctica dream become reality


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  • Sale
    DateNov 12 - Nov 25, 2023
    Duration14 days
    SizeMedium (199 Guests)
    Stars5* Luxury
    Expeditions RatingExcellent
    Zodiacs & Embarkation20 Boats | 4 Points
    From$26,096USDp.p. in a Shared Cabin
    Cabin prices
  • Sale
    DateNov 24 - Dec 07, 2023
    Duration14 days
    SizeMedium (199 Guests)
    Stars5* Luxury
    Expeditions RatingExcellent
    Zodiacs & Embarkation20 Boats | 4 Points
    From$26,096USDp.p. in a Shared Cabin
    Cabin prices


Day 1
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia and Embark
Day 3 - 4
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 5
Navigating into the Weddell Sea
Day 6 - 10
Weddell Sea and the Quest to Land at Snow Hill
Day 11 - 13
Day 14
Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires



  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person


  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities