Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, adventurers and founders of Quark Expeditions, did something unprecedented in 1991. Together with clients, they undertook the first-ever commercial trip to the North Pole. This expedition, which rewritten the history of tourism, when the first travelers aboard a Soviet nuclear icebreaker sailed the Northeast Sea Route, placed Quark Expeditions as a pioneer in the field of polar expeditions. Thirty years have passed since then, technology has changed the world and opened up new possibilities for learning. If you have ever admired the first polar explorers or you would just like to get to know these regions more comfortably, get inspired later in the article.
Spitsbergen Highlights: Spitsbergen quickly and to the maximum
Spitsbergen Highlights is one of the most popular Quark Expeditions. During it, you can indulge in an exceptional adventure as a passenger of the most luxurious polar vessel Ultramarine, which moves the possibilities of extraordinary experiences to other dimensions. The brand new machine will take you to places where another ship cannot, and this exclusivity of course brings with it a unique experience where you will get to know Svalbard differently. You can observe the majestic beauty of the surrounding nature through spacious panoramic windows or you can be even closer to nature because there are also twenty fast Zodiac inflatable boats. Although the island is mountainous and covered with glaciers, its ecosystem is very rich. The Ultramarine is a Rolls-Royce field for expedition vessels, and in addition to spacious luxury cabins and observation platforms, two helicopters are another way to enjoy the magic of the north. An environmentally friendly boat that turns waste into energy also thinks of wellness pleasures, there is a sauna, spa, and fitness on board. Thanks to the ubiquitous generous windows, you will not be deprived of the magic of the outside world, even when using this background.
On a seven-day journey through the lands of ice along the west coast of Svalbard, you will feel like discoverers hundreds of years ago, despite the comfort. Along the way, you will be watched by the inquisitive eyes of Arctic birds, walruses, and if you are lucky, you will also see the largest beast in the world, a polar bear.
Observing a total solar eclipse over Antarctica is a rare phenomenon. Sixteen years ago, Quark Expeditions clients were the first people to observe this phenomenon on the seventh continent. In December 2021, a unique opportunity opens up to experience the same. During the Solar Eclipse 2021 expedition, you will be engrossed in the sacred vastness of Antarctica, with its giant glaciers and mountains gripped by ice. You will go hiking, relax while boating, and experience fun encounters with penguins. While sailing on the comfortable ship World Explorer, which has been part of the Quark Expeditions fleet since 2019, where none of the cabins are deprived of their balcony, it is a pleasure to observe this still intact piece of the planet. From the guides you will learn many interesting facts about the polar landscape and its inhabitants, the team will also include Babak Tafreshi, a photographer awarded by National Geographic, an expert in night photography. David Baron, author of the world-famous book American Eclipse, will also take part in the cruise. From icy Antarctica, head further north, where on December 4 you will experience a miracle when the sun darkens. You will receive special glasses and there will also be a toast. You will end the expedition exploring South Georgia, known as the „Galapagos of the South Sea“.
Embark on an epic journey in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and sail aboard the Ultramarine to the end of the world. During the Essential Patagonia expedition, you will get to the southernmost as possible of the globe. In the town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, you board and sail around Cape Horn to one of the most isolated places on the planet, the Land of Fire. It was named in 1520 by the Portuguese navigator Fernão de Magalhães after the fires he saw on the island. Next up is Drake's Strait, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a place that does not forgive sailors for mistakes. Like Charles Darwin, who gathered evidence for his groundbreaking theory in these places, you pass through the Beagle Channel. The landscape that the famous British naturalist first saw in 1833 is still just as beautiful and rugged at the same time. During this unforgettable expedition, you will explore the Chilean fjords and Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You will be able to observe one of the most photogenic parts of the planet from a helicopter or while sailing on a boat along the breathtaking coast. Along the way, you will be accompanied by colonies of penguins, seals, and other representatives of the local fauna.
From the Czech Republic, you can embark on a polar adventure from Quark Expeditions with Exclusive Tours, our travel partner.
Life & style
30. 6. 2022
The interest in holiday properties in the country is not waning. However, their supply is completely insufficient after almost two years of boom. This, together with the rising price of building materials and labour, is reflected in their high prices. The new project Apartments Albeřice with 11 design units, which is growing in the mountain village of Horní Maršov - Dolní Albeřice in the Krkonoše Mountains, should help to satisfy the enormous demand. The exclusive sale of luxury apartments has now been launched by our real estate agency Luxent - Exclusive Properties! The construction of the low-rise building is expected to start towards the end of this year, with completion planned for the 4th quarter of next year.
16. 5. 2022
Are you dreaming of a new exclusive property near Prague, but at the same time close to nature? Now we have launched the sale of luxury houses in the second phase of the development project Březový háj, which is growing in the village of Předboj. It includes 4 original family villas of 6+kk and 7+kk with gardens, terraces and swimming pools - and their construction has already started! Despite the situation on the real estate market, where, among other things, prices are rising due to a shortage of building materials, interest in the project is huge. Of the sixteen houses in the first phase, only the last one is currently available for purchase. Their implementation will be completed at the turn of this spring and summer, and the entire project with the second phase should be completed in the summer of 2023.
9. 5. 2022
The steep rise in real estate prices, the rising cost of mortgages and the deterioration of their availability, inflation, the rise in prices of building materials and the shortage of building materials - this is the current situation on the real estate market. However, even this does not discourage those interested in luxury housing or a profitable investment. The demand for new flats, especially in Prague, still significantly exceeds the supply. The huge interest is also evidenced by the fact that in many development projects from our portfolio the last units remain to be purchased. In order to at least partially satisfy the "hunger" for luxury new buildings, work is in full swing. Let's take a closer look at the current developments!
15. 3. 2022
The interest in real estate, especially recreational ones, is still enormous. However, since the domestic supply is not able to cover it, Czechs are now turning their attention more and more abroad, for example to Slovakia. A development project called Marina Liptov, which comprises 33 modern apartments in layouts from 2+kk to 4+kk, is growing right next to the Slovak dam Liptovská Mara on the Váh River under the Tatra Mountains. They offer the possibility of active relaxation in their own facilities in a popular Slovak recreational location as well as the opportunity for a promising investment in an apartment. The project should be completed by the end of next year. Our Luxent - Exclusive Properties office has become the exclusive partner for their sale in the Czech Republic - let's take a closer look now!
19. 1. 2022
Winters are relatively mild in our area, but if you have a warm heart, you may miss the sunshine during the cold months. And if you experience these feelings every winter, you might want to consider investing in an apartment in a warm climate. Find out what's trending right now and which luxury properties abroad you can choose from in this article!
12. 1. 2022
Do you want to go skiing or cross-country skiing? Wondering where to spend your spring break with family or friends? Get yourself a holiday property in the mountains! You will see that you can choose from our range of exclusive properties in renowned domestic resorts in no time.
3. 1. 2022
It can already be said with certainty that 2021 will go down in mortgage history as a record year - whether in terms of the volume of mortgages arranged due to huge interest or above-standard interest rate increases. We will now take a closer look at the various factors that have shaped the mortgage market in recent months and will also be reflected in the period ahead.
28. 12. 2021
The luxury segment, comprising unusual properties in prestigious locations, forms a distinctive part of the residential market. And it has its own special requirements. Properties that are the focus of our real estate agency Luxent - Exclusive Properties require professional brokers with perfect knowledge of the specifics of this market. They will now take you on an excursion into the world of exclusive real estate with a few selected, untouched gems!
2. 12. 2021
The jewel of our real estate agency Luxent - Exclusive Properties' portfolio are two building plots with building permits for luxury house development projects - Nad Šáreckým údolím in Prague 6 and Zahrada snů in Prague 8. The common feature of the buildings is the emphasis on the highest quality materials and equipment, the pursuit of maximum energy efficiency and also a sensitive setting in the space that honours the genius loci. You can start building your home as soon as you purchase the land. You'll also appreciate the fact that both have now seen a significant price adjustment!
10. 11. 2021
In the popular Krkonoše resort of Harrachov, an intimate project Harrachov Peaks is growing, which includes 16 unique units, including three exclusive penthouse duplexes. Our real estate agency Luxent - Exclusive Properties has launched an exclusive sale of luxury apartments with layouts from 1+kk to 4+kk. But don't hesitate for long, the huge demand for holiday properties is definitely not going to subside! Mountain residential house offers the possibility of a second home in nature and at the same time an investment opportunity. The project is scheduled for completion in December next year, and you can look forward to the handover of the units in January 2023.