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
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.
8. 9. 2021
In an attractive location of Prague 5, on the border of Smíchov and Radlice, directly below Dívčí hrady, construction of an original and timeless development project - the Garden Lofts residence in industrial style has started. The building includes 22 luxury apartments with terraces, balconies or front gardens. They are now exclusively for sale by our real estate agency Luxent - Exclusive Properties. The project will be completed in the spring of 2023. The construction is being carried out by the renowned construction company Swietelsky.
11. 8. 2021
We have opened a model house in the exclusive residential complex Březový háj in Předboj, Prague-East. Most of the 16 luxury villas, including one bungalow from the first stage, are already sold or reserved. But do not despair! During this year we are going to offer for purchase 4 more houses from the second one. The exclusive sale of luxury homes is handled by our real estate agency Luxent - Exclusive Properties. The first phase is scheduled to be completed next spring, and the entire project is expected to be finished in late 2022/early 2023.
22. 7. 2021
Wondering how to spend your summer? Are you a lover of wine, cycling or hiking? Discover the 1,200 kilometres of wine trails in Moravia! You can choose from a total of eighteen circuits named after the main wine centres. The routes ingeniously connect interesting places and offer visitors day trips and multi-day trips full of exercise and first-class Moravian wine. Once you start with one, you'll want to try the others! Here's a selection of the ones you shouldn't miss, along with a few tips on luxury living.
15. 7. 2021
Luxent - Exclusive Properties offers comprehensive services in the field of luxury real estate. To work in such a specific market, our real estate brokers require, in addition to years of experience, excellent knowledge of the real estate segment, top know-how in marketing and sales support, as well as professionalism and superior client care. An exceptional example is Zdeněk Jemelík, who specialises primarily in the sale of residential properties and development projects and also provides advice on investment acquisitions and leases.
28. 6. 2021
Golf is no longer the domain of a select few who live in exclusive apartments and family villas. Golf tourism is becoming increasingly popular in the Czech Republic. It combines a passion for sport with visits to historical monuments or trips through beautiful countryside. So whether you are a seasoned matador or a beginner, you are sure to enjoy travelling in conjunction with golf! So where to go?
16. 6. 2021
Are you planning to buy an exclusive property? In addition to luxury apartments in Prague, family villas and commercial buildings, you can also choose from historic ones! In the Czech Republic, unlike Western European countries, we have monuments that have been relatively preserved, but during the previous regime it was impossible to buy them. Since then, they have been in great demand among businessmen and celebrities. They build private residences, company headquarters, hotels, spas, restore castle parks, vineyards or develop other agricultural activities on the land. Are you interested in how this unique segment works? Lenka Munter, a specialist at Luxent - Exclusive Properties, who has valued the properties of the British royal family for Forbes in New York, will guide you through the world of historic properties. The company currently offers several castles in its portfolio, including those in Světlá nad Sázavou, Encovany and Stružná.