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Traveling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. Glide around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac, walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins, and kayak amid abundant marine life.

Trip Highlights

    • View magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, and ice formations that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape.
    • Cruise aboard sturdy Zodiac landing craft in search of leopard seals.
    • Kayak in protected waters, paddling around icebergs as penguins swim nearby.
    • Walk on shore amid thousands of penguins, including gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (NG Explorer) or Santiago (NG Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron. Or settle in to Santiago’s Grand Hyatt Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.
(Day 2: L)

Day 3 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch aboard a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 — At Sea/Drake Passage

While crossing the spectacular Drake Passage, spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship.
(B,L,D)

Days 5 through 10 — Exploring Antarctica

With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales perform off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an extra landing during the day. We anticipate making several Zodiac landings each day to hike, kayak among the icebergs, and experience close encounters with wildlife.
(B,L,D daily)

Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make the following stops:

Paradise Bay
This pristine bay is edged by soaring ice-covered peaks. Hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

Lemaire Channel and Petermann Island
Cruise through the Lemaire Channel between towering snowcaps and blue icebergs. Step ashore at Petermann Island to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins standing along the shoreline as if awaiting your arrival.

Neko Harbor
Dock in Neko Harbor. Walk among the penguins on the beach or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.

Historic Port Lockroy
In 1944, the British government began a top-secret expedition code-named Operation Tabarin, creating a series of base stations in Antarctica. Base A, at Port Lockroy, is now a museum and Antarctica's only public post office.

Days 11 & 12 — At Sea

Enjoy the ship's amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 13 & 14 — Ushuaia/Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home.
(B,L)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book now and receive free international round-trip airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires on the following departures: November 6, 16, 27 and December 7, 2016; and November 26 and December 6, 2017. Free charter airfare between Santiago and Ushuaia is also included on the November 6 and 16, 2016 departures. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

Expedition Team

A diverse team of experts, including naturalists, historians, and a National Geographic photographer, will accompany each expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Rich Reid

Rich ReidAward-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure and is represented by National Geographic Stock. Recently, the North America Nature Photography Association presented Rich with a Fellows Award for his professional contribution to nature photography. His award-winning short documentary highlighting watershed conservation on the California coast has motivated him to continue to create multimedia projects using time-lapse photography to benefit our oceans, open spaces, and wildlife. Rich has shared his photography passion for most of his career operating photo tours in Alaska, teaching Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute in California, and guiding guests on National Geographic Expeditions throughout the globe.

Rich will join the following departure:

Jan 15 - 28, 2017

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2016
  • Nov 06 - 19, 2016 [ORION]
  • Nov 16 - 29, 2016 [ORION]
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2016 [EXP]
  • Dec 07 - 20, 2016 [EXP]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2016 [ORION]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2016 [EXP]
  • Dec 26, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017 [ORION]
  • Dec 27, 2016 - Jan 09, 2017 [EXP]
2017
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jan 15 - 28, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2017 [EXP]
  • Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2017 [EXP]
  • Feb 05 - 18, 2017 [EXP]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 09, 2017 [EXP]
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2017 [EXP]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2017 [EXP]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2017 [ORION]
  • Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 08, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 09, 2018 [ORION]
2018
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2018 [ORION]
  • Jan 15 - 28, 2018 [EXP]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2018 [ORION]
  • Jan 25 - Feb 07, 2018 [EXP]
  • Feb 04 - 17, 2018 [EXP]

[ORION] National Geographic Orion
[EXP] National Geographic Explorer

*Departures on the National Geographic Orion begin and end in Santiago, Chile instead of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please call for details.

Add a three-day post-trip extension to Iguazu Falls (Explorer only) or a four-day post-trip extension to Easter Island to any departure. Please call for details

Expedition Cost

2016/2017 Season Rates

Departures between Nov. 27 - Dec. 7, 2016 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 5, 2017

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,360 $13,360
Category 2 $14,360 $14,360
Category 3 $14,790 $15,920
Category 4 $15,920 $18,990
Category 5 $19,150 $21,880
Category 6 $21,880 $25,480
Category 7 $25,480 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,590 in Category 2 and $3,700 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $6,630 in Category 1 and $7,960 in Category 3.

2016 Holiday Rates

Departures between Dec. 16, 2016 - Dec. 27, 2016

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,430 $14,430
Category 2 $15,500 $15,500
Category 3 $15,970 $17,190
Category 4 $17,190 $20,510
Category 5 $20,680 $23,630
Category 6 $26,360 $27,520
Category 7 $27,520 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,880 in Category 2 and $3,990 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $7,220 in Category 1 and $8,600 in Category 3.

2017/2018 Season Rates

Departures between Nov. 26, 2017 - Dec. 6, 2017 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 4, 2018

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,760 $13,760
Category 2 $14,790 $14,790
Category 3 $15,230 $16,390
Category 4 $16,390 $19,720
Category 5 $19,720 $22,540
Category 6 $22,540 $26,240
Category 7 $26,240 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,700 in Category 2 and $3,810 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $6,880 in Category 1 and $8,200 in Category 3.

2017 Holiday Rates

Departures between Dec. 16, 2017 - Dec. 27, 2017

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,860 $14,860
Category 2 $15,970 $15,970
Category 3 $16,450 $17,690
Category 4 $17,690 $21,290
Category 5 $21,290 $24,340
Category 6 $24,340 $28,340
Category 7 $28,340 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,990 in Category 2 and $4,110 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $7,430 in Category 1 and $8,840 in Category 3.

International airfare to/from Buenos Aires (Explorer), to/from Santiago (Orion), airfare within Argentina (Explorer) and Chile (Orion) is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (Explorer) begins at $850 and between Santiago and Ushuaia (Orion) begins at $890 (subject to change).

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