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.
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 Ritz-Carlton Hotel before our
guided overview of this vibrant city backed by
the inspiring Andes.
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.
While crossing the spectacular Drake Passage, spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship.
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.
Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make the following stops:
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.
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.
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.
Fly by charter to
Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with
your overnight flight home.
Book by July 31, 2015 and receive complimentary international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires or Santiago on the following 2015 and 2016 departures: November 27, December 6, and December 7. 2015; November 27 and December 7, 2016. Offer applies to new bookings only and airfare must be booked through Lindblad Expeditions.
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.
Chris Rainier specializes in the documentation of indigenous cultures, and is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. A National Geographic Explorer, Chris was a co-founder of the Society’s All Roads Photography Program and is a co-director of the Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures. He serves as a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine. His life's mission is to document endangered cultures and help empower them to use modern technology to save their ancient traditions through a project he directs called the Last Technology Program. He has conducted expeditions to all seven continents and the North Pole. Chris has won numerous awards for his photography, including the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Explorers Club for his work with endangered cultures. Chris was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London.
Chris will join the following departure:
Jan 05 - 18, 2016
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Orion
*Departures on the National Geographic Orion begin and end in Santiago, Chile instead of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please call for details.
Departures between November 27 - December 15, 2015 and January 5-16, 2016
For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,490 in Category 2 and $3,600 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $6,480 in Category 1 and $7,720 in Category 3.
Departures between December 16, 2015 - January 4, 2016
For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,770 in Category 2 and $3,890 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $7,020 in Category 1 and $8,330 in Category 3.
Departures between November 27 - December 7, 2016 and January 5-February 5, 2017
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.
Departures between December 16 - December 27, 2016
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.
International airfare to/from Buenos Aires and airfare within Argentina is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia begins at $850 (subject to change).