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. Settle into your hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather for a welcome reception.
Caesar Park Hotel (D)
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch overlooking the Beagle Channel. Then set sail on the National Geographic Explorer.
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.
Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home.
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.
Journalist and author Fen Montaigne's work has appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Outside, Smithsonian, and the Wall Street Journal Hie acclaimed book Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctica recounts five months on the Antarctic Peninsula working with ecologist Bill Fraser, who has long studied the impact of rapid warming on the region and its Adélie penguins. A former Moscow bureau chief of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Montaigne is also the author of Reeling in Russia, and he has co-authored two other books. For his work on Fraser’s Penguins, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. He is now senior editor of the online magazine Yale Environment 360.
Fen will join the following departure:
Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Orion
*Departures on the National Geographic Orion departing November 2015 - January 2016 begin and end in Santiago, Chile instead of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please call for details.
Departures between November 2014 and February 2015
For a single cabin November 2014 - February 2015, add $3,320 in Category 2 and $3,420 in Category 3.
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.
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).