Journey to Antarctica

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 14 Days | Round-trip Buenos Aires or Santiago
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details

 

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

    • The National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion are equipped with top exploration tools, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor.
    • Learn from a team of biologists, geologists, and undersea specialists who offer insights and in-depth presentations throughout the trip.
    • Get up close to icebergs, wildlife, and hard-to-reach places using our fleets of kayaks and Zodiacs.
    • Observe a range of penguin species, as well as seals and whales, and photograph them alongside our onboard photo instructor.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures). Settle into our hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather tonight for a welcome reception.
Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) or Mandarin Oriental (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 on the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 — At Sea/Drake Passage

While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatrosses and other seabirds that soar past our ship.
(B,L,D)

Days 5 through 10 — Exploring Antarctica

With long daylight hours at this time of year, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected—veering off course to watch killer whales perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. We anticipate opportunities to hike, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife every day. Our stops will be adapted to the conditions and the ever-changing ice, and may include some of the locations indicated on the map shown here.

One day, we may take Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breathtaking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid glittering brash ice or along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience a thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice or slipping between the soaring rock walls of the Lemaire Channel.

As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine bays of the peninsula, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience, explaining the behaviors and interactions of different species, the geological and climatic forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of a glacier, and even how to make beautiful photographs of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists capture images from the deep—revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice, and our expedition leader is always on the lookout for the best way to experience everything Antarctica has to offer.

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 Pacific Oceans. Celebrate our voyage at a farewell dinner on board.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 13 & 14 — Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile/U.S.

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures) by private charter, and connect with your overnight flight home.
(Day 13: B, L)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (National geographic Explorer departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures) on the November 2018 or 2019 departures. We will also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew on all 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.

Susan Goldberg

Susan GoldbergSusan Goldberg is editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and editorial director of National Geographic Partners, in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. Under her leadership, National Geographic magazine won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting in 2015. After spending most of her career in newspapers, she served as executive editor for Bloomberg News in Washington. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine. Susan will join this departure as a Global Perspectives Speaker.

Susan will join the following departure:

Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019

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Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • Nov 25 - Dec 08, 2018 [ORION]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 09, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 05 - 18, 2018 [ORION]
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 15 - 28, 2018 [ORION]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 25, 2018 - Jan 07, 2019 [ORION]
  • Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019 [EXP]
2019
  • Jan 04 - 17, 2019 [ORION]
  • Jan 05 - 18, 2019 [EXP]
  • Jan 14 - 27, 2019 [ORION]
  • Jan 15 - 28, 2019 [EXP]
  • Jan 24 - Feb 06, 2019 [ORION]
  • Jan 25 - Feb 07, 2019 [EXP]
  • Feb 03 - 16, 2019 [ORION]
  • Feb 04 - 17, 2019 [EXP]
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 07 - 20, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 09 - 22, 2019 [ORION]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 19, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020 [ORION]
  • Dec 27 - Jan 09, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 11, 2020 [ORION]
2020
  • Jan 08 - 21, 2020 [ORION]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2020 [EXP]
  • Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2020 [EXP]
  • Jan 28 - Feb 10, 2020 [ORION]
  • Feb 05 - 18, 2020 [EXP]
  • Feb 07 - 20, 2020 [ORION]

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

For voyages aboard the National Geographic Explorer, add an extension in Buenos Aires or to Iguazú Falls or Easter Island. For voyages aboard the National Geographic Orion, add an extension in Santiago or to Easter Island. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

2018/2019 Season Rates

Departures between Nov. 25, 2018 - Dec. 6, 2018 and Jan. 4 - Feb. 4, 2019

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,890 $14,170
Category 2 $14,940 $15,230
Category 3 $15,380 $16,960
Category 4 $16,550 $20,500
Category 5 $19,990 $23,440
Category 6 $22,800 $27,290
Category 7 $26,600 N/A
Category A Solo $18,680 $21,250
Category B Solo $19,220 $25,440

2018 Holiday Rates

Departures between Dec. 15, 2018 - Dec. 26, 2018

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,990 $15,380
Category 2 $16,120 $16,520
Category 3 $16,610 $18,300
Category 4 $17,850 $22,130
Category 5 $21,550 $25,320
Category 6 $24,590 $29,490
Category 7 $28,650 N/A
Category A Solo $20,150 $23,070
Category B Solo $20,760 $27,420

2019/2020 Season Rates

Departures between Nov. 25, 2019 - Dec. 7, 2019 and Jan. 6 - Feb. 7, 2020

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,580 $14,880
Category 2 $15,690 $15,990
Category 3 $16,150 $17,810
Category 4 $17,380 $21,520
Category 5 $20,990 $24,610
Category 6 $23,940 $28,650
Category 7 $27,930 N/A
Category A Solo $19,600 $22,310
Category B Solo $20,190 $26,710

2019 Holiday Rates

Departures between Dec. 17, 2019 - Dec. 27, 2019

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $15,740 $16,150
Category 2 $16,930 $17,350
Category 3 $17,440 $19,220
Category 4 $18,740 $23,240
Category 5 $22,630 $26,590
Category 6 $25,820 $30,960
Category 7 $29,990 N/A
Category A Solo $21,170 $24,220
Category B Solo $21,800 $28,830

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

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 to/from Ushuaia is $890-$1,240 depending on the departure (subject to change).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.