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

    • 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.
    • Explore the world's last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina*

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)

Day 3 — Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch overlooking the Beagle Channel. Then set sail on the National Geographic Explorer.
(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, Argentina/Buenos Aires*/U.S.

Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home.
(B,L)

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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.

Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson

Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson  Photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson have collectively photographed more than 60 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. They have spent most of their careers working in Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France. Both Sisse and Cotton have been awarded numerous prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts. Today they are based in Glasgow, Scotland, yet spend most of the year on the road producing magazine stories and videos for the Geographic.

Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson will join the following departures:

Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2014
Dec 08 - 21, 2014
Dec 17 - 30, 2015
Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016

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Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2014
  • Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2014 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 08 - 21, 2014 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 18 - 31, 2014 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015 [EXP] (waitlist only)
2015
  • Jan 07 - 20, 2015 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Jan 17 - 30, 2015 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Jan 27 - Feb 09, 2015 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Feb 06 - 19, 2015 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2015 [EXP]
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2015 [ORION]
  • Dec 07 - 19, 2015 [EXP]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2015 [ORION]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2015 [EXP]
  • Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016 [ORION] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016 [EXP]
2016
  • Jan 05 - 18, 2016 [ORION]
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2016 [EXP]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2016 [EXP]

[EXP] National Geographic Explorer
[ORION] 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.

Expedition Cost

2014 Rates

Departures between November 2014 and February 2015

Explorer
Category 1 $12,350
Category 2 $13,280
Category 3 $13,690
Category 4 $14,720
Category 5 $17,670
Category 6 $20,240
Category 7 $23,560

For a single cabin November 2014 - February 2015, add $3,320 in Category 2 and $3,420 in Category 3.

2015 Rates

Departures between November 27 - December 15, 2015 and January 5-16, 2016

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $12,970 $12,970
Category 2 $13,940 $13,940
Category 3 $14,370 $15,460
Category 4 $15,460 $18,550
Category 5 $18,550 $21,250
Category 6 $21,250 $24,740
Category 7 $24,740 n/a

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.

2015 Holiday

Departures between December 16, 2015 - January 4, 2016

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,990 $13,990
Category 2 $15,050 $15,050
Category 3 $15,520 $16,700
Category 4 $16,700 $20,030
Category 5 $20,030 $22,950
Category 6 $22,950 $26,720
Category 7 $26,720 n/a

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).