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 (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 Ritz-Carlton Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.
(D)

Day 3 — Ushuaia

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)

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 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.

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.

Chris Rainier

Chris RainierChris 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

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2015
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2015 [EXP]
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2015 [ORION]
  • Dec 07 - 20, 2015 [EXP]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2015 [ORION]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2015 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016 [ORION] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016 [EXP] (waitlist only)
2016
  • Jan 05 - 18, 2016 [ORION] (waitlist only)
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2016 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2016 [EXP] (waitlist only)
  • Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2016 [EXP]
  • Feb 05 - 18, 2016 [EXP]
  • 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 05 - 18, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2017 [EXP]
  • Jan 15 - 28, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2017 [EXP]
  • Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2017 [EXP]
  • Feb 05 - 18, 2017 [EXP]

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

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

Expedition Cost

2015-2016 Season 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.

2015-2016 Season 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.

2016-2017 Season Rates

Departures between November 27 - December 7, 2016 and January 5-February 5, 2017

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,360 $13,360
Category 2 $14,360 $14,360
Category 3 $14790 $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

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.

2016-2017 Season Holiday

Departures between December 16 - December 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 $23,630 $27,520
Category 7 $27,520 N/A

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).

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