Traveling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer, 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.
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 on a catamaran cruise of 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:
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.
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)
A diverse team of experts, including naturalists, historians, and a National Geographic photographer, will accompany each expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
When Peter Hillary first climbed Mount Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary—who made the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953—became the first father and son to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. Among Peter's 40 mountaineering expeditions, he participated in a 2002 National Geographic-sponsored ascent and film on Mount Everest. He is the author of six books on mountaineering and does charitable work to assist the local people of the Mount Everest region in Nepal.
Please call for information on a pre- or post-hotel stay in Buenos Aires at the Ceasar Park Hotel.
November 2014 - February 2015
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin November 2013 - February 2014, add $3,220 in Category 2 and $3,330 in Category 3. For a single cabin November 2014 - February 2015, add $3,320 in Category 2 and $3,420 in Category 3.
Economy airfare round-trip between Miami and Buenos Aires is $1,200 (subject to change). Charter airfare round-trip economy between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia is $690-$790 (subject to change).