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Journey to Antarctica

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 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 (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago (National Geographic 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 Hotel Santiago by Mandarin before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.
(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 the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion.

Day 4 — At Sea/Drake Passage

While crossing the spectacular Drake Passage, spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship.

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)

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

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by December 31, 2017 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (Explorer departures) or Santiago (Orion departures) on the November 26, 2017; December 6, 2017; and November 26, 2018 departures. We will also cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

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.

Erika Larsen

Erika LarsenFor more than a decade, Erika Larsen has used photography to learn intimately about and document cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She has followed Sami reindeer herders in the Scandinavian arctic and explored the significance of the horse in Native American culture for National Geographic magazine. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Swedish Museum of Ethnography, and Ájtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, which sponsored her study of the North Sami language. She has recently published her first book of photographs, Sámi, Walking With Reindeer. Erika has experienced Costa Rica through its deep-sea fishing and rain forests, and looks forward to sharing her insights about creating images and expressing a personal vision on this journey.

Erika will join the following departures:

Jan 15 - 28, 2018
Jan 25 - Feb 07, 2018


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Nov 26 - Dec 09, 2017 [EXP]
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2017 [EXP]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2017 [EXP]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2017 [ORION]
  • Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 08, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 09, 2018 [ORION]
  • Jan 05 - 18, 2018 [EXP]
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2018 [ORION]
  • Jan 15 - 28, 2018 [EXP]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2018 [ORION]
  • Jan 25 - Feb 07, 2018 [EXP]
  • Feb 04 - 17, 2018 [EXP]
  • Nov 25 - Dec 08, 2018 [ORION]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 09, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 05 - 18, 2018 [ORION]
  • Dec 15 - 28, 2018 [ORION]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 25, 2018 - Jan 07, 2019 [ORION]
  • Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019 [EXP]
  • 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]

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

Add a three-day post-trip extension to Iguazu Falls (Explorer only) or a four-day post-trip extension to Easter Island to any departure. Please call for details

Expedition Cost

2017/2018 Season Rates

Departures between Nov. 26, 2017 - Dec. 6, 2017 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 4, 2018

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,760 $13,760
Category 2 $14,790 $14,790
Category 3 $15,230 $16,390
Category 4 $16,390 $19,720
Category 5 $19,720 $22,540
Category 6 $22,540 $26,240
Category 7 $26,240 N/A
Category A Solo $18,490 $20,640
Category B Solo $19,040 $24,590

2017 Holiday Rates

Departures between Dec. 16, 2017 - Dec. 27, 2017

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,860 $14,860
Category 2 $15,970 $15,970
Category 3 $16,450 $17,690
Category 4 $17,690 $21,290
Category 5 $21,290 $24,340
Category 6 $24,340 $28,340
Category 7 $28,340 N/A
Category A Solo $19,960 $22,290
Category B Solo $20,560 $26,530

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 $25,490 $29,490
Category 7 $28,650 N/A
Category A Solo $20,150 $23,070
Category B Solo $20,760 $27,420

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


Travelers 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, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.