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.
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)
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.
While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatrosses and other seabirds that soar past our ship.
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 so that we can 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 offering a variety of activities each day, including hiking, kayaking among the icebergs, or experiencing close encounters with wildlife.
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 penguins on the beach, or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of the untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.
In 1944, the British government began an 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.
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.
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)
Book by July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (Explorer departures) or Santiago (Orion departures) on the November 26 and December 6, 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.
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.
National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed documentary photographer Chris Rainier specializes in highlighting endangered cultures and traditional languages around the globe. In 2002, he received the Lowell Thomas Award from The Explorers Club for his efforts in cultural preservation, and was elected in 2014 as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London, where he specializes in cultural preservation. During his continued tenure with the National Geographic Society as a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer, he has been the co-founder and co-director of the Enduring Voices Project and director of the All Roads Photography Program, both designed to support indigenous groups desiring to document their traditional cultures and create sustainable solutions to preserve the planet in the 21st century. Chris also served as a cultural editor and photographer for National Geographic Traveler magazine for over 18 years. Today he directs The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation, whose mission is to create legally protected cultural zones around the globe that protect both traditional knowledge as well as the biodiversity the communities are guardians of. In the early 1980s, Chris served as the last assistant for famed photographer Ansel Adams. The two worked together to amplify the use of art photography as a social tool, ultimately helping to preserve threatened wilderness areas and national parks. Rainier has deep passion for teaching photography, and for the past 20 years has been leading photographic expeditions for National Geographic around the world.
Chris will join the following departure:
Dec 27 - Jan 09, 2019
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Orion
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.
Departures between Nov. 25, 2018 - Dec. 6, 2018 and Jan. 4 - Feb. 4, 2019
|Category A Solo||$18,680||$21,250|
|Category B Solo||$19,220||$25,440|
Departures between Dec. 15, 2018 - Dec. 26, 2018
|Category A Solo||$20,150||$23,070|
|Category B Solo||$20,760||$27,420|
Departures between Nov. 25, 2019 - Dec. 7, 2019 and Jan. 6 - Feb. 7, 2020
|Category A Solo||$19,600||$22,310|
|Category B Solo||$20,190||$26,710|
Departures between Dec. 17, 2019 - Dec. 27, 2019
|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).
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.