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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.
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.
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 Grand Hyatt Hotel 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. (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/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. (B,L)
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.
Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure and is represented by National Geographic Stock. Recently, the North America Nature Photography Association presented Rich with a Fellows Award for his professional contribution to nature photography. His award-winning short documentary highlighting watershed conservation on the California coast has motivated him to continue to create multimedia projects using time-lapse photography to benefit our oceans, open spaces, and wildlife. Rich has shared his photography passion for most of his career operating photo tours in Alaska, teaching Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute in California, and guiding guests on National Geographic Expeditions throughout the globe.
National Geographic Orion National Geographic Explorer
*Departures on the National Geographic Orion begin and end in Santiago, Chile instead of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please call for details.
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
2017/2018 Season Rates
Departures between Nov. 26, 2017 - Dec. 6, 2017 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 4, 2018
Solo Suite A
Solo Suite B
Please note: the pricing above is valid for departures between November 25, 2018 - December 6, 2018 and January 4 - Febuary 4, 2019 when booked by June 1, 2017.
2017 Holiday Rates
Departures between Dec. 16, 2017 - Dec. 27, 2017
Solo Suite A
Solo Suite B
Please note: the pricing above is valid for departures between December 15, 2018 - December 26, 2018 when booked by June 1, 2017.
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 between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (Explorer) begins at $850 and between Santiago and Ushuaia (Orion) begins at $890 (subject to change).