Journey to Antarctica

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 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, Argentinaor Santiago, Chile

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)

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 on the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 — At Sea/Drake Passage

While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatrosses and other seabirds that soar past our 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 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.
(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 penguins on the beach, or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of the untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.

Port Lockroy
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.

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 Pacific Oceans. Celebrate our voyage at a farewell dinner on board.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 13 & 14 — Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile/U.S.

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)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

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.

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.

Andy Mann

Andy MannFor over a decade Andy Mann has been a forerunner in the world of adventure film and conservation photography. His work is helping to tell the story of our rapidly changing planet, focusing heavily on ocean conservation and water issues on all seven continents for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, Sea Legacy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and more. Andy is the co-founder of 3 Strings Productions, a commercial and documentary film studio he co-founded with Keith Ladzinski, as well as a founding member of the Sea Legacy Collective with Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier. His images are also represented by Nat Geo Creative. Andy spent a month exploring and photographing the Antarctic Peninsula on assignment for National Geographic magazine and Sea Legacy, and has traveled extensively in the Northern Arctic. He is also an experienced climber, diver, arctic explorer, and workshop leader. Andy's imagery is remarkably memorable, reminding us how the emotion of an image can touch our spirit.

Andy will join the following departure:

Dec 06 - 19, 2018

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Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • Nov 25 - Dec 08, 2018 [ORION]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 09, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 05 - 18, 2018 [ORION]
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 15 - 28, 2018 [ORION]
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2018 [EXP]
  • Dec 25, 2018 - Jan 07, 2019 [ORION]
  • Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019 [EXP]
2019
  • 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]
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 07 - 20, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 09 - 22, 2019 [ORION]
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 19, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020 [ORION]
  • Dec 27 - Jan 09, 2019 [EXP]
  • Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 11, 2020 [ORION]
2020
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2020 [EXP]
  • Jan 08 - 21, 2020 [ORION]
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2020 [EXP]
  • Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2020 [EXP]
  • Jan 28 - Feb 10, 2020 [ORION]
  • Feb 05 - 18, 2020 [EXP]
  • Feb 07 - 20, 2020 [ORION]

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

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.

Expedition Cost

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

2019/2020 Season Rates

Departures between Nov. 25, 2019 - Dec. 7, 2019 and Jan. 6 - Feb. 7, 2020

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,580 $14,880
Category 2 $15,690 $15,990
Category 3 $16,150 $17,810
Category 4 $17,380 $21,520
Category 5 $20,990 $24,610
Category 6 $23,940 $28,650
Category 7 $27,930 N/A
Category A Solo $19,600 $22,310
Category B Solo $20,190 $26,710

2019 Holiday Rates

Departures between Dec. 17, 2019 - Dec. 27, 2019

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $15,740 $16,150
Category 2 $16,930 $17,350
Category 3 $17,440 $19,220
Category 4 $18,740 $23,240
Category 5 $22,630 $26,590
Category 6 $25,820 $30,960
Category 7 $29,990 N/A
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).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

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.