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 long daylight hours at this time of year, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected—veering off course to watch killer whales perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. We anticipate opportunities to hike, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife every day. Our stops will be adapted to the conditions and the ever-changing ice, and may include some of the locations indicated on the map shown here.
One day, we may take Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breathtaking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid glittering brash ice or along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience a thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice or slipping between the soaring rock walls of the Lemaire Channel.
As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine bays of the peninsula, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience, explaining the behaviors and interactions of different species, the geological and climatic forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of a glacier, and even how to make beautiful photographs of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists capture images from the deep—revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice, and our expedition leader is always on the lookout for the best way to experience everything Antarctica has to offer.
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 (National geographic Explorer departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures) on the November 2018 or 2019 departures. We will also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew on all departures.
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.
Wildlife photographer, field biologist, and ornithologist Tim Laman received his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University, where he is a Research Associate in the Ornithology Department. Multiple grants from the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration and its Expeditions Council have supported his fieldwork, which includes a long-term comprehensive study of the exquisitely ornamented birds of paradise. Tim photographs and writes for National Geographic and other popular magazines to promote the conservation of endangered species and habitats. His photographs have received numerous awards, and he has been named both BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the North American Nature Photography Association’s Outstanding Nature Photographer.
Tim will join the following departure:
Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 08, 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.