Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship is an incomparable experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 50 years of experience navigating polar geographies is your assurance of safe passage in one of the wildest sectors of the planet. The veteran polar expedition team enables you to:

  • See more of the legendary landscapes and habitats
  • Encounter iconic penguins, leopard seals, and marine mammals
  • Kayak among icebergs, Zodiac cruise past resting leopard seals, and hike on the continent with the best ice team on Earth
  • Experience the seldom-seen Antarctic undersea, too––through the efforts of our undersea specialist
  • Day 1

    Arrive Buenos Aires or Santiago
    Traveling aboard Lindblad-National Geographic Explorer, arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to city centre hotel. In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
     
    If you aboard aboard National GeographicOrion, arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine hotel, centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city.
  • Day 2

    Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina
    Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer will from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia to embark the Explorer; and guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orionwill fly from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia to embark the Orion. This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise and embark the expedition. 
  • Day 3

    At sea
    We awake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable - a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history.
  • Day 5 to Day 10

    Antarctica
    With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. We are out daily. One day, you may take a Zodiac foray amid towering bergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.
     
    And the next, you’ll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You’ll learn from our experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, our Undersea Specialist may present video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. 
  • Day 11 to Day 12

    At Sea
    As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross our bow, and our spotters will keep an eye out for marine life. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym, or catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read. Talks from our staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned.
  • Day 13

    Disembark Ushuaia, fly to Buenos Aires or Santiago
    After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight to either Buenos Aires or Santiago and process international flight to go back home.

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Ship 

  • Lindblad-National Geographic Explorer
  • Lindblad-National Geographic Orion

Included 

Aboard ship

  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water (not available on Panorama II)
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not incuded on Lord of the Glens)
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations

Ashore

  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff

Activities

  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations (Kayaks not available on Panorama II)
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

2016 Departure Date

  • 27 November 
  • 7 December 
  • 16 December 
  • 17 December 
  • 26 December 
  • 27 December 

2017 Departure date

  • 5 January 
  • 6 January 
  • 15 January 
  • 16 January 
  • 26 January 
  • 5 February 
  • 26 November 
  • 6 December 
  • 16 December 
  • 17 December 
  • 26 December 
  • 27 December 

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