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 01

    Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires or Santiago
     
    Guests traveling onboard the National Geographic Explorer arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check-in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel. In the afternoon, you will have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening, gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

    Guest traveling onboard the National Geographic Orion arrive today in Santiago. Check-in to the fine Mandarin Oriental, centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to the afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square as well as nearby Presidential Palace to enjoy the wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening, gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel 

    Meals included: Lunch (L)

  • Day 02

    Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embark Ship
     
    Today, fly by a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia can embark the National Geographic Explorer. While, guests traveling from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia to embark the National Geographic Orion. This morning's charter flight will bring you 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. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 03

    At sea
     
    Awake to a beautiful morning as your 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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 04 to Day 9

    Antarctica

    With nearly 24 hours of daylight, make the most of your days and keep a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected - perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. 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.

    On the other hand, 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 your experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back onboard, the Undersea Specialist may present video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. The expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 10 to Day 11

    At Sea
     
    As sailing back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow, and the 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 the staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 12 to Day 13

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

    Meals included: Day 12 - Breakfast and Lunch (B,L)

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Cruise Line: National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions

Cruise Ship: National Geographic Explorer

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere.

Route details
Round-trip Ushuaia

Dates (12 nights)
2019 departures are available from January to December

Included

Onboard 

  • 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

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