Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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  • Experience Antarctica from every perspective using a range of exploration tools aboard the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor.
  • Explore alongside a team of biologists, geologists, and undersea specialists who offer insights and engaging 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 and whale species, as well as seals and seabirds, and photograph them alongside our onboard photo instructor and National Geographic photographer.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Discover the Antarctic Peninsula, where endless white mountains roll to the horizon and massive glaciers churn icebergs into the sea. Here, nature reigns: pengines teeter along the shore, seals loll on ice slabs, and humpbacks and killer whales break the water's surface. Traveling with a team of scientists aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, encounter this otherworldly place close-up, gliding around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac or kayak, and walking along beaches peppered with penguins and seabirds.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endurance 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.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch)
Accommodations:Alvear Art Hotel/Alvear Icon Hotel(Buenos Aires) or Mandarin Oriental (Santiago)
Day 3: Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch and wildlife viewing on a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the ship.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, or National Geographic Endurance for the entire voyage

Day 4: At Sea/Drake Passage

Voyage across the legendary Drake Passage, and watch for whales and seabirds gliding alongside the ship. Enjoy talks from our onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that await us on the Antarctica Peninsula.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-10: Exploring Antarctica

With extended 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 orcas perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. We anticipate opportunities to take walks ashore, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife. Our route will be determined by 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 cliffside rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience the thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice.

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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 13-14: Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile/U.S.

Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch fly to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endurance departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures) by private charter, and connect with your overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Day 13 (Breakfast, Lunch)