Summary : This journey to the "White Continent" offers six days of exploration on the incomparably beautiful Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. The sights, sounds and emotions will stay in your mind forever — enormous tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with thousands of penguins and the excitement on deck as someone shouts, “Whales!” Travel with a very highly experienced Antarctica expedition staff, which includes an Undersea Specialist. Zodiacs and kayaks to further your ability to examine this remote wilderness.
All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins
New: Most beverages and crew tips included
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$13,760 to $29,490
Depart this evening on an overnight flight to Santiago.
Arrive this morning in Santiago and check in to your included centrally located hotel. The morning is at your leisure to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. 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: L)
This morning’s charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. 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. (B,L,D)
Arise this morning well into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a distinct 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. (B,L,D)
With nearly 24 hours of daylight, make the most of your days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. You 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 experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, your Undersea Specialist may present video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ROV. Your expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. (B,L,D)
As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow, and 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 read. Talks from staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned. (B,L,D)
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before your charter flight to Santiago. Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (Day 13: B,L)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Special Photo Expedition: 12/17/2017, 12/27/2017
Join National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano on board for this special photo expedition. The Human Rights Watch of Canada recently selected Massimo's work for an exhibition at the International Film Festival of Toronto, and his acclaimed photography book, The Color of Silence, details the 12 weeks he spent in a little-known Italian monastery. Massimo teaches National Geographic photography workshops and looks forward to sharing his love for shooting the world over, from spectacular landscapes, to remote islands, to cityscapes.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Pre-Trip Extensions:
Santiago City, Wine & Culinary Highlights: Take advantage of your proximity to Santiago to discover the culture, cuisine, and superb wine of this corner of the city and the surrounding wine country over three days. From $1,990 per person. (2 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension:
Easter Island: Follow your Antarctica expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth. From $4,390 per person. (4 Days)
One pre-voyage hotel night in Santiago, Chile; ship accommodations; meals as per the itinerary and most beverages aboard the ship; shore excursions; taxes, and service charges; services of a ship physician and expedition staff; gratuities; use of kayaks; parka. Subject to change without notice.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flights between Santiago/Ushuaia; extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; immigration fees; email and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Michael S. Nolan (Adelie Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Ship Deck); © Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayakers, Iceberg); © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Zodiac)