Summary : Explore Antarctica in style, aboard an authentic expedition ship for an incomparable experience and in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Join a first-class polar expedition team aboard a Nat Geo ship to see 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 an undersea specialist.
All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$17,910 to $35,330
Depart this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Arrive in Buenos Aires and settle into your hotel before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón.
Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Transfer from the airport to the ship to embark.
While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship.
With long hours of daylight at this time of year, you have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible so that everyone can take advantage of the unexpected such as watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion.
Each day the goal is to offer opportunities to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice (more likely in the early season), or step ashore to a plethora of Adélie and gentoo penguins. You’ll learn how climate change affects the penguin populations, and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer.
Back aboard, the undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ship's ROV. Expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see, and experience more.
Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast of Antarctica disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.
Arrive home after an overnight flight from Buenos Aires.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
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 Extension: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Before embarking on your expedition, take time to explore one of the world's most intriguing cities. See its famous architecture, explore the most interesting neighborhoods, visit top museums, and take in a tango performance. From $1,890 per person. (2 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Iguazu Falls
Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazú Falls is situated in a beautiful subtropical forest, home to more than 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, and butterflies, orchids, and endangered jaguars. From $2,790 per person. (3 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Easter Island
Follow your expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island. From $4,390 per person. (4-5 Days)
One pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires; transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; parka; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; immigration fees; items of a personal nature such as email and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson (Lemaire Channel); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Zodiac/Penguins, Kayak/Whale); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayak/Seal); Michael S. Nolan (Penguin and Chicks, Penguin Jumping, Penguin Standing, Ship Deck, Zodiac/Whale, Zodiac/Ice, Kayak/Penguins)