Summary : This journey to the "White Continent" offers active exploration of 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 further your ability to examine this remote wilderness in the raw.
All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
Just-Released Offer Free International Airfare
Bar tab onboard ship and crew tips now included. Subject to change.
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$14,170 to $30,960
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. In the early evening gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.
This morning's charter flight takes 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.
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.
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.
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.
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before your charter flight to Santiago.
Arrive in the U.S. after an overnight flight from Santiago.
This itinerary is subject to change. 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.
Kayaking (all departures), cross-country skiing (November only), and snowshoeing (November only) are included, weather dependent.
Optional Pre-Trip Extension: 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. 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. (4-5 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)
One pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago; transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (Nov departures only); 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; email and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Michael S. Nolan (Penguin and Chicks, Penguin Jumping, Penguin Standing, Ship Deck, Zodiac/Whale, Zodiac/Ice, Kayak/Penguins); © Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayak/Seal); © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Zodiac/Penguins, Kayak/Whale); © Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson (Lemaire Channel)