Highlights
  • View magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, and ice formations that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape.
  • Cruise aboard sturdy Zodiac landing craft in search of leopard seals.
  • Kayak in protected waters, paddling around icebergs as penguins swim nearby.
  • Walk on shore amid thousands of penguins, including gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap.
  • Explore the world's last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists.

Traveling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. Glide around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac, walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins, and kayak amid abundant marine life.

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into your hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather for a welcome reception.

Caesar Park Hotel (D)

Day 3: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch overlooking the Beagle Channel. Then set sail on the National Geographic Explorer.

(B, L, D)

Day 4: At Sea/Drake Passage

While crossing the spectacular Drake Passage, spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship.

(B, L, D)

Days 5 through 10: Exploring Antarctica

With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales perform off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an extra landing during the day. We anticipate making several Zodiac landings each day to hike, kayak among the icebergs, and experience close encounters with wildlife.

(B, L, D daily)

Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make the following stops:

Paradise Bay

This pristine bay is edged by soaring ice-covered peaks. Hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

Lemaire Channel and Petermann Island

Cruise through the Lemaire Channel between towering snowcaps and blue icebergs. Step ashore at Petermann Island to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins standing along the shoreline as if awaiting your arrival.

Neko Harbor

Dock in Neko Harbor. Walk among the penguins on the beach or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.

Historic Port Lockroy

In 1944, the British government began a top-secret expedition code-named Operation Tabarin, creating a series of base stations in Antarctica. Base A, at Port Lockroy, is now a museum and Antarctica's only public post office.

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 the Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

(B, L, D daily)

Days 13 & 14: Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires

Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home.

(B, L)

Dates & Pricing
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$ 882 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 3,320
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Ship Name

National Geographic Orion / National Geographic Explorer

Ship Stats

2016-2017 Season Rates

Departures between November 27 - December 7, 2016, and January 5-February 5, 2017

  Explorer Orion
Category 1 $13,360 $13,360
Category 2 $14,360 $14,360
Category 3 $14,790 $15,920
Category 4 $15,920 $18,990
Category 5 $19,150 $21,880
Category 6 $21,880 $25,480
Category 7 $25,480 N/A

For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,590 in Category 2 and $3,700 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $6,630 in Category 1 and $7,960 in Category 3.
2016-2017 Season Holiday

Departures between December 16 - December 27, 2016

  Explorer Orion
Category 1 $14,430 $14,430
Category 2 $15,500 $15,500
Category 3 $15,970 $17,190
Category 4 $17,190 $20,510
Category 5 $20,680 $23,630
Category 6 $23,630 $27,520
Category 7 $27,520 N/A

For a single room on the Explorer, add $3,880 in Category 2 and $3,990 in Category 3. For a single room on the Orion, add $7,220 in Category 1 and $8,600 in Category 3.

Prices are per person, double occupancy.

International airfare to/from Buenos Aires and airfare within Argentina is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia begins at $850 (subject to change).

Ship Description

National Geographic Orion

The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion, the newest addition to our fleet, serves as a luxurious base camp for voyages to the far-flung corners of the planet. A fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, the Orion is at home navigating polar ice as well the small harbors of the South Pacific, Europe, and beyond. The ship accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, each with ocean views, ensuite bathrooms, climate controls, internet access, and a flat-screen TV with DVD/CD player. Some cabins also have balconies. Single cabins in Category 1 and Category 3 include #301, 322, 323 and 512 and are highlighted in bright pink or bright blue on the deck plan.

Public areas include an outdoor café for dining in the balmy air or under the stars amidst stunning backdrops, an indoor lounge and bar, a sundeck, a state-of-the-art lecture theater, a library, a boutique, a mud room, a sauna, a fitness room, spa treatment rooms, a hot tub/plunge pool, and a centrally located elevator. Our restaurant features international cuisine inspired by our ports of call and all meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Menus are designed by award-winning Sydney chef Serge Dansereau, owner of Sydney’s famed beachfront restaurant, The Bathers’ Pavilion. The ship is outfitted for both snorkelers and divers with scuba gear for all guests and dive gear for up to 24 guests; it carries 24 kayaks and a fleet of 14 Zodiac motorized landing craft; and it comes equipped with a remotely operated vehicle capable of 1,000 foot depth and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world, plus a glass-bottom boat. Our "open bridge" policy provides guests the opportunity to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation. An expedition leader, veteran naturalists, undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructor, wellness specialist, video chronicler and a full-time doctor are part of every expedition team, in addition to divemasters on voyages where scuba diving is offered.

*Please note that snorkeling, swimming, diving, kayaking, and the remotely operated vehicle are not available for the Australia's Wild Northwest expedition. Diving is not available on Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali, and neither diving or snorkeling are available in Antarctica.These activities are available for all other National Geographic Orion itineraries.

National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is the newest ship in our fleet and arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright blue and include cabins 309-312 and 310-332. Single cabins in Category 3 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 105, 106, 203 and 208.

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Public areas include a lounge and bar; a library; a spa; a fitness center; a sauna; and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an Internet cafe.

Deck & Cabin Plans

National Geographic Orion

 

National Geographic Explorer

 

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Buenos Aires
End City
Ushuaia

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