This Antarctica travel journey is the classic itinerary to the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula. It delivers everything you want: the huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo, Adelie or chinstrap penguins, whales and abundant marine life, a passage through the famed Lemaire Channel between towering blue bergs, and more. On our Antarctica cruises, the sights, sounds and emotions will stay in your mind forever.
Experience the Lindblad legacy of exploration on your Antarctica cruise. A fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks further your ability to examine this remote wilderness. You'll travel safely with an experienced Antarctica cruise expedition staff: Naturalists, Ornithologists, Marine Biologists, Polar Historians, an Undersea Specialist, National Geographic Photographer and more. Our expert Ice Team will get you out exploring daily.
NOTE: Flights from Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires are not included
National Geographic Antarctica itinerary:
DAY 1:BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Caesar Park Hotel. In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. (L)
DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/EMBARK
The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views as we fly over the vividly rugged terrain of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. We'll have lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beage Channel before embarking National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: AT SEA
Awake well into our journey across the Drake Passage, with time to settle in to shipboard life and hear
talks from our staff preparing you for the exciting days ahead. (B,L,D)
DAYS 4-9: ANTARCTICA
With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our six days, keeping a flexible schedule to take
advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton humpback whale surface off the bow. One day, you may take a Zodiac foray amid towering bergs under a bright sun, 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 National Geographic-funded Oceanites scientists
how climate change affects their populations and get photo tips from a National Geographic
photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, our Undersea Specialist may present
video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. Our
expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. (B,L,D)
DAYS 10-11: AT SEA
Enjoy the ship’s amenities: have a massage, work out in the gym, savor time in the library, or listen to talks. Celebrate your adventure at our farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 12: USHUAIA/DISEMBARK/BUENOS AIRES
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before our LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires. (B,L)
Prices for these voyages do not include international or internal flights consistent with the policy of the operator.
National Geographic Explorer
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 108 meters
Beam: 16.5 meters
Speed (average): 14 knots
Built / Refurbished: 1982 / 2008
Capacity: 148 (single & twin cabins)
National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.
Public areas: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.
Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.
Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls.
Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear.
Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet Cafe and laundry.
Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.
Adelie, Gentoo & Chinstrap Penguins. Abundant Marine life. A Passage through the famed Lemaire Chanel. Towering Blue Icebergs.