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Journey To Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Ushuaia to Ushuaia


Discover the Antarctic Peninsula, where endless white mountains roll to the horizon and massive glaciers churn icebergs into the sea. Travel with a diverse team of experts aboard one of our three state-of-the-art expedition ships. Venture into channels and coves framed by towering peaks. Watch for whales off the bow; glide around enormous icebergs in Zodiacs; and hike, kayak, and even possibly cross-country ski in complete tranquility. Choose an active agenda or surrender to the pleasures of relaxing downtime and shipboard camaraderie. Plus, get top shots with the help of a National Geographic Photography Expert.



 

 

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists celebrating Lindblad’s 50-plus years of expedition heritage
  • Hike on magnificent mountains; see huge glaciers; and watch for gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins
  • Kayak in protected waters, paddling as penguins swim nearby
  • Early November departures offer the possibility to cross-country ski or snowshoe across the frozen sea ice, conditions permitting
  • With National Geographic Global Explorers, our exclusive family program, kids and teens will learn about this exhilarating part of the world—from its massive glaciers to humpback whales

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Nov 19, 2024Nov 30, 202414,692 16,000
Nov 29, 2024Dec 10, 202414,692 16,000
Dec 09, 2024Dec 20, 202414,692 16,000
Dec 19, 2024Dec 30, 202416,336 17,790
Dec 29, 2024Jan 09, 202516,336 17,790
Jan 08, 2025Jan 19, 202515,752 17,154
Jan 18, 2025Jan 29, 202515,752 17,154
Jan 28, 2025Feb 08, 202515,752 17,154
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Nov 19, 2024Nov 30, 202414,692 16,000
Nov 29, 2024Dec 10, 202414,692 16,000
Dec 09, 2024Dec 20, 202414,692 16,000
Dec 19, 2024Dec 30, 202416,336 17,790
Dec 29, 2024Jan 09, 202516,336 17,790
Jan 08, 2025Jan 19, 202515,752 17,154
Jan 18, 2025Jan 29, 202515,752 17,154
Jan 28, 2025Feb 08, 202515,752 17,154


ITINERARY


NOTE: For expeditions departing April 2024 onward, Day 1 of our itineraries will no longer reflect “departure from the U.S.” and will reflect “arrival to the city” where your expedition begins.  Durations of expeditions will remain unchanged.

ROUTING REMINDER: National Geographic Resolution departures route roundtrip via Santiago; National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endurance route roundtrip via Buenos Aires. Please confirm the route of your departure at the time of booking with an Expedition Specialist of the Lindblad Air Department before making flight arrangements.

DAY 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer; National Geographic Endurance) or
Santiago (National Geographic Resolution). Transfer from the airport to the Alvear Art Hotel or similar (National Geographic Explorer) or, Alvear Icon or similar, (National Geographic Endurance) before setting out on a guided tour of the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and parks. Visit Recoleta—the final resting place of Argentina's iconic first lady, Eva Perón—and enjoy a private visit to El Zanjon de Granados, one of the city’s premier museums.
Or transfer to the Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, or similar (National Geographic Resolution) before our
guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. Discover sites like the Plaza de Armas and get a feel for the mix of old and new that makes this city so great. In the early evening, we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Arrival Time: Arrive before 11:30 a.m. local time.

DAY 2

Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
Fly southward to Ushuaia. Sandwiched between ice-mantled peaks and the frigid waters of Beagle Channel, this is a fittingly wild place to be known as “El Fin del Mundo” or “The End of the World.” Before departing, visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, clad in dense beech forest just as much of Antarctica was millions of years ago. Savor lunch onboard a private catamaran as you cruise the Channel, keeping an eye out for plump South American sea lions and sleek seabirds like the imperial cormorant. By day’s end, you’ll be comfortably on board your ship and ready to meet the White Continent.

DAYS 3-4

At Sea Crossing the Drake Passage
At times ferocious, at others flat calm, this legendary 500-mile-wide strait divides South America from the Antarctic Peninsula. Feel the excitement build as we begin the crossing, often accompanied by seabirds like the wandering albatross and—if luck allows—a pod of killer whales or rare dolphins. Get to know the ship and prepare for the adventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (ideal for wildlife spotting), relax with a massage, attend a talk on the unique biology of penguins. Or simply settle into a comfy chair in the observation lounge, looking out over the waves as you contemplate the history of this passage named for English privateer Francis Drake, but first discovered by Spanish navigator Francisco de Hoces.

DAYS 5-9

Exploring Antarctica
With long hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunities to explore. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected, whether we’re watching whales at play off the bow of our ship, hiking alongside penguin highways, or enjoying an evening Zodiac cruise amid porpoising penguins. While wildlife is magnificent, ice defines the Antarctic. You’ll get to know ice up close and personal - from icebergs the size of islands, bergy bits and near-vertical glaciers, to the fragile, nearly invisible layers that have just begun to freeze. One day, we might set out by kayak to encounter towering icebergs at water level; embark on a Zodiac excursion in search of seals and blue-eyed shags; or walk amid thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. The next, we might experience the thrill of the ship crunching through pack ice. Everywhere we go in Antarctica we’re surrounded by opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful images. Along the way your expert expedition team will enrich our experiences.

DAYS 10-11

At Sea
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. Take some time to go through your photos, or send a message home to friends and family. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

DAY 12

Ushuaia / Disembark Ship / Buenos Aires or Santiago
Today we disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by private charter flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home.

Departure Time: Depart after 9:00 p.m. local time.
Departure City: Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Santiago, Chile

Meals Included: Breakfast

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of our leading expedition staff 
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible. 
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Islander II, Sea Cloud, Sea Cloud II, Lord of the Glens, and The Jahan. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors, available for purchase.
  • Beer and wine on all 2023 departures aboard National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Bird, and National Geographic Sea Lion, and specialty cocktails with meals aboard Delfin ll.  Starting in 2024, spirits and cocktails are also included aboard these ships, with super premium wines and liquors available for purchase.
  • Beer and wine with meals aboard Oberoi Philae and Sun Goddess. Additional alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities aboard National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, Sea Cloud, Sea Cloud II, Lord of the Glens, Oberoi Philae, Sun Goddess, and The Jahan.
  • Laundry services aboard Oberoi Philae and Sun Goddess.
  • Free Wi-Fi aboard Lord of the Glens and The Jahan.
  • Free Wi-Fi, up to one hour a day per person, aboard National Geographic Islander II and National Geographic Endeavour II 
  • Lindblad Expeditions is currently activating Starlink-enabled internet on each of our ships, enabling us to offer free Wi-Fi—in addition to paid tiers for faster internet speeds—to all of our guests fleetwide by the end of 2023.
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic 
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available 
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Complimentary Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic parka or jacket on select Arctic and Antarctic voyages
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert (National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution) and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor (all ships) 
  • Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker with the latest gear to try out on loan (all Lindblad-National Geographic ships except in Galapagos)
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes 
Pricing Does Not Include
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi, and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • Crew gratuities aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Islander II, National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion, and Delfin II
Unused services or items included in our programs are non-refundable.

 

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