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National Geographic Explorer - 148 Guests

Antarctica Sail And Fly The Drake Passage Air-Cruise

10 Day Ushuaia to Puerto Natales, Chile


Experience the wild grandeur of the White Continent in a more efficient, expedient way. On this new itinerary, cruise the Drake Passage one way, and then bypass the Drake Passage on the way back on a 2-hour flight from Antarctica and discover all of the highlights without sacrificing the extra time. Travel with a diverse team of experts aboard the National Geographic Explorer, the definitive expedition ship. Venture into channels and coves framed by towering peaks. Watch for whales off the bow; Zodiac cruise around enormous icebergs; 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.  

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    HIGHLIGHTS


    • Experience it all—cruise the legendary Drake Passage aboard the National Geographic Explorer and then enjoy the ease of returning on our 2-hour direct flight from King George Island to Puerto Natales
    • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of top naturalists, and the most experienced polar captains in Antarctica, with more than 55 years of expedition heritage
    • Hike amid magnificent mountains; see huge glaciers; and observe a parade of gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins
    • Kayak in protected waters, paddling in the Antarctic stillness as penguins swim nearby
    • 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

    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
    ON NOV.19, 2024 DEPARTURE 
    David Allen Sibley
    Author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds

    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
    ON DEC.8, 2024 DEPARTURE
    Antarctic Field Scientist and Lunar Geologist

    DATES / RATES

    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Nov 19, 2024Nov 28, 202411,148 11,950
    Dec 08, 2024Dec 17, 202411,148 11,950
    Dec 27, 2024Jan 05, 202513,014 13,950
    Jan 15, 2025Jan 24, 202512,081 12,950
    Feb 03, 2025Feb 12, 202512,081 12,950
    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Nov 19, 2024Nov 28, 202411,148 11,950
    Dec 08, 2024Dec 17, 202411,148 11,950
    Dec 27, 2024Jan 05, 202513,014 13,950
    Jan 15, 2025Jan 24, 202512,081 12,950
    Feb 03, 2025Feb 12, 202512,081 12,950


    ITINERARY


    DAY 1  Ushuaia, Argentina
    Arrive in Ushuaia. Sandwiched between ice-mantled peaks and the frigid waters of the Beagle Channel, this is a fittingly wild place to be known as “El Fin del Mundo” or “The End of the World.” Transfer from the airport to our hotel. Join us this evening for dinner and a briefing on our upcoming adventure.

    Arrival Time: Arrive by 6:00 p.m. local time.  
    Arrival City: Ushuaia, Argentina

    Meals Included: Dinner

    DAY 2  Ushuaia / Embark Ship
    Check out of our hotel and begin exploring this amazing region. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, clad in dense beech forest just as much of Antarctica was millions of years ago. Savor lunch on board 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 the ship and ready to sail off to 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 5-8  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 every experience.

    DAY 9  King George Island / Disembark Ship / Puerto Natales, Chile
    This morning finds us off of King George Island. Home to a diverse assortment of wildlife-Weddell and elephant seals; Adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins-this island also has a human presence. Researchers from a wide range of countries, including the US, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, call the various stations home. Disembark and Zodiac ashore to board our 2-hour flight back to Puerto Natales where we will overnight at Hotel Costaustralis or Remota Patagonia Lodge (or similar).  

    DAY 10  Puerto Natales
    Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport to begin your journey homeward.

    Departure Time: Depart after 5:00 p.m. local time.
    Departure City:  Puerto Natales, Chile

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    National Geographic Explorer (Luxury Expedition, 148-guests)

    An authentic expedition ship, purpose-engineered for blue water and polar exploration. National Geographic Explorer Hosts 148 guests. National Geographic Explorer is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment. Her interior and exterior design embodied the Lindblad expedition ethos, the privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort.

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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.

    Mandatory charter air: 2000 USD per person comes additioanlly

     

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