This journey to the "White Continent" offers six days of exploration on the incomparably beautiful Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. The sights, sounds and emotions stay in your mind forever — enormous tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with thousands of penguins and the excitement on deck as someone shouts, “Whales!”
Experience the National Geographic legacy of exploration in Antarctica as you travel with experienced Antarctica expedition staff, which includes an Undersea Specialist. Zodiacs and kayaks further your ability to examine this remote wilderness on this fascinating 12-day Antarctica expedition cruise. Spend your days and nights in a rapture of discovery.
Day 1 : Buenos Aires Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship Day 3 : At Sea Days 4-9 : Antarctica Days 10-11 : At Sea Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Buenos Aires
Encounter iconic penguins, leopard seals, and marine mammals
Kayak among icebergs and Zodiac cruise past resting leopard seals
Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to your fine hotel. In the afternoon, have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Return to your hotel for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.
The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Have lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking your expedition ship and setting sail.
Awake this morning well into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique 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, have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. 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 a ROV. Your expert staff craft an expedition where you 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 your bow. There is plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym, or catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read. Talks from your staff reflect on all you have seen and learned.
Day 12 Ushuaia | Disembark | Buenos Aires
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN Chile charter flight to Buenos Aires (not included in cruise fare), and connecting flights home.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.