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Journey to Antarctica - The White Continent

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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-by-Day Summary

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
  • Experience the seldom-seen Antarctic undersea
  • See legendary landscapes and habitats


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Travelers catching a glimpse of a Minke Whale on a zodiac trip. Hiking through the Antarctic landscape. Kayaking around Humpback Whales. Elephant seals hanging out with a colony of penguins. Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales.

Day 1 Buenos Aires

  • 1 Lunch
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.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4-9 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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.

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.


Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Please note: Charter flights round-trip from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia are not included in cruise fare. Please contact us for current rates.

Costs Include:
  • One hotel night
  • Accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Immigration fees
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion


  • 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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