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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Sample Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 40+ years of experience navigating polar geographies is your assurance of safe passage in one of the wildest sectors of the planet. Join the National Geographic Orion for the most exhilarating adventure the planet offers.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Santiago, Chile
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-9 : Antarctica
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Santiago

Highlights

  • See more of the legendary landscapes and habitats
  • Encounter iconic penguins, leopard seals, and marine mammals
  • Kayak among icebergs, Zodiac cruise past leopard seals & hike the continent
  • Experience the seldom-seen Antarctic undersea

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A mother gentoo penguin and her chick Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales. Colony of black-browed albratross on the Falklands Watch humpback whales on your Antarctic cruise View penguins on the ice on your Antarctica tour

Day 1 Arrive in Santiago, Chile

Check in to your fine hotel, centrally located in Santiago. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the evening, gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly by private charter today from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina to embark the Orion. Have lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the National Geographic Orion.

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 six days in Antarctica, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected. 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, you 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 the ship's 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 an ROV. Your expert staff crafts an expedition where you are sure to learn more, see more, and experience more.

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross the bow, and onboard spotters keep an eye out for marine life. There is also 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 staff reflect on all you have seen and learned.

Day 12 Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Santiago

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before flying by private charter (if required) to Santiago, Chile and continuing homeward.

National Geographic Orion

Santiago - Hotels

Per person starting at
$13,360
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1
$13,360
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1 Single
$19,990
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 2 Cabin.
Category 2
$14,360
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3
$15,920
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3 Single
$23,880
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
Category 4
$18,990
Upper and veranda decks with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
Category 5
$21,880
Upper deck with balcony
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
Category 6
$25,480
Veranda deck - suite

Deals

Free Flights
Antarctica Savings - Book by July 31 and receive free round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (or Santiago), a savings of up to $1,300. Offer applicable to select departures - contact us for details.
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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

Cost Includes:
  • Includes 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:
  • Round-trip charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia: approx. $990 subject to change
  • Immigration fees are not included
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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