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 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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.