Journey to Antarctica - The White Continent Cruise

Michael S. Nolan
Travelers catching a glimpse of a Minke Whale on a zodiac trip.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Hiking through the Antarctic landscape.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Kayaking around Humpback Whales.
Michael S. Nolan
Elephant seals hanging out with a colony of penguins.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales.
Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge.
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 will 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 to further your ability to examine this remote wilderness on this fascinating Antarctica expedition cruise.

Day 1

    Buenos Aires

    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, seing it's Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner. (L,D)

    Day 2

      Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship

      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. B,L,D)

      Day 3

        At Sea

        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. (B,L,D)

        Days 4-9

          Antarctica

          With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, make the most of your six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands. Out there, your ship will freely roam. The expedition team is a veteran one, and their expert knowledge of Antarctica's waters enables you to take advantage of the unexpected. Be out daily - experiencing Antarctica with all your senses as you walk, cruise in Zodiacs, and paddle kayaks through berg fields, hearing the Antarctic seltzer (gases escaping from dissolving icebergs) around us, the cries of the penguins, and the huge, nurturing silence of this perfectly pristine place. You may sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel, known as Iceberg Alley, where a hush falls over onlookers as bergs of beauty and scale drift by. Learn to identify penguins, paddle kayaks through berg fields and land with Zodiacs on the "White Continent." (B,L,D)

          Days 10-11

            At Sea

            As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross our 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. (B,L,D)

            Day 12

              Ushuaia/Disembark/Buenos Aires

              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. (B,L)
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              Please note: Charter flights for this itinerary are an additional $850 per person.

              Costs Include:
              All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

              Not Included:
              Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.