Arrive in Santiago, ChileCheck in to your fine hotel, centrally located in Santiago and take the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our 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.
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / EmbarkFly 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. (B,L,D)
At SeaAwake 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)
AntarcticaWith 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 our ROV. Your expert staff crafts an expedition where you are sure to learn more, see more, and experience more. (B,L,D)
At SeaAs 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 our staff reflect on all you have seen and learned.(B,L,D)
Disembark in Ushuaia / Fly to SantiagoAfter breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before flying by private charter (if required) to Santiago, Chile and continuing homeward. (Day 12: B,L)