Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Cruise

Michael S Nolan
A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
Michael S Nolan
A curious minke whale surfaces near the zodiac
Brian Morgan
Colony of black-browed albratross on the Falklands
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Watch humpback whales on your Antarctic cruise
Lindblad
View penguins on the ice on your Antarctica tour
Jan Butchofsky Houser
The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service
Mick Fogg
Keep in shape in the exercise room aboard the National Geographic Orion
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.

Day 1

    Arrive in Santiago, Chile

    Check 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.

    Day 2

      Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

      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. (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, 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)

          Days 10-11

            At Sea

            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 our staff reflect on all you have seen and learned.(B,L,D)

            Days 12-13

              Disembark in Ushuaia / Fly to Santiago

              After 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)
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              $12,970$13,940$15,460$18,550$21,250$24,740
              2015-Dec-17
              2015-Dec-27
              $13,990$15,050$16,700$20,030$22,950$26,720
              Single supplement varies by itinerary.
              INCLUDED FEATURES
              Aboard ship:
              - All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
              - Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
              - 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
              - Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
              - Fitness center or exercise equipment
              - Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
              - The guidance and company of expedition staff

              Ashore:
              - Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
              - Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
              - Sightseeing & entrance fees
              - Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
              - Transfers to and from group flights
              - The expertise of expedition staff

              Activities:
              - All excursions
              - Zodiac & kayak explorations
              - Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

              NOT INCLUDED
              Airfare:
              - International and internal airfare

              Pre- and post-expedition:
              - Additional hotel nights
              - Private transfers
              - Travel Protection Plan
              - Passport, visa, and immigration fees
              - Expedition extensions
              - Gratuities

              Aboard ship
              - Alcoholic beverages
              - Spa treatments
              - Gratuities
              - Scuba diving
              - Laundry
              - Internet and phone
              - Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

              Deposit & Payment

              Initial deposit is variable, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

              Final payment is due 100 days prior days prior to departure.

              Final payment by check, bank transfer, credit cards.

              Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior days prior to departure.

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              Cancellation Policy

              Days Prior to departureFee
              180+ days$950
              179-120Deposit
              119-9030%
              89-6055%
              59-0100%