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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience. Join the National Geographic Endurance for the most exhilarating adventure the planet offers.This 12-day classic luxury Antarctica cruise takes you to huge tabular icebergs in pools of turquoise blue meltwater, mountains rising some 9,000 feet straight up from the sea, penguins galore, abundant marine mammals and experiences like cruising through the spectacular Lemaire Channel.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship
Day 3 : At Sea | Drake Passage
Days 4-9 : Exploring Antarctica
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Disembark Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

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 Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A mother gentoo penguin and her chick View penguins on the ice on your Antarctica tour Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales. Watch humpback whales on your Antarctic cruise Crabeater seal A whale plays near the surface at dusk.
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Day 1 Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Endurance arrive today in Buenos Aires. Check in to the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. In the early evening, you can gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. 

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina to embark on your ship, the Endurance. This morning's charter flight brings you over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel. Then, embark the expedition ship and set sail.

Day 3 At Sea | Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You 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 Exploring Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
With nearly 24 hours of daylight, make the most of your days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. 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, 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 your 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. The expert staff crafts an expedition where you can 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 your bow, and your spotters keep an eye out for marine life. There’ll be 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 your staff can reflect on all you have seen and learned.

Day 12 Disembark Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your charter flight back to Buenos Aires to connect with your flight home. 
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National Geographic Endurance

Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Deals

Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all departures.

Per person starting at
$16,290
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Category 1
Located on the Fore Deck. 183 square ft room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 2
Located on the Fore Deck. 205 square ft. room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers.
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Category 3
Located on the Main Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 4
Located on the Lounge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 5
Located on the Bridge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 6
Located on the Bridge Deck. 344 square ft suite with large balcony, sofa bed, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 7
Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category A Solo
Located on the Main Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category B Solo
Located on the Lounge Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

Notes

Cost Includes:
  • All meals, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (excluding certain premium brands)
  • Free WiFi, up to one hour a day per person
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of expedition staff
  • The services of a physician
  • 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
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Not Included:
  • International and internal airfare
    • Charter (Round-trip Buenos Aires/Ushuaia) From $960. Airfare subject to change.
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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