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Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords (Northbound)

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Resolution
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Experience an extraordinary cruise aboard the National Geographic Resolution in Santiago, Chile. Venture to Ushuaia, where you'll embark on your Antarctic adventure. Fly to Ushuaia and explore Tierra del Fuego National Park. Sail through the Drake Passage while enjoying lectures from onboard naturalists. Spend time exploring Antarctica, with activities such as kayaking among icebergs and encountering penguins. Relax during days at sea, rounding Cape Horn. Cruise through the Chilean Fjords, visiting Glacier Alley and Garibaldi Fjord. Navigate the Kirke Narrows and explore Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park. Discover Francisco Coloane Marine Park and Tierra del Fuego's Karukinka Natural Park. This expedition uniquely blends wildlife encounters, natural beauty, and adventure.
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Highlights
  • Navigate Chile’s coastal fjords and explore spectacular Glacier Alley
  • Hike among the snowcapped “horns” of Torres del Paine National Park
  • See Antarctic's Amazing Wildlife and Icebergs
  • Explore Glacier Alley's Stunning Scenery and Fjord
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Day 1: Santiago, Chile

After landing at the airport, you will be transferred to the Ritz Carlton Santiago (or a similar hotel) before embarking on a guided overview of the city, which is set against the breathtaking Andes. During the tour, you will visit famous landmarks such as the Plaza de Armas and get a sense of the unique blend of old and new that defines this vibrant city. In the early evening, there will be an informal reception at the hotel where you can enjoy a drink.

Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship

Today, you will travel south to Ushuaia, which is the southernmost city in the world. You will meet your ship here. The location of Ushuaia, situated between the jagged peaks of the Cordillera Darwin and the protected waters of the Beagle Channel, makes it an appropriately wild place to begin your journey to the White Continent. During your stay in Ushuaia, you will visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. Here, you will witness a beautiful forest of southern beech that is similar to those that covered Antarctica millions of years ago. You will have lunch onboard a private catamaran while cruising the Beagle Channel. During this time, you will be on the lookout for huge South American sea lions and birds such as imperial cormorants. The locals of Ushuaia often refer to their small city as ‘El Fin Del Mundo’, which translates to The End of the World. However, for you, it’s just the beginning of an exciting journey.

Day 3-4: At Sea | Drake Passage

Sail to Antarctica via the Drake Passage, named after 16th-century English admiral Sir Francis Drake. Watch for dozens of species of seabirds gliding alongside our ship—including the albatross, which boasts the longest wingspan of any extant bird—and enjoy talks from our onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that await you on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 5-8: Exploring Antarctica

With long hours of daylight at this time of year, you have ample opportunities to explore. Your schedule is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of the unexpected, whether watching whales at play off the bow of your ship or enjoying an evening Zodiac cruise amid glittering icebergs. One day, you might set out by kayak to encounter towering icebergs at water level; embark on a Zodiac excursion in search of seals and blue-eyed shags; or walk on a beach amid thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. The next day, you might experience the thrill of the ship crunching through pack ice. Your expert expedition team enriches your experiences.

Day 9-10: At Sea

Relax on board and enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast of Antarctica disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America at Cape Horn and witness the dramatic meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans en route to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Day 11-12: Exploring the Chilean Fjords

Sail into southern Patagonia’s vast wilderness of forested isles, mirror-like lakes, and snowcapped peaks. Myriad fjords cut between soaring granite walls and waterfalls tumble from high above. Explore the region known as Chile’s “Glacier Alley,” part of the UNESCO-recognized Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Cruise into the secluded Pia Fjord, admiring views of its massive glacier, and glide into Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park, where the Andes meet the sea. Get up close to the monumental wall of ice that marks the edge of Garibaldi Glacier, exploring by Zodiac or kayak. Continue to Agostini Fjord, where numerous glaciers originate from the nearby mountains, for a chance to witness thunderous glacial calving.

Day 13: Puerto Natales / Kirke Narrows

Local pilots join your captain on the bridge to guide you through the winding Kirke Narrows, accessible only to small expedition ships. You then continue your discovery of the Chilean fjords, where you may explore by ship or take a forest walk.

Day 14: Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park

Early this morning, you dock in picturesque Puerto Natales before heading out to explore majestic Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Set out by foot or by vehicle across the windswept, rugged landscape, which spans more than 550,000 acres and harbors an astounding variety of geological forms, from the soaring granite pillars of the “horns” and windswept grasslands to rivers, glaciers, and gem-colored lagoons. Keep an eye out for guanacos, rheas, foxes, and armadillos.

Day 15: Francisco Coloane Marine Park

Today, you enter the Strait of Magellan to explore Francisco Coloane Marine Park. The park covers more than 165,000 acres of land and sea and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including humpback whales, two species of sea lions, and Magellanic penguins. Cruise along the coastline by Zodiac and kayak to watch for black and white Peale’s dolphins, the endangered Chilean dolphin, and Andean condors.

Day 16: Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park and Ainsworth Bay

Cruise to Tierra del Fuego and venture into the archipelago’s largest protected land area: Karukinka Natural Park. Visit this private reserve by special permission, searching for Andean foxes, guanacos, black-browed albatross, and more. Then sail to Ainsworth Bay, a stunning fjord surrounded by subpolar forest, keeping an eye out for elephant seals.

Day 17: Punta Arenas | Disembark | Santiago

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Punta Arenas and board our flight to Santiago to connect with your overnight flight home.

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National Geographic Resolution

National Geographic Resolution ship
NG Resolution Dining
NG Resolution Bar

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer's dining room.
Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge.

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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623 Standard Cabin Amenities
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611

Notes


Included
  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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