Journey to Antarctica

A 14-Day National Geographic tour starting from $13,360

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Tour Length: 14 Days
Countries Visited: Antarctica, Argentina, South America
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Tour Type:
 Expeditions
Tour Category: Luxury Tour
Tour Operator: National Geographic
Tour Code: NG-ANTA
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Cities Visited:
Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, Ushuaia

Traveling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. Glide around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac, walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins, and kayak amid abundant marine life. Group Size: Max 148

 
The expedition cost includes meals, accommodations, and excursions as indicated in the itinerary; services of the National Geographic expert or expedition leader and local guides; ground transportation; most transfers; baggage handling; gratuities (except for those for the ship or train crew, where applicable, unless otherwise noted in the itinerary); and pre-trip materials. Included meals are noted at the end of each day on our itineraries with a B for breakfast, L for lunch, and D for dinner.
 

Days 1 & 2 -- U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion) Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (NG Explorer) or Santiago (NG Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron. Or settle in to Santiago’s Grand Hyatt Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.
(Day 2: L)


Day 3 -- Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch aboard a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 -- At Sea/Drake Passage
While crossing the spectacular Drake Passage, spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D)

Days 5 through 10 -- Exploring Antarctica
With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected--watching whales perform off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an extra landing during the day. We anticipate making several Zodiac landings each day to hike, kayak among the icebergs, and experience close encounters with wildlife. (B,L,D daily)

Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make the following stops:

Paradise Bay
This pristine bay is edged by soaring ice-covered peaks. Hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

Lemaire Channel and Petermann Island
Cruise through the Lemaire Channel between towering snowcaps and blue icebergs. Step ashore at Petermann Island to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins standing along the shoreline as if awaiting your arrival.

Neko Harbor
Dock in Neko Harbor. Walk among the penguins on the beach or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.

Historic Port Lockroy
In 1944, the British government began a top-secret expedition code-named Operation Tabarin, creating a series of base stations in Antarctica. Base A, at Port Lockroy, is now a museum and Antarctica's only public post office.

Days 11 & 12 -- At Sea
Enjoy the ship's amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D daily)

Days 13 & 14 -- Ushuaia/Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home. (B,L)

 
         
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11/26/2017 - 12/9/2017
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View magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, and ice formations that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape.

Cruise aboard sturdy Zodiac landing craft in search of leopard seals.

Kayak in protected waters, paddling around icebergs as penguins swim nearby.

Walk on shore amid thousands of penguins, including gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap.

Explore the world's last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists.

 



Departures on the National Geographic Orion begin and end in Santiago, Chile instead of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please call for details.

Add a three-day post-trip extension to Iguazu Falls (Explorer only) or a four-day post-trip extension to Easter Island to any departure. Please call for details

 
 

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