Antarctica - The White Continent

National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

This Antarctica travel journey is the classic itinerary to the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula. It delivers everything you want: the huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo, Adelie or chinstrap penguins, whales and abundant marine life, a passage through the famed Lemaire Channel between towering blue bergs, and more. On our Antarctica cruises, the sights, sounds and emotions will stay in your mind forever. Sail among the islands of Tierra del Fuego and explore the vibrant capital city of Santiago. Learn about the legacy of exploration in Antarctica, as you travel with our experienced expedition staff, which includes an Undersea Specialist. Zodiacs and kayaks further our ability to examine this remote wilderness. Although international airline tickets are not included in the trip cost the dates of this trip include your travel dates (based on USA/USA travel).

 

Feb. 5, 2014 voyage:
Be in Antarctica this year! Prime space still available. Travel with Ed Larson, author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science.
Meet and learn from scientists Bob Pitman and John Durban, who will conduct killer whale research while aboard National Geographic Explorer. See them tag killer whales in Antarctica
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Day 1: Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart U.S. this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. (We've found that Miami is a convenient gateway for most, but other air alternatives are available.)

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Overnight Hotel

We arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to our fine hotel. In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing it's Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Day 3: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship

The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views as we fly over the vividly rugged terrain of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. We'll have lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking National Geographic Explorer.

Day 4: At Sea

We awake this morning well into our 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.

Days 5 - 10: Antarctica

With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, we make the most of our six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands. Out there, our ship will freely roam. Our expedition team is a veteran one, and their expert knowledge of Antarctica's waters enables us to take advantage of the unexpected. We'll be out daily - experiencing Antarctica with all our senses as we walk, cruise in Zodiacs, and paddle kayaks through berg fields, hearing the Antarctic seltzer (gases escaping from dissolving icebergs) around us, the cries of the penguins, and the huge, nurturing silence of this perfectly pristine place.

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

As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross our bow, and our spotters will 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 our staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned.

Day 13: Disembark Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires and connection to your international flights.

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$23,560
 
$16,600
 
$17,110
 
$790
 
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$12,350
 
$13,280
 
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