Active, immersive expedition travel
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. Our veteran polar expedition team enables you to:
Day 1: Overnight Hotel in Santiago - Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine Ritz Carlton Hotel, centrally located in Santiago, and have 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. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. (L)
Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship - Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion will fly from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia to embark the Orion. The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views as we fly over the vividly rugged terrain of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We'll have lunch aboard a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D)
Day 3: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - 9: Antarctica - With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. We 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’ll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You’ll learn from our experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, our Undersea Specialist may present video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - 11: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Disembark Ushuaia/Fly to Santiago/Home - After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight (guests on Orion fly Ushuaia to Santiago.) Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (B,L)
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|Cat. 1 B Stateroom||Cat. 2 A Stateroom||Cat.3 Junior Suite||Cat. 4 Deluxe Suite||Cat. 5 Balcony Suite||Cat. 6 Owners Suite||Cat. 1 B Solo||Cat. 3 Solo|
AUSTRALIAN CONTENT - We include just about everything you have the opportunity to do as part of your expedition aboard ship and ashore. The value of what we include, combined with the quality of our service and the excellence of our expedition staff, adds up to considerable value—especially compared to the impact of cost for excursions and other add-on charges to the so-called savings other travel companies offer.
What we offer is not inexpensive. But our guests find that when you look at the alternatives and add up the costs, our expeditions are really an extremely good value. The cost of your voyage includes basically everything you have the opportunity to do as part of your expedition with us, both on board and on shore. The only things not included are those of a personal nature–alcohol, airfare to and from, an occasional meal ashore where we feel you might like to have the option, tips to crew, spa treatments, and certain specialized events or activities–like opera tickets in Vienna–that may interest only a limited number of people. You could literally go on our voyages with not a dollar in your pocket and have a perfectly excellent experience taking advantage of everything we offer.
While aboard our ships nearly everything is included in the cost of your expedition, however getting to and from our ships is not included (with exception of group airfares at an additional cost per the voyage itinerary). International airfares and internal airfares are not included in the price of the expedition. Some voyages offer a group airfare which is at an additional cost to the voyage. Our air and land specialists are more than happy to help make your travel arrangements.
Air transportation (except where shown as included), optional shore excursions, extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, voyage DVD (where available), laundry. Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion. Note: All departures aboard Sea Cloud include the cost of alcoholic beverages and tips to the ship’s crew.