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Icebreakers in Antarctica

15-Day Journey to Antarctica – The White Continent

2021 LAND ARRANGEMENTS: from $16,450.00 per person sharing**
**Pricing depending on cabin type**

AIR ARRANGEMENTS: To be arranged…

2021 DATES:
Nov 07-20
Dec 07-20
Dec 17-30

2022 DATES: Available upon request…

Trip Highlights:

  • Experience Antarctica from every perspective using a range of exploration tools aboard the National Geographic Endurance, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor.
  • Explore alongside a team of biologists, geologists, and undersea specialists who offer insights and engaging presentations throughout the trip.
  • Get up close to icebergs, wildlife, and hard-to-reach places using our fleets of kayaks and Zodiacs.
  • Observe a range of penguin and whale species, as well as seals and seabirds, and photograph them alongside our onboard photo instructor and National Geographic photographer.

Buenos Aires

DAY 1: USA/ARGENTINA

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires
1 night, Alvear Art Hotel

DAY 2: U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Settle into our hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather tonight for a welcome reception.

Meals Included: Day 2 (Lunch)

Accommodations: Alvear Art Hotel/Alvear Icon Hotel

Buenos Aires

Situated on Argentina’s Rio de la Plata coast, Buenos Aires is a thriving portside capital defined by a rich history, vibrant culture and strong European influence, with the result that it’s sometimes called The Paris of South America. Countless museums covering a cornucopia of subjects; an active theatre culture; carnivorous buffets second to none; sensuous tango performances; a mosaic of architecture; and shops to fit all fancies – all these facets and more make up the seductive blend that is Buenos Aires. Some of the city’s highlights include the buzz of the La Bombonera Stadium; tango and milonga venues such as the Bohemian La Catedral; and heritage architecture such as that at the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where visitors can wander through a ‘city’ of massive statues and marble mausoleums. Don’t miss the International Festival of Independent Cinema and the vibrant annual Pride Parade.

Accommodation

Alvear Art Hotel

The Alvear Art Hotel emerges as an innovative addition to Buenos Aires, advancing the tradition of the Alvear Palace Hotel. Set among impressive trees, this new example of the Alvear Experience is set in the heart of the financial, commercial and cultural area of the city, offering excellent service, warm hospitality, and the sophisticated comfort of its rooms, complemented by the most advanced technology. Located in the traditional area of Buenos Aires that has been declared a historical site, the hotel is just a few short steps away from elegant Santa Fe Avenue and famous Florida Street with their countless stores. In addition, it is also only five minutes from the new corporate district in Puerto Madero.


Antarctic Circle
11 nights, National Geographic Explorer

DAY 3: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch and wildlife viewing on a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the ship.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: National Geographic Endurance for the entire voyage

DAY 4: AT SEA/DRAKE PASSAGE

Voyage across the legendary Drake Passage, and watch for whales and seabirds gliding alongside the ship. Enjoy talks from our onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that await us on the Antarctica Peninsula.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 5-10: EXPLORING ANTARCTICA

With extended daylight hours at this time of year, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected-veering off course to watch orcas perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. We anticipate opportunities to take walks ashore, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife. Our route will be determined by the conditions and the ever-changing ice, and may include some of the locations indicated on the map shown here.

One day, we may take Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breathtaking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid glittering brash ice or along a cliffside rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience the thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice.

As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine bays of the peninsula, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience, explaining the behaviors and interactions of different species, the geological and climatic forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of a glacier, and even how to make beautiful photographs of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists capture images from the deep-revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice-and our expedition leader is always on the lookout for the best way to experience everything Antarctica has to offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

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 Pacific Oceans. Celebrate our voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

DAY 13: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES OR SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S.

Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch fly to Buenos Aires by private charter, and connect with your overnight flight home.

Meals Included: Day 13 (Breakfast, Lunch)

Antarctic Circle

The southernmost of the Earth’s mapped five major circles of latitude; the Antarctic Circle is renowned for its exceptionally icy air, stark wilderness landscapes and exotic wildlife. The entire continent of Antarctica falls within the area of the Antarctic Circle. Visitors can experience the midnight sun and polar nights, explore the remote landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, view majestic icebergs, and spot an array of wildlife such as: orca, minke and humpback whales; leopard, crabeater, Weddell, leopard, fur and southern elephant seal; Adelie, Gentoo, and chinstrap penguins; as well as giant petrels and many more.

Accommodation

National Geographic Explorer

The flagship of the National Graphic Expeditions Fleet, the National Geographic Explorer, is a state-of-the-art ice-class expedition ship with the capacity to accommodate 148 guests in her 81 spacious cabins. A selection of dining options offer regionally inspired cuisine prepared with fresh, local ingredients and public areas include a lounge and bar, spa, fitness center, sauna, and a well-stocked library. The deck offers stunning observation spaces for viewing Antarctica’s sculpted icebergs or Norway’s steep-walled fjords. A full-time doctor, an undersea specialist, photo instructor, video chronicler, and wellness specialist accompany every voyage and internet access and a laundry service are available on board. The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as hydrophones, HD cameras, and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. A remotely operated vehicle projects images from the ocean’s depths to screens in the lounge.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Buenos Aires

DAY 14

Welcome Home!