Our classic Antarctica itinerary delivers huge tabular icebergs, mountains rising straight up from the sea, penguins galore, abundant marine mammals and peak experiences. Travel in style aboard National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion—state-of-the-art, ice-class 1A expedition ships. A veteran team of polar naturalists ensure that you get the most out of every day. You’ll actively explore, in many ways: hiking, taking Zodiac forays amid the bergs, paddling a kayak in a quiet cove, learning about penguins and their habits. Enjoy exclusive Lindblad features: Full program of presentations and talks; Photography program with a National Geographic photographer; Undersea program with a marine specialist/videographer who dives to reveal the world beneath the sea; Cross-country ski on all November departures. From the moment you depart till the day you disembark your travel is made seamless by Lindblad’s land, program and expedition teams.

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Why We Love It

From whales to gentoo penguins, learn about the fascinating wildlife of Antarctica with the best ice team on Earth.

Actively explore every day on your daily zodiac and kayak explorations discovering the spectacular surroundings of Antarctica.

With National Geographic On Board, you can enjoy your journey in the company of world-renowned scientists, naturalists and researchers.

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Day by day Itinerary

Journey to Antarctica with Lindblad - National Geographic

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Day 1

Buenos Aires or Santiago

Guests travelling aboard National Geographic Explorer arrive in Buenos Aires or guests travelling aboard National Geographic Orion arrive in Santiago. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon explore the city on a sightseeing tour. (L)

Day 2

Buenos Aires or Santiago - Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia aboard your chartered flight. After lunch, with weather permitting, enjoy a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the ship and setting sail. (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 grey, 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


With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our six 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)

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Day 10

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 11

At Sea

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Day 12

Ushuaia - Buenos Aires or Santiago

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for the return charter flight to either Buenos Aires or Santiago. (B)(L)

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