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One voyage uniting two icons of wildness
The southernmost realms of the planet are places of unimaginable beauty: Patagonia and Antarctica. Humpback whales breach and penguins gather by the thousands. Icebergs shimmer and sapphire-hued fjords harbor snowcapped peaks and virgin forests. Join us on an odyssey aboard the National Geographic Orion that combines the celebrated wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, southern Patagonia, and the Chilean fjords—all in a single epic voyage. Follow in the wake of legendary explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Ferdinand Magellan to encounter otherworldly icescapes and calving glaciers, remote reserves and pristine parks, and the incredible creatures that thrive at the edge of the world.
Seek out Antarctica’s iconic wildlife—including penguins, seals, and killer whales—and marvel at incandescent icebergs using our fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs
Navigate Chile’s coastal fjords and explore spectacular Glacier Alley, where monumental glaciers calve into the sea
Hike among the snowcapped “horns” of Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy special access to Karukinka Natural Park, the largest protected land area in Tierra del Fuego
Cruise the waters of Francisco Coloane Marine Park, searching for the humpback whales and dolphins that inhabit this vast marine reserve
Experience two iconic regions on one adventure that unites Antarctica and Patagonia. Flexibility is a hallmark of our expedition style, and often the shipboard day-by-day itinerary will change—so we may take full advantage of rare wildlife sightings, watching whales feed off the bow, or perfect conditions for a late day Zodiac excursion. Our Captain, expedition leader and expedition team will craft a journey that allows you to see more, learn more, and experience more.
Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.
BRINGING THE KIDS
We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.
FREE AIR ON SELECT DATES
Book by February 28, 2022, on select departures for free round-trip economy group airfare between Miami/Santiago, return Buenos Aires/Miami. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability.
EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS
Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by January 31, 2022. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Jan. 31, 2022, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
TRAVELING AS A GROUP
Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.
Iguazú Falls Post Voyage Extension for Explorer and Endurance
Iguazú Falls Post Voyage Extension for Explorer and Endurance
$3,170 per person
Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls is also twice as wide, with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly 2 miles of the Iguazú River. Situated in Iguazú National Park in northeastern Argentina, this natural sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage site owing to its beautiful landscapes and subtropical forest, with 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, and butterflies, orchids, and endangered jaguars.
Note: On select National Geographic Endurance departures this may run as a pre-voyage extension. Please call for details.
We spotted whales while kayaking around enormous blue icebergs today. As we participated in a thrilling polar plunge in the icy waters of Mikkelsen Harbor, we saw porpoising penguins amidst even more whales. We enjoyed a thrilling Zodiac ride through the narrow cuts of Spert Island, and… can you guess yet? Still more whales! Finally, after a long and magical day, we sailed into the sunset… accompanied by whales, of course.
We spent the morning visiting a Gentoo penguin colony at Damoy Point, located on Wiencke Island in the Palmer Archipelago. Then we made our way to the historic Damoy Hut, built in 1975 by the British Antarctic Survey and last occupied in 1993. When sea ice prevented ships from reaching Rothera Research Station, the hut served as a transit station for staff and supplies. The Bahia Dorian Hut, established in 1953 by the Argentine Navy and used as an emergency refuge, is located nearby. The staff made a trail to visit a Gentoo penguin colony on a nearby hill. Penguins gathered and mated, a few laying eggs. Gentoo penguins have black heads with white bonnets and prominent brush tails. After lunch, we spent the afternoon looking for whales in the Gerlache Strait, where we spotted several humpback whales. We also viewed the Sir David Attenborough , a research vessel used by the British Antarctic Survey. Dr. Tom Hart, penguinologist, gave a talk on penguin conservation, and guest speaker Tom Ritchie shared his Antarctica stories.
We woke up to a foggy morning as National Geographic Endurance was cruising northwards, heading for South Georgia. The seas stayed quite calm the whole day, but fluctuating fog limited our options for wildlife viewing. During the day we did, however, see some whale blows and also a variety of seabirds. After an amazing week, with three continental landings and other fabulous outings on islands around the Antarctic Peninsula, it felt good to have a full day on the ship. The day turned out to be highly educational, with engaging presentations on topics, such as seals in the Southern Ocean, the life of a professional photographer, penguins and other birds on South Georgia, and finally, what it may be like to live and work on the White Continent. This was also a day allowing for laundry, or just contemplating on what we have experienced over the last week down south. After lunch and a bit of rest, naturalist Doug Gualtieri introduced us to the penguins and other birds on South Georgia. In the late afternoon, naturalist Rob Edwards talked about his working experience in Antarctica in a talk called With Uncle Sam to Antarctica - The Ice Man. The coming four to five days are reserved for the wonders of the sub-Antarctic Isle, South Georgia. We are very excited and can hardly wait!
The Drake Passage is always a gamble. It can be calm, it can be rough, or it can be both (after all, it’s more than 500 nautical miles long). This time it was a 7 out of 10. National Geographic Explorer sailed through the high waves wonderfully, but the high winds changing waves shook the ship from time to time (that’s why it is always wise to secure your cabin before entering the Drake). During the day we enjoyed presentations, and once in Ushuaia we had the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party. Here Captain Peik Aalto shared a very nice speech with all of us, including his own highlights from the expedition. Drake crossings are the perfect opportunity for seabird watching (if your stomach can handle it). Prions, cape petrels, fulmars, blue petrels, storm petrels and albatrosses (black-browed, light-mantled, royal, wandering, etc.), shearwaters, among others, were all spotted during our crossing. Sometimes they were curious and came toward the ship, while at other times it was mere coincidence in flight. The sea is full of prions, and from time to time we see some from the ship. A trip to Antarctica is nothing without its Drake passage. A time to enjoy the wild nature of the ocean, and think about how sailors from previous ages had risked their lives in these hazardous waters. It is part of the expedition, part of the adventure.
Crossing the Drake Passage can prompt a host of emotions. Some dread the thought of rough seas, others embrace the potential power and try their best to harness that power in an image. That has been this photographer’s goal for nearly 15 years. Hours out on deck, dressed in polar gear, towel in hand to clean off lenses and camera. Just you, the wind, the sea and its birds, and perhaps another hearty soul or two willing to brave the elements on deck. Sometimes those efforts pay off and a fleeting, yet statistically abundant moment in a place like this, is captured at 1/2000th of a second. Those brief moments when wind, and sea, and swell, and timing coalesce to produce art. Those are the moments I live for on days like these.