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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

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:

  • See more of the legendary landscapes and habitats

  • Encounter iconic penguins, leopard seals, and marine mammals

  • Kayak among icebergs, Zodiac cruise past resting leopard seals, and hike on the continent with the best ice team on Earth

  • Experience the seldom-seen Antarctic undersea, too––through the efforts of our undersea specialist

  • Benefit from our 175 collective years of Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experience to see and do all you came for and more.

Dates & Rates Cabins (Cost Australian Dollars)
Code Date
(D-M-Y)
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
JAWC1-15 07-12-2015 14,410 15,490 17,180 20,610 23,610 27,490 21,610 25,760
JAWC2-15 17-12-2015 15,540 16,720 18,560 22,260 25,500 29,690 23,340 27,810
JAWC3-15 27-12-2015 15,540 16,720 18,560 22,260 25,500 29,690 23,340 27,810
JAWC4-15 06-01-2016 14,410 15,490 17,180 20,610 23,610 27,490 21,610 25,760
JAWC1-16 17-12-2016 18,040 19,380 21,490 25,640 29,540 34,400 27,060 32,240
JAWC2-16 27-12-2016 18,040 19,380 21,490 25,640 29,540 34,400 27,060 32,240
JAWC3-16 06-01-2017 16,700 17,950 19,900 23,740 27,350 31,850 24,990 29,850
JAWC4-16 16-01-2017 16,700 17,950 19,900 23,740 27,350 31,850 24,990 29,850
 

 

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)

 

Itinerary details

Voyage:
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Duration:
11 nights / 12 days
Embarkation:
Santiago, Chile
Disembarkation:
Santiago, Chile
Language:
English
Vessel:
MV Orion

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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.

Aboard ship

  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water

  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not incuded on Lord of the Glens)

  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap

  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship

  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces

  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff

  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations

Ashore

  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary

  • Sightseeing & entrance fees

  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes

  • Transfers to and from group flights

  • The expertise of our expedition staff

Activities

  • All excursions

  • Zodiac & kayak explorations

  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant

  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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.

Airfare

  • International and internal airfare (with exception of group airfares at an additional cost per the voyage itinerary)

Pre- and post-expedition

  • Additional hotel nights

  • Private transfers

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees

  • Expedition extensions

  • Gratuities

Aboard ship

  • Alcoholic beverages (except aboard Sea Cloud)

  • Spa treatments

  • Gratuities

  • Scuba diving

  • Laundry

  • Internet and phone

  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

  • Cappuccinos and lattes are not availble on the Delfin II

CONDITIONS

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.