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A zodiac motors toward an arch in an iceberg in the ocean in antarctica
A penguin lifts its head and beak toward the sky while it stands in front of the ocean and icebergs
An adult Adelie penguin leaping into the sea to forage in the Danger Island Group in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

National Geographic Epic Antarctica

National Geographic Epic Antarctica is an extraordinary voyage that crosses the Drake Passage, the Ross Sea, sails along West Antarctica, and explores Macquarie Island and New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. This is a rare opportunity to truly follow in the footsteps of explorers Scott, Ross, Amundsen and Shackleton. Perhaps only a few thousand people in history have ever made this voyage.

At the bottom of the world, several opportunities present themselves to hike and explore via Zodiac and kayak. Spot colonies of Adelie penguins, lazy seals and majestic whales. Hope to visit Coulman Island to meet and photograph emperor penguins, the largest of all penguins. Stare up at the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest, covering 182,000 square miles and towering 200 feet above the sea. Macquarie Island, located south of New Zealand, is home to thousands of seals and millions of penguins and is a designated World Heritage site, where four species of penguins including royal, gentoo, southern rockhopper and king penguins, breed.

Unique to this polar expedition is the ship’s special permission to explore the strictly regulated and highly protected sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand. Considered “bird central” by top ornithologists the world over, New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands are home to 99 recorded bird species, including albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins. Rich flora, fauna, prolific birdlife and an interesting human history captivate this unique polar cruise destination and are a perfect addition to this epic voyage to Antarctica.

West Antarctica is big and bold and offers a different experience during every voyage because activities are fully dependent on weather conditions and pack ice. The captain and crew’s goal is to find a place to “park” the ship so guests can disembark on the frozen sea and go on ice walks, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Afterwards, retreat to the ship’s sauna, yoga room, library or bar. The 126-guest sister ships National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution each has a polar ice class 5 rating, state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified naturalist guides, who create an in-depth intellectual and exploratory experience. Watch your ship crush through ice from the bridge or out on deck and enjoy the highest technologies in ice-stable sailing on this and other luxury Antarctica cruises.

If you are wondering if the National Geographic Epic Antarctica voyage is the one for you, contact our polar experts at AdventureSmith Explorations, who can vouch that the beauty of the seventh continent is worth seeing. And if you’re going to make the journey, why not make it an epic one. To sail the length of the Antarctic continent from New Zealand to Argentina, to follow in the footsteps of the world’s bravest explorers and to see what ice and solitude truly feels like, try this incredible Epic Antarctica small ship expedition.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and New Zealand cruises.



Itinerary

2022-24 Main Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond Itinerary

The main National Geographic Epic Antarctica Cruise begins with a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and ends with disembarkation in Dunedin followed by a charter flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

Route map of National Geographic Epic Antarctica small ship expedition main route, operating between Buenos Aires, Argentina, & Auckland, New Zealand, with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula, West Antarctica, the Ross Sea, Macquarie Island, Australia and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Drake Passage

Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from the naturalist staff to prepare for the wildness ahead. While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 9
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

With 24 hours of daylight, there is ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule throughout is flexible in order take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise or heading out on an unplanned excursion.

Anticipate a variety of opportunities each day: hike, kayak among the ice floes and experience close encounters with wildlife. It’s a thrill to watch the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or to step ashore with thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. Learn how climate change affects the penguin populations and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer. Back aboard, the undersea specialist may present video from the day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ROV. National Geographic expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 17
Exploring West Antarctica

This part of the planet is big and bold and full of adventure and magnificent scenery. The National Geographic Endurance will be in full expedition mode, granting thrilling opportunities to crunch through thick ice and explore places few have seen. Rely on the planet’s best ice team as the ship probes the ice’s edge for wildlife, including numerous seabirds and whales. Activities throughout the journey are always weather and ice dependent. The captain and expedition leader are on the lookout for spots to park the ship in the pack ice, allowing guests the unique thrill of disembarking onto a frozen sea—for ice walks, cross-country skiing forays and snowshoe hikes. There will be time to relax in the library, head up to the bridge to scan for marine life, unwind in the sauna or yoga room, and of course, hear presentations from expert staff. Along the way, the undersea specialist captures images from the deep, revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice. Always interesting, it can also be pioneering in this distant part of the world.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 24
Exploring the Ross Sea

Navigate some of the most remote regions of the planet. Explore the Ross Sea just like Scott, Shackleton and Ross (the 19th-century explorer for whom this sea is named). See the impressive Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest, and the Transantarctic Mountain Chain. Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is enormous, covering 182,000 square miles—the size of France—and the edge of the ice shelf is a wall of ice towering over the water by as much as 200 feet, with the majority of the ice below the waterline. The Ross Ice Shelf plays an important role in stabilizing the Antarctic ice sheet, buttressing the ice that is constantly moving over the land surface.

Journeying to this unique part of the Antarctic waters will likely include stops at several small islands at the bottom of the world for opportunities to hike and explore via Zodiac and kayak. Spot colonies of Adelie penguins, lazy seals and majestic whales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 25 - 26
At Sea

During these days at sea, learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of the region. Onboard naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 27 - 28
Macquarie Island, Australia

Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful sub-Antarctic islands are home to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. Visit Macquarie Island or Macca, as it is affectionately known, home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed on Macca and it has been designated a World Heritage site. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed there. Imagine landing on a single beach with 100,000 pairs of king penguins, the third largest such colony in the world!

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 29
At Sea

With whales beneath and birds above, head to the bridge to spot marine life and watch the calm business of navigation. Or spend this days enjoying the ship’s spa, yoga room and fitness center. Take some time to browse the library or play a board game in the glass-enclosed observation lounge. And listen to a variety of engaging talks from the expert staff, including photo talks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 30 - 32
Exploring New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands

Spend three incredible days discovering New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands and their surrounding waters—the entire marine landscape designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Nat Geo Endurance has special permission to explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government, and considered a “bird central” among top ornithologists around the world.

Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, hope to explore several intriguing islands. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins. The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. Perhaps even see rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

On these final days aboard, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. And gather to toast this epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 33 - 35
Disembark Dunedin, Fly to Auckland, New Zealand, Overnight & Depart

After breakfast, disembark on New Zealand’s South Island in Dunedin, known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Fly to Auckland and overnight at the Grand by SkyCity Hotel (or similar). After breakfast on Day 34, transfer to the airport for overnight flights home, crossing the International Dateline and arriving the same day. Note this day is subject to change.

Accommodations

Grand by SkyCity Grand (or similar) (day 33); n/a (days 34 & 35)

Meals

breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 33); breakfast (day 34); n/a (day 35)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, and Dunedin and Auckland (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; international airfare; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main National Geographic Epic Antarctica voyage begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), and ends in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL). A charter flight is needed from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), for embarkation. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 34 of the outlined itinerary in Dunedin, New Zealand. A charter flight is needed from Dunedin to Auckland, New Zealand. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina, and Dunedin and Auckland, New Zealand, are recommended to align with this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of one or two checked bags weighing up to 51 lbs (23 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (7 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Depending on weather conditions and ice pack, it may be possible to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per-person double occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is recommended but not mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but also highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

2022-24 Reverse Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond Itinerary

The reverse National Geographic Epic Antarctica Cruise begins with a flight from Auckland to Dunedin, New Zealand, and ends with disembarkation in Ushuaia followed by a charter flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Route map of National Geographic Epic Antarctica small ship expedition main route, operating between Buenos Aires, Argentina, & Auckland, New Zealand, with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula, West Antarctica, the Ross Sea, Macquarie Island, Australia and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Auckland, New Zealand

Depart on an overnight flight, crossing the International Dateline, and arriving in Auckland, and check in to the hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Grand by SkyCity Hotel (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Days 3 - 6
Fly to Dunedin, Embark & Explore New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands

Today, fly to Dunedin, known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and embark the ship. Settle in to life on board and spend three incredible days discovering New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, these wild and beautiful islands are home to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. The entire marine landscape here is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. With special permission, explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government, and considered “bird central” among top ornithologists around the world.

Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, plan to explore several intriguing islands. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins. The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife, and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. Hope to see rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
At Sea

While at sea, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as the skilled captain and officers sail these historic waters. Take this time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym and browse in the library. Each day onboard naturalists offer talks that add depth to this experience.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Macquarie Island, Australia

On these days, plan to visit Macquarie Island, the exposed crest of an undersea ridge where the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates converge. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed here. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed there. And imagine landing on a single beach thronged with 150,000 pairs of king penguins—one of the world’s largest colonies.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
At Sea

Whales beneath, birds above, as the ship sails on. Onboard naturalists prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife of Antarctica and history of the Golden Age of Exploration.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 20
Exploring the Ross Sea

Navigate some of the most remote regions of the planet while exploring the Ross Sea, just like Scott, Shackleton, and Ross (the 19th-century explorer for whom this sea is named). Witness the impressive Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest, and the Transantarctic Mountain Chain. Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is enormous, covering 182,000 square miles–the size of France—and the edge of the ice shelf towers as high as 200 feet above the water’s surface, with the majority of the ice below the waterline. The Ross Ice Shelf plays an important role in stabilizing the Antarctic ice sheet, buttressing the ice that is constantly moving over the land surface.

Travel to this unique part of the Antarctic waters likely includes stops at several small islands at the bottom of the world for opportunities to go ashore and explore via Zodiac and kayak. Expert staff craft an expedition aimed at learning, seeing, and experiencing more. Spot colonies of Adelie penguins, lazy seals and majestic whales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 21 - 27
Exploring West Antarctica

This part of the planet is big, bold and full of adventure and magnificent scenery. The National Geographic Endurance is in full expedition mode, granting thrilling opportunities to crunch through thick ice and explore places few have seen. Rely on the planet’s best ice team to probe the ice’s edge for wildlife, from seabirds to whales. Activities throughout the journey are always weather and ice dependent. The captain seeks for spots to “park” the ship in the pack ice, allowing guests the unique thrill of disembarking onto a frozen sea—for ice walks, cross-country skiing forays and snow-shoe hikes. The undersea specialist captures images from the deep, revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice. Always interesting, it can also be pioneering in this distant part of the world. There will be time, too, to relax in the library, head up to the Bridge to scan for marine life, unwind in the sauna or Yoga Room, and of course, hear presentations from expert staff.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 28 - 31
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

With 24 hours of daylight, there is ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule throughout is flexible to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion.

While along the Antarctic Peninsula, anticipate opportunities each day to go ashore or kayak among the ice floes and experience close encounters with wildlife. Enjoy the thrill of watching the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice or step ashore to thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. Learn how climate change affects the penguin populations and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer. Back aboard, the undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ROV.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 32
Drake Passage

On the final day aboard, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship. Gather to toast this epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 33
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina & Fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and have an overview of the southernmost city in the world. Later, head to the airport for the private charter flight to Buenos Aires, and check in to the Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar).

Accommodations

Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar)

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Days 34 - 35
Buenos Aires, Argentina & Depart

This morning, set out on a guided tour of the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and parks. Visit Recoleta—the final resting place of Argentina’s iconic first lady, Eva Perón—and enjoy a private visit to El Zanjon de Granados, one of the city’s premier museums. Later, transfer to the airport for overnight flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast (day 35); n/a (day 36)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flights between Auckland and Dunedin, and Ushuaia and Buenos Aires (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; international airfare; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse National Geographic Epic Antarctica voyage begins in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). A charter flight is needed from Auckland to Dunedin, New Zealand (DUD), for embarkation. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 35 of the outlined itinerary in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). A charter flight is needed from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Auckland and Dunedin, New Zealand, and Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, are recommended to align with this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of one or two checked bags weighing up to 51 lbs (23 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (7 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Depending on weather conditions and ice pack, it may be possible to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per-person double occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is recommended but not mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but also highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

2024-25 Main Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond Itinerary

The main National Geographic Epic Antarctica Cruise begins with a charter flight from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina, and ends with disembarkation in Dunedin followed by a charter flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

Route map of National Geographic Epic Antarctica small ship expedition, operating between Santiago, Chile, & Auckland, New Zealand, with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula, West Antarctica, the Ross Sea, Macquarie Island, Australia and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
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Day 1
Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to the Mandarin Oriental (or similar) before a guided overview of the vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. Discover sites like the Plaza de Armas and get a feel for the mix of old and new that makes this city so great. This area is excellent for photos!

Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental Santiago (or similar)

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina & Embark

Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Drake Passage

Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from the naturalist staff to prepare for the wildness ahead. While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 8
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

With 24 hours of daylight, there is ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule throughout is flexible in order take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise or heading out on an unplanned excursion.

Anticipate a variety of opportunities each day: hike, kayak among the ice floes and experience close encounters with wildlife. It’s a thrill to watch the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or to step ashore with thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. Learn how climate change affects the penguin populations and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer. Back aboard, the undersea specialist may present video from the day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ROV. National Geographic expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 16
Exploring West Antarctica

This part of the planet is big and bold and full of adventure and magnificent scenery. The National Geographic Endurance will be in full expedition mode, granting thrilling opportunities to crunch through thick ice and explore places few have seen. Rely on the planet’s best ice team as the ship probes the ice’s edge for wildlife, including numerous seabirds and whales. Activities throughout the journey are always weather and ice dependent. The captain and expedition leader are on the lookout for spots to park the ship in the pack ice, allowing guests the unique thrill of disembarking onto a frozen sea—for ice walks, cross-country skiing forays and snowshoe hikes. There will be time to relax in the library, head up to the bridge to scan for marine life, unwind in the sauna or yoga room, and of course, hear presentations from expert staff. Along the way, the undersea specialist captures images from the deep, revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice. Always interesting, it can also be pioneering in this distant part of the world.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 17 - 23
Exploring the Ross Sea

Navigate some of the most remote regions of the planet. Explore the Ross Sea just like Scott, Shackleton and Ross (the 19th-century explorer for whom this sea is named). See the impressive Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest, and the Transantarctic Mountain Chain. Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is enormous, covering 182,000 square miles—the size of France—and the edge of the ice shelf is a wall of ice towering over the water by as much as 200 feet, with the majority of the ice below the waterline. The Ross Ice Shelf plays an important role in stabilizing the Antarctic ice sheet, buttressing the ice that is constantly moving over the land surface.

Journeying to this unique part of the Antarctic waters will likely include stops at several small islands at the bottom of the world for opportunities to hike and explore via Zodiac and kayak. Spot colonies of Adelie penguins, lazy seals and majestic whales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 24 - 25
At Sea

During these days at sea, learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of the region. Onboard naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 26 - 27
Macquarie Island, Australia

Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful sub-Antarctic islands are home to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. Visit Macquarie Island or Macca, as it is affectionately known, home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed on Macca and it has been designated a World Heritage site. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed there. Imagine landing on a single beach with 100,000 pairs of king penguins, the third largest such colony in the world!

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 28
At Sea

With whales beneath and birds above, head to the bridge to spot marine life and watch the calm business of navigation. Or spend this days enjoying the ship’s spa, yoga room and fitness center. Take some time to browse the library or play a board game in the glass-enclosed observation lounge. And listen to a variety of engaging talks from the expert staff, including photo talks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 29 - 31
Exploring New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands

Spend three incredible days discovering New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands and their surrounding waters—the entire marine landscape designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Nat Geo Endurance has special permission to explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government, and considered a “bird central” among top ornithologists around the world.

Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, hope to explore several intriguing islands. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins. The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. Perhaps even see rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

On these final days aboard, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. And gather to toast this epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 32 - 33
Disembark Dunedin, Fly to Auckland, New Zealand, Overnight & Depart

After breakfast, disembark on New Zealand’s South Island in Dunedin, known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Fly to Auckland and overnight at the Grand by SkyCity Hotel (or similar). Transfer to the airport the next day for flights home.

Accommodations

Grand by SkyCity Hotel (or similar)

Meals

breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 32); breakfast & lunch (day 33)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, and Dunedin and Auckland (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; international airfare; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main National Geographic Epic Antarctica voyage begins in Santiago, Chile (SCL), and ends in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL). A charter flight is needed from Santiago to Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), for embarkation. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 33 of the outlined itinerary in Dunedin, New Zealand. A charter flight is needed from Dunedin to Auckland, New Zealand. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Santiago, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina, and Dunedin and Auckland, New Zealand, are recommended to align with this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of one or two checked bags weighing up to 51 lbs (23 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (7 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Depending on weather conditions and ice pack, it may be possible to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per-person double occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is recommended but not mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but also highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

2024-25 Reverse Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond Itinerary

The reverse National Geographic Epic Antarctica Cruise begins with a flight from Auckland to Dunedin, New Zealand, and ends with disembarkation in Ushuaia followed by a charter flight to Santiago, Chile.

Route map of National Geographic Epic Antarctica small ship expedition, operating between Santiago, Chile, & Auckland, New Zealand, with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula, West Antarctica, the Ross Sea, Macquarie Island, Australia and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
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Day 1
Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive in Auckland, where you transfer from the airport to the Grand by SkyCity Hotel (or similar) before seeing the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Grand by SkyCity Hotel (or similar) (days 2-3)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Day 2
Fly to Dunedin to Embark

Today, fly to Dunedin, known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 5
Explore New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands

Settle in to life on board and spend three incredible days discovering New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. Located south of the New Zealand mainland in the remote Southern Ocean, these wild and beautiful islands are home to abundant and unique wildlife, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. The entire marine landscape here is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. With special permission, explore these strictly regulated islands, which are protected at the highest level of conservation status by the New Zealand government, and considered “bird central” among top ornithologists around the world.

Keeping a flexible weather-dependent schedule, plan to explore several intriguing islands. Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds: the 99 recorded species include albatross, Antarctic terns and Snares crested penguins. The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, with the richest flora, prolific birdlife, and an interesting human history. Conditions permitting, cruise in Zodiacs to Enderby Island to view a large New Zealand sea lion colony with pups all jostling for position. Hope to see rare yellow-eyed penguins as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea

While at sea, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as the skilled captain and officers sail these historic waters. Take this time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym and browse in the library. Each day onboard naturalists offer talks that add depth to this experience.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
Macquarie Island, Australia

On these days, plan to visit Macquarie Island, the exposed crest of an undersea ridge where the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates converge. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a large variety of wildlife, including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Four species of penguin breed here. The endemic royal penguin has a population estimated at 850,000. Gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins also breed there. And imagine landing on a single beach thronged with 150,000 pairs of king penguins—one of the world’s largest colonies.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
At Sea

Whales beneath, birds above, as the ship sails on. Onboard naturalists prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife of Antarctica and history of the Golden Age of Exploration.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 19
Exploring the Ross Sea

Navigate some of the most remote regions of the planet while exploring the Ross Sea, just like Scott, Shackleton, and Ross (the 19th-century explorer for whom this sea is named). Witness the impressive Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest, and the Transantarctic Mountain Chain. Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is enormous, covering 182,000 square miles–the size of France—and the edge of the ice shelf towers as high as 200 feet above the water’s surface, with the majority of the ice below the waterline. The Ross Ice Shelf plays an important role in stabilizing the Antarctic ice sheet, buttressing the ice that is constantly moving over the land surface.

Travel to this unique part of the Antarctic waters likely includes stops at several small islands at the bottom of the world for opportunities to go ashore and explore via Zodiac and kayak. Expert staff craft an expedition aimed at learning, seeing, and experiencing more. Spot colonies of Adelie penguins, lazy seals and majestic whales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 20 - 26
Exploring West Antarctica

This part of the planet is big, bold and full of adventure and magnificent scenery. The ship is in full expedition mode, granting thrilling opportunities to crunch through thick ice and explore places few have seen. Rely on the planet’s best ice team to probe the ice’s edge for wildlife, from seabirds to whales. Activities throughout the journey are always weather and ice dependent. The captain seeks for spots to “park” the ship in the pack ice, allowing guests the unique thrill of disembarking onto a frozen sea. There will be time, too, to relax in the library, head up to the Bridge to scan for marine life, unwind in the sauna or Yoga Room, and of course, hear presentations from the onboard staff. Along the way, the undersea specialist captures images from the deep,
revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice. Always interesting, it can also be pioneering in this distant part of the world.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 27 - 30
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

With 24 hours of daylight, there is ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule throughout is flexible to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales at play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion.

While along the Antarctic Peninsula, anticipate opportunities each day to go ashore or kayak among the ice floes and experience close encounters with wildlife. Enjoy the thrill of watching the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice or step ashore to thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. Learn how climate change affects the penguin populations and how best to capture images of penguins from a National Geographic photographer. Back aboard, the undersea specialist may present video from that day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ROV.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 31
Drake Passage

On the final day aboard, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship. Gather to toast this epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 32 - 33
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Santiago, Chile & Depart

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by private charter flight to Santiago where you overnight at the Mandarin Oriental (or similar). Transfer to the airport the next day for flights home.

Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental Santiago (or similar) (day 32); n/a (day 33)

Meals

breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 32); breakfast and lunch (day 33)

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flights between Auckland and Dunedin, and Ushuaia and Santiago (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; international airfare; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse National Geographic Epic Antarctica voyage begins in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). A charter flight is needed from Auckland to Dunedin, New Zealand (DUD), for embarkation. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 32 of the outlined itinerary in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). A charter flight is needed from Ushuaia to Santiago. Departure times may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Dunedin and Auckland, New Zealand; and Santiago, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina, are recommended to align with this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of one or two checked bags weighing up to 51 lbs (23 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (7 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Depending on weather conditions and ice pack, it may be possible to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per-person double occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is recommended but not mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but also highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Dec 28 - Jan 31, 2024
National Geographic Endurance • 35 days
From $56700USD
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Jan 27 - Feb 29, 2024
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Dec 20 - Jan 22, 2025
National Geographic Resolution • 34 days
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Jan 20 - Feb 20, 2025
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Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Endurance

The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is the newest addition to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability and sustainability as well as for in-depth education and an unmatched range of exploration in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

Expert Review

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre- and post-cruise options are available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

Buenos Aires is a 3-day pre- or 2-day post-cruise extension that’s based out of the same hotel as the pre-night before the cruise. Enjoy opportunities to explore Buenos Aires via guided tour, including stops at well-known communities like La Boca, political and historical points of interest such as the Plaza de Mayo and cultural highlights including art museums and a tango performance.

Iguazú Falls is a 3-day, post-cruise extension to Iguazú Falls that includes naturalist-led walks, boat rides (weather permitting) and stunning views of the Falls from accommodations at the only hotel in Iguazú National Park in northeastern Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided walks to areas with special early access, before they open to the public.

Auckland & the Wild West is a 3-day pre- or post-cruise extension (depending on departure direction) that’s based out of the same hotel as the pre- or post-night of the cruise. Take in a guided city tour, meet local farmers, enjoy lunch at a vineyard, explore the Waitakere Ranges and experience Piha—one of New Zealand’s most iconic black-sand beaches.

Queenstown & Wine Country is a 4-day pre- or post-cruise extension (depending on departure direction) in New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Take a helicopter to meet fishermen on the west coast and view Milford Sound, including a touch down for a champagne toast. Enjoy hiking, take in historic goldmining properties, visit a winery, cruise aboard a vintage steamer ship, savor time at a farmstead restaurant and finish with a gondola ride above the town.

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