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. Pioneering polar heritage and 50 years of experience navigating polar geographies is your assurance of safe passage in one of the wildest sectors of the planet.
Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel (or similar). In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.
Today you will fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer will fly from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia to embark the Explorer. This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail
You will awake this morning well into your 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.
With nearly 24 hours of daylight, you will be able to make the most of your days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. You 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.
As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross your 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. Or simply reflect on the incredible experiences you have shared with your fellow passengers and newfound friends.
After breakfast, you will disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for a charter flight. Take this time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers, reflecting on the indescribable memories you have made together.
Please note you may wish to confirm the departure and arrival cities of your transfer flight with your destination specialist before booking your flights.
1 night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, pre cruise
Afternoon city tour
Cabin accommodation on board the ship
All meals & non-alcoholic beverages whilst on ship*
Gratuities for the crew
All scheduled landings/excursions
Guiding by expedition team and guest speakers
All port fees
All landing fees
Expedition jacket to keep
*Alcoholic beverages are included on the National Geographic Explorer,
certain super-premium brands are not included.
Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
Visa fees (if applicable)
Travel insurance (compulsory)
Personal expenses such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
Expedition Boots (available for hire)
Pre or post cruise travel expenses
Optional activities, refer optional activities section for details