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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

National Geographic the White Continent

This 14-day Antarctica expedition aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, 102-guest National Geographic Orion, 126-guest National Geographic Endurance or 126-guest National Geographic Resolution offers a classic itinerary to the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula. Experience quintessential Antarctica: huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo penguins, whales and abundant marine life, a passage through the famed Lemaire Channel between towering blue bergs and kayaking available to all guests who choose to explore at this slower pace—a rare inclusion for polar expeditions! The sights, sounds and emotions of the White Continent will be a lasting memory.

The Nat Geo Explorer, Nat Geo Orion, Nat Geo Endurance and Nat Geo Resolution act as floating basecamps during the voyage. Each small expedition ship is technologically advanced, fully stabilized and equipped with a well-rounded set of exploration tools including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins on each vessel offer private balconies for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness and the bar tab is included for all passengers. The National Geographic Explorer boasts a top speed of 18 knots, making her one of the fastest ships plying polar waters. The National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, one of the best in Antarctica cruises. The 126-guest sister ships National Geographic Endurance (named after the great explorer Ernest Shackleton) and National Geographic Resolution (named after explorer Capt. James Cook’s favorite ship) each has a polar ice class 5 rating that allows her to operate in polar environments any time of year, vastly expanding her range of Arctic and Antarctic exploration and making her the perfect basecamp for long-range luxury Antarctica cruises.

A hallmark of this Antarctica cruise itinerary is the National Geographic legacy of exploration, with exclusive access to expert guides and special guest hosts in the fields of science and exploration. A fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks enable up-close examination of this remote wilderness. Travel safely with an experienced Antarctica cruise expedition staff: naturalists, ornithologists, marine biologists, polar historians, an undersea specialist and a National Geographic photographer to assist in creating photos of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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



Itinerary

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary

The White Continent expedition begins in either Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile, with a charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina for embarkation. This classic Antarctic Peninsula voyage features National Geographic experts and guides. Kayaking is uniquely included.

Route map of National Geographic The White Continent Antarctica small ship cruise, operating roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer or Endurance) or Santiago (Orion). In 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. In Santiago, check into the Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar) before a guided overview of the vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.

Accommodations

Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires (or similiar), Hotel Santiago by Mandarin, Santiago (or similar)

Meals

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

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Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and embark ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Drake Passage

While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spot albatross and other seabirds that glide alongside the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 10
Exploring Antarctica

With long hours of daylight this time of year, have ample opportunities to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible as 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. Anticipate having opportunities each day to hike, kayak among the ice floe and experience close encounters with wildlife. Experience the thrill of watching the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice. 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 that day’s dive or show rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ship’s ROV. The expert ship crew and National Geographic staff craft an expedition where each guests learns, sees, and experiences more.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Drake Passage

Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast of Antarctica disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
Disembark Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires or Santiago

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 13); n/a (day 14)

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night; all accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires or Santiago (inquire for pricing); international airfare; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; immigration and passport fees; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 to $2,500 (depending on cabin category) for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons 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 penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
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

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.

Arrival & Departure

The National Geographic White Continent cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), or Santiago, Chile (SCL), depending on your departure date. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, Florida (MIA). Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 13 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on group flights to Miami, Florida. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina are required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions (Rates & Dates tab) and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 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, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Special to departures in November/December is the option of cross-country skiing, dependent upon snowpack conditions and weather at that time. See the Accommodations tab for more information on what activities to expect aboard each vessel.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Third person rates are available in designated triple occupancy cabins on National Geographic Explorer at 1.5x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. 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 mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; 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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2020
National Geographic Endurance • 14 days
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Dec 07 - Dec 20, 2020
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Dec 07 - Dec 20, 2020
National Geographic Orion • 14 days
From $15250USD
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Dec 08 - Dec 21, 2020
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
From $14940USD
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Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2020
National Geographic Endurance • 14 days
From $17910USD
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Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2020
National Geographic Orion • 14 days
From $16550USD
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Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2020
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
From $16130USD
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Dec 28 - Jan 10, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Jan 06 - Jan 19, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 14 days
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Jan 07 - Jan 20, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Jan 16 - Jan 29, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 14 days
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Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 14 days
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Jan 27 - Feb 09, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Feb 05 - Feb 18, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 14 days
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Feb 06 - Feb 19, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Nov 07 - Nov 20, 2021
National Geographic Endurance • 14 days
From $16450USD
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Nov 08 - Nov 21, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
From $15080USD
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Dec 07 - Dec 20, 2021
National Geographic Endurance • 14 days
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Dec 07 - Dec 20, 2021
National Geographic Resolution • 14 days
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Dec 08 - Dec 21, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2021
National Geographic Endurance • 14 days
From $18600USD
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Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2021
National Geographic Resolution • 14 days
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Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Dec 27 - Jan 09, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 14 days
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Dec 28 - Jan 10, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Jan 06 - Jan 19, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 14 days
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Jan 07 - Jan 20, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 14 days
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Feb 06 - Feb 19, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Feb 16 - Mar 01, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Orion

102-guest National Geographic Orion is one of the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Antarctica, Chile, Tahiti and beyond.

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.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Complimentary Bar Tab On National Geographic the White Continent Expeditions

Book now for a complimentary bar tab and all ship's gratuities included on your Antarctica expedition.

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Receive 2021-22 Rates for 2022-23 National Geographic Antarctica Expeditions

Book now for 2022-23 National Geographic Antarctica savings.

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Complimentary Airfare On National Geographic The White Continent Expeditions

Book now for free airfare on your Antarctica cruise aboard National Geographic expedition ships.

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Flexible Cancellation Available Close To Departure on National Geographic Antarctica

Book or re-book your 2020 or 2021 National Geographic Antarctica expedition with confidence using these risk-free, flexible policy details.

Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Andrew Browning • May 5th, 2011
Expert Review: National Geographic The White Continent

An AdventureSmith expert's review of his White Continent Antarctica expedition aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer.

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"Flawless From Start to Finish!"

Flawless from start to finish! Incredible experience! The Lemaire Channel is the most beautiful place on earth.

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"Simply Amazing"

One of the best trips I have ever taken. You are only going to Antarctica once most likely, so you want to get it right. I felt like we really did and that was made possible by excellent guidance from Nick and excellent service from all involved on our travels. We were told National Geographic was second to none in terms of naturalist and that was very true. Antarctica was simply amazing. Nothing can compare and you simply have to see it to believe it.

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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 or Santiago are each a 4-day, pre-cruise extension are based out of the same hotel as the pre-night before the cruise. For expeditions starting in Buenos Aires, enjoy opportunities to explore the city 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. For voyages starting in Santiago, savor the wine, food and culture of the Casablanca Wine Valley and Maipo Valley, famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Carmenere grapes. Additionally, take in Santiago with 1-2 days of guided city tours.

Iguazú Falls is a 5-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.

Easter Island is a 4- or 5-day post-cruise extension to Easter Island that includes guided tours to archaeological sites and a museum, ceremonial sites including the largest ceremonial altar in Polynesia, the Puna Pau red stone quarry and Rano Raraku, where most of the moai stone statues were carved.

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Torres Del Paine Trek

The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains to enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations by night.

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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.

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Explora Patagonia

This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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