2 shadowy guanacos stand overlooking tall tan mountains with ice-covered peaks behind during a Patagonia to Antarctica cruise.
Small blue & white expedition ship on a cruise from Chilean fjords to Antarctica, beside a wall of blue ice.
Aerial view of bright blue water beside snowcapped peaks & grassy hillside on a Patagonia to Antarctica cruise.
Pair of guanacos with white & tan fur touch noses atop a rocky & grassy hillside, seen during an Antarctica Chile cruise.
Pair of gentoo penguins with white bellies & black heads walk over snow during a cruise from Chilean fjords to Antarctica
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords

Cruise the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica in one combined itinerary on this 20-day Patagonia to Antarctica cruise aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer or 126-guest National Geographic Resolution. Uniquely join both regions into one epic odyssey on this Antarctica Chile cruise.

The southernmost realms of the planet are places of unimaginable beauty: Patagonia and Antarctica. Humpback whales breach and penguins gather by the thousands. Icebergs shimmer and sapphire-hued fjords harbor snowcapped peaks and virgin forests. Cruise the Chilean fjords to Antarctica to follow in the wake of legendary explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Ferdinand Magellan, and encounter otherworldly icescapes, calving glaciers, remote reserves, pristine parks and the incredible creatures that thrive at the edge of the world.

On this comprehensive Antarctica Chile cruise, seek out Antarctica’s iconic wildlife—including penguins, seals, and killer whales—and marvel at incandescent icebergs using a fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs. Navigate Chile’s coastal fjords and explore spectacular Glacier Alley, where monumental glaciers calve into the sea. Hike among the snowcapped “horns” of Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy special access to Karukinka Natural Park, the largest protected land area in Tierra del Fuego. And cruise the waters of Francisco Coloane Marine Park, searching for the humpback whales and dolphins that inhabit this vast marine reserve.

The Nat Geo Explorer and Nat Geo Resolution cruise the Chilean fjords to Antarctica with ease. 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.

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



Itinerary

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords Itinerary

Enjoy a Patagonia to Antarctica cruise on this unique itinerary that operates via the air transit hubs of Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Embark the ship in Punta Arenas, Chile, cruise Chilean fjords and Antarctica, then disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Route map of Patagonia to Antarctica cruise, operating via charter flights through Santiago, Chile and/or Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Day 1
Fly to Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Savor the excitement for the Antarctica Chile cruise that’s to come.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

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Day 2
Arrive & Explore Santiago

Arrive and settle into the group hotel before a guided overview of the vibrant Chilean capital backed by the Andes.

Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental Hotel (or similar)

Meals

lunch

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Day 3
Fly to Punta Arenas & Embark

Today, fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southern gateway to Patagonia. Embark the ship for your Patagonia to Antarctica cruise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park & Ainsworth Bay

Cruise to Tierra del Fuego and venture into the archipelago’s largest protected land area: Karukinka Natural Park. Visit this private  reserve by special permission, searching for Andean foxes, guanacos, black-browed albatross and more. Then sail to Ainsworth Bay, a stunning fjord surrounded by subpolar forest, keeping an eye out for elephant seals.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Francisco Coloane Marine Park

Today, enter the Strait of Magellan to explore Francisco Coloane Marine Park. The park covers more than 165,000 acres of land and sea and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including humpback whales, two species of sea lions and Magellanic penguins. Cruise along the coastline by Zodiac and kayak to spot black-and-white Peale’s dolphins, the endangered Chilean dolphin, and Andean condors.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine Park

Early this morning the ship docks in picturesque Puerto Natales before heading out to explore majestic Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Set out by foot or by vehicle across the windswept, rugged landscape, which spans more than 550,000 acres and harbors an astounding variety of geological forms, from the soaring granite pillars of the “horns” to windswept grasslands to rivers, glaciers, and gem-colored lagoons. Keep an eye out for guanacos, rheas, foxes and armadillos.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Puerto Natales & Kirke Narrows

Local pilots will join the ship’s captain on the Bridge to guide the ship through the winding Kirke Narrows, accessible only to small expedition ships. Then continue to discover the Chilean fjords where options exist to explore by ship or take a forest walk.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Exploring the Chilean Fjords

Sail into southern Patagonia’s vast wilderness of forested isles, mirror-like lakes and snowcapped peaks. Myriad fjords cut between soaring granite walls and waterfalls tumble from high above. Explore the region known as Chile’s “Glacier Alley,” part of the UNESCO- recognized Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Cruise into the secluded Pia Fjord, admiring views of its massive glacier; and glide into Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park, where the Andes meet the sea. Get up close to the monumental wall of ice that marks the edge of Garibaldi Glacier, exploring by Zodiac or kayak. Continue to Agostini Fjord, where numerous glaciers originate from the nearby mountains, for a chance to witness thunderous glacial calving.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Drake Passage

Sail to Antarctica via the Drake Passage, named after 16th-century English admiral Sir Francis Drake. Watch for dozens of species of seabirds gliding alongside the ship—including the albatross, which boasts the longest wingspan of any extant bird—and enjoy talks from onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that await on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 16
Exploring Antarctica

With long hours of daylight at this time of year, enjoy ample opportunities to explore. The schedule is flexible to take advantage of the unexpected, whether watching whales at play off the bow of the ship or enjoying an evening Zodiac cruise amid glittering icebergs. One day, possibly set out by kayak to encounter towering icebergs at water level; embark on a Zodiac excursion in search of seals and blue-eyed shags; or walk on a beach amid thousands of Adélie and gentoo penguins. The next, we possibly experience the thrill of the ship crunching through pack ice. The expert expedition team will enrich every experience.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 17 - 18
Drake Passage

Relax on board and enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast of Antarctica disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America at Cape Horn and witness the dramatic meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans en route to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19 - 20
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Santiago, Chile & Depart

Disembark in Ushuaia and board a charter flight to Buenos Aires (Nat Geo Explorer) or Santiago (Nat Geo Resolution) to connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch (day 19); n/a (day 20)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Santiago; 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

Immigration fees; air transportation; mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile, and between Ushuaia, Argentina and either Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile; personal items such as alcoholic beverages; emails; laundry; voyage DVD; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

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 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords voyage begins in Santiago, Chile (SCL), and ends in either Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), depending on your ship. Plan flights to arrive to Santiago by 11:30am on Day 2 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ), for embarkation and from Ushuaia (USH) after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 19 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago (Nat Geo Resolution) or Buenos Aires (Nat Geo Explorer) no earlier than 9:00pm on Day 19. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile, and between Ushuaia, Argentina and either Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile, are required on this trip’s itinerary. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. There is a strict luggage limit of checked bags weighing up to 50 lbs from Santiago to Punta Arenas (overage is available and must be paid to airline) and 66 lbs from Ushuaia. Luggage storage is available in Santiago for an extra charge; inquire with your Adventure Specialist for details.

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. 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

Protect your travel investment with insurance. 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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

2023 departure available. Contact us for rates and to book your space.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Oct 22 - Nov 10, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 20 days
From $21380USD
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Dec 12 - Dec 31, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 20 days
From $21040USD
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Accommodations

Choose the Small Ship that Fits Your Travel Style

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 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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Book your National Geographic Antarctica expedition departing through June 30, 2022, with confidence using these risk-free, flexible policy details.

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