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Adult Adelie penguins lining up to leap off of an iceberg at Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Adult Adelie penguins lining up to leap off of an iceberg at Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
ExpeditionsAntarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

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Experience the wild grandeur of the White Continent in a more efficient, expedient way. On this new itinerary, cruise the Drake Passage one way, and then bypass the Drake Passage on the way back on a 2-hour flight from Antarctica and discover all of the highlights without sacrificing the extra time. Travel with a diverse team of experts aboard the National Geographic Explorer, the definitive expedition ship. Venture into channels and coves framed by towering peaks. Watch for whales off the bow; Zodiac cruise around enormous icebergs; and hike, kayak, and even possibly cross-country ski in complete tranquility. Choose an active agenda or surrender to the pleasures of relaxing downtime and shipboard camaraderie. Plus, get top shots with the help of a National Geographic Photography Expert.  

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  • Experience it all—cruise the legendary Drake Passage aboard the National Geographic Explorer and then enjoy the ease of returning on our 2-hour direct flight from King George Island to Puerto Natales

  • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of top naturalists, and the most experienced polar captains in Antarctica, with more than 55 years of expedition heritage

  • Hike amid magnificent mountains; see huge glaciers; and observe a parade of gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins

  • Kayak in protected waters, paddling in the Antarctic stillness as penguins swim nearby

  • November departures offer the possibility to cross-country ski or snowshoe across the frozen sea ice, conditions permitting

  • With National Geographic Global Explorers, our exclusive family program, kids and teens will learn about this exhilarating part of the world—from its massive glaciers to humpback whales

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duration
10 Days
starts at
Ushuaia, Argentina
ends at
Puerto Natales, Chile

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From

$8,213

/ per person

Was $10,951Save $2,738

Book Now
duration
10 Days
starts at
Ushuaia, Argentina
ends at
Puerto Natales, Chile

View our brochures for more details

Antarctica 2024-26

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From

$8,213

/ per person

Was $10,951Save $2,738

Book Now
duration
10 Days
starts at
Ushuaia, Argentina
ends at
Puerto Natales, Chile

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Antarctica 2024-26

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National Geographic Explorer: The Standard for Exploration

Built to handle deep swells and towering waves, National Geographic Explorer invites polar exploration while providing exceptional comfort.


Originally constructed to navigate Norway’s famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, her high degree of maneuverability, ideal size, and platform for discovery made National Geographic Explorer a natural choice for addition to the Lindblad Expeditions fleet. Her rebuild drew on 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise.


Today, National Geographic Explorer is a purpose-built expedition ship. She is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, with an ice-reinforced hull, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort, elegance and a deep connection to the environment.

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Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.

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