Ultimate Antarctica with Nat Geo Orion

Travel aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion to discover the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula with an expert panel of expedition team members enhancing your experience and bring the white continent to life with incredible excursions, lectures in comfort and style. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Photography lessons with National Geographic photographers

Kayak among icebergs, zodiac cruise and hike on land

Discover amazing wildlife at close encounters

Sail the Antarctic Peninsula with stunning ice breaking 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE USHUAIA

Arrive Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas Intl Airport where you will have chance to rest and relax for the day. 

Overnight: Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, Ushuaia

Meals: NIL

DAY 2: USHUAIA / EMBARKATION

Today, you will be transferred to the port for embarkation on the National Geographic Orion where you will be warmly-greeted and a briefing for the adventures ahead. 

Overnight: National Geographic Orion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: AT SEA (THE DRAKE PASSAGE)

We awake this morning well into our 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

Overnight: National Geographic Orion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 to DAY 9: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected - perhaps watching a 40 ton whale surface off the bow. Constantly out daily, one day you may take a zodiac foray amid towering icebergs 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 day, you could have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You will learn from the experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, the Undersea Specialist may present video from that day's dive - rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using the ROV. 

Overnight: National Geographic Orion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 to DAY 11: AT SEA 

We will set sail on our return on Day 10 back to Ushuaia arriving on Day 11. Along the journey, plenty of opportunities to spot albatross and many other seabirds that cross our bow, and spotters will keep an eye out for marine life with plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment perhaps, savor moments and share memories with new-found friends. 

NOTES:

Sailing on the Drake Passage begins on Day 10 and ends by the end of Day 11 in Ushuaia, Argentina. You will be picked up and transfer to your hotel for overnight. Meals en route to arriving in Ushuaia will be all included on board National Geographic Orion.

Overnight (Day 11): Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, Ushuaia 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (onboard)

DAY 12: DEPART USHUAIA

Be transfer to Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas Intl Airport for your onward flight home or continue your adventure in Argentina and beyond. 

Meals: Breakfast

HOTELS

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is an exceptional hotel located inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarken, just a few minutes from downtown Ushuaia and set on a magnificent outcrop high above the city. DEsigned to standards of sustainable architecture, each of the splendid rooms and suites offer a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with state-of-the-art technology and environmentally-friendly features. 

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, Ushuaia

Designed and purpose-built specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of Earth in complete self-sufficiency. Equipped with latest technology and inviting amenities and comfortable features, the National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. 

National Geographic Orion

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