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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

From AUD $19,230

Description

Antarctica may be at the end of the Earth, but we’ve been bringing guests here for decades— safely sharing all the wonders of this vast land and sea. Join us to experience the thrill of crunching through the sea ice aboard our fleet of three state-of-the-art expedition ships to see scores of penguins and whales. People come for the wildlife but fall in love with the ice: an entire museum of colossal and magical ice forms defying description. And you’ll get a front seat to the dashing history of the Heroic Age of Exploration. Armed with a flexible itinerary that allows us to go where conditions are best and wildlife is most active, we’ll experience all the splendor of Antarctica. Venture into channels and coves framed by towering peaks. Watch whales play off the bow; glide around enormous icebergs in Zodiacs; photograph penguin colonies with a National Geographic photographer; and hike, kayak, and even possibly cross-country ski in complete tranquility.

Trip Name
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Days
13
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 108 meters Passenger Capacity: 148 (single & twin cabins) Built / Refurbished: 1982 / 2008 National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. Public areas: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair. Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear. Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet Cafe and laundry. Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires. Settle into the Alvear ArtHotel (or similar, Explorer) before seeing the city’sBeaux-Arts palaces and the famous balconyassociated with Eva Perón. Or check into theHotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar,Resolution) before our guided overview of thisvibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.Discover sites like the Plaza de Armas and get afeel for the mix of old and new that makes this cityso great. This area is excellent for photos! (L)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
Today we fly south to Ushuaia, the southernmostcity in the world, where we meet our ship.Ushuaia’s spectacular setting, between the jaggedpeaks of the Cordillera Darwin and the protectedwaters of the Beagle Channel, makes it anappropriately wild place to begin our journey to theWhite Continent and a great destination in its ownright. While we’re there, we visit Tierra del FuegoNational Park, where we can view a beautifulforest of southern beech, very much like those thatcovered Antarctica millions of years ago. Lunchwill be served onboard a private catamaran whilecruising the Beagle Channel, where we’ll be on thelookout for huge South American sea lions andbirds like imperial cormorants. Residents ofUshuaia often call their small city ‘El Fin DelMundo’, The End of the World, but for us, it’s justthe beginning. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: At Sea Crossing the Drake Passage
This 500-mile-wide strait between South Americaand the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the mostfamous bodies of water in the world. Sometimesferocious, sometimes flat calm, the Drake isalways a fascinating place in its own right. Thispart of the journey is our best opportunity to seegorgeous seabirds like the wandering albatross,and we might be lucky enough to encounter killerwhales or rare species of dolphins. This is also aday to get to know our ship and prepare for theadventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (a great placeto spot wildlife), have a relaxing massage, attend atalk about the biology of the penguins you’ll soonbe seeing, or settle into a comfy chair in theobservation lounge, look out over the waves andreflect on the incredible history of this fabledpassage. If it does get a little rough, just take acouple of nice naps; we’ll be in Antarctica beforeyou know it. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 4: Exploring Antarctica
The Antarctic Peninsula stretches over 800 milesfrom north to south, a spine of craggy peaks cut bydozens of deep fjords. It’s an enormous regionwith many different faces and ever-changingweather, which is what makes LindbladExpeditions’ long experience here so important.Five decades of exploration has given us anunparalleled knowledge of the region, allowing usto stay flexible and respond to changingconditions, turn on a dime and select the optimalactivity for each day. We plan to be out daily,exploring in our Zodiacs, hiking at penguincolonies, discovering remote bays, photographingwildlife, and learning fascinating details from thenaturalists and other experts who accompany uson every excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - DAY 5: Exploring Antarctica
Ice! It’s probably the very first thing most peoplethink about when the topic of Antarctica comes up,and once you’re here it never disappoints. Fromicebergs the size of islands to the fragile, nearlyinvisible layers glistening on the surface where thesea has just begun to freeze, from near-verticalglaciers pouring down the slopes of everymountain to the endless landscapes of sea ice,frozen ocean stretching to the horizon in everydirection, ice defines the Antarctic. You’ll get toknow it up close and personal, hiking, kayakingand cruising in the Zodiacs through this frozenworld. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 6: Exploring Antarctica
Our sturdy Zodiac landing craft are really the heartand soul of our explorations in the Antarctic.These tough, stable little motorized boatsmaneuver easily through ice-choked waters,getting us ashore safely in even the most remoteand challenging locations. And simply cruising inthe Zodiacs is just as much fun. What’s around thenext corner? A leopard seal relaxing on an ice floeor a chance to photograph an exquisite archediceberg that no one has ever seen before? Wenever know until we get there, but it’s always athrill. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - DAY 7: Exploring Antarctica
Penguins, without any doubt, are the most popularresidents of Antarctica, and we have manychances to get to know them well. Their coloniesare almost always close to the beach, so it’s veryeasy to get great photos. In the short Antarcticsummer these amazing birds are always busy withthe many tasks of breeding and raising theirchicks, so every month brings something new. InNovember the adults are squabbling over thepebbles they use to build their nests. By lateDecember the first chicks are tucked in under theirparents, peeping out at the world. And in Februarythe chicks have left their nests and are very active,learning to swim and getting ready to fend forthemselves. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - DAY 8: Exploring Antarctica
Everywhere we go in the Antarctic we’resurrounded by opportunities to capture uniquelybeautiful images with our cameras. Whether weare cruising past spectacular glaciers in the ship,getting close to seals in the Zodiacs, or hikingaround the penguin colonies, we are always in thecompany of an expert National Geographicphotographer and a Lindblad photo instructor whoshare what they see and help us to perfect boththe art and the technique of our own photography.The impossibly gorgeous blue in the heart of aniceberg, a penguin tenderly feeding its tiny chick ora glorious sunset over frozen ocean, shots likethese surround us every day. Learning to capturethese perfect moments is both a wonderfulchallenge and a huge thrill. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - DAY 9: Exploring Antarctica
Really exploring Antarctica also means simplyrelaxing and watching while our ship cruisesthrough some of the most spectacular scenery onEarth. Grab a cup of cocoa and a comfortable seatin the Observation Lounge or visit the officers onthe Bridge; bundle up and climb all the way up tothe Monkey Deck for a really panoramic view, orjust kick back in your cabin and watch for seals onice or whales blowing in the distance. We maketransits of world-famous passages like theLemaire Channel and Antarctic Sound and goashore on the continent itself, but we also visitequally amazing islands and places that you’venever heard of, yet! (B,L,D)
Day 10 - DAY 10-11: At Sea
Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast ofAntarctica disappears from view. Round thesouthernmost tip of South America and see themeeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Takesome time to go through your photos. Send amessage home to friends and family saying: “Don’twant this to end!” And celebrate your voyage at afarewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - DAY 12-13: Disembark Ushuaia / Fly to Buenos Aires
Today we disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by privatecharter flight to Buenos Aires andconnect with your overnight flight home. (Day 12:B,L)
Day 12 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.IMPORTANT: Some departures may have aslightly modified itinerary. Please confirmdeparture and arrival cities with an ExpeditionSpecialist before booking your flights.

Trip Dates

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Inclusions

    • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists celebrating Lindblad’s 50-plus years of expedition heritage
    • Hike on magnificent mountains and see huge glaciers, plus observe thousands of penguins: gentoos, Adelie, and chinstrap
    • Kayak in protected waters, paddling as penguins swim nearby
    • Zodiac cruise in ice-choked channels and land on distant shores to explore on foot
    • Early November departures offer the possibility to cross-country ski or snowshoe across the frozen sea ice, conditions permitting

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