Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

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Image of animals in AntarcticaDuration:
12 Days, January 22 - 29, 2025 (waitlist)

From $9,878 from Puerto Natales, Chile

Tour Operator:
Lindblad Expeditions

Exhilarating. Inspiring. Remote. Spectacular. Antarctica!

Bypass the Drake Passage Crossing with a Rare Opportunity to Fly Directly to and from the Antarctic Peninsula

Join us for an amazing adventure to the least visited continent. On this exciting new itinerary, we will fly from Puerto Natales, Chile, directly to King George Island off the coast of Antarctica, eliminating the long journey across the Drake Passage by sea. Research scientists from around the world share this island with abundant wildlife, including giant petrels and elephant seals. It is here we’ll board the National Geographic Explorer to discover the tranquility of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Witness massive glaciers and endless white mountains rolling to the horizon. Enjoy the amusing antics of Adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins in their rookeries, bobbing by on an ice drift, or catapulting onto the shore. Watch for whales off the bow of our ship; glide around enormous icebergs in nimble Zodiacs; and kayak in complete stillness, venturing into channels and coves framed by soaring peaks.

Our partnership with Lindblad Expeditions gives our travelers access to a team of renowned, passionate experts who will illuminate each alluring aspect of Antarctica. A dedicated undersea specialist will help you identify the abundant marine mammals, and expert naturalists will identify birds that frequent this distinctive ecosystem. Onboard photography experts will assist as you capture these amazing experiences for posterity.

Choose an active agenda or surrender to the pleasures of relaxing downtime, a well-deserved massage, or shipboard camaraderie. National Geographic Explorer is the quintessential luxury expedition ship with a fortified hull and advanced navigation equipment. You will benefit from over 50 years of polar experience.

This is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and it should not be missed! Take the plunge with W&L by registering today. Space is limited.

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