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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

December 7th - December 22nd, 2022

Join PGA specialist  President, Amanda Klimak and her husband Gary Parent take you on this classic Antarctica itinerary which

is sure to fulfill your desire to explore. The expedition delivers huge tabular icebergs, sculptural bergs floating in pools of turquoise blue melt water, mountains rising some 9,000 feet straight up from the sea, penguins galore, abundant marine mammals and extraordinary experience such as cruising through the solemn majesty of the Lemaire Channel, among many more. Spend your days and nights in a rapture of discovery.

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Cruise Overview:

National Geographic Endurance

 

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. Fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessels, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. The patented X-bow® is key to the design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride even in adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck for superior observation. It carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

PUBLIC AREAS: Two restaurants, a chef’s table for small group dining, observation lounge with bar, gym, wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full-service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open Bridge” for access to our Captain, officers and the art of navigation.

MEALS: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270o views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare.

 

CABINS: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

EXPEDITION TOOLS: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad- National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.

 

WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

 
 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day One & Two: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into the Alvear Icon before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. This area is excellent for photos! (Day 2: L)

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Day Three: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark

 

Today we fly south to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, where we meet our ship. Ushuaia’s spectacular setting, between the jagged peaks of the Darwin Range and the protected waters of the Beagle Channel, makes it an appropriately wild place to begin our journey to the White Continent and a great destination in its own right. While we’re there, we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, where

we can hike in a beautiful forest of southern beech, very much like those that covered Antarctica millions of years ago. Lunch will be served onboard a private catamaran while cruising the Beagle Channel, where we’ll be on the lookout for huge South American sea lions and birds like imperial cormorants. Residents of Ushuaia often call their small city ‘El Fin Del Mundo’, The End of the World, but for us, it’s just the beginning. (B,L,D)

Day Four: At Sea Crossing the Drake Passage

This 500-mile-wide strait between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most famous bodies of water in the world. Sometimes ferocious, sometimes flat calm, the Drake is always a fascinating place in its own right. This part of the journey is our best opportunity to see gorgeous seabirds like the wandering albatross, and we might be lucky enough to encounter killer whales or rare species of dolphins. This is also a day to get to know our ship and prepare for the adventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (a great place to spot wildlife), have a relaxing massage, attend a talk about the biology of the penguins you’ll soon be seeing, or settle into a comfy chair in the observation lounge, look out over the waves and reflect on the incredible history of this fabled passage. If it does get a little rough, just take a couple of nice naps; we’ll be in Antarctica before you know it. (B,L,D)

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Day Five: Exploring Antarctica

The Antarctic Peninsula stretches over 800 miles from north to south, a spine of craggy peaks cut by dozens of deep fjords. It’s an enormous region with many different faces and ever-changing weather, which is what makes Lindblad Expeditions’ long experience here so important. Five decades of exploration have given us an unparalleled knowledge of the region, allowing us to stay flexible and respond to changing conditions, turn on a dime and select the optimal activity for each day. We plan to be out daily, exploring in our Zodiacs, hiking at penguin colonies, discovering remote bays, photographing wildlife, and learning fascinating details from the naturalists and other experts who accompany us on every excursion. (B,L,D)

Day Six: Exploring Antarctica

Ice! It’s probably the very first thing most people think about when the topic of Antarctica comes up, and once you’re here it never disappoints. From icebergs the size of islands to the fragile, nearly invisible layers glistening on the surface where the

sea has just begun to freeze, from near-vertical glaciers pouring down the slopes of every mountain to the endless landscapes of sea ice, frozen ocean stretching to the horizon in every direction, ice defines the Antarctic. You’ll get to know it up close and personal, hiking, kayaking and cruising in the Zodiacs through this frozen world. (B,L,D)

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Day Seven: Exploring Antarctica

Our sturdy Zodiac landing craft are really the heart and soul of our explorations in the Antarctic. These tough, stable little motorized boats maneuver easily through ice-choked waters, getting us ashore safely in even the most remote and challenging locations. And simply cruising in the Zodiacs is just as much fun. What’s around the next corner? A leopard seal

relaxing on an ice floe or a chance to photograph an exquisite arched iceberg that no one has ever seen before? We never know until we get there, but it’s always a thrill. (B,L,D)

Day Eight: Exploring Antarctica

Penguins, without any doubt, are the most popular residents of Antarctica, and we have many chances to get to know them well. Their colonies are almost always close to the beach, so it’s very easy to get great photos. In the short Antarctic summer these amazing birds are always busy with the many tasks of breeding and raising their chicks, so every month brings something new. In November the adults are squabbling over the pebbles they use to build their nests. By late December the first chicks are tucked

in under their parents, peeping out at the world. And in February the chicks have left their nests and are very active, learning to swim and getting ready to fend for themselves. (B,L,D)

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Day Nine: Exploring Antarctica

Everywhere we go in the Antarctic we’re surrounded by opportunities to capture uniquely beautifulimages with our cameras. Whether we are cruising past spectacular glaciers in the ship, getting closeto seals in the Zodiacs, or hiking around the penguin colonies, we are always in the company of an

expert National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad photo instructor who share what they see and help us to perfect both the art and the technique of our own photography. The impossibly gorgeous blue in the heart of an iceberg, a penguin tenderly feeding its tiny chick or a glorious sunset over frozen ocean, shots like these surround us every day. Learning to capture these perfect moments is both a wonderful challenge and a huge thrill. (B,L,D)

Day Ten: Exploring Antarctica

Really exploring Antarctica also means simply relaxing and watching while our ship cruises through some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. Grab a cup of cocoa and a comfortable seat in the Observation Lounge or visit the officers on the Bridge; bundle up and climb all the way up to the Monkey

Deck for a really panoramic view, or just kick back in your cabin and watch for seals on ice or whales blowing in the distance. We make transits of world-famous passages like the Lemaire Channel and Antarctic Sound and go ashore on the continent itself, but we also visit equally amazing islands and

places that you’ve never heard of, yet! (B,L,D)

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Day Eleven and Twelve: At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast of Antarctica disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Take some time to go through your photos. Send a message home to friends and family saying: “Don’t want this to end!” And

celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day Thirteen & Fourteen: Disembark Ushuaia/Fly to Buenos Aires

 

Today we disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by private charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home. (Day 13: B,L)

IMPORTANT: Some departures may have a slightly modified itinerary. Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.

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Pricing Details

Rates:

Category 1 = $16,780 per person

Category 2 = $17,270 per person

Category 3 = $20,080 per person

Rates are based on double occupancy and do not include trip insurance and the charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushaia round- trip at $1,220 per person

Cost Includes:

Includes one hotel night. All accommodations; meals indicated;

alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and

expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew. Cost Not Included:

Immigration fees are not included. Air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.

PGA Perks

Our group includes an extra night stay in Buenos Aires including a must-see Welcome Tango Dinner Show.

 

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