National Geographic Orion: Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
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The ultimate Southern ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Nothing rivals the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of thens of thousands of individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of remote islands
Marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers
Set foot on the continent of Antarctica
Encounter rockhopper, gentoo, macaroni, king, Adelie, Magellanic and chinstrap penguins
Watch for seals, dolphins and whales
Identify seabirds including albatross, shearwaters and petrels
Visit historic sites of the early explorers and the remains of whaling operations
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Overnight Hotel in Santiago
Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia/Embark ship
Day 3: At sea
Day 4-9: Antarctica
Day 10-11: At sea
Day 12-16: South Georgia Island
Day 17-18: At sea
Day 19-20: Falkland Islands
Day 21: At sea
Day 22: Disembark Ushuaia/ Fly to Santiago
Day 1: Arrive in Santiago for your overnight stay
Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine Mandarin Oriental (or similar), centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax.
Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Agentina - Embark Ship
we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views as we fly over
the vividly rugged terrain of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the
southernmost city in the world. We'll have lunch aboard a catamaran
cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship.
Day 3: At Sea
Awake well into our journey across the Drake Passage—a milestone in any
adventurer’s personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing
you for the exciting days ahead.
Day 4-9: Antarctica
With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the
Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible,
allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll sail through the
incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,”
exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools
Day 10-11: At Sea
As we voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe
expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail
these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the
wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day
our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
Day 12-16: South Georgia Island
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
and we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and
breathtaking scenery greet our ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are
on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony
you’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins!
Day 17-18: At Sea
Whales beneath, birds above, as you head to legendary South Georgia
Island. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with
presentations on the wildlife of South Georgia, and, of course, the
inspiring story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.
Day 19-20: Falkland Islands
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world,
irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock
grass and herds of enormous elephant seals. Stroll the photogenic
tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican
Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland
Day 21: At Sea
As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort
of seabirds that cross our bow. There’s time to share photos with the
onboard National Geographic photographer, catch up on the book you
haven’t had a minute to read, and write emails home, saying “don’t want
this to end.”
Day 22: Disembark Ushuaia - Overnight flight to Santiago
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore
before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight. Please confirm departure and arrival cities with
an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Ship Cabins: National Geographic Orion
Cabins feature a luminous oval window and
configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size
bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV,
and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are
generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Dinner is served in the dining room, located on this deck.
Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door. Dinner is served in the dining room, located on this deck.
These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door. The main lounge is the social heart of the ship, on this deck, along with the outdoor café where breakfast & lunch are served.
These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a private French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity. All cabins have reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door. Dinner is served in the dining room, located on this deck.
This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Designed and purpose built in Germany in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped
with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers,
sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and
stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close
to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal
transport for up-close exploration. Best of all, Orion is
equipped with a glass-bottom Zodiac that enables remarkably clear,
gratifying observations of the undersea for those who prefer to stay
One pre-voyage hotel night in Santiago
Activities/shore excursions as specified
Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
All meals during your voyage
Selected alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
Use of kayaks
Port fees and service taxes
What's not included?
Internal airfares (Santiago/Ushuaia)
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable