Lindblad Expeditions-NatGeo offers Drake Passage flight options

Two new ways to access Antarctica aboard National Geographic Explorer

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has launched two new itineraries that bring flexibility and choice to travellers seeking to experience The White Continent.

Traditionally, Antarctic voyages with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic average 14 days in length, a duration which can limit some adventurers. But for next season on the intimately scaled expedition vessel and recently refurbished guest-favorite National Geographic Explorer, modern explorers will have more opportunities to explore, with options including an eight-day itinerary that flies round-trip across the Drake Passage and a 10-day itinerary that crosses the famous Drake Passage by ship with an air return from King George Island.

“No matter how many days they have to invest, helping curious explorers discover the majesty of Antarctica is a joy and a privilege we’ve been successfully offering for more than 50 years,” said Trey Byus, Chief Expedition Officer, Lindblad Expeditions. “We know this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for most guests, so we don’t want them to miss a thing.

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“On board our beloved purpose-designed expedition vessel, equipped with tools for immersive exploration—from double kayaks and Zodiacs that make viewing wildlife easy, to our open-bridge policy that give guests ready access to our captain and crew and the best view in the house—they won’t. Instilling wonder, satisfying curiosity, and providing supreme comfort is what traveling with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is all about.”

“Opening doors for worldwide exploration is the heart of National Geographic Expeditions, and introducing new opportunities for travelers to gain access to incredible places further extends our commitment to storytelling from an up-close perspective,” said

Nancy Schumacher, Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Geographic Expeditions. says the new options, that will be available from late 2024 and into early 2025, “further extends our commitment to storytelling from an up-close perspective.”

“Now, the options to take an expedition cruise or fly to Antarctica bring the amazing seventh continent closer as travellers seek to understand this dynamic ecosystem.”

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Ideal for eager guests who want to get a head start on their Antarctic expedition, the eight-day Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage expeditions will fly round-trip across the Drake Passage to the Chilean Base of Presidente Frey on King George Island. Guests will board the National Geographic Explorer just off the coast of the tundra island. With long hours of daylight during this time of year and flexible scheduling, guests will have ample opportunities to explore the region over the next five days, whether they are watching whales at play off the bow of the ship, hiking along penguin highways, kayaking in the icy waters, or enjoying an evening Zodiac cruise while taking in the sight of diving penguins. On day seven, the ship will return to King George Island where guests will disembark the ship and fly to Puerto Natales, Chile, where they will overnight before beginning their journey home the next day.

The new eight-day expedition launches with limited-time inaugural pricing, including return-trip private air to King George Island. Book before 31 January 2024, and guests receive a special US$500 Expedition Credit per guest.

Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

The new 10-day Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage expedition was designed for the adventurous traveller who wants to experience it all—from flying high above the clouds to cruising the infamous Drake Passage. On this itinerary, guests will embark National Geographic Explorer in Ushuaia, Argentina, and spend two days crossing the 500-mile-wide Drake Passage to reach the icy desert of Antarctica. There, they will spend five days exploring Antarctica by foot, Zodiac, kayak, ship, and even cross-country skis, before arriving to King George Island, where they will board their chartered flight at the Chilean Base of Presidente Frey and begin their journey home.

The new 10-day expedition launches with limited-time inaugural pricing, including outbound private air to King George Island. Book before 31 January 2024, and receive a special US$1,000 Expedition Credit per guest.

Now, with seven unique Antarctica itineraries and nearly 50 departures for the 2024/25 season to choose from, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is offering more opportunities than ever before to explore The White Continent aboard National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution.

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