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ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS - National Geographic Orion 14Feb19

National Geographic Orion was designed for the express purpose of taking explorers to the planet`s remote, wild places in incredible comfort.

ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA & FALKLANDS Cruise-Only prices include:
- 1 nights accommodation in Santiago pre-cruise at the Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar) with breakfast
- Sightseeing tour of Santiago with lunch
- Transfer Santiago hotel to airport
- Return Santiago - Ushuaia - Santiago charter flights
- Transfer Ushuaia airport - port - airport
- 20 night Expedition cruise aboard National Geographic Orion (102 guests) round trip from Ushuaia in an air-conditioned cabin with private facilities
- All shipboard meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price
- Onboard beverages including: cappuccinos, lattes, filtered water, 24-hour regular coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d`oeuvres & snacks during Recap onboard ship
- Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
-The guidance and company of the Lindblad expedition staff
- The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
- Sightseeing & entrance fees plus special access permits, park fees & port taxes
- All excursions, zodiac & kayak explorations
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

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Not included in your cruise fare:
- International airfare
- Pre and post-expedition additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan (ie travel insurance - which is mandatory)
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Expedition extensions
- Gratuities
- Spa treatments
- Scuba diving
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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Cabin types and categories:
Cat 1S - Main deck single sole use cabin with twin small portholes - forward
Cat 3S - Bridge deck single sole use cabin with window - midship
Cat 01 - Main deck cabin with window - forward
Cat 02 - Main deck cabin with window - midship
Cat 03 - Upper deck cabin with window - midship & forward
Cat 04 - Bridge deck deluxe suite with large window - forward
Cat 05 - Bridge deck suite french balcony (cannot sit out) - midship
Cat 06 - Bridge deck owners suite with french balcony (cannot sit out) - midship

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Day to Day Expedition cruise itinerary:
(subject to weather and local conditions - may change)

Day 1: Overnight Hotel in Santiago (Orion)
Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (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. (L)

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship
Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer will from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia to embark the Explorer; and guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion will fly from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia to embark the Orion. This morning`s charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you`ll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail, (B,L,D)

Day 3: At Sea
You`ll awake this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable-a milestone in any adventurer`s personal travel history - with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead.. (B,L,D)

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 for exploration. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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 as our Zodiacs make landfall. Vast penguin colonies give you the opportunity to be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

Day 17-18: At Sea
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands. (B,L,D)

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 Peale`s dolphins riding the waves. Stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland Islands Museum. (B,L,D)

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.` (B,L,D)

Day 22: Disembark Ushuaia/Fly to Santiago (Orion)/Home
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight (guests on Orion fly Ushuaia to Santiago.) Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (B,L)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best published cruise fare at time of publication (12Jun17). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to Argentina must complete an online application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended to enjoy all aspects of this cruise.

Rates

Rates for Orion, Antarctica South Georgia & Falklands ex Santiago Return
Cabin Twin
Category 01
Category 02
Category 03
Category 04
Category 05
Category 06

Please note, while prices and inclusions are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to changes in cruise line policies and pricing and due to currency fluctuations. Best Fare Guarantee policy guarantees all promotions in market by supplier / operator with additional exclusive value add or saving as introductory bonus membership from Luxury Cruise Escapes loyalty program. Currency surcharges may apply. Please check details of price and inclusions at time of booking. Please ask for child and infant pricing if applicable.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best published cruise fare at time of publication (12Jun17). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Visitors to Argentina must complete an online application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended to enjoy all aspects of this cruise.