2025 Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

Jan. 15 – 24, 2025
Tour operator: Lindblad Expeditions
Price: From $11,655 (international airfare not included)
Tour length: 10 days
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Experience the wild grandeur of the White Continent in a more efficient, expedient way. On this new itinerary, cruise the Drake Passage one way, and then bypass the Drake Passage on the way back on a 2-hour flight from Antarctica and discover all of the highlights without sacrificing the extra time.

Travel with a diverse team of experts aboard the National Geographic Explorer, the definitive expedition ship. Venture into channels and coves framed by towering peaks. Watch for whales off the bow: Zodiac cruise around enormous icebergs: and hike and kayak in complete tranquility. Choose an active agenda or surrender to the pleasures of relaxing downtime and shipboard camaraderie. Plus, get top shots with the help of a National Geographic Photography Expert.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark National Geographic Explorer
  • Day 3 : Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 5 : Exploring Antarctica
  • Day 6 : Exploring Antarctica
  • Day 7 : Exploring Antarctica
  • Day 8 : Exploring Antarctica
  • Day 9 : King George Island | Disembark | Fly to Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Day 10 : Puerto Natales | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a Carolina Alumni member in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to become a Carolina Alumni member, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions and the discretion of the captain. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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