Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

Aboard National Geographic Explorer

Date: Fri, November 7, 2025 - Sun, November 16, 2025

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: From: $ 11,655

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Arctic & Antarctic

Arrangements: Lindblad Expeditions

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Venturing to Antarctica is an expedition like no other–a chance to explore wonderlands of sculpted snow and ice where whales swim, penguins flock and albatross soar. It’s the true journey of a lifetime. On this new itinerary, we’ll cruise the Drake Passage one way, and then bypass the Drake on the way back on a 2-hour flight from Antarctica and discover all the highlights without sacrificing the extra time. Travel with our 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, kayak, and in November, possibly cross-country ski. 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.  


  • Experience it all—cruise the legendary Drake Passage aboard the National Geographic Explorer and then enjoy the ease of returning on our 2-hour direct flight from King George Island to Puerto Natales 
  • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of our team of top naturalists, and the most experienced polar captains in Antarctica, with more than 55 years of expedition heritage 
  • Hike amid magnificent mountains; see huge glaciers; and observe a parade of gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins 
  • Kayak in protected waters, paddling in the Antarctic stillness as penguins swim nearby 
  • November departures offer the possibility to cross-country ski or snowshoe across the frozen sea ice, conditions permitting 
  • With the National Geographic Global Explorers program, kids and teens will learn about and engage with the seventh continent through immersive, hands-on activities

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and mail to Duke Travels, Box 90572, Durham, NC 27708, or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone and let us know you are mailing your reservation form to hold your space.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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