Antarctica Curious: In 2024, Lindblad Debuts a Shorter Option

The new option cuts the travel time to and from Antarctica.

Above and below water view of guests exploring by zodiac from the ship National Geographic Explorer at Booth Island, Antarctica
(Photo: Michael S. Nolan/Lindblad)

A tour to Antarctica is at the top of a lot of people’s bucket lists—including mine. But the combination of the time and the expense it takes to go there is a real hurdle for a lot of travelers. But in late 2024, the Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic partnership will solve one of those two issues.

In Winter 2024, Linblad will kick off two new tours of Antarctica that trim time off the traditional 12- to 22-day itineraries by shortening how long it takes to get to Antarctica. “We wanted to make Antarctica accessible to people with a limited time frame,” says Linblad founder Sven Linblad, whose father led the first citizen-science trips to Antarctica in the mid 1960s. 

Guests zodiac land on Niko Harbor on a beautiful clear day from the ship National Geographic Orion, Antarctica
(Photo: Ralph Lee Hopkins/Lindblad)

The eight-day Fly In – Fly Out tour (starting at $9,975 per person) significantly cuts the number of days needed for a tour by reducing the time it takes to cross the Drake Passage. On a ship, the Drake Passage takes about two days; on a flight, it’s two hours. Travelers who have a shorter travel window but want the Drake Passage experience can opt for the 10-day Sail In – Fly Out (starting at $11,950 pp) option. 

TourScoop Takeaway

It’s not mentioned in the marketing materials or in the video (worth a watch for the gorgeous scenery alone), but another reason people (me) dread the Drake Passage is that the waters can be pretty rough—a challenge for travelers who are prone to seasickness. This is another big selling point of these shorter tours.

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Christine Sarkis is the co-founder of Vacationist Media and editor-in-chief of TourScoop and She is the former executive editor of, a travel publication owned by Tripadvisor. Her work has been published in dozens of publications including Conde Nast Traveler and USAToday, and she has been quoted in print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also offered tips for travelers on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now.