See the White Continent in its unspoiled state—turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and breaching whales.

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 Adélie penguins in Antarctica  Chinstrap penguins   Towering mountains of ice  Reflection of an iceberg, Antarctica. Credit: Brenda Morris  Smithsonian travelers and expert Jim Zimbelman in Antarctica  Leopard seal in Antarctica  Breaching humpback whale  Solitary penguin about to jump.  Credit: Cara Sucher  A group or "waddle" of penguins. Credit: Max Seigal  Two young Adélie penguins. Credit: Richard Sidey

Expedition to Antarctica

A Round-trip Cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina Aboard the 220-guest Le Boréal & Le Soléal

14 days from $9,795

See the White Continent in its unspoiled state—turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and breaching whales.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This trip was the perfect combination of knowledgeable guides and lecturers, small group size, wonderful ship, and the most spectacular destination imaginable. 

- Dalia A.

I loved everything! One of my best trips…

- Previous Journeys Traveler


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Jan 4 - 17, 2018 Departure
Roger Launius

Roger Launius

Roger D. Launius is Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He has also been a senior curator and Division Chair in Space History at NASM. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A graduate of Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, he received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1982. He has written or edited more than thirty books on aerospace history, most recently since 2010: Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce (NASA SP-2014-4554, 2014); Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned (AIAA, 2013); Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Probes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space (NASA SP -2011-593, 2012), which received the AIAA’s history manuscript prize; and Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical Years (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Astronautical Society, and associate fellow of the AIAA. He also served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003 and presented the prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture on the history of national security space policy at the United States Air Force Academy in 2006. He is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues, and has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television network news programs. 

Jan 11 - 24, 2018 Departure
Jeffrey A. Cole

Jeffrey A. Cole

Dr. Jeffrey A. Cole is a semi-retired historian of Latin America.  He began traveling internationally at the age of two, as the son of an U.S. Air Force officer stationed in northern England (RAF Burtonwood), and later studied at the Universities of Connecticut and Massachusetts (as well as the Universidad de las Américas in México).  At the doctoral level, Jeff focused on civil-military relations in Argentina and Chile, the archaeology of the Americas, modern Chinese history (his dad flew the “Hump” during WWII, but he was even more interested in Chinese resistance to European colonization), and – primarily – colonial South American history.  He won a Fulbright grant to complete his dissertation research in Perú, Bolivia, and Argentina.  Upon receipt of the Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Jeff taught at Tulane, SUNY, Cornell, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith College.  His dissertation was published by Stanford University Press.  Jeff also served as Associate Director of the UMass exchange program with Argentina from 1985 to 1991, during which time he taught U.S. History at the Universidad de Buenos Aires as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer.  His last full-time job was as Director of International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.  He has overseen programs on every continent on Earth, save Antarctica. 

For Jeff, Antarctica doesn’t begin with Admudsen, Scott, and Shackleton, but rather with the early Polynesians who made the voyage to South America vía Antarctica and Easter Island, as well the Chinese who crossed the Pacific in the Fifth Century.  Indeed, it is the continent’s impact on the human mind and ambition he finds so compelling. He is also very fond of penguins, having visited rookeries in South Africa, the Falklands/Malvinas, Chile (including on Cape Horn itself) and Argentina.  Since 1995 Jeff has served primarily as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert (over sixty-five in all, including México, Perú, Patagonia, trans-Atlantic voyages, and “Around the World by Private Jet”) and as a lecturer on other academic excursions to Latin America.  When he’s not on the road, he and his wife Marilyn (who’ll be on this Journey as well) make their home on seventeen beautiful acres of Virginia horse country.