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Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia

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The ultimate Southern ocean experience, this 21-night expedition cruise takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a King penguin colony of some 200,000+ individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of Elephant seals, and a Wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-5 : Falkland Islands
Days 6-7 : At Sea
Days 8-12 : South Georgia Island
Days 13-14 : At Sea
Days 15-19 : Antarctica
Days 20-21 : At Sea
Day 22 : Disembark in Ushuaia


  • The impossible beauty of Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, the Lemaire Channel
  • Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance
  • Experience three distinct regions


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales. Watch an albatross take flight on your Falkland Islands trip Seal relaxing on shore Does this penguin have an itch? Hiking through the Antarctic landscape.

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to your fine hotel. In the afternoon, take a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.

Day 2 Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking your expedition ship and setting sail.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Whales beneath, birds above, as you settle in to shipboard life. Spend time on deck or the bridge watching the sea. The ever-changing light presents endless photo possibilities.

Day 4-5 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Falkland Islands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass, and herds of enormous Elephant seals. 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.

Day 6-7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you voyage south, watch for icebergs. There is also time to enjoy a wellness treatment, workout in the fitness center, or catch up on a book. Each day your Naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.

Day 8-12 South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Renowned for its beauty and vast colonies of King penguins, this is also the final resting place for the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Teeming wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and soaring cliffs filled with birdlife greet our ship. Hundreds of young Antarctic Fur seals are on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. Stand in awe surrounded by 100,000 King penguins.

Day 13-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
These days at sea give you a chance to reflect on all that you have seen and experienced n South Georgia, and prepare for the exciting days ahead in Antarctic. There is time to hear talks from the staff, read in the ship's cozy library, and search for whales from the Bridge. For the more indulgent, enjoy a rejuvenating massage with a licensed therapist, work out in the gym, or simply relax.

Day 15-19 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Your schedule is flexible, allowing your ship Captain to take advantage of the unexpected. Sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak, and on foot, and using the ship's arsenal of tools for exploration.

Day 20-21 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross your 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”.

Day 22 Disembark in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia and have some time to explore before boarding your exclusively chartered LAN flight to Buenos Aires (not included in cruise fare), and the subsequent overnight flights home.

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Buenos Aires - Hotels

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National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
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Cat 1
Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
National Geographic Explorer's Category 2 Cabin.
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Cat 2
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 3 Cabin.
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Cat 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 4 Cabin.
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Cat 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 5 Upper Deck Cabin.
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Cat 5
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 6 Cabin.
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Cat 6
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
Luxurious Catagory 8 Suite
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Cat 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
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Cat SA
C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
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Cat SB
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.


Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Costs Include:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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