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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

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Decades of exploring Antarctica and the surrounding region have given the Lindblad staff the expertise and time needed to uncover important landing sites beyond the Antarctic Peninsula: the South Orkney Islands, the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia - perhaps the ultimate destination for jaw-dropping scenery, boundless wildlife, and the captivating history of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Walk wild beaches as a hundred thousand king penguins go about their busy lives, calling for mates and flashing their bright colors in courtship. See albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. Take a rugged hike and go by Zodiac and kayak where few have gone before. This voyage affects the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-9 : Antarctica
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Days 12-16 : South Georgia Island
Days 17-18 : At Sea
Days 19-20 : Falkland Islands
Day 21 : At Sea
Day 22 : Disembark Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Witness the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice
  • Marvel at massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Experience the wonders with all your senses, at water-level or eye-level
  • Explore three distinct polar regions with the luxury of time

Ship

National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Does this penguin have an itch? Walk along the seafront in Stanley on your Falkland Islands tour Seal relaxing on shore Watch King penguins strut across the sand at Volunteer Point during your Falkland Islands tour Wander the striking landscape of the islands during a Falklands tour

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires

  • 1 Lunch
Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similar). In the afternoon, have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. This morning's charter flight will brings you over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, embark the expedition ship and set sail.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable, a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history, with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead. 

Day 4-9 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. The schedule is flexible, allowing the crew 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 an arsenal of tools for exploration. 

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There is also time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day ship naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. 

Day 12-16 South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and you can hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet your ship as your Zodiacs make landfall.  Vast penguin colonies give you the opportunity to be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins!

Day 17-18 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Your naturalists prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.

Day 19-20 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass, and Peale's dolphins riding the waves. 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 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 the 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 Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires.

National Geographic Explorer

Per person starting at
$23,100
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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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.

Notes

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

Cost Includes:
  • All accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Charter flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
  • Immigration/passport fees
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Included

  • 21 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 20 Dinners
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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