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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

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If the epic stories of discovery, endurance, and polar explorers like Shackleton, or the sheer magnificence of ice-capped peaks don’t grab you, the wildlife certainly does: penguins (king, gentoo, and macaroni), sea lions, fur seals, and enormous elephant seals cozy up to these shores. Only here on South Georgia can you observe one of the world's great wildlife spectacles: literally, tens of thousands of king penguins on a single beach. This is the expedition for wildlife or photography enthusiasts, or for those who have already been to Antarctica and want more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago, Chile
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 Santiago | Home

Highlights

  • See beautiful Antarctic ice: tabular bergs & the haunting Lemaire Channel
  • Witness massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Experience three distinct regions on your small ship cruise
  • Enjoy superlative photographic opportunities and on-board photo assistance

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Does this penguin have an itch? Seal relaxing on shore Watch humpback whales on your Antarctic cruise Penguins at an Antarctic sunset Colony of black-browed albratross on the Falklands

Day 1 Santiago, Chile

Arrive today in Santiago, Chile. Check in to the fine Grand Hyatt Hotel (or similar), centrally located in Santiago. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. 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 fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. This morning's charter flight 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 you 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 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 the 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. 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 Santiago | Home

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN charter flight. 

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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

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, 21 Lunches, 20 Dinners
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