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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands (DUP- Don't Use)

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The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition 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 tens of thousands 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 in Santiago, Chile
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-5 : Falkland Islands
Days 5-10 : Antarctica
Days 6-7 : At Sea
Days 11-12 : At Sea
Days 13-17 : South Georgia Island
Days 18-19 : At Sea
Days 20-21 : Falkland Islands
Day 22 : At Sea

Highlights

  • Marvel at a king penguin colony with tens of thousands of individuals
  • Experience Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, and the haunting Lemaire Channel
  • See incredible wildlife in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Travel to three distinct regions

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

View penguins on the ice on your Antarctica tour Elephant seals hanging out with a colony of penguins. A curious minke whale surfaces near the zodiac An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Colony of black-browed albratross on the Falklands

Day 1 Arrive in Santiago, Chile

CHECK THIS- ANTARCTICA AND FAKLANDS ARE FLIPPED ON AL SITE Check in to your fine hotel, centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. 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.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, take a charter flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking on the National Geographic Orion. Depart port.

Day 3 At Sea

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, wake to views of the Drake Passage. Attend lectures and explore the ship. As you sail, hope to see whales as they swim with the ship.

Day 4-5 Falkland Islands

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Arrive at the Falklands Islands, home to the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins, and herds of enormous elephant seals. Stroll through the charming Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley and visit the Anglican Cathedral and the Falkland Islands Museum. The cathedral features a large archway made entirely of whale bones.

Day 5-10 Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 6-7 At Sea

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Set sail for South Georgia Island and view whales and seabirds from the deck of the ship. Join naturalists on board for presentations about the wildlife of South Georgia and the inspiring story of Ernest Shackleton and his ship, the Endurance.

Day 11-12 At Sea

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
As we voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)

Day 13-17 South Georgia Island

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship as our Zodiacs make landfall.  Vast penguin colonies give you the opportunity to be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

Day 18-19 At Sea

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands. (B,L,D)

Day 20-21 Falkland Islands

  • 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. (B,L,D)

Day 22 At Sea

  • 1 Breakfast
As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross our 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.” (B,L,D)

National Geographic Orion

Per person starting at
$22,430
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1
$22,430
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1 Single
$0
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 2 Cabin.
Category 2
$24,030
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3
$26,340
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3 Single
$0
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
Category 4
$32,320
Upper and veranda decks with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
Category 5
$37,300
Upper deck with balcony
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
Category 6
$43,250
Veranda deck - suite

Notes

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

INCLUDED FEATURES
Aboard ship:
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of expedition staff

Ashore:
- Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- Transfers to and from group flights
- The expertise of expedition staff

Activities:
- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

NOT INCLUDED
Airfare:
- International and internal airfare

Pre- and post-expedition:
- Additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Expedition extensions
- Gratuities

Aboard ship
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spa treatments
- Gratuities
- Scuba diving
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

Included

  • 21 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 20 Dinners
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