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South Georgia and the Falklands

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Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo, rockhopper, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals, and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally 200,000 stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea, and crumpets. In this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives. 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 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea In The South Atlantic
Days 4-5 : Falkland Islands
Days 6-7 : At Sea
Days 8-12 : South Georgia Island
Days 13-14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Falkland Islands
Day 16 : At Sea
Day 17 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark | Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Hike in the footsteps of “the Boss,” Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals, and explore icebergs from Zodiacs
  • Walk amid stately king penguins—tens of thousands on a single beach
  • Compare aperture settings side-by-side a National Geographic photographer

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Seal relaxing on shore See rockhopper penguins up close on a Falkland Islands tour You will find Stanley a welcoming place on your Falkland Islands tour Watch humpback whales on your Antarctic cruise Elephant seals hanging out with a colony of penguins.

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similiar) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces 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 Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's charter flight brings you over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you 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 In The South Atlantic

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from your naturalist staff to prepare you for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross. 

Day 4-5 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as herds of fur and elephant seals. Your visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, and stroll around this remote Victorian town. 

Day 6-7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your days at sea, learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. A lookout is kept to identify the seabirds that follow: wandering albatross, prions, and black-browed albatross. 

Day 8-12 South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, plan to make stops every day including Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. And, visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins! 

Day 13-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
With whales beneath and birds above, head out on deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and officers sail these waters. There also is time to relax and enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym, and browse in the library. 

Day 15 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes you once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass, or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views. 

Day 16 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One last chance to send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.”

Day 17 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark | Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before flying to Buenos Aires by private charter. Connect to your flight home.

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Notes

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

Please note: Cabin fare does not include round-trip charter flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Please contact us for charter flight rates.

Cost Include:
  • Includes one hotel night
  • 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:
  • Immigration fees are not included
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion

Included

  • 16 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 15 Dinners
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