South Georgia and the Falklands Cruise

Michael S. Nolan
Elephant seals hanging out with a colony of penguins.
Jo Turner
Watch an albatross take flight on your Falkland Islands trip
Jo Turner
Watch King penguins strut across the sand at Volunteer Point during your Falkland Islands tour
Jo Turner
You will find Stanley a welcoming place on your Falkland Islands tour
Jo Turner
View the stunning scenery at West Point during your Falkland Islands tour
Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge.


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

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. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives.

Day 1

  • Lunch

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires from your overnight flight from Miami. Check in to the excellent Caesar Park Hotel (MGallery) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking your expedition ship, the National Geographic Explorer.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea in the South Atlantic

Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from your naturalist staff to prepare us for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross.

Days 4-5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Falkland Islands

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, hoist a few at the famous Upland Goose pub, and stroll around this remote Victorian town.

Days 6-7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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.

Days 8-12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Georgia Island

Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your 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 200,000 king penguins!

Days 13-14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

With whales beneath and birds above, head out on deck to see and hear the ship crunch through the ice.

Day 15

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Falkland Islands

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

One last chance to send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.”

Day 17

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark in Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before flying to Buenos Aires by private charter. Connect to your independent return flights home.

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

Cost Include:
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

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.