Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia Cruise

Ralph Lee Hopkins
Take a zodiac trip to view Humpback Whales.
Jo Turner
Watch an albatross take flight on your Falkland Islands trip
Seal relaxing on shore
Does this penguin have an itch?
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Hiking through the Antarctic landscape.
Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge.
The ultimate Southern ocean experience, this 21-night expedition cruise 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 200,000+ 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 1

    Arrive Buenos Aires

    Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to your fine hotel. In the afternoon, take a guided overview of the city, seeing it's Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner. (L,D)

    Day 2

      Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

      The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking your expedition ship and setting sail. B,L,D)

      Day 3

        At Sea

        Whales beneath, birds above, as you settle in to shipboard life. Spend time on deck or the bridge watching the sea. The ever-changing light presents endless photo possibilities. (B,L,D)

        Days 4-5

          Falkland Islands

          The Falkland Islands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass, and herds of enormous elephant seals. 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)

          Days 6-7

            At Sea

            As you voyage south, watch for icebergs. There is also time to enjoy a wellness treatment, workout in the fitness center, or catch up on a book. Each day your Naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)

            Days 8-12

              South Georgia Island

              Renowned for its beauty and vast colonies of king penguins, this is also the final resting place for the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Teeming wildlife, breathtaking scenery and soaring cliffs filled with birdlife greet our ship. Hundreds of young Antarctic fur seals are on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. Stand in awe surrounded by 100,000 king penguins. (B,L,D)

              Days 13-14

                At Sea

                These days at sea give you a chance to reflect on all that you have seen and experienced n South Georgia, and prepare for the exciting days ahead in Antarctic. There is time to hear talks from the staff, read in the ship's cozy library, and search for whales from the Bridge. For the more indulgent, enjoy a rejuvenating massage with a licensed therapist, work out in the gym, or simply relax. (B,L,D)

                Days 15-19

                  Antarctica

                  With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Your schedule is flexible, allowing your ship Captain 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 the ship's arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D)

                  Days 20-21

                    At Sea

                    As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross your 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)

                    Day 22

                      Disembark in Ushuaia

                      Disembark in Ushuaia and have some time to explore before boarding your exclusively chartered LAN flight to Buenos Aires (not included in cruise fare), and the subsequent overnight flights home. (B,L)
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                      Costs Include:
                      All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

                      Not Included:
                      Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

                      Deposit & Payment

                      Initial deposit is variable, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

                      Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.

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                      Cancellation Policy

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