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.
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

    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. (L,D)

    Day 2

      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. (B,L,D)

      Day 3

        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. (B,L,D)

        Days 4-5

          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. (B,L,D)

          Days 6-7

            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. (B,L,D)

            Days 8-12

              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. (B,L,D)

              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

                At Sea

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

                Day 15

                  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. (B,L,D)

                  Day 16

                    At Sea

                    One last chance to send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)

                    Day 17

                      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. (B,L)
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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.