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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Explorer
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If the epic stories of discovery, endurance, and polar explorers like Shackleton, or the sheer magnificence of ice-capped peaks don’t grab you, the wildlife certainly does: penguins (king, gentoo, and macaroni), sea lions, fur seals, and enormous elephant seals cozy up to these shores. Only here on South Georgia can you observe one of the world's great wildlife spectacles: literally, tens of thousands of king penguins on a single beach. This is the expedition for wildlife or photography enthusiasts, or for those who have already been to Antarctica and want to experience more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-9 : Antarctica
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Days 12-16 : South Georgia Island
Days 17-18 : At Sea
Days 19-20 : Falkland Islands
Day 21 : At Sea
Day 22 : Disembark Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires | Home

Highlights

  • Admire Antarctica's beauty: tabular bergs, the haunting Lemaire Channel
  • Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Experience three distinct regions: Patagonia, Antarctica & Falklands
  • Enjoy superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance

Ship

National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy close-up wildlife watching! Seal relaxing on shore Watch humpback whales on your Antarctic cruise Penguins at an Antarctic sunset Colony of black-browed albratross on the Falklands

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel (or similar). In the afternoon, enjoy a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, 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 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | 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, 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable-a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead.

Day 4-9 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Your schedule is flexible, allowing you 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 your arsenal of tools for exploration. 

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There is also time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day your naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.

Day 12-16 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, your schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, plan to make stops every day including visits to Grytviken, part of the extraordinary story of the Endurance and the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and, on a single beach, you will visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins! 

Day 17-18 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. The naturalists prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands. 

Day 19-20 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass, curious fur seals, 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. 

Day 21 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.”

Day 22 Disembark Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires | Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN charter flight  (Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.) 

IMPORTANT: Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. 

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all departures.

Complimentary Flights
Antarctica Savings - Book by December 31, 2019 and receive complimentary economy group airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (or Santiago). Select departures only. Contact us for details.
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$25,120
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Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
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Cat 2
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
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Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
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Cat 5
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
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Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
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Cat 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
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C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.

Notes

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

Cost Includes:
  • All 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:
  • Air transportation
  • Charter flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
  • Immigration/passport fees
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew
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