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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

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Decades of exploring Antarctica and the surrounding region have given the Lindblad staff the expertise and time needed to uncover important landing sites beyond the Antarctic Peninsula: the South Orkney Islands, the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia - perhaps the ultimate destination for jaw-dropping scenery, boundless wildlife, and the captivating history of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Walk wild beaches as a hundred thousand king penguins go about their busy lives, calling for mates and flashing their bright colors in courtship. See albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. Take a rugged hike and go by Zodiac and kayak where few have gone before. This voyage affects the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship
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 | Buenos Aires | Home

Highlights

  • Witness the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice
  • Marvel at massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Experience the wonders with all your senses, at water-level or eye-level
  • Explore three distinct polar regions with the luxury of time

Ship

National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Does this penguin have an itch? Walk along the seafront in Stanley on your Falkland Islands tour Seal relaxing on shore Watch King penguins strut across the sand at Volunteer Point during your Falkland Islands tour Wander the striking landscape of the islands during a Falklands tour

Day 1 Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer 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, you will have 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 we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. 

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark Ship

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer will from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia to embark the Explorer. This morning's charter flight will bring you over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You'll awake 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, you will 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. You’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, using our 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 our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our 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, our schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, you can 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. Our naturalists will 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
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.” 

Day 22 Disembark Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN charter flight.
IMPORTANT: Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. 

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Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2018/2019 departures.

Per person starting at
$23,990
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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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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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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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