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Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Explorer
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Immerse yourself in the majestic wilderness of the Southern Ocean on this unforgettable 22-day expedition cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Cross the legendary Drake Passage toward the Falkland Islands, where you'll discover remains from whaling and exploration history, as well as incredible wildlife such as seals, albatrosses, and several species of penguins. Cruise to South Georgia, known for its vast colonies of king penguins, and as the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Finally, explore the islands and shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, and set foot on the southernmost continent. Everywhere you go, marvel at sculptural icebergs, vast glaciers, and spectacular wildlife such as whales, seals, penguins, and other seabirds as they follow in your ship's wake.
View penguins on the ice on your Antarctica tourA curious minke whale surfaces near the zodiac Colony of black-browed albratross on the FalklandsView of the arctic.Lemaire channel reflection
Highlights
  • Marvel at a king penguin colony with tens of thousands of individuals
  • Experience Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, and the haunting Lemaire Channel
  • See incredible wildlife such as whales, seals, penguins, and other seabirds
  • Travel to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón.

Day 2: Fly Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.

Day 3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Settle in to shipboard life as we sail to the Falkland Islands. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship.

Day 4-5: Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Falklands boast albatross, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic colonial town of Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones.

Day 6-7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of South Georgia—and the riveting story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance. The naturalists help you identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions, and black-browed albatross. There’ll also be time to browse the library, enjoy a massage in the wellness center, or workout in the gym.

Day 8-12: South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and conditions permitting, we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins! 

Day 13-14: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As we 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 15-19: Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel (conditions permitting) and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion. We anticipate offering opportunities each day to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching our powerful ship crunch through the pack ice or step ashore to thousands of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more. 

Day 20-21: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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: Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly Buenos Aires | Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires, Argentina and connect with your flight home.

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National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
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Cat 1
Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
National Geographic Explorer's Category 2 Cabin.
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Cat 2
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 3 Cabin.
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Cat 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 4 Cabin.
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Cat 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 5 Upper Deck Cabin.
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Cat 5
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 6 Cabin.
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Cat 6
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
Luxurious Catagory 8 Suite
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Cat 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
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C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
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Cat SB
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.

Notes

Cost Includes:
  • All accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Alcoholic beverages (except premium brands)
  • Excursions
  • Services of Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
Not Included:
  • Air transportation; including charter flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (from $550 per person), Stanley/Santiago (from $710 per person). Flight rates subject to change.
  • Immigration & passport fees
  • Personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.


Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.

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