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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition 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 tens of thousands 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago, Chile
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 Santiago | Home

Highlights

  • See beautiful Antarctic ice: tabular bergs & the haunting Lemaire Channel
  • Witness massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Experience three distinct regions on your small ship cruise
  • Enjoy superlative photographic opportunities and on-board photo assistance

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Does this penguin have an itch? 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 Santiago, Chile

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion arrive today in Santiago. Check in to the fine Mandarin Oriental (or similar), centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to the afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. 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
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, make the most of our 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, we 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 Santiago | 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  (Ushuaia to Santiago.) 

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

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Santiago - 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
$24,620
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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.

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 Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago
  • Immigration/passport fees
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Included

  • 21 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 20 Dinners
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