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South Georgia and the Falklands

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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. In this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives. This is the expedition for wildlife or photography enthusiasts, or for those who have already been to Antarctica and want more.
Watch an albatross take flight on your Falkland Islands tripWatch King penguins strut across the sand at Volunteer Point during your Falkland Islands tourYou will find Stanley a welcoming place on your Falkland Islands tourView the stunning scenery at West Point during your Falkland Islands tourThe port town of Ushuaia
Highlights
  • Walk amid stately king penguins—tens of thousands on a single beach
  • Hike in the footsteps of “the Boss,” Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals, and explore icebergs from Zodiacs
  • Compare aperture settings side-by-side a National Geographic photographer
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces 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: Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | 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 In The South Atlantic

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare you for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross. 

Day 4-5: Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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. While the Falklands boasts a human population (3,000 people in total; 2,500 of whom live in the capital, Stanley) the animals—specifically thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Take your camera and binoculars to walk along beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views. 

Day 6-7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 you: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.

Day 8-14: South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 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, 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, visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins! 

Day 15-16: At Sea | Falklands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge, or spend these days enjoying the ship’s spa, fitness center, library, and observation deck. After time at sea, your journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes you once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature. Your afternoon visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to see the human face of the islands, to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a drink at a local pub, and stroll around this remote colonial town.

Day 17: Stanley, Falklands | Disembark | Fly to Santiago, Chile | Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, disembark in the Falklands' capital city of Stanley, and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant for your private charter flight to Santiago. Connect with your overnight flight home.

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Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
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Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
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Notes

Cost Include:
  • Includes 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 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:
  • Immigration fees are not included
  • Air transportation: including charter flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (from $550 per person), Stanley/Santiago (from $710 per person). Miami/Ushuaia/Miami (Economy: $1660 per person). Flight rates subject to change.
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.


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

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