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Wild Coasts of Argentina, South Georgia and the Falklands

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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Travel aboard the National Geographic Endurance to the rarely-visited shores and isles of the South Atlantic—places of stunning beauty that harbor a mesmerizing array of marine creatures. Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience Argentina’s rugged coast, seeking out secluded ports, wildlife-rich estuaries, and the whale-filled waters of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Península Valdés. Hike the rocky shores and atmospheric moors of the Falkland Islands among fur seals and the world's largest colony of black-browed albatross. Then get immersed in a sea of black and white amid tens of thousands of king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia. This 22-day voyage offers an unforgettable journey in the South Atlantic.
Congress building in Buenos AiresExperience the gaucho lifestyle in ArgentinaThe pristine and remote landscape of the Falkland IslandsObserve beautiful fur sealsKing penguins on South GeorgiaAbandoned whaling village of Stromness, South GeorgiaThe port town of UshuaiaRockhopper penguins
Highlights
  • Enjoy hikes and stunning views of Argentina's rugged coast
  • Look for incredible wildlife such as whales, seals, and seabirds
  • Trace the spellbinding story of Shackleton’s fateful expeditions
  • Spot vast colonies of penguins on South Georgia and Patagonian shores
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Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires and check in to the Alvear Icon Hotel, or similar. Set out on a guided tour of the city’s beaux arts palaces, the bohemian neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo, and the balcony immortalized by Argentina’s iconic first lady Eva Perón.

Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, set sail on the National Geographic Endurance from Buenos Aires.

Day 3: Montevideo, Uruguay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Montevideo—Uruguay’s vibrant capital city—and discover its elegant mix of architectural styles ranging from Spanish colonial to art deco. Or opt to join a bird-watching excursion in nearby wetlands. Later, travel outside the city to a family-owned estancia, or ranch. Here, vintage vehicles take us to Río de la Plata, or “River of Silver,” where we enjoy a traditional Asado barbecue lunch accompanied by gaucho music and dancing.

Day 4: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As National Geographic Endurance sails south along the Argentinian coast, hear talks from our onboard naturalists and visit the ship’s open Bridge to learn about navigation. Unwind with a massage in the spa or a session in the fitness center, get lost in a book in the library, or simply soak up the views from the rooftop observation deck or one of the outdoor infinity hot tubs.

Day 5: Bahía Blanca, Argentina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock in the port city of Bahía Blanca. Travel into the hills to enjoy a barbecue lunch at a splendid ranch and discover the flora and fauna of the Argentinean pampas on a guided hike. As we make our way back to the coast, visit one of the world’s largest colonies of burrowing parrots. Scan the cliffs to see thousands of the colorful birds that make their nests here. 

Day 6: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend time on deck with our naturalists or relax and enjoy the ship’s many amenities.

Day 7: Puerto Madryn, Argentina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Granted World Heritage status as a marine sanctuary in 1999, Península Valdés is the world’s most important breeding ground for endangered southern right whales. Our arrival coincides with the height of whale season, optimizing our chances of spotting these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Set out by local boat to seek out whale calves and their often-curious mothers, which can grow up to 50 feet long. Step foot on secluded beaches frequented by southern elephant seals, nesting Magellanic penguins, and frolicking sea lions. Scan the shores for orcas, which are known to beach themselves here to hunt for prey. During walks and hikes, keep an eye out for terrestrial wildlife such as the guanaco, armadillo, and rhea—a distant relative of the ostrich.

Day 8: Bahia Bustamante, Argentina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Included in Patagonia Austral National Park and Blue Patagonia UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Bahia Bustamante is a hidden gem along the southern coast of Argentina. Steppes of inland Patagonia meet the sea, providing a rugged backdrop to the white sand beaches and clear waters. Take a Zodiac cruise or kayak along the coast to observe an abundance of wildlife – blue-eyed and rock cormorants, Magellanic penguins, and sea lions, and more. Remote and still largely wild, learn about the rugged ranchers who settled in the region in the ’50s building sustainable wool production on the grasslands and harvesting seaweed from the sea.

Day 9: Puerto Deseado, Argentina | At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel in small boats into the Reserva Natural Ría Deseado, a submerged estuary that is home to the black-and-white Commerson’s dolphin—one of the smallest cetaceans in the world—and the only rockhopper penguin colony in Patagonia. Seek out these rare marine species and discover the reserve’s unique geology. Later, at a local museum in Puerto Deseado, learn about the famous explorers who passed this way and peruse a collection of well-preserved artifacts retrieved from the shipwrecked H.M.S. Swift, a British sloop-of-war that sank in 1770. Spend the afternoon sailing Argentina’s southern coast.

Day 10-11: Falkland Islands

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Discover the remote South Atlantic archipelago of the Falkland Islands, where some 200 islands each offer a distinct variation on rugged coastal beauty. White-sand beaches, soaring cliffs, windswept moors, and swaying tussock grass set a stunning natural backdrop to encounters with thriving wildlife—from thousands of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins to black-browed albatross, elephant and fur seals, and sea lions hauled out on rocks. Enjoy a variety of excursions with our naturalists and take in sweeping views at every turn.

Day 12-13: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As we journey across these southern waters, deepen your understanding of this far-flung region. Learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and join our naturalists on deck to identify seabirds soaring overhead.

Day 14-18: South Georgia Islands

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Spend five incredible days exploring the spectacular coastlines and abundant wildlife of South Georgia. Our schedule is flexible, and we anticipate opportunities to walk, hike, kayak, or explore by Zodiac most days. Take in unforgettable wildlife spectacles: the antics of elephant seals, leopard seals, and fur seals; cliffs inhabited by hundreds of nesting albatross; and shores peppered with tens of thousands of king penguins. Our stops may include visits to the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken, which played a part in the extraordinary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition and is now the explorer’s final resting place, as well as Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley finally reached help after a year and a half stranded in Antarctica.

Day 19: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As we journey across these southern waters, deepen your understanding of this far-flung region. Learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and join our naturalists on deck to identify seabirds soaring overhead.

Day 20: Stanley, Falkland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to the Falkland archipelago and its natural wonders. Stroll around the lively Victorian town of Port Stanley—the largest and most populated city in the Falklands—and mingle with islanders at a local pub in this remote outpost.

Day 21: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross our bow and follow in our wake. Soak up final vistas of these southern waters, share photos with fellow travelers, and toast our epic voyage at a farewell dinner.

Day 22: Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires.

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Located on the Fore Deck. 205 square ft. room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers.
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Located on the Main Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 344 square ft suite with large balcony, sofa bed, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Included
  • 21 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 20 Dinners
  • 20 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Zodiac & Kayak Explorations
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Gratuities to the Ship Crew
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Buenos Aires Hotel tax (up to $2 per person/night) - paid at checkout
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure

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