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King penguins on South Georgia

Wild Coasts of Argentina, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

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—and lesser-explored—eastern coast, seeking out secluded ports, wildlife-rich estuaries, and the whale-rich 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Buenos Aires | Embark
Day 3 : Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 4 : At Sea
Days 5-6 : Bahía Blanca | Bahia San Blas | Rio Negro
Days 7-8 : Puerto Madryn
Day 9 : Puerto Deseado
Days 10-11 : Falkland Islands
Days 12-13 : At Sea
Days 14-18 : South Georgia Island
Days 19-20 : At Sea | Falklands
Day 21 : At Sea
Day 22 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Seek out one of the world’s largest and most spectacular marine mammals
  • Experience traditional gaucho culture and cuisine at splendid estancias in Uruguay and Argentina.
  • Capture the windswept beauty of the Falkland Islands
  • Trace the spellbinding story of Shackleton’s fateful expedition

Ship

National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires Colorful buildings of Barrio Reus, Montevideo King penguins on South Georgia Nights in Ushuaia Rockhopper penguin sighting
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Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Check into 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 | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the ship and start your adventure

Day 3 Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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 5-6 Bahía Blanca | Bahia San Blas | Rio Negro

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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. Then sail to Bahía San Blas and explore its mangrove islands by Zodiac and kayak. Continue along the coast to the mouth of Rio Negro. Visit the seaside village of Balneario el Cóndor, or “La Boca” as it is known locally, home to the world’s largest colony of burrowing parrots. Scan the cliffs to see thousands of the colorful birds that make their nests here. 

Day 7-8 Puerto Madryn

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days exploring the coastal wonderland of Península Valdés. 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 for 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 9 Puerto Deseado

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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 Island

  • Ship
  • 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 on 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 19-20 At Sea | Falklands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After time at sea, we 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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home. 
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National Geographic Endurance

Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Per person starting at
$26,670
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Located on the Fore Deck. 183 square ft room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 2
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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Category 3
Located on the Main Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 4
Located on the Lounge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 5
Located on the Bridge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category 6
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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Category 7
Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category A Solo
Located on the Main Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category B Solo
Located on the Lounge Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

Notes

Included

Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price 
  • Your bar tab and WiFi**. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Excluded 

Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages; certain super-premium brands not included
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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