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Expedition Details

 

Set out on an epic voyage to the remote lands made famous by Ernest Shackleton. Traveling aboard the ice-class expedition ships, National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, spend six days discovering the icy wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. Stroll through lively crowds of penguins in stunning South Georgia, and hike the rocky shores of the Falkland Islands. Experience boundless wildlife and captivating beauty as you venture into some of the planet’s most unspoiled landscapes.

Trip Highlights

    • Glide in a Zodiac or a kayak past the massive icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula, sculpted into exquisite forms by the elements.
    • Trace the riveting story of Shackleton’s fateful expedition on South Georgia and get immersed in a sea of black and white amid thousands of king penguins.
    • Encounter a sea of black and white amid thousands of king penguins in South Georgia Island.
    • Visit the pioneer outposts of Port Stanley in the Falklands, and Port Lockroy in Antarctica.

Itinerary - 24 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron. Or settle in to Santiago’s Grand Hyatt Hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.
Caesar Park Hotel

Day 3 — Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning’s charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship.
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Day 4 — At Sea

Awake well into our journey across the Drake Passage—€”a milestone in any adventurer'€™s personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead.
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Days 5 through 10 — Exploring Antarctica

With long daylight hours, we make the most of our six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected—pausing to watch whales off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise or an extra landing during the day. Those interested may have the opportunity to kayak.
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We anticipate making several landings each day in Zodiacs to explore this vast land. Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make some or all of the following stops:

Paradise Bay
The bay is aptly named because the surrounding mountains look as though they rise straight to heaven. Stretch your legs on a hike to a nearby summit for a breathtaking view, or slip into a kayak to quietly paddle along a cliffside rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

Lemaire Channel and Petermann Island
Cruise through the narrow Lemaire Channel between towering snow-covered mountains and spectacular blue icebergs. Step ashore at Petermann Island to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins that stand along the coast as if awaiting your arrival.

Neko Harbor
Drop anchor in beautiful Neko Harbor. Enjoy an up close encounter with the penguins on the beach or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay.

Historic Port Lockroy
The great French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot named Port Lockroy a century ago. In 1944 the British government instituted the top-secret expedition code-named Operation Tabarin, creating a series of base stations in Antarctica. Base A, at Port Lockroy, was the first and now serves as a museum and Antarctica's only public post office where we can send mail to be postmarked in Antarctica.
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Days 11 & 12 — At Sea

Watch for whales from the ship's bridge, attend talks by our experts, and enjoy the amenities on board.
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Days 13 through 17 — South Georgia Island

The following days are devoted to exploring the magnificent coastline of South Georgia Island. The schedule is flexible, and throughout our journey there will be opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking, and taking Zodiac excursions. Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make some or all of the following stops:

King Haakon Bay
This is the site of Shackleton's landfall after his rigorous voyage in the 23-foot lifeboat, James Caird. The untouched beaches, headlands, mountains, glaciers, and nesting wandering albatrosses are a great introduction to the wilds of South Georgia.

Grytviken/Shackleton's Grave
Wander on foot, visiting the ruins of the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken and its fine museum about whaling and the island's natural history. A host of seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can be seen as we hike along the coast to the cemetery where Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Salisbury Plain/Elsehul Bay
At the height of breeding season, the northern tip of South Georgia is said to have more wildlife per square foot than any place else on Earth. We are likely to be greeted by thousands of king penguins. Visit a colony of wandering albatrosses and see colorfully crested macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals, and gray-headed and black-browed albatrosses on their nests.

Right Whale Bay
Land on black-sand beaches, inhabited by southern fur seals, elephant seals, and king penguins, plus dozens of other bird species.

St. Andrews Bay
St. Andrews Bay is teeming with wildlife. Hike past fur and elephant seals and a colony of more than 200,000 king penguins.

Gold Harbour
Gold Harbour is home to elephant seals, thousands of fur seals and tens of thousands of penguins, including a colony of aristocratic king penguins.

Cooper Bay
Whalers once sought shelter in this small bay. Here we are likely to encounter king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins; prions; petrels; and terns; and perhaps Weddell seals.

Stromness Bay
Stromness offers views of cliffs and glaciers that legendary captain Ernest Shackleton and his companions descended to complete their famed crossing with the Endurance in 1916. Shackleton and a crew of five men had set sail in a 22-foot wooden sailboat on a 700-mile voyage across the Southern Ocean—a journey that became one of the most incredible stories of survival at sea. Explore the glacier's ice face by Zodiac. Walk along a pebble beach, passing king and gentoo penguins, and hundreds of fur seals.
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Days 18 & 19 — At Sea

Enjoy talks by our experts and National Geographic photographer, and unwind in the spa, library, or on deck.

Days 20 & 21 — Falkland Islands

Dock in Port Stanley, and stroll along the streets lined with Victorian-style houses. See an archway made of whalebone at the Anglican Cathedral, and visit the Falkland Islands Museum. Hike and kayak along rocky coasts, spotting Magellanic penguins burrowing in tussock grass, herds of enormous elephant seals, and the largest albatross colony in the world.
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Day 22 — At Sea

On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner tonight.
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Days 23 & 24 — Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before our charter flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago. Continue on an overnight flight to the U.S.
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Complimentary Airfare

Book now and receive free international round-trip airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires on the following departures: November 7 and 26, 2016; and November 6, 7, and 27, 2017. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

Expedition Team

A diverse team of experts, including naturalists, historians, and a National Geographic photographer, will accompany each expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Susan Seubert

Susan SeubertAward-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum. Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii, Susan travels throughout the world shooting a variety of subjects and specializes in capturing a sense of place through her wide-ranging imagery. Susan's in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills keep her at the cutting edge of visual storytelling. Born and raised in Indiana, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and she hasn't set down her camera since. When not on assignment, she divides her time between Portland, Oregon and Maui.

Susan will join the following departure:

Feb 14 - Mar 09, 2017

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2016
  • Nov 07 - 30, 2016 [EXP]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2016 [ORION]
2017
  • Jan 25 - Feb 17, 2017 [ORION] REV
  • Feb 14 - Mar 09, 2017 [ORION] REV
  • Feb 15 - Mar 10, 2017 [EXP] REV
  • Nov 06 - 29, 2017 [EXP]
  • Nov 07 - 30, 2017 [ORION] REV
  • Nov 27 - Dec 20, 2017 [ORION]
2018
  • Jan 26 - Feb 18, 2018 [ORION]
  • Feb 14 - Mar 09, 2018 [EXP]
  • Feb 15 - Mar 10, 2018 [ORION]

[EXP] National Geographic Explorer
[ORION] National Geographic Orion
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Departures on the National Geographic Orion begin and end in Santiago, Chile. Departures on the National Geographic Explorer begin and end in Buenos Aires, Argentina. .

Add a three-day post-trip extension to Iguazu Falls (Explorer only) or a four-day post-trip extension to Easter Island to any departure. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

2016/2017 Season Rates

Departures between November 6, 2016 and February 15, 2017.

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $23,100 $23,100
Category 2 $24,750 $24,750
Category 3 $25,910 $27,130
Category 4 $27,130 $33,290
Category 5 $33,290 $38,420
Category 6 $38,420 $44,550
Category 7 $44,550 N/A
2017/2018 Season

Departures between November 6, 2017 and February 15, 2018.

Explorer Orion
Category 1 $23,790 $23,790
Category 2 $25,490 $25,490
Category 3 $26,690 $27,940
Category 4 $27,940 $34,290
Category 5 $34,290 $39,570
Category 6 $39,570 $45,880
Category 7 $45,880 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single cabins November 2016 - February 2017, add $6,180 in Category 2 and $6,480 in Category 3 on the Explorer, and add $11,550 in Category 1 and $13,560 in Category 3 on the Orion. For single cabins November 2017 - February 2018, add $6,370 in Category 2 and $6,670 in Category 3 on the Explorer, and $11,900 in Category 1 and $13,970 in Category 3 on the Orion.

International airfare to/from Buenos Aires (Explorer), to/from Santiago (Orion), airfare within Argentina (Explorer) and Chile (Orion) is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (Explorer) begins at $850 and between Santiago and Ushuaia (Orion) begins at $890 (subject to change).

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