South Georgia and the Falklands

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 19 Days | Buenos Aires to Santiago
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details

 

Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to the spectacular isles of the South Atlantic, discovering remote landscapes seen by few others on Earth. In the Falklands, see symbols of British culture while hiking amid dramatic landscapes harboring rookeries of rockhopper and gentoo penguins, as well as massive colonies of fur and elephant seals. Continue to South Georgia Island to explore glacier-draped coastlines, and witness thousands of stately king penguins flocking on a single beach.

Trip Highlights

    • Join our naturalists for an interpretive walk among 200,000 stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia.
    • Each departure of the National Geographic Explorer is accompanied by a National Geographic photographer who offers insight on capturing the compelling stories of the South Atlantic.
    • Glide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands, and view an impressive colony of black-browed albatrosses.
    • Sail a catamaran amid the islands of Beagle Channel, spotting wildlife along the way.

Itinerary - 19 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires and set out on a guided city tour.
Alvear Art Hotel
(Day 2: L)

Days 3 & 4 — Ushuaia/At Sea

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking the ship for our journey across the South Atlantic.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 5 & 6 — Falkland Islands

Each Falkland Island is distinctive in its beauty, and the archipelago boasts the largest albatross colony in the world, thousands of irresistible Gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as herds of fur and elephant seals. Stroll white-sand beaches, sail beneath vaulting cliffs, and hike across windswept moors where the waving tussock grasses glow with sunlit yellows and sage greens.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 7 & 8 — At Sea

As we journey across these southern waters, there's time to take full advantage of the ship's amenities: relax in the spa, sauna, or observation lounge.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 9 through 15 — South Georgia Island

Spend seven incredible days circumnavigating stunning South Georgia, leisurely tracing the coast past towering cliffs and beaches peppered with penguins. Our schedule is flexible, and we anticipate opportunities to walk, hike, kayak, or explore by Zodiac every day. Our stops will include 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. Watch the antics of huge elephant seals hauled up on shore, and encounter a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 16 & 17 — At Sea/Falkland Islands

After time at sea, we return once more to the island archipelago that teems with the wonders of nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, and visit the remote Victorian town of Port Stanley.
(B,L,D)

Days 18 & 19 — Stanley, Falklands/Santiago, Chile/U.S.

Disembark in Stanley and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant to board our chartered flight to Santiago, followed by an overnight flight home. (Day 18: B,L)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare and Amenities

Book any departure by July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires/Santiago, plus free round-trip charter airfare. We will also cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

Offer valid for new bookings only and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

Expedition Team

Accompanying this expedition is a diverse team of experts — including biologists, naturalists, and regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the birds, wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Bertie Gregory

Bertie GregoryWildlife filmmaker and photographer Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wildlife into photography. Photos from this obsession earned him recognition early on in his career, including been named a National Geographic Young Explorer, Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year, and Zenith Scientific Exploration Society Explorer. After graduating with a zoology degree from the University of Bristol in 2014, he began assisting legendary big cat photographer Steve Winter on assignment for National Geographic. Bertie has since shot television shows for Nat Geo WILD (Mumbai's urban leopards and caiman hunting jaguars), as well as for BBC's Planet Earth. Gregory's first solo assignment for National Geographic—tracking and filming the illusive coastal wolf on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada—became Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series, wild_life. All this before his 24th birthday. Bertie is currently working on a new National Geographic digital series based in South Georgia.

Bertie will join the following departure:

Oct 23 - Nov 10, 2019

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Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • Oct 22 - Nov 09, 2018
2019
  • Mar 06 - 24, 2019
  • Oct 23 - Nov 10, 2019
2020
  • Mar 06 - 24, 2020

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

Prior to your voyage, add a two-day extension in Buenos Aires. Or add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island or a three-day post-voyage extension to Iguazú Falls. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

2018-2019 Season
Explorer
Category 1 $16,990
Category 2 $18,130
Category 3 $19,130
Category 4 $20,350
Category 5 $24,580
Category 6 $28,350
Category 6 $32,880
Solo Suite A $22,660
Solo Suite B $23,910

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

International airfare to and from Buenos Aires and charter airfare to and from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and from Port Stanley to Santiago is $960-$1,240 per person depending on departure date (subject to change).

2019-2020 Season
Explorer
Category 1 $17,840
Category 2 $18,990
Category 3 $19,990
Category 4 $21,350
Category 5 $25,800
Category 6 $29,770
Category 6 $34,520
Solo Suite A $23,740
Solo Suite B $24,990

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

International airfare to and from Buenos Aires and charter airfare to and from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and from Port Stanley to Santiago is $960-$1,240 per person depending on departure date (subject to change).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.