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Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

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November 06 - 29, 2018 (24 Days)

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

Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Sofitel Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron. Or settle in to the Mandarin Oriental before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.
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Day 3 — Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch aboard a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the National Geographic Explorer or the National Geographic Orion.
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Day 4 — At Sea

Settle into shipboard life. Search the horizon for seabirds and look out for humpback and southern right whales.
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Days 5 & 6 — 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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Days 7 & 8 — At Sea

Enjoy talks by our experts and National Geographic photographer, and unwind in the spa, library, or on deck.
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Days 9 through 13 — South Georgia Island

Spend five 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.
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Days 14 & 15 — 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 16 through 20 — Exploring Antarctica

With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, 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 21 & 22 — At Sea

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

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home.
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