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Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

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February 15 - March 10, 2014 (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 (NG Explorer) or Santiago (NG 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 Ritz-Carlton 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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Days 4 & 5 — 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 6 through 10 — Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot.
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Days 11 & 12 — At Sea

Settle into shipboard life as we sail to South Georgia. Keep a lookout for seabirds, as well as whales and other marine life that swim alongside the ship. Enjoy the ship's spa, library, and observation deck.
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Days 13 through 19 — South Georgia Island

Arrive at the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll be surrounded by 300,000 king penguins!
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Days 20 & 21 — Falkland Islands

The Falklands boast the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic Victorian-style town of Port Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones.
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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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