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18 Days
Availability : Oct 22, 2018 / Mar 06, Oct 23, 2019 / Mar 06, 2020
Buenos Aires - Argentina
Santiago - Chile
National Geographic Expeditions

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • 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.
EXPEDITION TEAM

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.

David Cothran
Year of the Bird Ambassador, Naturalist
Jasper Doest
Photographer
John Francis
Marine Biologist
 
ITINERARY

Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorerto 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.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 
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.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch)
 
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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAYS 9-13: 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAYS 14-15: 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAYS 16-17: STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS/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.

Meals Included:Day 18 (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
WHAT TO EXPECT

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, we keep our schedule flexible to take advantage of the unexpected, adapting our course to the conditions and opportunities that arise. Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. Daily activities may include nature walks (sometimes over snow and ice), Zodiac cruises, city tours, and visits to cultural or historic sites, with options for more vigorous hikes and kayaking excursions.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic photographer joins the expedition team on every departure aboard the National Geographic Explorer.

 
SHIPS & DECK PLANS

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere. Step aboard and you’ll find comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library, and dining rooms serving regionally inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Expansive decks provide an exceptional vantage point for spotting and photographing wildlife.

National Geographic Explorer – Capacity 148 Guests

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright blue and include cabins 309-312 and 310-332. Single cabins in Category 3 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 105, 106, 203 and 208. 

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Public areas include a lounge and bar; a library; a spa; a fitness center; a sauna; and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an Internet cafe.

 
 
EXTENSIONS

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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
SPECIAL OFFERS

Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic OrionSea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by October 31, 2018. Please call for details.

South Georgia & the Falklands: Complimentary Airfare and Amenities

Book any departure by October 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.

Special Offer for Solo Travelers

Book by October 31, 2018 and we will waive the solo premium for solo travelers on select 2018 departures aboardNational Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II. Solo travelers will pay double occupancy rates for solo occupancy in designated cabins/categories. Valid for new bookings only and subject to availability.

Available Departures
  • Oct 22-Nov 9, 2018

 

 

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