South Georgia and the Falklands

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Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally 200,000 stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives.

- Walk amid stately king penguins—literally 200,000 on a single beach in South Georgia.
- Observe magnificent albatross in the Falklands, and see Magellanic penguins peeking from their burrows.
- Hike in the footsteps of “the Boss,” Sir Ernest Shackleton, and hear his tale of survival.
- Paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals, and explore in a Zodiac among the bergs.
- Compare aperture settings side-by-side with our resident photographer.

So join us, as South Georgia and the Falklands bursts with life after a fruitful summer. And, we've added some really fun time in Buenos Aires, with plenty of exclusive events. These are the ultimate destinations for jaw-dropping scenery, boundless wildlife and captivating history, and will affect the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come.


Day 1 & 2U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 3Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark
Day 4At Sea In The South Atlantic
Day 5 & 6Falkland Islands
Day 7 & 8At Sea
Day 9 to 13South Georgia Island
Day 14 & 15At Sea
Day 16Falkland Islands
Day 17At Sea
Day 18 & 19Ushuaia, Argentina/ Disembark/Buenos Aires/U.S.

Day 1-2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina

Most flights to Buenos Aires are overnight flights. Cost of international airfare is not included in the trip price.

Check in to the excellent Caesar Park Hotel (MGallery) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.

Day 3 — Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship.

Day 4 — At Sea In The South Atlantic

Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare us for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross.

Days 5 & 6 — Falkland Islands

Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as herds of fur and elephant seals. Our visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, and stroll around this remote Victorian town.

Days 7 & 8 — At Sea

During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. A lookout is kept to identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.

Days 9 to 13 — South Georgia Island

Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, we plan to make stops every day including Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. And, we visit a vast colony of 200,000 king penguins!

Days 14 & 15 — At Sea

With whales beneath and birds above, head out on deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these waters. There’ll also be time to relax and enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym, and browse in the library.

Day 16 — Falkland Islands

Our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views.

Day 17 — At Sea

One last chance to send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.”

Days 18 & 19 — Ushuaia, Argentina/ Disembark/Buenos Aires/U.S.

Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before flying to Buenos Aires by private charter.

Most flights to the US are overnight flights. Cost of international airfare is not included in the trip price.

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