South Georgia and the Falklands

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Ship
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

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.

Please note that although international airline tickets are not included in the trip cost the dates of this trip include your travel dates (based on USA/USA travel).

Itinerary

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

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

Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent the hotel before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Day 3 — Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark

This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail.

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. While the Falklands boasts a human population (3,000 people in total; 2,500 of whom live in the capital, Stanley) the animals—specifically thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Take your camera and binoculars to walk along beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views.

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 15 — 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 visits to Grytviken, part of the extraordinary story of the Endurance and the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and, on a single beach, you will visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins!

Day 16 — 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, browse in the library, and hear talks on all that you have seen from our expedition team.

Day 17 — Falkland Islands

Our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Our afternoon visit to the capital, Stanley, offers a chance to see the human face of the islands, to meet the hospitable locals, and perhaps hoist a drink at a local pub. Stroll around the remote colonial town, visiting the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, which graces the nation’s paper money; it’s a simple yet beautiful structure with an unusual treasure: an arch made of the giant jaw bones of two blue whales erected in the yard.

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

After breakfast, we disembark in the Falklands' capital city of Stanley, and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant for our private charter flight to Santiago. Connect with your overnight flight home, arriving the next day.

Cost of international airfare is not included in the trip price.

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