South Georgia & The Falklands

South Georgia & The Falklands

  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 148 Capacity
  • 24 Days
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  • $999,999,999

Summary : Famed for its astonishing number of king penguins — literally, hundreds of thousands — South Georgia is the ultimate destination for jaw-dropping scenery, boundless wildlife and captivating history, and it will affect the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a week on the island as part of a South Georgia & the Falklands voyage. Decades of exploring South Georgia has given your guides the expertise and time needed to survey the island's terrain for hiking routes and landing spots. Sail aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship, complete with a fantastic observation lounge, Undersea Specialist, spa and gym, sun decks, and kayaks. All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S. / Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Please inquire for other gateways.

Day 2
Buenos Aires

Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to your luxurious hotel. There are several exclusive events planned during your three days in Argentina's capital city. This afternoon, visit the pink Presidential Palace, whose famous balcony is forever associated with Eva Peron, the old quarter of San Telmo, and La Boca, with its striking multi-colored houses. An exclusive event is planned at El Zanjon, a beautifully-restored residence and the city's finest archaeological venue. Walk along the colorfully-lluminated underground tunnels, unveiling the very beginnings of the city, and end your day with a wine toast. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Day 3
Buenos Aires

Today, explore the city's cultural heritage, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, the Museum of Latin American Art and the impressive Evita Museum. A short walk through the famed Recoleta Cemetery shows you local history in a snapshot: presidents, artists and influential Argentineans lie in this eclectic landmark. In the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo, witness another cultural icon: the Tango. After a delicious dinner of Argentine beef and wine, you'll have an exclusive visit to the most authentic tango venue in Buenos Aires. El Viejo Almacen has housed stories of treachery and love, singers and dancers, knives and poems--and always gathers the best musicians and dancers in town.

Day 4
Buenos Aires / Embark Ship

Today, experience elegant country living at a beautiful private estancia (ranch). Enjoy the grounds, and savor a typical Argentinean barbecue, before ending the day aboard National Geographic Explorer, set on a southerly course.

Day 5 – 6
At Sea

With whales beneath and birds above, settle in to shipboard life and hear talks from your staff preparing you for the exciting days ahead in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. There’s time to take full advantage of the ship’s amenities.

Day 7
Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valdes Peninsula is a wildlife haven where the endangered southern right whales come to breed, mate and calve their young. You will be there at the absolute peak of the migration season, and at this time of year the cows and newborn calves can be seen, often in water as shallow as 15 feet. You take smaller boats out to the bay and look for these behemoths, loaded with the characteristic barnacles and callosities on their heads.

Day 8
At Sea, South Atlantic

During your day at sea, 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 your ship: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.

Day 9 – 10
Falkland Islands

Your first impression is likely to be: Scotland, until you see grazing sheep juxtaposed with penguins. Lace up your walking shoes and hike the tussock grass-covered landscape, observing Magellanic penguins emerge from their burrows. Join your keen birders to the nesting albatross site, or compare aperture settings with a National Geographic photographer. The relationships your staff has built over the years ensure you see another side of the Falklands: meeting the rugged, friendly islanders who live in this isolated outpost of the U.K.

Day 11 – 12
At Sea

These days are spent relaxing at sea in the Southern Ocean, enjoying the amenities of the ship, hearing talks from the expedition staff, and absorbing all that you've seen and heard so far.

Day 13 – 18
South Georgia Island

These days are devoted to exploring the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible. Throughout your journey there will be opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, 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, at St. Andrew’s Bay, you may come upon 100,000 king penguins!

Day 19 – 20
At Sea

These days are spent relaxing at sea in the Southern Ocean, enjoying the amenities of the ship, hearing talks from your expedition staff, and absorbing all that you've seen and heard so far.

Day 21
Falkland Islands

Your journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes you once more to the island archipelago that teems with the wondes of nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through the tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views. And, your visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a few at the famous Upland Goose pub and meander this remote Victorian town.

Day 22
At Sea

Your final day at sea allows time to relax and reflect on all that you have seen and learned. At the bridge, observe expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and officers navigate the same waters that Shackleton and his expedition sailed aboard the Endurance. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, the crossing is unforgettable — a milestone in any adventurer’s personal travel history.

Day 23 – 24
Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / Fly to US

Your journey ends in Ushuaia this morning, with time to explore before boarding your chartered LAN Chile flight to Buenos Aires, and an overnight flight to the U.S.

Notes



Special Guest:
Travel with Astronaut Jim Lovell (10/18/2012)

Photo Expeditions:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; some meals ashore; two hotel nights in Buenos Aires; all shore excursions and sightseeing; transfers to and from group flights; tips (except to ship's crew), taxes and service charges; services of a ship physician and natural history staff; expedition parkas.

Not Included:
International air transportation; one-way charter air between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia; extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.

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