Summary : Antarctica is a wild, pristine place with unlimited photographic opportunities. Penguins by the thousands are of course the real stars here. Their comical antics are truly captivating. A visit to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands is the perfect complement for a voyage to Antarctica. The Falklands, whose windswept terrain is reminiscent of Scotland, are a wildlife-rich area with species not seen elsewhere. Visit one of the largest albatross colonies in the world, and see gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins. This voyage has it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, over 100,000 king penguins in South Georgia and the Falkland's human history and amazing albatross colonies! All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
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Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Check in to the Caesar Park Hotel. This vibrant city set along the Rio de La Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Enjoy a guided overview, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
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 your ship.
Awake well into your 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.
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass and herds of enormous elephant seals. Stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland Islands Museum.
Whales beneath, birds above, as you head to legendary South Georgia Island. Naturalists will prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife of South Georgia, and, of course, the inspiring story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.
Teeming wildlife, breathtaking scenery and soaring cliffs greet our ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll come upon 300,000 king penguins!
Renowned for its beauty, this is also the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Hoist a toast at his gravesite. South Georgia is an unforgettable part of the Endurance story, where Shackleton and five men landed after one of the most incredible stories of survival at sea: 700 miles across the Southern Ocean in a 22-foot-long wooden sailboat. Enjoy talks on this fascinating story.
As you voyage south, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. Enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day, naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Your schedule is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of the unexpected. Sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using an arsenal of tools for exploration.
As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross your bow. There’s time to share photos with the onboard National Geographic photographer, catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read, and write emails home, saying “don’t want this to end.”
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before your charter flight to Buenos Aires. Continue on an overnight flight to the U.S.
Alternate Charter Flights:
Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion on select departures will fly from Ushuaia by private charter (if required) to Santiago, Chile instead of Buenos Aires. Please confirm departure and arrival cities prior to booking airfare.
Reverse Itinerary: Travels in a different direction
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.
Optional Post-Trip Extensions:
Iguazu Falls: Taller than Niagara, Iguazu Falls is also twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. Situated in Iguazu National Park in northeastern Argentina, this natural sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage site, owing to its beautiful landscapes and subtropical forest, with 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, and buterflies, orchids and endangered jaguars. From $2,590 per person. (3 Days) Available after select departures.
Easter Island: Follow your Antarctica expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island. Home to the silent sentinels of a long lost culture, this tiny island is located 2,300 miles west of Chiles in the Pacific Ocean and almost 1,200 miles ffrom its nearest island neighbor. Learn about the ancient Rapa Nui culture that grew up in isolation. Where did these people come from and why did they carve more than 500 giant moai (stone statues)? Learn from key archaeologists. From $3,350 per person. (4 Days)
Optional Pre-Trip Extension:
Buenos Aires: Before embarking on your expedition, take time to explore one of the world's most intriguing cities. See its famous architecture, explore the most interesting neighborhoods, visit top museums, and take in a tango performance. From $1,560 per person. (2 Days)
Cabin accommodations; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; some meals on land; one hotel night 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.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flights between between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (approx. $790 per person); passport and visa expenses; immigration fees; travel insurance; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.