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, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Depart U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Check in to your hotel, centrally located, and have the morning to relax. The Andes form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.
Meal Day 2: L
Fly by private charter flight to the Falklands, arriving in Mount Pleasant with a transfer to Port Stanley, the capital. Enjoy time to stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley, and visit the Historic Dockyards Museum before embarking National Geographic Explorer.
Meals: B, L, D
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world. Irresistible Magellanic penguins burrow amid the green tussock grass and Peale's dolphins ride the waves. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whale bones, and the Falklands Museum.
Meals: B, L, D
You'll awake this morning well into your journey to South Georgia. Settle into shipboard life today, with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of South Georgia. There’ll also be time to browse the library, enjoy a massage in the wellness center, and workout in the gym.
Meals: B, L, D
Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo and macaroni penguins, enormous snorting elephant seals, and a thriving fur seal population. Here on South Georgia—the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean—you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a single beach! This is also the setting for the historic adventure story of Sir Ernest Shackleton aboard the ill-fated Endurance, and you’ll visit his gravesite at Grytviken to hoist a toast.
Meals: B, L, D
With whales below and birds above, voyage towards the seventh continent. 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. Each day your naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
Meals: B, L, D
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and utilizing the arsenal of onboard tools for exploration. The schedule is flexible in order to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales play off the bow, taking an after dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an extra landing. Activities are offered daily to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching the powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to thousands of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. Expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more than you ever imagined!
Meals: B, L, D
As you sail to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross the bow. There’s time to share photos with the onboard National Geographic photographer, catch up on a book, and write emails home, saying “Don’t want this to end!”
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. This morning's charter flight will take you over Patagonia for spectacular views on the way to Buenos Aires. Continue on to other adventures, or connect with homeward bound flights.
Meals Day 23: B, L
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Kathy Sullivan - Kathy became one the first U.S. women astronauts in 1978. A three-flight veteran, she is also the first American woman to walk in space. Kathy first sailed with Lindblad Expeditions in 1999 on a Sea Bird voyage that helped shape the award-winning Imax film "Ocean Oasis". She was also a key technical advisor on the initiative that resulted in the suite of technologies used by our Undersea Specialists.
Frances Ulmer - Frances is Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Pre- and/or Post-Trip Extensions:
Santiago Wine & Culinary Highlights: Take advantage of your proximity to Santiagoto discover the culture, cuisine, and superb wine of this corner of this city and its surrounding wine country. From $1,990 per person. (2 Days)
Buenos Aires: 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 $1,890 per person. (2 Days)
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 butterflies, orchids and endangered jaguars. From $2,790 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 from 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? Learn from key archaeologists. From $4,390 per person. (4 Days)
One pre-voyage hotel night in Buenos Aires; ship accommodations; meals as per the itinerary and most beverages aboard the ship; shore excursions; taxes, and service charges; services of a ship physician and expedition staff; gratuities; use of kayaks; parka. Subject to change without notice.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flights between between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; passport and visa expenses; immigration fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (King Penguin Sunset, Elephant Seal Pups, Kayak and Whale, Shackleton's Grave, Albatross, King Penguins and Passengers); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Penguins on Ice, Kayak and Seal); Michael S. Nolan (Penguin, South Georgia Landscape, Penguins and Kayak, King Penguins, Stanley Falklands, and Seals, Zodiac and Whale)