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
Just-Released Offer Free round-trip international airfare.
New starting in Nov 2017: Most beverages and crew tips included
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$23,100 to $45,880
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Check in to the Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similar). 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.
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 voyage, 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. There will also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day your naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and you’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet your ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as your Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins!
Whales beneath, birds above, as you head to legendary South Georgia Island. Your 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.
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.
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.”
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires. Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary: 11/7/2016, 2/15/2017, 11/6/2017
Travel with a National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor—at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. And, take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the expert photographers and 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-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 $1,890 per person. (2 Days)
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 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 (stone statues)? Learn from key archaeologists. From $4,190 per person. (4 Days)
Cabin accommodations; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; some meals on land; one hotel night in Santiago, Chile; all shore excursions and sightseeing; transfers to and from group flights; tips (excluding crew), taxes and service charges; services of a ship physician and expedition staff; bar tab and crew tips (starting Nov 2017, some premium beverages excluded); use of kayaks; expedition parkas. 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; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion (until Apr 2017); alcoholic beverages (until Nov 2017); optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Zodiac, King Penguin Sunset, Elephant Seal Pups); © Ashton Palmer (King Penguins); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayakers); Michael S. Nolan (Penguins and Kayak)