- National Geographic Explorer
- Luxury Expedition Ship
- 148 Capacity
- 19 Days
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Summary : Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia, 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. All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
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$16,530 to $31,920
Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent Caesar Park Hotel before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking your ship.
Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from your naturalist staff to prepare you for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross.
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. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as herds of fur and elephant seals. Your visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a few at the famous Upland Goose pub and stroll around this remote Victorian town.
During your days 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 in your wake: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.
Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, plan to 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, visit a vast colony of 200,000 king penguins!
With whales beneath and birds above, head out on deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as your 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, and browse in the library.
Your journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes you once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views.
One last chance to send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.”
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before flying to Buenos Aires by private charter. Connect to your flight home, arriving the next day.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Lindblad 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 aboard ship; one hotel night in Buenos Aires; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; some meals ashore; 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 expedition staff; use of kayaks.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flights between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (approx. $850 per person, subject to change); extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; immigration fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Michael S. Nolan (South Georgia Landscape, Penguin Sunset, Fur Seal, Rockhopper Penguins); © Ashton Palmer (King Penguins); © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Photographer); © Melanie Bonadore (Penguin Colony); © Sara Hanson (King Penguin Close)