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
Bar tab onboard ship and crew tips now included. Subject to change.
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$24,620 to $49,990
Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago.
Arrive today in Santiago. Check in to your hotel, centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which 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.
This morning’s charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail.
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.
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’ll also be time to enjoy the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse the library. Each day your naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
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 visits to Grytviken, part of the extraordinary story of the Endurance and the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and, on a single beach, you will visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins!
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.
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 Santiago.
Arrive in the U.S. after an overnight flight from Santiago.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary: 11/5/2018
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
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-Trip Extensions:
Santiago City, Wine & Culinary Highlights: Take advantage of your proximity to Santiago to discover the culture, cuisine, and superb wine of this corner of the city and the surrounding wine country. From $1,990 per person. (2 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension:
Easter Island: Follow your Antarctica expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth. From $4,390 per person. (4-5 Days)
One pre-voyage hotel night in Santiago, Chile; ship accommodations; meals as per the itinerary; most beverages aboard the ship; shore excursions; taxes, and service charges; services of a ship physician and expedition staff; crew gratuities; use of kayaks; parka. Subject to change without notice.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flights between Santiago/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 (Zodiac, King Penguin Sunset, Elephant Seal Pups, Albatross); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayakers); Michael S. Nolan (Penguins and Kayak, King Penguins and Landscape)