Summary : For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, including the Falklands and South Georgia Island cruise just makes sense. Only the plains of the Serengeti during the migrations can compare to the wildlife spectacles offered by both South Georgia and the Falklands. On your South Georgia Island cruise you’ll see a single rookery with tens of thousands of king penguins—an astonishing sight and an indelible memory. In the Falklands, you’ll see rockhopper penguins in great number in their “hobbit shire” of the tussock grass. And, in both, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see albatross in great numbers—wandering albatross with their impressive 11-foot wing spans; and beautiful black-browed albatross—in colonies that fill the windward ledges of these southernmost islands. These, plus elephant and fur seals, pelagic birds in great numbers, and various species of whales feasting on the Southern Ocean’s seasonal bounty create unprecedented wildlife viewing experiences for you.
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
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$25,220 to $50,150
Depart U.S. this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in your hotel before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón.
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.
Settle in to shipboard life as you sail to Antarctica. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship.
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. The schedule is flexible, allowing to take advantage of the unexpected. Spend these days exploring the “White Continent" via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and more of the ship's exciting 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’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day onboard naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and conditions permitting, hoist a glass fpr a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet the ship. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins!
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Your naturalists will prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.
The Falklands boast albatross, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic colonial town of Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones.
Enjoy one last day at sea and your chance to view the marine and bird life of these southern waters. Toast your epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and proceed to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires followed by your connecting overnight flight home.
Arrive home after an overnight flight from Buenos Aires.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary: 1/17/2022
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 Extension: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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. 2 Days.
2/15/2020 Double Occupancy from $1,950 per person
2/15/2020 Single Occupancy from $2,290 per person
Optional Post-Trip Extension: 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. 3 Days. Available after select departures.
2/15/2020 Double Occupancy from $2,870 per person
2/15/2020 Single Occupancy from $3,590 per person
Optional Post-Trip Extension: 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 600 giant moai? Learn from key archaeologists. Flights must be booked through ExpeditionTrips. Trip length and rate varies due to airline schedules. Rates below are for trips that are five days; rates will be higher if longer than five days is required for flight schedules. Please inquire.
2/15/2020 5-Day Double Occupancy from $4,520 per person
2/15/2020 5-Day Single Occupancy from $5,350 per person
One pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires; transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; parka; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; immigration fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such 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)