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Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia – Fly the Falklands

Antarctica Cruise Information

  • National Geographic Endurance
  • Expedition Ship
  • 126 Capacity
  • 24 Days
  • 2020 View Departure>
    • 2020
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Summary : The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this South Georgia Island cruise expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of an Antarctica trip exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S. / Santiago, Chile

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.

Day 2
Santiago, Chile

Arrive today in Santiago and check in to your centrally located hotel, 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.

Day 3
Santiago / Fly to the Falkland Islands / Embark

Fly by private charter flight to the Falklands, arriving in Mount Pleasant with a transfer to Stanley, the capital. You have time to stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, colonial-style houses of Stanley, seeing the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whale bones before embarking the ship.

Day 4
Falkland Islands

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 greens of waving tussock grass. While the Falklands boasts a human population (3,000 people in total; 2,500 of whom live in the capital, Stanley) the animals—specifically thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife.

Day 5 – 6
At Sea

During your days at sea, learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of South Georgia—and the riveting story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance. Your naturalists help you identify the seabirds that follow the ship: wandering albatross, prions, and black-browed albatross. There will also be time to browse the library or workout in the gym.

Day 7 – 12
South Georgia

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 grave at Grytviken to hoist a toast.

Day 13 – 14
At Sea

With whales below, 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.

Day 15 – 20
Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel (conditions permitting) and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. The schedule is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion. The goal is to offer opportunities each day 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 Adelie and chinstrap penguins. Expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see, and experience more.

Day 21 – 22
At Sea

As you sail toward 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 the book you haven’t had a minute to read, and write emails home, saying “Don’t want this to end.”

Day 23
Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. This morning's charter flight will take you over Patagonia on the way to Buenos Aires. Continue on to other adventures, or connect with homeward bound overnight flights.

Day 24
Home

Arrive home after an overnight flight from Buenos Aires.

Notes

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: 11/7/2020 (Ushuaia/Stanley)

Travel Insurance:
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: 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. 2 Days.
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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.
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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.
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Included:
One pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago; transfers between included hotel/airport/ship if booked on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; parka; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; immigration fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as Internet 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)

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