Summary : Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles—tens of thousands of 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, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital.
Arrive and transfer to your hotel before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. In the early evening gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.
Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from your naturalist staff to prepare for the wildness in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for petrels, penguins and 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 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, magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans, and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife lovers.
During your days at sea, learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. Your naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow the ship: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.
Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, it's covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo and macaroni penguins, enormous snorting elephant seals, and a thriving fur seal population. South Georgia has been dubbed the "Serengeti of the Southern Ocean" as you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles—literally tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a single beach! In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac excursions. This is also the setting for the historic adventure story of Sir Ernest Shackleton aboard the ill-fated Endurance, and you’ll visit his gravesite at Grytviken to drink a toast to “the Boss.”
With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge, or spend these days enjoying the fitness center, library, and/or observation deck. After time at sea, your journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes you once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature. Your afternoon visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to see the human face of the islands, to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a drink at a local pub, and stroll around this remote colonial town.
Spend this last day relaxing at sea. There will be time for presentations from the staff, reflecting on all you have seen and done. Head to the bridge to chat with the officers and look for marine life. Download your images at the computer kiosk, or send messages home, saying: "Don’t want this to end!" Tonight you'll gather for a festive farewell dinner.
Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires by private charter. Connect to your overnight flight home, arriving the next day.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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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. All details are subject to change.
2020 Double Occupancy from: $2,390 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from: $2,690
2021/2022: please inquire
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Easter Island
Combine your expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island. Home to silent sentinels of a long lost culture, this tiny island is located 2,300 miles west of Chile 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 or stone statues? Learn from key archaeologists. NOTE: On select departures, the length of the Easter Island extension may vary between 4 and 5 nights due to airline schedules that service Santiago to Easter Island flights. The prices listed below are for the 4-night Easter Island extension. Departures with the 5-night extension will include an extra hotel night in either Buenos Aires and will have an additional cost: From $500 per person. Important: Your Easter Island extension flights must be booked through ExpeditionTrips for an additional cost (From $1,305 Economy; From $2,230 Business). Please call for full details on pricing and departure dates. All details are subject to change.
2020 5-Day Double Occupancy from: $4,680 per person
2020 5-Day Single Occupancy from: $5,510
2021/2022: please inqure
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Iguazu Falls
Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls is also twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River. Situated in Iguazú 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. Please call for full details on pricing and departure dates. All details are subject to change.
2020 Double Occupancy from: $3,050 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from: $3,590
2021/2022: please inqure
One pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires; transfer between airport/hotel/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; extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; immigration fees; items of a personal nature such as premium alcoholic beverages, Internet, and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Ralph Lee Hopkins (King Penguins Water, Falklands Floral Landscape, Albatross); Michael S. Nolan (Hikers/Landscape, King Penguins/Landscape, Stanley Village, Penguin Sunset, Fur Seal, Rockhopper Penguins)