Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

U.S./B. Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion) (24 DAYS – 23 NIGHTS)
FROM US$25,220 (Max. Ship Capacity 148 Passengers)

Expedition Overview

  • Set out from the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion in a Zodiac or kayak and glide among the exquisite icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Trace the riveting story of Shackleton’s fateful expedition on South Georgia with our team of experts, and get immersed in a sea of black and white amid thousands of king penguins.
  • Visit the pioneer outposts of Port Stanley in the Falklands and Port Lockroy in Antarctica.
  • Get hands-on instruction from a National Geographic photographer as you frame breaching whales, elephant seals, and numerous penguin species.

Antarctica Expedition Cruise Offer

We also include in most cases some attractive extras free of charge should we book one of these expedition cruises for you. Such extras range from free return flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas, or Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, or a hotel night or two free of charge or other parts of your overall travel itinerary at no cost. Note: The final offer will be determined by us and depend on type of cabin, length of trip and which expedition cruise you book with us.

Itinerary

Set out on an epic voyage to the remote lands made famous by Ernest Shackleton. Traveling aboard one of our ice-class expedition ships, National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion, spend six days discovering the icy wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. Stroll through lively crowds of king penguins in stunning South Georgia, and hike the rocky shores of the Falkland Islands to see nesting albatross. Experience boundless wildlife and captivating beauty as you venture into some of the planet’s most unspoiled landscapes.

Day 1-2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) Or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion) → Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion). In Buenos Aires, settle into our hotel before a city tour that includes Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron. In Santiago, check in to tour hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.

Accommodations: Alvear Art Hotel (Buenos Aires) or Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (Santiago)


Day 3: Ushuaia, Argentina → This morning’s charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. This evening, we set sail for the open sea.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: At Sea, Drake Passage → Wake up to views of the famed Drake Passage and enjoy time for talks from our onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that await us on the Antarctica Peninsula.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5-10: Exploring Atarctica → With long daylight hours at this time of year, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected—veering off course to watch killer whales perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner excursion on the water. We anticipate opportunities to hike, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife every day. Our stops will be adapted to the conditions and the ever-changing ice, and may include some of the locations indicated on the map shown here.

One day, we may take Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breathtaking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid glittering brash ice or along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience a thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice.

As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine bays of the peninsula, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience, explaining the behaviors and interactions of different species, the geological and climatic forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of a glacier, and even how to take beautiful photographs of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists capture images from the deep—revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice, and our expedition leader is always on the lookout for the best way to experience everything Antarctica has to offer.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily


Day 11-12: At Sea → Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate our voyage at a farewell dinner on board.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily


Day 13-17: South Georgia island → Spend five incredible days exploring stunning South Georgia, leisurely tracing the coast past towering cliffs and beaches peppered with penguins. Our schedule is flexible, and we anticipate opportunities to walk, hike, kayak, or explore by Zodiac every day. Our stops will include the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken, which played a part in the extraordinary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition and is now the explorer’s final resting place; as well as Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley finally reached help after a year and a half stranded in Antarctica. Watch the antics of huge elephant seals hauled up on shore, and encounter a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 

Day 18-19: At Sea → Take advantage of the amenities on board as we make our way west to the Falklands. Attend talks by our experts and National Geographic photographer, and unwind in the spa, library, or on deck.

 


Day 20-21: South Georgia Island → Dock in Port Stanley, and stroll along the streets lined with Victorian-style houses. See an archway made of whalebone at the Anglican Cathedral, and visit the Falkland Islands Museum. Hike and kayak along rocky coasts, spotting Magellanic penguins burrowing in tussock grass, herds of enormous elephant seals, and the largest albatross colony in the world.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 22: At Sea → On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner tonight.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23-24: Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer) Or Santiago Chile (National Geographic Orion) → Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before our charter flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago. Continue on an overnight flight to the U.S.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch Daily

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↓ Season 2019-2020 Rates and Dates

Ships ↓

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Orion

Date Price From Ship
Nov 7-30, 2019 (Reverse Itinerary) $25,220 p/person National Geographic Explorer
Nov 19-Dec 12, 2019 $25,950 p/person National Geographic Orion
Date Price From Ship
Feb 15-Mar 9, 2020 $25,220 p/person National Geographic Explorer
Feb 17-Mar 11, 2020 $25,950 p/person National Geographic Orion
Oct 18-Nov 10, 2020 $28,580 p/person National Geographic Endurance
Nov 7-30, 2020 $28,580 p/person National Geographic Endurance

 

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

International airfare to/from Buenos Aires (Explorer), to/from Santiago (Orion), airfare within Argentina (Explorer) and Chile (Orion) is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight to/from Ushuaia is $960-$1,240 depending on the departure date (subject to change).

 

What’s Included What’s Not Included
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

FLEET (2 Ships) ↓

National Geographic Orion

The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel with an ice-reinforced hull, enabling it to navigate polar ice as well as small harbors in Europe.

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as a remotely operated vehicle and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. The Orion is also equipped with snorkeling and diving gear. Our “open bridge” policy provides guests the opportunity to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation. A full-time doctor, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer and a photography instructor are part of every expedition team.

Public areas include an outdoor café, a lounge and bar, a sun deck, a state-of-the-art lecture theater, a library, a boutique, a mud room with lockers for expedition gear, a sauna, a fitness room, spa treatment rooms, a hot tub/plunge pool, and a centrally located elevator. The restaurant features international cuisine inspired by our ports of call and all meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables.
The restaurant features international cuisine inspired by our ports of call and all meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Exceptional cuisine features tastes of the regions we visit.

The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features a fitness center with Life Fitness equipment, a spa treatment room, and a sauna.

Accommodation Details

Category 1
Main Deck with oval windows #316, 318, 319-321

Category 2
Main Deck with large oval window #302-312, 314, 315, 317

Category 1 Solo
Main Deck with oval windows #301, 322, 323

Category 3
Suite with window#401-412, 414-419

Category 4
Deluxe suite with window #511, 515

Category 5
Suite with balcony #501, 503-506, 508

Category 6
Owner’s suite with balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510

Note: *Cabin 509 does not have a balcony

Category 3 Solo
Bridge Deck Suite with window #512

National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright blue and include cabins 309-312 and 310-332. Single cabins in Category 3 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 105, 106, 203 and 208.

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Public areas include a lounge and bar; a library; a spa; a fitness center; a sauna; and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an Internet cafe.

Accommodation Details

Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category Solo A
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

Category Solo B
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category 6
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category Solo B
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → ANTARCTICA
→ SO. SHETLAND ISLANDS → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
PUNTA ARENAS → ANTARCTICA
→ PUNTA ARENAS

ROUTE:
PUNTA ARENAS → ANTARCTICA
→ PUNTA ARENAS

ROUTE:
PUNTA ARENAS → ANTARCTICA
→ PUNTA ARENAS

ANTARCTICA EXPEDITIONS

 

 

9 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 5,460 pp
Aboard The Ushuaia Ship

Expedition cruise to Antarctic Peninsula & So. Shetland Islands.

On board the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky Ships

7 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 11,395 pp
Flight and Cruise

Fly over Cape Horn and Drake Passage, and then cruise aboard the Ocena Nova, Magellan Explorer or Hebridean Sky.

On board the Magellan Explorer or Ocean Nova Ships

9 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 15,495 pp
Flight and Cruise

Fly over Cape Horn and Drake Passage, and then cruise aboard the Ocean Nova or Magellan Explorer.

On board the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky Ships

5 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 4,695 pp
Flight and Cruise

Leaving from Ushuaia, the 2018-19 Antarctica Express Air-Cruise takes you through the Beagle Channel and to Cape Horn aboard the Ocean Nova, Hebridean Sky or Magenllan Explorer.

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → FALKLAND ISLANDS → SOUTH GEORGIA → ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → FALKLAND ISLANDS → SOUTH GEORGIA → ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → ANTARCTICA
ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

ROUTE:
USHUAIA → ANTARCTICA
ANTARCTICA → USHUAIA

14 DAYS
FROM: US$ 14,680 pp
Aboard National Geographics Explorer

Experience Antarctica from every perspective using a range of exploration tools aboard the National Geographics Explorer and National Geographic Orion, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor.

23 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 25,220 pp
Aboard National Geographics Explorer/Orion

Set out on cruise then on Zodiac or kayak glide icebergs of Antarctic Peninsula. Expedition on South Georgia and Falklands.

10 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 7,950 pp
Aboard M/V PLANCIUS OR M/V ORTELIUS

The “Classic Antartic” route. This cruise delivers you to wonderous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

Antarctic Expedition Adventure

10 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 9,095 pp
Aboard One Ocean RCGS Resloute

This Antarctic cruise explores the Antactic Peninsula over a period of 10 night/11days. A classic itinerary for whale watching, seabird viewing, visiting penguin colonies and experiencing zodiac excursions in Antactica. Camping in Antarctica is included.

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