Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic
sites, Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography,
24 Days | Departure: 11/05/18,
01/13/19 | From $24,620
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Regions: Antarctic Peninsula | South Georgia | South Shetland Islands | Falkland Islands
Highlights: 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.
Rates: $24,620 - $42,670
Rates are per person and based on double or triple occupancy according to the cabin.
Child Rate: $500 off per child (under 18)
Single - shared accommodation available, please contact us for details.
Price includes - One pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago; transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (November only); certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; parka; all meals onboard ship; most beverages; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Charter Air (Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago): From $1,240 per person
Ship - National Geographic Orion -
Luxury Expedition Ship
This voyage combines the comfortable adventure cruises of Classic Antarctica with visits to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and spectacular South Georgia. Many of the wildlife (penguins, whales, seabirds and seals) and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are included as well as the best of these two wildlife-rich sub-Antarctic islands. These expeditions are designed to include as much wildlife viewing as possible, but also include visits to scientific bases and allow plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of icy waterways, glaciers, and icebergs.
ItineraryDay 1-2: U.S. / Fly to Santiago, Chile / Overnight
Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago. Check in to your fine centrally located hotel. The morning is at your leisure 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 / Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark Ship
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 your ship.
Day 4: At Sea
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you're at sea. Take advantage of the library of books available on your ship, spend time at the bar chatting to other travelers or out on deck, admiring the sea. Your Expedition Team will also conduct a series of presentations to familiarize you with how to prepare for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.
Spellbound, shocked and awe-inspired are common reactions to arriving in Antarctica. The indescribable feeling of stepping foot on this untouched, unique environment is something you'll remember forever. Antarctica is a land of extremes; at one moment you'll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you'll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the sea or a penguin unwittingly provides comic relief as it waddles by.
Your camera will constantly be fixated on Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Minke and humpback whales are also commonly sighted in the clear Antarctic waters.
When it comes time for an animal break, the Expedition Team will take you on guided hikes to glaciers, research stations and snowy mountains, to help you appreciate the landscape and what it takes to live in such an extreme environment.
Days 11-12: At Sea
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 your naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.
a magnificent Alpine country, illuminated by the rising sun,
rose slowly from the sea; there were mighty fells with snowy
crowns and with sharp, uncovered teeth, around the valleys through
which enormous, broad rivers of ice came flowing to the sea.
J. Gunnar Andersson, 1902 - describing South Georgia
Flexibility in this area is a must. All of your expedition leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in your favor, you may make a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. You call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you can see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places you may visit on South Georgia.
- Salisbury Plain - Two glaciers flank
Salisbury Plain on South Georgia's north coast. Here, more
than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you
are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights and sounds
- Stromness Bay - Site of Sir Ernest
Shackleton and his party's arrival after their harrowing
crossing of the island's glaciers on foot, Stromness offers
views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer
and his companions descended.
- Grytviken - You go ashore and explore
here, discovering the old ruins of this once-active whaling
station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it
is here that Shackleton is buried on this island he loved.
Walking along the coast, you spy seabirds, penguins, and
- Gold Harbour - At the foot of the Bertrab
Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the "jewel
in the island's crown." In addition to a large king penguin
colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, Gentoo
penguins, giant petrels, and perhaps even some light-mantled
- Elsehul Bay - This beautiful bay on the north end is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of the king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo throughout this bay.
Days 18-19: At Sea
The next few days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire. Go on deck to spot whales and sea birds flying overhead, or attend lectures from our on-board specialists. Whatever you choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing creatures you've met so far.
You will spend these days in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), renowned for their amazing wildlife. Highlights include Flightless Steamer Ducks, Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins and a colony of the rare Black-crowned Night Herons. Peale's and Commerson's dolphins are often seen along the coast. Nearby New Island boasts fantastic Rockhopper Penguin rookeries, along with Black-browed Albatrosses and Blue-eyed Shags. You will also explore Stanley, the charming capital of the Falkland Islands. Don't miss the chance to visit the small, but interesting museum.
Day 22: At Sea
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 I don't want this to end!"
Day 23-24: Ushuaia / Disembark / Santiago / Home
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your charter flight to Santiago. Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.
Reverse Itinerary: 11/05/2018
This itinerary is subject to change. We are not responsible for itinerary changes.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend 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. We can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
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.
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 Days)
One pre-voyage hotel night in Santiago, Chile; ship accommodations; meals as per the itinerary and most beverages aboard the ship; shore excursions; taxes, and service charges; services of a ship physician and expedition staff; crew gratuities; use of kayaks; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (November only); 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.
South Georgia / Falkland Islands / Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2018 / 2019
|Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands||Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking||$24,620 -
|Antarctica and South Georgia and the Falklands||Two great destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and seals as well as scenic highlights||$8,910 - $16,090||20|
* Prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.
Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.