Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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Complimentary Roundtrip Airfare on Select Expedition Cruises

Book by July 31, 2020 to receive complimentary airfare, plus free charter flights on all departures of South Georgia & the Falklands. Airfare based on round-trip economy group flights Miami/Buenos Aires, returning Santiago/Miami, PLUS complimentary charter flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, returning Falklands/Santiago. Must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Baggage fees may be additional. Call for details.

  • Join our naturalists for an interpretive walk among tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia.
  • Traveling aboard the National Geographic Explorer, learn new techniques from a National Geographic photographer who offers insight on capturing the compelling stories of the South Atlantic.
  • Glide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands, and view an impressive colony of black-browed albatrosses.
  • Sail a catamaran amid the islands of Beagle Channel, spotting wildlife along the way.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to the spectacular isles of the South Atlantic, discovering remote landscapes visited by few others on Earth. In the Falklands, encounter the trappings of British culture in villages and Victorian towns and hike amid dramatic landscapes that harbor rookeries of rockhopper and gentoo penguins, magnificent albatross, as well as colonies of fur and elephant seals. Continue to South Georgia Island to explore glacier-draped coastlines, and witness many thousands of stately king penguins flocking on a single beach.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires and set out on a guided city tour.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch)
Accommodations:Alvear Art Hotel
Days 3-4: Ushuaia/At Sea

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking the ship for our journey across the South Atlantic.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 5-6: Falkland Islands

The Falklands, also known as the Islas Malvinas, comprise about 200 islands, each distinctive in its beauty. The archipelago boasts one of the the largest albatross colonies in the world, thousands of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. Stroll white-sand beaches, sail beneath vaulting cliffs, and hike across windswept moors where the waving tussock grasses glow with sunlit yellows and sage greens.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 7-8: At Sea

As we journey across these southern waters, there's time to take full advantage of the ship's amenities: relax in the spa, head to the fitness center, or browse books on the region in the library.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 9-15: South Georgia Island

Spend seven 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 most days. Our stops may 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; and conditions permitting, 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
Days 16-17: At Sea/Falkland Islands

After time at sea, we return to the Falkland archipelago that teems with the wonders of nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, and visit the Victorian town of Port Stanley.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 18-19: Stanley, Falkland Islands/Santiago, Chile/U.S.

Disembark in Stanley and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant to board our chartered flight to Santiago, followed by an overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Day 18 (Breakfast, Lunch)

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Easter Island Extension
    5 days from $4,680
  • Chilean Wine Country Extension
    3 days from $2,850
  • Iguazú Falls Extension
    4 days from $3,050
Easter Island Extension

Located more than 1,000 miles from its nearest neighbor, Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet. Spend several days uncovering the secrets of the isle’s mysterious history as you stand face-to-face with iconic moai statues and explore the legacy of ancient seafarers in this long-pondered enigma of the Polynesian world.

Important Note:

Flights to Easter Island are extremely limited due to airline schedules that service Easter Island and Santiago and will affect the length of your extension, making it either a 4 or 5 day experience. We recommend speaking with an Expedition Cruise Specialist in order to purchase appropriate flights immediately after booking.

The prices listed on the website are for the 4-day Easter Island extension. Departures with the 5-day extension will include an extra night in Buenos Aires (Explorer), or Santiago (Orion) and will cost an additional $530 (Explorer) or $830 (Orion).

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina/Santiago, Chile

Disembark the National Geographic Explorer in Ushuaia and fly to Santiago, where we check into our hotel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2: Santiago/Easter Island

This morning, depart for Easter Island. Native tradition holds that the island settlement was founded over a thousand years ago by a Polynesian chief named Hotu Matuʻa. While many of the famous moai statues have been toppled or destroyed over the centuries, most have since been restored to their original positions; we’ll visit several statue sites and explore the symbolism of each during our stay.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-4: Easter Island

Spend the next two days discovering astounding moai monuments across the island. Explore the ceremonial complex of Tahai, an archaeological site comprised of three ahu, or shrines, each presided over by giant moai. Stroll between restored stone and sod buildings at Orongo, a ceremonial village situated on the rim of the Rano Kau volcanic crater. At Ahu Te Pito Kura, marvel at the fallen form of the enormous Paro moai, considered the largest moai statue to be transported from the Rano Raraku volcano quarry. Visit the quarry to see where many of these giant statues were carved. Gaze up at towering the moai of Ahu Akivi and Ahu Tongariki—the largest ceremonial altar on Easter Island.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 5: Easter Island/Santiago

Spend a final morning exploring Easter Island before catching a flight to Santiago. From here, connect with your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch