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.
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires and set out on a guided city tour.
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.
The Falklands, also known as the Islas Malvinas, comprise about 200 islands, each distinctive in its beauty. The archipelago boasts the largest albatross colony 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.
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.
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 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.
After time at sea, we return to the Falklands 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.
Disembark in Stanley and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant to board our chartered flight to Santiago, followed by an overnight flight home.
- Buenos Aires Extension2 days from $1,890
- Easter Island Extension4 days from $4,520
Before embarking on your expedition, take time to explore the eclectic neighborhoods and grand colonial avenues of Buenos Aires. Twirl alongside tango dancers on the colorful streets of La Boca, get a taste for Argentine café culture in San Telmo, and visit the famed Colón Theater. Delve into the city’s rich history and culture while discovering its art galleries, museums, and historic districts.
Depart on your overnight flight, arriving the next morning in Buenos Aires. Set out to explore the Argentine capital, a city of leafy parks and eclectic architecture, where art nouveau apartment buildings stand beside neoclassical cathedrals and steel skyscrapers. Begin in the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, where you might spy tango dancers twirling down painted streets. Continue to San Telmo, strolling over cobblestones, past colonial buildings, and through markets brimming with antiques. Cap off your tour at the Plaza de Mayo in the heart of the city—presided over by the striking presidential palace, the Casa Rosada—and gaze up at the pink balconies made famous by Eva Perón.
This morning, step inside the world-famous Colón Theater—a grand opera house with extraordinary acoustics, considered among the best in the world. First opened in 1908, the historic structure and rich scarlet and gold interiors were fully restored in 2010. Head down to the waterfront neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where historic warehouses have been transformed into elegant lofts, hotels, and art galleries. Enjoy lunch at a stylish local restaurant, then explore the exceptional collection of Latin American art at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA). After dinner, step into the halls of a restored colonial building to take in performances of traditional and modern tango.
Venture outside the city to Tigre, where the Paraná River splits into many branches, forming a vast, ecologically rich delta. At the Delta Terra natural reserve, explore winding trails and learn about the efforts to protect this imperiled environment, home to unique flora and fauna including the capybara, river otter, jaguar, and Pampas cat. Return to Buenos Aires to visit the Evita Museum for a look into the life and achievements of Eva Perón. Then step into the vast labyrinth of Recoleta Cemetery and see exquisite mausoleums in a variety of architectural styles, including the graves of Eva Perón and other Argentine legends. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner to kick off the main expedition.