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Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
24 days - Prices $22,430 - $44,550

Departures:

11/07/2015 02/15/2016 11/07/2016 02/15/2017


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Ship(s): National Geographic Explorer

 

Trip Highlights:

Become captivated by the abundant wildlife and pristine landscape of the Antarctic from the comforts of a luxury, state-of-the-art vessel with kayaks and world-class guides.


Just Released Offer:

Members of ExpeditionTrips.com receive complimentary round-trip international airfare Miami/Buenos Aires (value $1,800). Free airfare based on group departures and must be ticketed by ExpeditionTrips.* 
Applicable Dates:
Select Departures Only
Expiration Date: 8/31/2015

Offer based on availability, is subject to change, and may not be combined with other discounts. Please contact us for details. 

*In order to accommodate free air offers, final payment MUST be paid in full by the due date that will be listed on your invoice when booked. Contact ExpeditionTrips for further details. 

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Summary: Antarctica is a wild, pristine place with unlimited photographic opportunities. Penguins by the thousands are of course the real stars here. Their comical antics are truly captivating. A visit to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands is the perfect complement for a voyage to Antarctica. The Falklands, whose windswept terrain is reminiscent of Scotland, are a wildlife-rich area with species not seen elsewhere. Visit one of the largest albatross colonies in the world, and see gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins. 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! All departures are Photo Expeditions, see end of page for details.


Trip Itinerary
Days 1 - 2: U.S. / Fly To Buenos Aires, Argentina / Overnight
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Check in to the Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similar). This vibrant city set along the Rio de la Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Enjoy a guided overview, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.

Day 3: Buenos Aires / 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
Awake well into your journey across the Drake Passage—a milestone in any adventurer’s personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead.

Days 5 - 10: Antarctica
With long hours of daylight, make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Your schedule is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of the unexpected. Sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using an arsenal of tools for exploration.

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 will 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.

Days 13 - 17: South Georgia Island
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and you’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet your ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as your Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins!

Days 18 - 19: At Sea
Whales beneath, birds above, as you head to legendary South Georgia Island. Your naturalists will prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife of South Georgia, and, of course, the inspiring story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.

Days 20 - 21: Falkland Islands
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass and herds of enormous elephant seals. Stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland Islands 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 “don’t want this to end.”

Days 23 - 24: Ushuaia / Disembark / Buenos Aires / Home
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires. Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights.


Notes:

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Reverse Itinerary:
(Falklands/South Georgia/Antarctica)
11/7/2015, 11/7/2016, 2/15/2017

Photo Expeditions:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

Optional Pre-Trip Extension:
Buenos Aires: 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. From $1,690 per person. (2 Days)

Optional Post-Trip Extensions:
Iguazu Falls: Taller than Niagara, Iguazu Falls is also twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. Situated in Iguazu 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. From $2,690 per person. (3 Days) Available after select departures.

Easter Island: Follow your Antarctica expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island. Home to the silent sentinels of a long lost culture, this tiny island is located 2,300 miles west of Chiles 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 500 giant moai (stone statues)? Learn from key archaeologists. From $3,990 per person. (4 Days)

Included:

Cabin accommodations; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; some meals on land; one hotel night in Buenos Aires; all shore excursions and sightseeing; transfers to and from group flights; tips (except to ship's crew), taxes and service charges; services of a ship physician and natural history staff; expedition parkas.

Not Included:
International air transportation; round-trip charter flights between between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (approx. $850 per person, subject to change); passport and visa expenses; immigration fees; travel insurance; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.


PHOTOS: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Zodiac, King Penguin Sunset, Elephant Seal Pups); © Ashton Palmer (King Penguins); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayakers); Michael S. Nolan (Penguins and Kayak)

 


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