Nat Geo ship floats on the horizon as a skiff full of guests depart from the shore of south Georgia filled with King Penguins.
A seal lounges on the ice while a kayak full of passengers from the National Geographic voyage passes by
An iceberg rises up from the ocean in antarctica, as seen from the national geographic explorer
Guests from the National Geographic voyage expedition paddle a kayak near icebergs in antarctica
Two penguins raise their heads while the national geographic explorer navigates the calm ocean in the background in antarctica
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Throughout this National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands voyage, learn from a truly expert staff, whose decades of exploring Antarctica and the surrounding regions have revealed important landing sites beyond the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia, perhaps the ultimate destination for jaw-dropping scenery. Witness boundless wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula and understand the captivating history of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Walk wild beaches as tens of thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins go about their busy lives, calling for mates and flashing their bright colors in their courtship rituals. Take a rugged hike across ice tundras and float by Zodiac and kayak between icebergs and whales. 

The National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands expedition covers a lengthy itinerary aboard small expedition ships, with kayaking included in the cost—a rare inclusion for polar expeditions! The itinerary visits Antarctica before South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, sailing round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina. Departures aboard the National Geographic Endurance and the National Geographic Explorer connect via charter flights originating from, and finishing back in, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Departures aboard the National Geographic Resolution begin and end with charter flights originating from, and returning back to, Santiago, Chile.

The 148-guest Nat Geo Explorer, 126-guest Nat Geo Endurance and 126-guest Nat Geo Resolution act as floating basecamps during the voyage. All three small expedition ships are technologically advanced, fully stabilized and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins on each vessel offer private balconies for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness. Not to mention the bar tab is included for all passengers. The National Geographic Explorer boasts a top speed of 18 knots, making her one of the fastest ships plying polar waters. The new, purpose-built sister ships National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution venture deeper, paired with state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified guides, for an in-depth intellectual and truly exploratory experience that make them ideal candidates for luxury Antarctica cruises.

Exploring Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands in such a comprehensive voyage by expedition ship will affect the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come. Call the Antarctica experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to discuss your next Antarctica expedition cruise.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and South Georgia cruises.



Itinerary

2022-24 National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Itinerary

This 24-day epic voyage through Antarctica and other stunning landing sights is filled with wildlife sightings, the history of the explorer Ernest Shackleton and incredible scenery.

Route map of National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands voyage, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer or Endurance) or Santiago (Resolution). In Buenos Aires, settle into the Alvear Art Hotel, Alvear Icon Hotel or similar before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or in Santiago, check into the Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar) before your guided overview of the vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. Discover sites like the Plaza de Armas and get a feel for the mix of old and new that makes this city so great. This area is excellent for photography!

Accommodations

Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires (or similar); Mandarin Oriental Santiago (or similar)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina & Embark

Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and embark ship. Ushuaia’s spectacular setting, between the jagged peaks of the Darwin Range and the protected waters of the Beagle Channel, makes it an appropriately wild place to begin this journey to the White Continent and a great destination in its own right. While here, visit Tierra del Fuego National Park to hike in a beautiful forest of southern beech, very much like those that covered Antarctica millions of years ago. Enjoy lunch on board a private catamaran while cruising the Beagle Channel and be on the lookout for huge South American sea lions and birds like imperial cormorants. Residents of Ushuaia often call their small city “El Fin Del Mundo,” The End of the World, but for this voyage it’s just the beginning.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Drake Passage

This 500-mile-wide strait between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most famous bodies of water in the world. Sometimes ferocious, sometimes flat calm, the Drake is always a fascinating place in its own right. This part of the journey provides the best opportunity to see gorgeous seabirds like the wandering albatross. With luck, encounter killer whales or rare species of dolphins. This is also a day to get to know the ship and prepare for the adventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (a great place to spot wildlife); have a relaxing massage; attend a talk about the biology of the penguins soon to be seen; or settle into a comfy chair in the observation lounge, look out over the waves and reflect on the incredible history of this fabled passage. If it does get a little rough, just take a couple of nice naps; the ship will arrive in Antarctica soon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Exploring Antarctica

Some ships that visit Antarctica just cruise by and have a look, but you have a very different way of experiencing this remarkable region. By taking full advantage of all the capabilities of your world-class expedition ship, enjoy a very intimate connection with this wildest of places, immersing in the polar world and filling all the senses with the beauty and excitement of the Antarctic. In the spirit of a genuine expedition, the schedule is flexible to take best advantage of every opportunity the White Continent offers. Plan to be out daily, exploring in Zodiacs, hiking at penguin colonies, discovering remote bays, photographing wildlife and learning fascinating details from the naturalists and other experts who accompany every excursion.

The Antarctic Peninsula stretches over 800 miles from north to south, a spine of craggy peaks cut by dozens of deep fjords. It’s an enormous region with many different faces and ever-changing weather, which is what makes the crew’s long experience here so important. Five decades of exploration has given the crew an unparalleled knowledge of the region, enabling the flexibility to respond to changing conditions, turn on a dime and select the optimal activity for each day.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Exploring Antarctica

Ice! It’s probably the very first thing most people think about when the topic of Antarctica comes up, and once you’re here it never disappoints. From icebergs the size of islands to the fragile, nearly invisible layers glistening on the surface where the sea has just begun to freeze, from near-vertical glaciers pouring down the slopes of every mountain to the endless landscapes of sea ice, frozen ocean stretching to the horizon in every direction, ice defines the Antarctic. Get to know it up close and personal, hiking, kayaking and cruising in the Zodiacs through this frozen world.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Exploring Antarctica

Sturdy Zodiac landing craft are really the heart and soul of explorations in the Antarctic. These tough, stable little motorized boats maneuver easily through ice-choked waters, getting all ashore safely in even the most remote and challenging locations. And simply cruising in the Zodiacs is just as much fun. What’s around the next corner? A leopard seal relaxing on an ice floe or a chance to photograph an exquisite arched iceberg that no one has ever seen before? One never knows until you get there, but it’s always a thrill.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Exploring Antarctica

Penguins, without any doubt, are the most popular residents of Antarctica, and there are many chances to get to know them well. Their colonies are almost always close to the beach, so it’s very easy to get great photos. In the short Antarctic summer these amazing birds are always busy with the many tasks of breeding and raising their chicks, so every month brings something new. In November the adults are squabbling over the pebbles they use to build their nests. By late December the first chicks are tucked in under their parents, peeping out at the world. And in February the chicks have left their nests and are very active, learning to swim and getting ready to fend for themselves.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Exploring Antarctica

Everywhere you go in the Antarctic you’re surrounded by opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful images with your camera. Whether cruising past spectacular glaciers in the ship, getting close to seals in the Zodiacs, or hiking around the penguin colonies, you are always in the company of an expert National Geographic photographer and a photo instructor who share what they see and help all to perfect both the art and the technique of your own photography. The impossibly gorgeous blue in the heart of an iceberg, a penguin tenderly feeding its tiny chick or a glorious sunset over frozen ocean, shots like these surround every day. Learning to capture these perfect moments is both a wonderful challenge and a huge thrill.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Exploring Antarctica

Really exploring Antarctica also means simply relaxing and watching while the ship cruises through some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. Grab a cup of cocoa and a comfortable seat in the Observation Lounge or visit the officers on the Bridge; bundle up and climb all the way up to the Monkey Deck for a really panoramic view, or just kick back in your cabin and watch for seals on ice or whales blowing in the distance. Make transits of world-famous passages like the Lemaire Channel and Antarctic Sound and go ashore on the continent itself, but also visit equally amazing islands and places that you’ve never heard of, yet!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
At Sea

Setting out from the South Shetland Islands to South Georgia, follow in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic voyage in the James Caird, across 800 miles of the wild and lonely Scotia Sea. En route, watch for fin whales, southern right whales and even blue whales, the largest animal on Earth. Albatross and petrels wing past the ship while presentations from the expedition team help to prepare for the mind-bending wildlife spectacles of South Georgia.

Days at sea are not simply transits from one place to another; they are in their own right a very important part of this epic journey. The crossing from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia provides a chance to rest, explore the amenities of the ship, catch up the journal, enjoy a rejuvenating massage, or download and review all those photos.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 17
South Georgia Island

This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Conditions permitting, hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery great the ship. And at a vast penguin colony witness tens of thousands of king penguins!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
At Sea

The days at sea on the way to the Falkland Islands offer another opportunity to think back over the adventures of the past few days and make preparations for those soon to come. Chat with the National Geographic photographer and learn to make images look their best in the digital darkroom. Visit the bridgethe nerve center of the ship—for a congenital atmosphere. The waters close to the Falkland Islands are rich with marine wildlife, so this is a great time to hang out with the naturalists and keep a watch for rare dolphins or another beautiful species of albatross. All new sightings go up on the white board for the day’s record!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 20 - 21
Falkland Islands

Stanley, the bright, pretty capital of the Falkland Islands, is a wonderfully unexpected place and a charming outpost of British culture. Many Falkland Islanders still live in very traditional ways, and there’s a chance to visit a small farm to see some expert sheep shearing and learn about the best techniques for cutting blocks of peat for the fire. The rocky hills and white sand beaches outside town offer some excellent hikes, a breeding colony of black-browed albatross and sightings of rockhopper penguins. Afterwards, a cup of tea or a pint at the Globe Tavern with lots of delicious cakes, cookies and fresh scones goes down very nicely.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
At Sea

The final day of the expedition takes the ship across the shallow waters of the Falklands Shelf, back to the starting point in Ushuaia. Attend presentations from the expedition staff on topics that help to sum up all the wonderful details of the experiences in the far south and spend some time on deck enjoying the seabirds and dolphins that make these seas their home. This is a day for contemplation as well. It’s a little bit of peace that you’ll carry with you always.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 23 - 24
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile & Depart

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires (Explorer, Endurance) or Santiago (Resolution) and connect with your overnight flight home. It is very important to confirm departure and arrival cities with your Adventure Specialist before booking your flights.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 23); n/a (day 24)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Santiago or Falkland Islands (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 2022-24 National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), or Santiago, Chile (SCL). Charter flights are needed from both cities to/from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) to embark. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Dallas, Texas (DFW). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 23 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on group flights to Dallas, Texas. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina are required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of one or two checked bags weighing up to 51 lbs (23 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (7 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Special to departures in November/December is the option of cross-country skiing, dependent upon snowpack conditions and weather at that time.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Third person rates are available in designated triple occupancy cabins on National Geographic Explorer at 1.5x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is recommended but not mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but also highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

2024-25 National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Itinerary

This 22-day epic voyage through Antarctica and other stunning landing sights is filled with wildlife sightings, the history of the explorer Ernest Shackleton and incredible scenery.

Route map of National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands voyage, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile.
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Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar), while Endurance guests transfer to the Alvear Icon (or similar), before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and parks. Visit Recoleta—the final resting place of Argentina’s iconic first lady, Eva Perón—and enjoy a private visit to El Zanjon de Granados, one of the city’s premier museums.

Accommodations

Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires (or similar)

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Fly by private charter to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and embark ship. Ushuaia’s spectacular setting, between the jagged peaks of the Darwin Range and the protected waters of the Beagle Channel, makes it an appropriately wild place to begin this journey to the White Continent and a great destination in its own right. While here, visit Tierra del Fuego National Park to hike in a beautiful forest of southern beech, very much like those that covered Antarctica millions of years ago. Enjoy lunch on board a private catamaran while cruising the Beagle Channel and be on the lookout for huge South American sea lions and birds like imperial cormorants. Residents of Ushuaia often call their small city “El Fin Del Mundo,” The End of the World, but for this voyage it’s just the beginning.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Drake Passage

This 500-mile-wide strait between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most famous bodies of water in the world. Sometimes ferocious, sometimes flat calm, the Drake is always a fascinating place in its own right. This part of the journey provides the best opportunity to see gorgeous seabirds like the wandering albatross. With luck, encounter killer whales or rare species of dolphins. This is also a day to get to know the ship and prepare for the adventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (a great place to spot wildlife); have a relaxing massage; attend a talk about the biology of the penguins soon to be seen; or settle into a comfy chair in the observation lounge, look out over the waves and reflect on the incredible history of this fabled passage. If it does get a little rough, just take a couple of nice naps; the ship will arrive in Antarctica soon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Exploring Antarctica

Some ships that visit Antarctica just cruise by and have a look, but you have a very different way of experiencing this remarkable region. By taking full advantage of all the capabilities of your world-class expedition ship, enjoy a very intimate connection with this wildest of places, immersing in the polar world and filling all the senses with the beauty and excitement of the Antarctic. In the spirit of a genuine expedition, the schedule is flexible to take best advantage of every opportunity the White Continent offers. Plan to be out daily, exploring in Zodiacs, hiking at penguin colonies, discovering remote bays, photographing wildlife and learning fascinating details from the naturalists and other experts who accompany every excursion.

The Antarctic Peninsula stretches over 800 miles from north to south, a spine of craggy peaks cut by dozens of deep fjords. It’s an enormous region with many different faces and ever-changing weather, which is what makes the crew’s long experience here so important. Five decades of exploration has given the crew an unparalleled knowledge of the region, enabling the flexibility to respond to changing conditions, turn on a dime and select the optimal activity for each day.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Exploring Antarctica

Ice! It’s probably the very first thing most people think about when the topic of Antarctica comes up, and once you’re here it never disappoints. From icebergs the size of islands to the fragile, nearly invisible layers glistening on the surface where the sea has just begun to freeze, from near-vertical glaciers pouring down the slopes of every mountain to the endless landscapes of sea ice, frozen ocean stretching to the horizon in every direction, ice defines the Antarctic. Get to know it up close and personal, hiking, kayaking and cruising in the Zodiacs through this frozen world.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Exploring Antarctica

Sturdy Zodiac landing craft are really the heart and soul of explorations in the Antarctic. These tough, stable little motorized boats maneuver easily through ice-choked waters, getting all ashore safely in even the most remote and challenging locations. And simply cruising in the Zodiacs is just as much fun. What’s around the next corner? A leopard seal relaxing on an ice floe or a chance to photograph an exquisite arched iceberg that no one has ever seen before? One never knows until you get there, but it’s always a thrill.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Exploring Antarctica

Penguins, without any doubt, are the most popular residents of Antarctica, and there are many chances to get to know them well. Their colonies are almost always close to the beach, so it’s very easy to get great photos. In the short Antarctic summer these amazing birds are always busy with the many tasks of breeding and raising their chicks, so every month brings something new. In November the adults are squabbling over the pebbles they use to build their nests. By late December the first chicks are tucked in under their parents, peeping out at the world. And in February the chicks have left their nests and are very active, learning to swim and getting ready to fend for themselves.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Exploring Antarctica

Everywhere you go in the Antarctic you’re surrounded by opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful images with your camera. Whether cruising past spectacular glaciers in the ship, getting close to seals in the Zodiacs, or hiking around the penguin colonies, you are always in the company of an expert National Geographic photographer and a photo instructor who share what they see and help all to perfect both the art and the technique of your own photography. The impossibly gorgeous blue in the heart of an iceberg, a penguin tenderly feeding its tiny chick or a glorious sunset over frozen ocean, shots like these surround every day. Learning to capture these perfect moments is both a wonderful challenge and a huge thrill.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Exploring Antarctica

Really exploring Antarctica also means simply relaxing and watching while the ship cruises through some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. Grab a cup of cocoa and a comfortable seat in the Observation Lounge or visit the officers on the Bridge; bundle up and climb all the way up to the Monkey Deck for a really panoramic view, or just kick back in your cabin and watch for seals on ice or whales blowing in the distance. Make transits of world-famous passages like the Lemaire Channel and Antarctic Sound and go ashore on the continent itself, but also visit equally amazing islands and places that you’ve never heard of, yet!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 10 - 11
At Sea

Setting out from the South Shetland Islands to South Georgia, follow in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic voyage in the James Caird, across 800 miles of the wild and lonely Scotia Sea. En route, watch for fin whales, southern right whales and even blue whales, the largest animal on Earth. Albatross and petrels wing past the ship while presentations from the expedition team help to prepare for the mind-bending wildlife spectacles of South Georgia.

Days at sea are not simply transits from one place to another; they are in their own right a very important part of this epic journey. The crossing from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia provides a chance to rest, explore the amenities of the ship, catch up the journal, enjoy a rejuvenating massage, or download and review all those photos.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
South Georgia Island

Simply put, there is nowhere else in the world like South Georgia. Some 90 miles long, dominated by a spine of jagged peaks and home to wildlife spectacles that are honestly hard to believe, it is one of the wildest and most beautiful places on the planet. Days here provide plenty of time to explore many facets of this unique sub-Antarctic island, including its storied history, rich ecology (you’ll probably be surprised by the green slopes
of tussock grass below the glaciers) and the stunning scenery that surrounds at every landing.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
South Georgia Island

King penguins, the second largest species in the world, are unquestionably the most iconic wildlife of South Georgia. Exact numbers are not known, but the largest single colony on the island may have as many as 500,000 of these amazing birds. Half a million birds! Nesting together on a single two-mile-long beach! It’s a sight that is genuinely inconceivable until you have experienced it in person. At the other end of the scale, king
penguins are great birds to get to know as individuals. Strutting purposefully past your camera on the beaches or coming and going in and out of the surf, they seem to regard all with a wonderful mixture of curiosity and disdain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
South Georgia Island

For many, South Georgia evokes, more than anything, the epic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who reached the island after making the crossing from Elephant Island in the James Caird—still one of the most incredible small-boat journeys ever attempted. From Peggotty Bluff, where he began the arduous crossing of the
glaciated spine of the island, to his quiet grave near the Grytviken whaling station, Shackleton’s spirit seems to be everywhere around the island. In very good conditions, even be able to make a long hike up to the spot where he first heard the noon whistle from the Stromness Station and knew that rescue was close at hand at last.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
South Georgia Island

In the not-too-distant past, South Georgia was an important site for both whaling and sealing, but today things are very different. The contrast between watching from the ship while southern right whales feed below the blue face of a huge iceberg, and then hiking through the rusting remains of a whaling station later the same day, can be a powerfully moving experience and one that emphasizes the very positive changes that the island has seen in the last few decades. Invasive species have been removed, rare birds are growing more and more common,  whales are returning in ever-greater numbers, and traveler visits have become an important factor in this successful conservation.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
South Georgia Island

Every minute at South Georgia is another opportunity for truly life-changing experiences. Landing before dawn to see the pink light of sunrise touch the mountains over a king penguin colony. Quietly watching as a wandering albatross, with its 11-foot wingspan, settles onto her nest and thinking of endless miles of ocean that she has
seen. Capturing incredible images of three-ton bull elephant seals jousting on a lonely beach. South Georgia is sometimes called “the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean” but that doesn’t really even come close—this lonely island is unique in the world, so rich and so beautiful that it defies any comparison.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 17 - 18
At Sea

The days at sea on the way to the Falkland Islands offer another opportunity to think back over the adventures of the past few days and make preparations for those soon to come. Chat with the National Geographic photographer and learn to make images look their best in the digital darkroom. Visit the bridgethe nerve center of the ship—for a congenital atmosphere. The waters close to the Falkland Islands are rich with marine wildlife, so this is a great time to hang out with the naturalists and keep a watch for rare dolphins or another beautiful species of albatross. All new sightings go up on the white board for the day’s record!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19
Falkland Islands

Stanley, the bright, pretty capital of the Falkland Islands, is a wonderfully unexpected place and a charming outpost of British culture. Many Falkland Islanders still live in very traditional ways, and there’s a chance to visit a small farm to see some expert sheep shearing and learn about the best techniques for cutting blocks of peat for the fire. The rocky hills and white sand beaches outside town offer some excellent hikes, a breeding colony of black-browed albatross and sightings of rockhopper penguins. Afterwards, a cup of tea or a pint at the Globe Tavern with lots of delicious cakes, cookies and fresh scones goes down very nicely.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Falkland Islands

Everything great about expedition travel seems to come together in the western Falkland Islands. Where else can you land on a beach tucked into a rocky cove, hike out across a rolling green pasture and suddenly find yourself at the crest of a sea cliff looking out over the South Atlantic surf? Just a few steps further and you’re standing at the edge of a breeding colony of black-browed albatross, so close that you can hear the wind on their wings as they swoop into land beside you. Take time to capture images of the rockhopper penguins and then it’s time to head back down to the settlement for a well-deserved farm tea—which means lots and lots and lots of delicious cakes, cookies and fresh scones!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 21
At Sea

The final day of the expedition takes the ship across the shallow waters of the Falklands Shelf, back to the starting point in Ushuaia. Attend presentations from the expedition staff on topics that help to sum up all the wonderful details of the experiences in the far south and spend some time on deck enjoying the seabirds and dolphins that make these seas their home. This is a day for contemplation as well. It’s a little bit of peace that you’ll carry with you always.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile & Depart

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by private charter flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer, Endurance) or Santiago (Resolution) and connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires (inquire for pricing); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 2024-25 National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). Charter flights are needed from Buenos Aires to/from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) to embark. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Dallas, Texas (DFW). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 22 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on group flights to Dallas, Texas. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina are required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of one or two checked bags weighing up to 51 lbs (23 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (7 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation. Special to departures in November/December is the option of cross-country skiing, dependent upon snowpack conditions and weather at that time.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Third person rates are available in designated triple occupancy cabins on National Geographic Explorer at 1.5x the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is recommended but not mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but also highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Feb 15 - Mar 10, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
From $28260USD
Per Person
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Feb 16 - Mar 11, 2023
National Geographic Resolution • 24 days
From $32610USD
Per Person
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Oct 29 - Nov 21, 2023
National Geographic Endurance • 24 days
From $32000USD
Per Person
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Nov 07 - Nov 30, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
From $27200USD
Per Person
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Feb 15 - Mar 09, 2024
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
From $28560USD
Per Person
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Feb 19 - Mar 13, 2024
National Geographic Resolution • 24 days
From $36800USD
Per Person
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Oct 23 - Nov 13, 2024
National Geographic Endurance • 22 days
From $35520USD
Per Person
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Oct 30 - Nov 20, 2024
National Geographic Explorer • 22 days
From $28020USD
Per Person
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Jan 11 - Feb 01, 2025
National Geographic Endurance • 22 days
From $32320USD
Per Person
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Feb 07 - Feb 28, 2025
National Geographic Explorer • 22 days
From $29110USD
Per Person
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Feb 20 - Mar 13, 2025
National Geographic Endurance • 22 days
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Endurance

The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is the newest addition to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability and sustainability as well as for in-depth education and an unmatched range of exploration in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

Expert Reviews

Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

Andrew Browning • December 1st, 2020
Expert Review: The South Georgia Expedition Experience

An AdventureSmith expert returns to Antarctica—this time stopping at the wildlife Mecca of South Georgia Island. Learn all about the Island's wildlife, landscape, trip highlights to differences and see if South Georgia should be part of your Antarctica expedition.

Todd Smith • June 17th, 2022
Expert Aboard: National Geographic Resolution & Endurance Ship Review

Firsthand review of the National Geographic Resolution & Endurance. Learn what makes these the best-in-class next generation expedition ships. From X-Bow design to on deck igloos, this in depth ship review covers what you need to know.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre- and post-cruise options are available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

Buenos Aires (3-day) or Santiago (2-day) are each a pre-cruise extension are based out of the same hotel as the pre-night before the cruise. For expeditions starting in Buenos Aires, enjoy opportunities to explore the city via guided tour, including stops at well-known communities like La Boca, political and historical points of interest such as the Plaza de Mayo and cultural highlights including art museums and a tango performance. For voyages starting in Santiago, savor the wine, food and culture of the Casablanca Wine Valley and Maipo Valley, famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Carmenere grapes. Additionally, take in Santiago with 1-2 days of guided city tours.

Iguazú Falls is a 3-day, post-cruise extension to Iguazú Falls that includes naturalist-led walks, boat rides (weather permitting) and stunning views of the Falls from accommodations at the only hotel in Iguazú National Park in northeastern Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided walks to areas with special early access, before they open to the public.

Easter Island is a 4-day post-cruise extension to Easter Island that includes guided tours to archaeological sites and a museum, ceremonial sites including the largest ceremonial altar in Polynesia, the Puna Pau red stone quarry and Rano Raraku, where most of the moai stone statues were carved.

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Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.

From $1030USD
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