EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Antarctica, South Georgia, and The Falkland Islands (24 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Air travel

Today we depart U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.

DAY 2
Santiago, Chile

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine, centrally located Mandarin Oriental (or similar), and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We 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 we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L)

DAY 3
Santiago, Chile
Air travel
RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territory, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Today we fly by private charter flight to the Falklands, arriving in Mount Pleasant with a transfer to Stanley, the capital. We have time to stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, colonial-style houses of Stanley, seeing the Anglican cathedral with its organic archway of whale bones before embarking National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Each of the Falkland Islands is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors, and the sunlit yellows and greens of waving tussock grass. While the Falklands boasts a human population (3,000 people in total; 2,500 of whom live in the capital, Stanley) the animals—specifically thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
DAY 6
Day-at-Sea

During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of South Georgia—and the riveting story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance. Our naturalists help us identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions, and black-browed albatross. There'll also be time to browse the library, enjoy a massage in the wellness center, or workout in the gym. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Day-at-Sea
DAY 8
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands

Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: gentoo and macaroni penguins, enormous snorting elephant seals, and a thriving fur seal population. Here on South Georgia—the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean—you can observe one of the world's great wildlife spectacles: literally tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a single beach! This is also the setting for the historic adventure story of Sir Ernest Shackleton aboard the ill-fated Endurance, and we'll visit his gravesite at Grytviken to hoist a toast. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 10
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 11
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 12
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 13
Day-at-Sea

With whales below, birds above, we voyage towards the seventh continent. Head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)

DAY 14
Day-at-Sea
DAY 15
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. We'll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel (conditions permitting) and land on the "White Continent", exploring via Zodiac, kayak, and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales play off the bow, taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise, or heading out on an unplanned excursion. We anticipate offering opportunities each day to hike, kayak among the ice floes, and experience close encounters with wildlife. You may have the thrill of watching our powerful ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to thousands of Adélie and chinstrap penguins. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn, see and experience more. (B,L,D)

DAY 16
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 17
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 18
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 19
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 20
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 21
Day-at-Sea

As we sail toward Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross our 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". (B,L,D)

DAY 22
Day-at-Sea
DAY 23
Ushuaia, Argentina
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DAY 24
Air travel

After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia for spectacular views on the way to Buenos Aires. Continue on to other adventures, or connect with homeward bound flights. (Day 23: B,L)

Antarctica, South Georgia, and The Falkland Islands map

What's Included

Included

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship's crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

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  • Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

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All accommodations aboard ship, meals as indicated, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment, services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides, services of a ship physician, all gratuities, and all port charges and service taxes.

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