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
Group of king penguins stand on a wet sandy beach during an orange sunset seen from National Geographic Antarctica South Georgia & Falklands expedition.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Throughout the 24-day 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 24 days and includes 21 nights of accommodation aboard one of three 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, while a reverse route sails to South Georgia and the Falklands first. All departures sail 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

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.

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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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Days 5 - 10
Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, it’s easy to make the most of these days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. The ship’s schedule is flexible, allowing its guests to take advantage of the unexpected. Spend these days on the White Continent, exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using the ship’s arsenal of tools for exploration.

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 & Fly Home via Buenos Aires or Santiago

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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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; mandatory charter flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Santiago or Falkland Islands (inquire for pricing); immigration and passport fees; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; insurance of any kind; and expedition extensions.

Payment & Cancellation

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 penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
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

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.

Arrival & Departure

The 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 (Rates & Dates tab) and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 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. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Nov 17 - Dec 10, 2021
National Geographic Resolution • 24 days
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From $28750USD
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National Geographic Endurance • 24 days
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Nov 18 - Dec 11, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
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From $25890USD
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Jan 17 - Feb 09, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
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Feb 05 - Feb 28, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 24 days
From $30480USD
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Nov 07 - Nov 30, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
From $26410USD
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Nov 08 - Dec 01, 2022
National Geographic Endurance • 24 days
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Feb 15 - Mar 10, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 24 days
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Feb 16 - Mar 11, 2023
National Geographic Resolution • 24 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.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

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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.

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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.

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