Yellow wildflowers on a field overlooking a bay with mountains in the background in south georgia and the falklands
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National Geographic South Georgia & the Falklands

Why South Georgia and the Falklands? History, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s gravesite, tens of thousands of king penguins, the world’s densest example of biodiversity…take your pick. Many travelers speed past this unique southern archipelago, eager to arrive at the Antarctic continent, but they are missing some of the most robust, beautiful and interesting aspects of the Southern Atlantic Ocean.

South Georgia is known for its overwhelmingly large population of king penguins: over 100,000 breeding pairs, as well as the largest macaroni penguin population in the world, with three million breeding pairs. There are also chinstrap and gentoo penguins, which makes South Georgia Island a must-see for those eager to meet and photograph penguins. Additionally, Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals (the largest seal species in the world) and wandering albatross make South Georgia their home.

The Falkland Islands, which consist of two main islands and about 776 smaller islands, is a lesson in topographical beauty: white sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors, yellow and green tussock fields, thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross and fur seals. If history intrigues, share a cup of tea with the men and women who live on the Falkland Islands. On South Georgia, visit a variety of sites including Grytviken, the final resting place of Sir Earnest Shackleton, and Stromness Harbour, where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. Walk the beaches and hike cliffs where early explorers found salvation and kayak or Zodiac alongside shipwrecks whose only tenants are now sea creatures.

Choose between three itineraries. The main itinerary begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, embarks in Ushuaia, Argentina, and ends by disembarking in the Falkland Islands and flying to Santiago, Chile; it features a full week exploring South Georgia Island. An alternate itinerary begins and ends in Santiago, Chile, with round-trip charter flights to and from the ship in the Falkland Islands. Finally, a longer 24-day itinerary aboard 126-guest National Geographic Endurance embarks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, cruises the whale- and wildlife-rich Argentinian coastline and ends via a charter flight back to Buenos Aires.

On the 19-day itineraries, explore South Georgia & the Falklands aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, staffed by expert Nat Geo naturalists and designed to maneuver polar passageways with ease. Small enough to access remote locations yet large enough to provide a taste of luxury, Nat Geo Explorer offers endless entertainment for her guests while on board and ashore. AdventureSmith Explorations expert crew has traveled to Antarctica and can speak to the beauties of this unique small ship cruise destination. Contact us to discover more about why South Georgia Island and the Falklands should be on your cruise checklist and what other options we have to suit your travel interests and timeline.

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



Itinerary

National Geographic South Georgia & Falklands Itinerary

This standard 19-day voyage begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina and ends in Santiago, Chile, with 6 days dedicated to exploring South Georgia Island.

National Geographic South Georgia and the Falklands cruise route map.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón.

Accommodations

Alvear Art Hotel (or similar)

Meals

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

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Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
At Sea in the South Atlantic

Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from the naturalist staff to prepare for the wildness of the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for petrels, penguins and albatross.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Falkland Islands

Each Falkland Island is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors, and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as magnificent albatross and fur seals. Walk along beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
At Sea

During two days at sea, learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. Onboard naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow the ship: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 14
South Georgia Island

Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, the schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. While sailing the coast, plan for a variety of activities every day, including visits to Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Harbour, where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and on a single beach see thousands of king penguins!

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 17
At Sea & The Falklands

With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge or spend these days enjoying the ship’s spa, fitness center, library and observation deck. After time at sea, the journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes the ship once more to the Falkland Island archipelago that teems with nature. This afternoon visit Port Stanley for a chance to see the human faces of the islands, meet the hospitable locals, hoist a drink at a local pub and stroll around this remote colonial town.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Disembark Falklands & Fly to Santiago, Chile

After breakfast, disembark in the Falklands’ capital city of Stanley and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant for a private charter flight to Santiago to connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 18); n/a (day 19)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One night hotel; 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 Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, and Falkland Islands and Santiago (inquire for pricing); immigration 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 $2,500 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 main National Geographic South Georgia & the Falklands cruise begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). Plan flights to arrive to Buenos Aires by 11:30am on day 1 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), for embarkation, and from the Falkland Islands to Santiago, Chile after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 18 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago no earlier than 9:00pm on day 19. 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, and between the Falkland Islands and Santiago, Chile,  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, photography and wildlife observation.

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 mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Nat Geo South Georgia & the Falklands Roundtrip Falklands via Santiago Itinerary

This 19-day voyage begins and ends in Santiago, Chile, with round-trip flights to the Falklands for embarkation and disembarkation, and 7 days dedicated to exploring South Georgia Island.

National Geographic South Georgia and the Falklands cruise route map.
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Day 1
Fly to Santiago, Chile

Today, depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Explore Santiago

Arrive today in Santiago and 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 an afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. 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, gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental, or similar

Meals

lunch

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Day 3
Fly to the Falkland Islands & Embark

Today, fly by private charter flight to the Falklands, arriving in Mount Pleasant with a transfer to Stanley, the capital. 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 the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Exploring the Outer Falkland Islands Archipelago

Each Falkland Island 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, magnificent albatross with 11-foot wingspans, and curious fur seals—vastly outnumber them and constitute a major draw for wildlife.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
At Sea

During days at sea, 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. Onboard naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow the ship: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross. There is also time to browse the library, enjoy a massage in the wellness center or workout in the gym.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 14
South Georgia Island

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—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. Visit his gravesite at Grytviken and drink a toast to “the Boss.”

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 17
At Sea

With whales beneath and birds above, head up to the bridge, or spend these days enjoying the ship’s spa, fitness center, library and observation deck. After time at sea, the journey across the South Atlantic Ocean ends once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature. An afternoon visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to see the human face of the islands, to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a drink at a local pub, and stroll around this remote colonial town.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Disembark Falklands & Fly to Santiago, Chile

After breakfast, disembark in the Falklands’ capital city of Stanley, and transfer to the airport at Mount Pleasant for a private charter flight to Santiago to connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 18); n/a (day 19)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One night hotel; 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 Santiago and Falkland Islands (inquire for pricing); immigration 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 $2,500 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 19-day National Geographic South Georgia & the Falklands Round-trip Falklands via Santiago voyage begins and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). Plan flights to arrive to Santiago by 11:30am on day 1 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to and from the Falkland Islands for embarkation and after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 18 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago no earlier than 9:00pm on day 19. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Santiago, Chile, and the Falkland Islands are required on this trip’s itinerary. 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, photography and wildlife observation.

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 mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

National Geographic Argentina, South Georgia & The Falklands Itinerary

This longer 24-day voyage embarks in Buenos Aires, Argentina; cruises the Argentinian coastline’s secluded ports, wildlife-rich estuaries and whale-rich waters; spends time in the South Atlantic (including 5 days at South Georgia Island) and disembarks in Ushuaia with a charter flight back to Buenos Aires.

Route map of the National Geographic Argentina, South Georgia & Falkland Islands small ship voyage, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Day 1
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today, depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Explore Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and check in to the Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar) before enjoying a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux-Arts palaces, the bohemian neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo, and the balcony immortalized by Argentina’s iconic first lady Eva Perón.

Accommodations

Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar)

Meals

lunch

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Day 3
Embark Buenos Aires

Today, embark the ship to begin this amazing voyage down to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, with visits along Argentina’s coastline.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Montevideo, Uruguay

Arrive in MontevideoUruguay’s vibrant capital city—and discover its elegant mix of architectural styles ranging from Spanish colonial to art deco. Or opt to join a bird-watching excursion in nearby wetlands. Later, travel outside the city to a family-owned estancia, or ranch. Here, take vintage vehicles to Río de la Plata, or River of Silver, to enjoy a traditional asado barbecue lunch accompanied by gaucho music and dancing.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
At Sea

As the ship sails south along the Argentinian coast, hear talks from onboard naturalists and visit the open Bridge to learn about navigation. Unwind with a massage in the spa or a session in the fitness center, get lost in a book in the library, or simply soak up the views from the rooftop observation deck or one of the outdoor infinity hot tubs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Bahía Blanca / Bahia San Blas / Rio Negro, Argentina

Dock in the port city of Bahía Blanca. Travel into the hills to enjoy a barbecue lunch at a splendid ranch and discover the flora and fauna of the Argentinean pampas on a guided hike. Then sail to Bahía San Blas and explore its mangrove islands by Zodiac and kayak. Continue along the coast to the mouth of Rio Negro. Visit the seaside village of Balneario el Cóndor, or “La Boca” as it is known locally, home to the world’s largest colony of burrowing parrots. Scan the cliffs to see thousands of the colorful birds that make their nests here.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Puerto Madryn

Spend two days exploring the coastal wonderland of Península Valdés. Granted World Heritage status as a marine sanctuary in 1999, Península Valdés is the world’s most important breeding ground for endangered southern right whales. Our arrival coincides with the height of whale season, optimizing our chances for spotting these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Set out by local boat to seek out whale calves and their often-curious mothers, which can grow up to 50 feet long. Step foot on secluded beaches frequented by southern elephant seals, nesting Magellanic penguins and frolicking sea lions. Scan the shores for orcas, which are known to beach themselves here to hunt for prey. During walks and hikes, keep an eye out for terrestrial wildlife such as the guanaco, armadillo and rhea—a distant relative of the ostrich.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Puerto Deseado & At Sea

Travel in small boats into the Reserva Natural Ría Deseado, a submerged estuary that is home to the black-and-white Commerson’s dolphin—one of the smallest cetaceans in the world—and the only rockhopper penguin colony in Patagonia. Seek out these rare marine species and discover the reserve’s unique geology. Later, at a local museum in Puerto Deseado, learn about the famous explorers who passed this way and peruse a collection of well-preserved artifacts retrieved from the shipwrecked H.M.S. Swift, a British sloop-of-war that sank in 1770. Spend the afternoon sailing Argentina’s southern coast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 18); n/a (day 19)

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Days 11 - 12
Falkland Islands

Discover the remote South Atlantic archipelago of the Falkland Islands, where some 200 islands each offer a distinct variation on rugged coastal beauty. White-sand beaches, soaring cliffs, windswept moors, and swaying tussock grass set a stunning natural backdrop to encounters with thriving wildlife—from thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins to black-browed albatross, elephant and fur seals, and sea lions hauled out on rocks. Enjoy a variety of excursions with the naturalists and take in sweeping views at every turn.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
At Sea

As the ship journeys across these southern waters, deepen your understanding of this far-flung region. Learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and join the naturalists on deck to identify seabirds soaring overhead.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 19
South Georgia Island

Spend five incredible days exploring the spectacular coastlines and abundant wildlife of South Georgia. With a flexible schedule, anticipate opportunities to walk, hike, kayak, or explore by Zodiac most days. Take in unforgettable wildlife spectacles: the antics of elephant seals, leopard seals and fur seals; cliffs inhabited by hundreds of nesting albatross; and shores peppered with tens of thousands of king penguins. Stops may include visits to 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 20 - 21
At Sea & Falklands

After time at sea, return to the Falkland archipelago and its natural wonders. Stroll around the lively Victorian town of Port Stanley—the largest and most populated city in the Falklands—and mingle with islanders at a local pub in this remote outpost.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
At Sea

While sailing back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross the bow and follow in the ship’s wake. Soak up final vistas of these southern waters, share photos with fellow travelers and toast an epic voyage at the farewell dinner.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 23 - 24
Disembark Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

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

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One night hotel; 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 flight between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires (inquire for pricing); immigration 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 24-day National Geographic Argentina, South Georgia & the Falklands voyage begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). Plan flights to arrive to Buenos Aires by 11:30am on day 1 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. A charter flight is needed from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 23 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Buenos Aires no earlier than 9:00pm on day 24. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, is required on this trip’s itinerary. 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, photography and wildlife observation.

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 mandatory for this trip. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Mar 08 - Mar 26, 2021
National Geographic Explorer • 19 days
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Oct 18 - Nov 10, 2021
National Geographic Endurance • 24 days
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Feb 26 - Mar 16, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 19 days
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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.

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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.

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Receive 2021-22 Rates for 2022-23 National Geographic Antarctica Expeditions

Book now for 2022-23 National Geographic Antarctica savings.

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Complimentary Airfare On National Geographic South Georgia & the Falklands Expeditions

Book now for free airfare on your South Georgia and Falkland Islands cruise aboard National Geographic expedition ships.

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Flexible Cancellation Available Close To Departure on National Geographic Antarctica

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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 or Santiago are each a 4-day, 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 5-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- or 5-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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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Patagonia

This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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5 Day Cruise
Patagonian Explorer - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Spend 5 days cruising Patagonia aboard 210-guest Stella or Ventus Australis from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Punta Arenas, Chile, and visit remote fjords, penguin colonies on Magdalena Island and the rarely visited Condor Glacier in Agostini Sound.

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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
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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National Geographic the White Continent

Simply put, National Geographic vessels have the finest naturalist program of all Antarctica cruises. This expedition features included activity options, a unique ROV and an extremely knowledgeable expedition crew.

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24 Day Cruise
National Geographic Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

On this 24-day voyage, visit wild South Georgia, the historical Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula aboard National Geographic vessels: 126-guest Endurance or Resolution, 102-guest Orion or 148-guest Explorer, with expert naturalist guides.

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From $25750USD
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35 - 36 Day Cruise
National Geographic Epic Antarctica

The 35-day National Geographic Epic Antarctica aboard 126-guest Nat Geo Endurance is an extraordinary voyage along West Antarctic, across the Ross Sea and to Macquarie Island and New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, a truly rare polar expedition.

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From $48800USD
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