Steeped in Shackleton and whaling lore, covered mostly in glaciers, South Georgia explodes with life: king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins, enormous elephant seals and a thriving fur seal population. On South Georgia you can observe one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: literally 200,000 stately king penguins on a single beach. See the human face of the region in the Falklands, reminiscent of Great Britain, with grazing sheep, tea and crumpets. And in this privileged place, the albatross reveal the beauty of their mysterious lives. All aboard your luxurious vessel, the National Geographic Explorer.
DAY 1-2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Check in to the excellent Caesar Park Hotel (MGallery) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
DAY 3: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: At Sea In The South Atlantic
Settle into shipboard life, listening to informal discussions from our naturalist staff to prepare us for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. Spend time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds, notably the albatross. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: 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 herds of fur and elephant seals. Our visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, hoist a few at the famous Upland Goose pub and stroll around this remote Victorian town. (B,L,D)
DAY 6-7: 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. A lookout is kept to identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross. (B,L,D)
DAY 8-12: South Georgia Island
Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, we plan to make stops every day including Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. And, we visit a vast colony of 200,000 king penguins! (B,L,D)
DAY 13-14: At Sea
With whales beneath and birds above, head out on deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these waters. There’ll also be time to relax and enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym, and browse in the library. (B,L,D)
DAY 15-16: Falkland Islands
Our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, meander through tussock grass or sit atop a cliff and ponder the views. (B,L,D)
DAY 17: At Sea
One last chance to send emails home saying “Don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)
DAY 18: Ushuaia, Argentina/ Disembark/Buenos Aires/U.S.
Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before flying to Buenos Aires by private charter. Connect to your flight home, arriving the next day. (B,L)
* Please note there is an additional day in the Falkland Islands on the Mar. 7, 2017, and Mar. 6, 2018 departures.
2018 Dates:Mar 06 - 24, 2018
Prices are per person, double occupancy.
National Geographic Explorer carries 148 guests in 81 cabins, 13 with balconies. She is equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), enabling you to experience remarkable geographies in unprecedented depth. Her incredible safety features offer guests both the confidence to explore the Antarctic region and the opportunity to go places no cruise ship could before.