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South Georgia & The Falklands

South Georgia & The Falklands

Book by Jul. 31, 2017 to receive complimentary airfare, plus free charter flights on select departures of South Georgia & the Falklands. Airfare based on round-trip economy group flights Miami/Buenos Aires, PLUS complimentary charter flights round-trip (Buenos Aires/Ushuaia), subject to availability and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. Valid for new bookings only, not combinable with other offers or extensions. Call for details.

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At a glance

Duration: 19 Days/18 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Buenos Aires, Argentina

From: $15,930

Season: March, October

Activities: Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

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: tens of thousands of 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.

  • Walk amid stately king penguins—tens of thousands on a single beach in South Georgia.
  • Observe magnificent albatross in the Falklands, and see Magellanic penguins peeking from their burrows.
  • Hike in the footsteps of “the Boss,” Sir Ernest Shackleton, and hear his tale of survival.
  • Paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals, and explore in a Zodiac among the bergs.
  • Compare aperture settings side-by-side with a National Geographic photographer.

More time for incredible wildlife experiences

This expedition maximizes your time experiences the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s incredible coastline. Discover penguin colonies that sprawl to the horizon. Wade through tussock grass along a hillside dotted with nesting albatross. Share a beach with 8,000-pound battling elephant seals.

Human element of the sub-Antarctic

Meet the welcoming islanders of the Falklands and learn about their unique way of life on this remote region. Explore Stanley, the island’s capital, with the quaint feel of a Scottish island. It was once a port for repairing ships after damaging Drake Passage voyages, or refueling steamships going around Cape Horn. It became something of a forgotten outpost once the Panama Canal opened and its residents became largely reliant on sheep farming. Today, fine Falkland wool is still regarded as among the best in the world. Meet some of the 2,500 residents, you’ll find most of them travel abroad for their educations and return with new skills to further develop the islands to their true potential in a changing world.

Walk in Shackleton’s footsteps

Ernest Shackleton’s famed Endurance expedition was beset by tragedy when he lost his ship in the Antarctic ice in 1914. Through extraordinary leadership and dogged, relentless effort, none of his men were lost; all were saved in 1916. We’ll visit the site where he landed after sailing across the Drake Passage in a lifeboat, as well as the now ruined whaling station he hiked to for help.

Experience Buenos Aires, too

Discover the highlights and some hidden gems of Buenos Aires on a carefully curated day of exploring the city. See the Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. Enjoy plenty of exclusive events before a group charter flight to Ushuaia to embark National Geographic Explorer.

Every day is exciting and engaging

You’ll get out on adventures every day we’re in South Georgia and the Falklands. The Falklands are ideal for walking adventures, with some hikes ending in a “cream tea” served in the parlor of a welcoming farmhouse. In all locations, your expedition leader will enable daily Zodiac cruises and kayak expeditions too, sometimes twice a day—creating the opportunity for you to experience the wonders with all your senses, at water-level or eye-level. Days at sea offer engaging presentations from staff on history, photography, and more—or opt to relax, too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

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 Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similiar) before having a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L)

Day 3 — Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark

This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail, (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 5-6 — 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 herds of fur and elephant seals. Our visit to Port Stanley offers a chance to meet the hospitable locals, and stroll around this remote Victorian town. (B,L,D)

Day 7-8 — 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 9-13 — 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 tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

Day 14-15 — 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 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 18-19 — 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: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Dates & Rates

Book by Jul. 31, 2017 to receive complimentary airfare, plus free charter flights on select departures of South Georgia & the Falklands. Airfare based on round-trip economy group flights Miami/Buenos Aires, PLUS complimentary charter flights round-trip (Buenos Aires/Ushuaia), subject to availability and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. Valid for new bookings only, not combinable with other offers or extensions. Call for details.

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Dates 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SA SB
Oct 23, 2017 $15,930 $16,990 $17,930 $18,990 $22,990 $26,580 $30,830 $21,240 $22,410
Mar 6, 2018 $16,990 $18,130 $19,130 $20,350 $24,580 $28,350 $32,880 $22,660 $23,910
Oct 22, 2018 $16,990 $18,130 $19,130 $20,350 $24,580 $28,350 $32,880 $22,660 $23,910
Mar 6, 2019 $16,990 $18,130 $19,130 $20,350 $24,580 $28,350 $32,880 $22,660 $23,910

Included in Cruise Fare

  • 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 Egyptologists and ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • 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

Map

South Georgia and The Falklands  Itinerary Map

Ships

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the latest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. View ship details...

Land Tours

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazú Falls extension can be taken after departures of “Antarctica,” “South Georgia & the Falklands” and “Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands.”

Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls is also twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River. These details do nothing to describe the grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of thundering water, the tropical setting and the sheer beauty that led Eleanor Roosevelt to say “Poor Niagara.” Situated in Iguazú National Park in northeastern Argentina, this natural sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to its beautiful landscapes and subtropical forest, with 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, and butterflies, orchids and endangered jaguars. We view the Falls from several perspectives: via jetboat at river-level, and high above the rushing waters, immersed in mist, on Naturalist-led walks along a series of catwalk paths. The monumental Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) is the culmination of our experience as the air fills with vapor and water thunders 350 feet down into a river canyon — an incredible display of raw power.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina/Disembark/Buenos Aires

Disembark our ship in Ushuaia and proceed to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires, where we transfer to the luxurious Caesar Park Hotel. This seductive city set along the Rio de La Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Settle into your hotel, conveniently located in the fashionable Recoleta district with its shops and galleries, and have dinner at your leisure this evening. (B)

Day 2 — Iguazu Falls & Devil’s Throat

After our short flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, we take a 15-minute bus ride directly into the National Park. Today we have close-up views of the Falls, beginning with a Naturalist-led walk of the Upper Circuit, offering panoramic views of the rushing waters. The catwalk takes us to the awe-inspiring Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), the most impressive falls in the park, where 14 cascades drop 350 feet with such force that there is always a 100-foot cloud of spray overhead. Watch for the rainbow! We take a catwalk that leads to river level, where we board small boats for a ride over water rapids, a spectacular approach to several of the many falls. Following this exciting adventure, we’ll then check-in to the Sheraton Hotel, the only hotel within Iguazú National Park, where we’ve reserved rooms with stunning views of the Falls. This evening we soak up the views at a cocktail party on the veranda, followed by dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Iguazu National Park/Buenos Aires/Home

Join us for a morning walk to Sendero Macuco, a forest trail where we hope to spot birdlife, especially toucans, and learn about the sub-tropical forest from our Naturalist. It will be a good opportunity to get some exercise, too. Later, you may wish to walk the trails of the park on your own, or visit other parts of the waterfalls. This afternoon, we’ll fly back to Buenos Aires and connect to an overnight flight to the U.S. (B,L)

Cost Per Person*

Double Occupancy - $1,450 Single Occupancy -$1,950
*To be added to your voyage cost.

Cost Includes: One hotel night in Buenos Aires, one hotel night in Iguazu, meals as indicated, group transfers from/to airports, all sightseeing, tips and service charges, and services of a Lindblad Expedition Leader.

Not Inlcuded: Airfares, items of a personal nature.

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