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Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands

22 Days FROM USD 25,750

Overview

What awaits on this journey is unlike anything you have experienced before. On board the National geographic Explorer you will set sail for the most remote landscapes on Earth. A land of ice, glaciers and incredible vistas. A land where wildlife and the elements reign superior. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands superimpose the definition of surreal. A journey of incredible personal enrichment, the experiences and memories you will share and create with your fellow passengers are unlike anything else in this world. Discover the vast beauty of Antarctica on this incredible journey. 

Please note the 08/11/2019 departure operates in the opposite direction. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACLBASF

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia

Ship: National Geographic Explorer

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.  

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Embrace the incredible journey to Antarctica, create unforgettable bonds and indescribable memories in one of the most special places on Earth.

  • Undertake this incredible voyage with the support of a National Geographic expedition team who will share their expert skill and knowledge throughout your journey.

  • Bear witness to incredible landscape, vistas of pure white snow, tubular glaciers, and bays of crackling ice.

CRUISE ITINERARY

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. Enjoy the enriching experiences in this vibrant city, set in the backdrop of the incredible Andes mountains.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Today you will fly via private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. This morning's charter flight will bring you over the incredible Patagonia, before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Weather permitting, you will have the incredible opportunity to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Following this you will embark the expedition and set sail on your incredible voyage.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

You'll awake this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable-a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead.

At Sea

With long hours of daylight, you will make the most of your days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Your schedule is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of the unexpected. You’ll spend these days exploring the “White Continent' via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. This is a truly humbling experience in one of the most pristine locations in all the world.

Antarctica - Days 4 to 9

As you continue your voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as your skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness centre, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. You may also take this time to reflect on the incredible journey so far with your fellow passengers and newfound friends.

At Sea - 10 & 11

Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions, making stops every day as we leisurely circumnavigate the island. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship as your Zodiacs make landfall. You may visit Grytviken, part of the extraordinary story of the Endurance and the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and, on a single beach, you will visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins!

South Georgia Island - Day 12 & 16

Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.

At Sea - Days 17 & 18

The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass, curious fur seals, and Peale's dolphins riding the waves. Stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland Islands Museum.

Falkland Islands - Day 19 & 20

On your final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the incredible bird and marine life of these southern waters. You will be able to toast to your epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner. Take this time to reflect on the incredible memories you have made with your fellow passengers and newfound friends

At Sea

After breakfast you will disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport.

Please note it is important to confirm departure and arrival cities with your destination specialist, before booking your flights.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

 

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Before embarking on your Antarctic voyage, why not experience the amazing wonders of two of South America’s most vibrant cities. A 9 Day Rio to Buenos Aires journey will be the perfect way to indulge in a mix of Latin American cultural experience and sights. From the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer, to the roaring cascades of Iguazu falls and the European avenues of Buenos Aires this is a spectacular way to experience this unique and dynamic corner of our world. Find out more

  • Begin your Antarctic experience by first exploring the dramatic and stunningly beautiful “End of the world”. Start in Buenos Aires, the capital of Tango and a vibrant, historical gem. Experience the wonders of El Calafate a land of stunning beauty and wonder located in the Patagonian steppe before finishing in Ushuaia and witnessing the incredible beauty of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Find out more

  • Explore the Chilean capital of Santiago, before heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South America. Head to El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and from here visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Find out more

Pricing & date

Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands from USD 25,750
Departing Ending Duration
17 Feb 2021 10 Mar 2021 22
19 Nov 2021 10 Dec 2021 22
18 Jan 2022 08 Feb 2022 22

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS:
    1 night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, pre cruise
    Afternoon city tour
    Cabin accommodation on board the ship
    All meals & non-alcoholic beverages whilst on ship*
    Gratuities for the crew
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding by expedition team and guest speakers
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Expedition jacket to keep

    *Alcoholic beverages are included on the National Geographic Explorer,
    certain super-premium brands are not included.

    EXCLUSIONS:
    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance (compulsory)
    Personal expenses such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
    Expedition Boots (available for hire)
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities, refer optional activities section for details

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Please note the charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia is NOT INCLUDED in this cruise price. Contact us today to discuss

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, seasonality & availability.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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