South Georgia and the Falklands - 17 Days

Onboard  National Geographic Endurance – 138 passengers

Pack your sense of intrigue and favorite photography gear for an in-depth expedition covering two of the most remote subantarctic island destinations. Witness wildlife on an incomparable scale on South Georgia, where elephant seals lumber, untold thousands of king penguins gather on a single beach, and Sir Ernest Shackleton rests for eternity. In the Falklands, discover vast colonies of nesting albatrosses and rockhopper penguins and visit isolated settlements where locals still live off the land.

Highlights

  • Hike in the footsteps of “the Boss,” Sir Ernest Shackleton, and toast his gravesite in South Georgia
  • Witness the spectacle of tens of thousands stately king penguins in South Georgia and observe magnificent albatross in the Falklands
  • Explore the ice by Zodiac and paddle a kayak amid curious fur seals
  • Compare aperture settings side by side with a National Geographic Photography Expert

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer from the airport to the Alvear Icon or similar before setting out on a guided tour of the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and parks. Visit Recoleta—the final resting place of Argentina’s iconic first lady, Eva Perón—and enjoy a private visit to El Zanjon de Granados, one of the city’s premier museums. In the early evening, we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina and embark
Fly southward to Ushuaia—aka ‘The End of the World’—sandwiched between ice-mantled peaks and the protected waters of Beagle Channel. Savor lunch onboard a private catamaran as you cruise the Channel, keeping an eye out for plump sea lions and sleek imperial cormorants. By day’s end, embark and settle into your floating expedition home base. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3: At Sea in the South Atlantic 
Feel the excitement build as we depart South America and enter the chilly realm of the Far South Atlantic. Visit the Bridge (nerve center of the ship and ideal for spotting wildlife), enjoy a massage, and listen in on informal gatherings with our naturalist staff as they discuss what to expect in the wilds of the Falklands. Spend time on deck scanning the horizon for petrels, penguins, and albatross. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4-5: Falkland Islands
Everything we love about expedition travel seems to come together in the western Falkland Islands. Where else can you land on a beach tucked into a rocky cove, hike out across a rolling green pasture, and suddenly find yourself at the crest of a sea cliff looking out over the South Atlantic surf? Just a few steps further and you’re standing at the edge of a breeding colony of black-browed albatross, so close that you can hear the wind on their wings as they swoop into land beside you. Check out the thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins congregate here, along with magnificent albatross and fur seals.

Days 6-7: At Sea
Expedition days at sea are an invitation to pause, catch a breath, and absorb some of the experiences we’ve already accumulated—before marching off on a range of all-new ones. It’s a great time to get some background on the history of Antarctic exploration and the flora, fauna, and geology of our next destination: South Georgia. And to learn from our naturalists how to identify the seabirds that inevitably follow us there: wandering albatross, prions, and others.

Days 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. Sailing along the coast, we plan to offer activities every day including visits to Grytviken, the final resting place of Shackleton, and Stromness Harbour, where Ernest Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. The island is also home to huge elephant seals and thousands of king penguins. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-14: At Sea
Relax onboard and enjoy the ship’s amenities. Head up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, work out in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 15-16: Falklands / 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, our journey across the South Atlantic Ocean takes us once more to the island archipelago that teems with nature. In the afternoon, we visit Stanley, the bright, pretty capital of the Falkland Islands, a charming outpost of British culture tucked into a small bay on the shore of these windswept islands in the far South Atlantic. Many Falkland Islanders still live in very traditional ways, and we’ll have 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, and afterward a cup of tea or a pint at the local tavern goes down very nicely. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires
Today we disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by private charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home. Meals Included: Breakfast. 

Route Map - charter Flights on NG Endurance are from & Back to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Category 1
$25,971
Early Payment Discount 25%
$19,478
 
Category 2
$26,752
Early Payment Discount 25%
$20,064
 
Category 3
$32,583
Early Payment Discount 25%
$24,437
 
Category 4
$35,927
Early Payment Discount 20%
$28,742
 
Category 5
$39,997
Early Payment Discount 20%
$31,998
 
Category 6
$46,038
Early Payment Discount 20%
$36,830
Limited
Category 7
$51,016
Early Payment Discount 20%
$40,813
 
Category A Solo
$25,971
 
Category B Solo
$26,752
Limited
Charter Flights
$1,370
 

Charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia are not included in the cabin pricing. See the neon green box in the pricing grid for the cost of the charter flights. 

Single Travelers

  • Can book a dedicated solo cabin in Category A Solo or Category B Solo at the prices listed above
  • Share cabins may be available in select cabin categories, please enquire for more details
  • If booking Cat 1 – 7 at solo occupancy, the rate is 2x the per person share price

Adventure Options

  • Paddling – included in the voyage cost. Guests may have the chance to paddle once, conditions permitting.

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Category 7

These large balcony suites feature two balcony chairs, hammock, and table; two single beds that can convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; coffee table; writing desk and chair; espresso maker; hammock; and a large walk-in closet with full length mirror. Expanded bathroom has a double vanity, bathtub, towel warmer, and rain shower. Guests receive a welcome amenity, complimentary laundry, priority access to one igloo reservation, and one spa appointment per departure.

Bridge Deck: #708-711, 716, 718, 719, 721

Category 6

Junior suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and table; two single beds that convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; writing desk with chair; two bedside tables; coffee table; espresso maker; and a closet. Guests receive a welcome amenity, complimentary laundry, and priority access to one igloo reservation, and one spa appointment per departure.

Bridge Deck: #714

Category 5

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; coffee table; writing desk with chair; two bedside tables; and a closet.

Bridge Deck: #700-707, 712, 713, 715, 717

Category 4

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock and a table; two single beds that can convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; coffee table; writing desk with chair; two bedside tables; and a closet.

Lounge Deck: #608, 610, 612, 613-623

Category 3

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen; convertible sleeper sofa; writing desk with a chair; two bedside tables; coffee table; and a closet.

Main Deck: #512-524

Category 2

Cabin with two large windows, two single beds that can convert to a queen, window sofa, writing desk with an office chair, two bedside tables, coffee table, and a closet.

Fore Deck: #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427

Category 1

Cabin with two large windows, two singles that can convert to a queen, writing desk and chair, two bedside tables, window sofa, coffee table, and a closet.

Fore Deck: #406, 408, 411, 413, 415

Category A Solo

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; single bed; writing desk with an office chair; and a closet.

Main Deck: #504-510, 513

 

Category B Solo

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; single bed; writing desk with chair; hammock; and a closet.

Lounge Deck: #604-607, 609, 611

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • All accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship (except certain super premium brands which are available for purchase)
  • Hors d’oeuvres, 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Excursions and airport transfers to and from recommended flights, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Crew gratuities
  • Exploration tools curated to destination, such as Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes and cross-country skis
  • Guidance and company of our leading expedition staff
  • Assistance by the National Geographic Photography Expert and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker
  • Presentations by expedition staff and expert guest speakers.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library, and other shared spaces
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes. Unused services or items included in our programs are non-refundable
 

Exclusions: 

  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included)
  • Pre- and post-expedition extensions
  • Additional hotel nights (except when indicated as included)
  • Private transfers
  • Laundry, spa treatments, Wi-Fi, and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees