The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.

For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, optimizing your time and interest by including South Georgia and the Falklands makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime. This voyage has it all.

Incomparable wildlife experience
Only the plains of the Serengeti during the migrations can compare to the wildlife spectacles offered by both South Georgia and the Falklands. In South Georgia you’ll see a single rookery with tens of thousands of king penguins—an astonishing sight and an indelible memory. In the Falklands, you’ll see rockhopper penguins in great number in their “hobbit shire” of the tussock grass. And, in both, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see albatross in great numbers—wandering albatross with their impressive 11-foot wing spans; and beautiful black-browed albatross—in colonies that fill the windward ledges of these southernmost islands. These, plus elephant and fur seals, pelagic birds in great numbers, and various species of whales feasting on the Southern Ocean’s seasonal bounty create unprecedented wildlife viewing experiences for you.

Add the human dimension to the ice
From the ghostly remnants of the whaling stations that once peopled South Georgia, to the warmly welcoming ranchers of Port Stanley on the Falklands, and the penguin-adapted researchers of Port Lockroy, a picturesque science station off the otherwise unpeopled Weddell Sea coast, you’ll experience the contrast between the majestic, uninhabited wildness of Antarctica, and the unique human incursions into the land of the ice.

Every day is active and engaging
You’ll get out on adventures every day we’re in Antarctica, 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. You’ll have a choice of activities plus your choice of naturalists to join—for a movable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting 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.

Informal ambience, relaxed attitude
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the fascinating Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region is the key to your extraordinary experience
Arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Sofitel Buenos Aires (or similiar). In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. (L)
This morning’s charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. (B,L,D)
Awake well into our journey across the Drake Passage---a milestone in any adventurer’s personal travel history-with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead. (B,L,D)
With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D)
As we voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and 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, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)
This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as our Zodiacs make landfall. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass and herds of enormous elephant seals. 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. (B,L,D)
As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross our bow. There’s time to share photos with the onboard National Geographic photographer, catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read, and write emails home, saying “don’t want this to end.” (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight (Ushuaia to Buenos Aires) Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (B,L)
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Category 1

$ 29740 AUD pp
Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2

$ 31860 AUD pp
Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3

$ 33360 AUD pp
Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category 4

$ 34930 AUD pp
Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category SA (solo)

$ 39830 AUD pp
Category SA (solo)
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category SB (solo)

$ 41700 AUD pp
Category SB (solo)
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 5

$ 42860 AUD pp
Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6

$ 49460 AUD pp
Category 6
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7

$ 57350 AUD pp
Category 7
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

Category 1

$ 29740 AUD pp
Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2

$ 31860 AUD pp
Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3

$ 33360 AUD pp
Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category 4

$ 34930 AUD pp
Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category SA (solo)

$ 39830 AUD pp
Category SA (solo)
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category SB (solo)

$ 41700 AUD pp
Category SB (solo)
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 5

$ 42860 AUD pp
Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6

$ 49460 AUD pp
Category 6
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7

$ 57350 AUD pp
Category 7
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

Category 1

$ 29990 AUD pp
Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2

$ 32180 AUD pp
Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3

$ 33690 AUD pp
Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category 4

$ 35280 AUD pp
Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category SA (solo)

$ 40230 AUD pp
Category SA (solo)
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category SB (solo)

$ 42120 AUD pp
Category SB (solo)
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 5

$ 43440 AUD pp
Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6

$ 49990 AUD pp
Category 6
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7

$ 58070 AUD pp
Category 7
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

Category 1

$ 29990 AUD pp
Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2

$ 32180 AUD pp
Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3

$ 33690 AUD pp
Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category 4

$ 35280 AUD pp
Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category SA (solo)

$ 40230 AUD pp
Category SA (solo)
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category SB (solo)

$ 42120 AUD pp
Category SB (solo)
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 5

$ 43440 AUD pp
Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6

$ 49990 AUD pp
Category 6
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7

$ 58070 AUD pp
Category 7
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

Additional charges:

Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia return from : 1120 AUD pp

National Geographic Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 meters

Passenger Capacity: 148 (single & twin cabins)

Built / Refurbished: 1982 / 2008

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. 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.

Public areas: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.

Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls.

Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet Cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.

Cabin layout for National Geographic Explorer

Buenos Aires Pre-Voyage Extension. From (2360.00 AUD)

PRE-TRIP / 2 DAYS. Before embarking on your expedition aboard National Geographic Explorer take time to explore one of the world’s most intriguing cities. See its famous architecture, explore the most interesting neighborhoods, visit top museums, and take in a tango performance on an extension curated to provide the very best that Buenos Aires has to offer.

Iguazú Falls Post Voyage Extension. From (3490.00 AUD)

POST-TRIP / 3 DAYS. Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazú Falls is situated in a beautiful subtropical forest, home to more than 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, and butterflies, orchids, and endangered jaguars.

Easter Island Post Voyage Extension. From (5240.00 AUD)

POST-TRIP / 4 DAYS. Follow your expedition aboard National Geographic Explorer with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island.

Free Bar Tab and Crew Tips Included aboard NG Orion and NG Explorer

Aboard National Geographic Orion & National Geographic Explorer.

Beginning in Apr. 2017, we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew on all National Geographic Explorer and

National Geographic Orion voyages. Promotion subject to availability, contact us for further details. 

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica & South GeorgiaNational Geographic Explorer

Antarctica & South Georgia Luxury Expedition Luxury Expedition

22 Days from
$ 29740 AUD pp

Highlights

• The impossible beauty of Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, the haunting Lemaire Channel

• Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands

• Three distinct regions to experience

• Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance

• National Geographic expedition team to illuminate it all

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