Day-By-Day

Discover the full length of the Atlantic in one sweeping voyage


An expedition that runs the length of an entire ocean has to be a mind-stretching experience. Take a unique trek up the spine of the Atlantic Ocean, traversing nearly 90 degrees of latitude and 9,000 nautical miles. The fascinating islands that lie across it are some of the remotest in the world: South Georgia and the Falklands, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, Ascension Islands, plus Cape Verde, the Canaries and Madeira. And the different climates you’ll encounter, the balmy breezes and polar winds, volcanic mountainsides and lush forests, all will present you with a cornucopia of beauty and wonder—from the comfort of the new National Geographic Endurance.

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  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Fly overnight to Buenos Aires and transfer to the Alvear Icon Hotel. Discover the city’s beaux arts architecture, the bohemian neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo, and the balcony immortalized by Argentina’s iconic first lady, Eva Perón. (L,D)

  • DAY 3: Ushuaia

    Take a scenic charter flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise on the dramatic Beagle Channel, gliding past beech forests, jagged peaks, and rushing rivers. Later, step aboard National Geographic Endurance. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: At Sea

    As we set a course for the Falkland Islands, settle into life aboard the ship. Enjoy discussions with our naturalists about the wonders that await; and spend time on deck, scanning the horizon for petrels, penguins, and albatrosses. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-6: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    Some 300 miles off the coast of Argentina lie the remote Falkland Islands, where green tussock grass waves across endless hills and pristine white-sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Spend two days exploring the archipelago’s diverse landscapes, and encounter the incredible wildlife of the South Atlantic, including one of the world’s largest colonies of albatrosses; thousands of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins; elephant and fur seals; and more. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7-8: At Sea

    During two days at sea, we traverse 750 nautical miles en route to South Georgia. Enjoy leisure time and attend expert-led talks about the history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna, and geology of South Georgia. Join our naturalists on deck to identify the seabirds that follow us, such as prions and black-browed albatrosses. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9-11: South Georgia

    Spend three spectacular days exploring the island of South Georgia. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our schedule remains flexible, and we anticipate myriad opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac excursions. Encounter elephant seals, leopard seals, and fur seals; cliffs inhabited by hundreds of nesting albatrosses; and shores peppered with tens of thousands of king penguins. Our stops may include visits to the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken, which played a part in the extraordinary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition and is now the explorer’s final resting place; as well as Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley finally reached help after a year and a half stranded in Antarctica. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12-15: At Sea

    Choose from an array of shipboard activities. Attend a photo workshop with our National Geographic photographer, treat yourself to a massage or a wellness class, or compete for prizes in a Geo Bee. As we approach the remote islands of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, spot active volcanic cones from the ship’s deck. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 16: Inaccessible Island/Tristan da Cunha

    This morning we take a Zodiac excursion along Inaccessible Island to look for arctic terns and the endemic Inaccessible Island rail, the world‘s smallest flightless bird. Later, we step foot on the planet’s most remote inhabited island, home to some 250 hardy souls. Meet local islanders to learn about their culture and history and hear about the self-sufficient farming and lobster trade that sustains them. Hike with our naturalists in search of northern rockhopper penguins, Atlantic yellow-nosed albatrosses, and other wildlife. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 17-19: At Sea—Cross the Tropic of Capricorn

    Enjoy the rhythms of shipboard life as we sail across the Tropic of Capricorn. Soak up the views from one of the infinity-style hot tubs or saunas; enjoy a stretching session in the glass-walled yoga studio; and attend engaging presentations on a range of subjects, from 15th-century Portuguese and Spanish navigators to talks from our photography team on how to organize and share your images. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 20: Saint Helena Island

    Explore this volcanic tropical isle where Napoléon Bonaparte lived out his final years in exile. Visit the notorious French emperor’s residence, Longwood House, and learn about the memoirs he dictated here. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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