Our itinerary is crafted to offer a balanced & in-depth experience

Step aboard the National Geographic Endurance and embark on a grand ocean-crossing voyage sailing all the way from South America through the tropics to Portugal. Along the way discover seldom-seen isles, places teeming with wildness, and intriguing cultures. Flexibility is a hallmark of Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions, so our day-to-day itinerary may change as we choose to take advantage of a unique opportunity or photographers decide to linger in a village through the golden hour of light.


  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Salvador, Brazil

    Depart on an overnight flight to Salvador, renowned for its exuberant atmosphere. Settle into our hotel in the historic Pelourinho district. Meet your fellow travelers at our welcome dinner and enjoy a musical performance. (Day 2: D)

  • DAY 3: Salvador/Embark

    This morning check out of the hotel and set off to explore the city. Salvador’s brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture. Explore the Pelourinho, a UNESCO Site; or choose to hear local music, visit a sea turtle preservation site, or a social project assisting street children. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, embark the National Geographic Endurance. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: At Sea

    Enjoy the National Geographic Endurances many amenities as we spend the day at sea. Soak in the ship’s infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, take in panoramic views from the rooftop observation deck, and enjoy talks from our onboard experts and learn about the amazing wildlife and geology that we will see on our journey. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-7: Fernando de Noronha

    Fernando de Noronha archipelago is a UNESCO site recognized for its rich marine life and large concentration of breeding tropical seabirds. Pending official permission, enjoy two days exploring its beaches, birdlife and rich marine life, with a special visit to the TAMAR turtle research project. Opt to hike, swim, and snorkel in its rich surrounding waters or take a visit to the remains of the 1738 Dos Remédios fortress. Go on a boat excursion to Dolphins Bay to watch spinner dolphins—their acrobatics are renowned, and there is no better place to see them than Fernando de Noronha. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Equator Crossing/St. Peter & Paul Archipelago 

    The day begins at sea as we make our way into the northern hemisphere. Crossing the Equator we sail towards our destination - St. Peter & Paul rocks. Sitting along the Atlantic ridge, this small outcropping of rocks just breaks the surface of the ocean. Officially claimed by Brazil, this archipelago is geologically fascinating and home to sea birds and a few researchers. Take a Zodiac cruise through the rocks to see the earth’s mantle up close. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9-10: At Sea

    Choose from an array of shipboard activities. Attend a photo workshop with our National Geographic photographer, enjoy a performance of live music, or treat yourself to a massage or a wellness class. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11-13: Cape Verde Islands

    The spectacular mountainous volcanic islands of Cape Verde comprise one of the world’s smallest independent nations. See impressive landscapes on Santo Antão: terraced hillsides, eucalyptus forests and deep valleys. Visit the island of Fogo and add volcano-gazing to your life list. We drive 5,000 feet up the volcano to sample the local wine at its source: inside the caldera! (B,L,D)

  • DAY 14-15: At Sea/Cross the Tropic of Cancer

    Visit the ship’s Bridge as we sail northward across the Tropic of Cancer. Soak up the views from one of the observation decks and attend engaging presentations on a range of subjects, from 15th-century Portuguese and Spanish navigators to talks from our marine biologists on the amazing navigation skills of the cetaceans who travel these waters. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 16-18: La Palma, Canary Islands/La Gomera

    Drop anchor in the azure waters of the Canary Islands, which occupied a central place in the history of Atlantic exploration. The larger island of La Palma is known as La Isla Bonita, or “the pretty island,” for its lushly forested mountain slopes set against azure waters. Enjoy a scenic drive up to Mirador de la Concepción, perched on the edge of a crater. Take in fantastic views of the town and harbor below and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Snows, with its fusion of baroque and Spanish-Moorish architecture. On the island of La Gomera, visit a house where Christopher Columbus stayed while his ships were provisioned with supplies, then stretch your legs on a hike in the verdant Garajonay Nacional Park. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 19-20: Madeira Islands

    Start the day south of Madeira in the Desertas Archipelago. The small group of volcanic islands have been deemed and nature reserve, helping to protect both the sea and land. The area is a refuge to the Mediterranean monk seal and an array of seabirds. Sail on to enchanting Madeira, a subtropical island abloom in flora. First settled by the Portuguese in 1419, the island’s capital city of Funchal evokes a colonial time capsule with architecture from the 15th through the 19th centuries. Explore its winding streets and culinary delights. (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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