Day-By-Day

Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity


Important Note:

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer will fly to and from Ushuaia via Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion will fly to and from Ushuaia via Santiago, Chile.

Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee on all of our Antarctica expeditions. Flexibility is a hallmark of our explorations, and often the shipboard day-by-day itinerary will change—so we may take full advantage of rare wildlife sightings, watching whales feed off the bow, or perfect conditions for a late day kayaking excursion.


Fly the Falklands Crossing & make the most of your expedition

Take advantage of a special opportunity on select voyages aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endurance. Make the crossing one-way by air rather than sea via private charter flight between South America and the Falklands—allowing us to convert a day at sea into a day along the Antarctic Peninsula.

FLY THE FALKLANDS ITINERARY—CLICK BELOW for the following departures: 

Falklands to Ushuaia: Explorer: Nov. 7, 2019 Endurance: Oct. 18, 2020; Nov. 27, 2020. 

Ushuaia to Falklands: Explorer: Feb. 16, 2021; Endurance: Nov. 7, 2020.

Standard Itinerary

Embark: Ushuaia

Disembark: Ushuaia


Select departures travel in a different direction

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  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina (Explorer) or Santiago, Chile (Orion)

    Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check into the Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar) before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. (Day 2: L)

  • DAY 3: Fly to Ushuaia/Embark

    Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: At Sea

    Settle in to shipboard life as we sail to Antarctica. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-10: Antarctica

    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 spend these days on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11-12: At Sea

    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)

  • DAY 13-17: South Georgia Island

    This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and conditions permitting, we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)

  • DAY 18-19: At Sea

    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)

  • DAY 20-21: Falkland Islands

    The Falklands boast albatross, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic colonial town of Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 22: At Sea

    On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 23-24: Disembark Ushuaia/Fly to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion)/Home

    Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home. IMPORTANT: Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (Day 23: B,L)

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

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