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 the Nov. 6, 2018 or Nov. 7, 2019 voyages aboard National Geographic Explorer. Make the crossing one-way from South America to the Falklands by air rather than sea. Fly by private charter one-way from Santiago, Chile to the Royal Air Force base in the Falklands, where you will embark Explorer—allowing us to convert a day at sea into a day along the Antarctic Peninsula.

For the Explorer Nov. 6, 2018 & Nov. 7, 2019 itinerary, select the tab below: FLY THE FALKLANDS ITINERARY.


Embark: Ushuaia

Disembark: Ushuaia


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

    Depart U.S. this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion).

  • DAY 2: Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion)

    Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel (or similar). 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. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L)


    Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine Mandarin Oriental (or similar), centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L)

  • DAY 3: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship

    Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer will fly from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia to embark the Explorer; and guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion will fly from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia to embark the Orion. This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: At Sea

    You'll awake this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable-a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history—with time to hear talks preparing you for the exciting days ahead. (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 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)

  • 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

    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. Leisurely circumnavigating the island, we plan to make stops every day including visits to Grytviken, part of the extraordinary story of the Endurance and the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and, on a single beach, you will visit a vast colony of 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 the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass, curious fur seals, and Peale's dolphins riding the waves. 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)

  • DAY 22: At Sea

    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)

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

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