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Important Note:

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

Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Resolution 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.

Standard Itinerary

Embark: Ushuaia

Disembark: Ushuaia

Select departures travel in a different direction


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

    Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer/Endurance) or Santiago (Orion). Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar, Endurance) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check into the Mandarin Oriental Santiago (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 the Falkland Islands. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5-6: 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 7-8: 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 of South Georgia, and, of course, the inspiring story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9-13: 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 14-15: 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 16-20: 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 21-22: At Sea

    On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine and bird 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/Endurance) or Santiago (Resolution)/Home

    Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires or Santiago and connect with your overnight flight home. (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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