An engaging expedition, a true adventure

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 sighting of a whale or photographers decide to linger on shore through the golden hour of light.

Standard Itinerary

Embark: Ushuaia

Disembark: Puerto Natales

The ship travels from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales on the itinerary below.


  • DAY 1-2: Home/Santiago, Chile

    Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile. Check into the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, or similar, before exploring the Plaza de Armas, the main square and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying this vibrant city, backed by the Andes. (Day 2: L)

  • DAY 3: Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark

    Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Our 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 National Geographic Orion and set sail. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4-5: Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

    Discover extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Search for southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Cape Horn

    Visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Exploring the Beagle Channel

    Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel, where we’ll look to use our Zodiacs to land and explore one of the many intriguing sites. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Tierra del Fuego / Karukinka Natural Park

    Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9-10: Kirke Narrows & Exploring Chilean Fjords

    Our Captain and local pilots guide us through Kirke Narrows, accessible only to a small ship such as Orion. We’ll look to make stops in the extensive maze of channels and islands of the Chilean fjords, where we may go out to explore by Zodiac and kayak, or take a forest walk. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11-13: Torres del Paine National Park

    Drive to this UNESCO Biosphere reserve and spend three days at Explora Patagonia (2019) or Tierra Patagonia Hotel (2020) or similar, discovering one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests, grasslands, rivers, and colorful lagoons. Choose among a variety of possibilities, including walks and hikes, horseback riding, sailing among icebergs to the foot of the immense Grey Glacier, visiting the Salto Grande waterfall, and seeing the towers of the central massif from the Blue Lagoon. Look out for guanacos, gray foxes, rheas, and Andean condors. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 14: Torres del Paine/Puerto Natales

    We have a final morning to explore Torres del Paine. We then drive to Puerto Natales. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 15-16: Santiago, Chile/Home

    Drive from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas, take a flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home. (Day 14: B)

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

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