Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview


Complimentary Roundtrip Airfare on Select Expedition Cruises

Book select departures by October 31, 2020 and receive free round-trip economy group airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires (or Santiago); ask about other U.S. gateways. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions. Baggage fees may be additional. Call for details.

  • Set out from the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, or National Geographic Orion in a Zodiac or kayak and glide among the exquisite icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Trace the riveting story of Shackleton’s fateful expedition on South Georgia with our team of experts, and get immersed in a sea of black and white amid thousands of king penguins.
  • Learn about the pioneer outposts of Port Stanley in the Falklands and the former military base of Port Lockroy in Antarctica.
  • Get hands-on instruction from a National Geographic photographer as you frame breaching whales, elephant seals, and numerous penguin species.



Set out on a voyage to the remote lands made famous by Ernest Shackleton. Traveling aboard one of our ice-class expedition ships, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, or National Geographic Orion, spend six days discovering the icy wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. Stroll through lively crowds of king penguins in stunning South Georgia, and hike the rocky shores of the Falkland Islands to see nesting albatross. Experience boundless wildlife and captivating beauty as you venture into some of the planet’s most unspoiled landscapes.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.


Days 1-2: U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer and national Geographic endurance) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Endurance) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion). In Buenos Aires, settle into our hotel before a city tour that includes Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Peron. In Santiago, check in to tour hotel before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes.

Accommodations:Alvear Art Hotel or Alvear Icon Hotel (Buenos Aires) or Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (Santiago)
Day 3: Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning’s charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. This evening, we set sail for the open sea.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: At Sea

Wake up to views of the famed Drake Passage and enjoy time for talks from our onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that await us on the Antarctica Peninsula.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-10: Exploring Antarctica

With long daylight hours at this time of year, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected—veering off course to watch killer whales perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner excursion on the water. We anticipate opportunities to take walks, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife every day. Our stops will be adapted to the conditions and the ever-changing ice.

One day, we may take Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breathtaking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid glittering brash ice or along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience a thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice.

As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine bays of the peninsula, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience, explaining the behaviors and interactions of different species, the geological and climatic forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of a glacier, and even how to take beautiful photographs of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists capture images from the deep—revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice, and our expedition leader is always on the lookout for the best way to experience everything Antarctica has to offer.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 11-12: At Sea

As we voyage northeast towards South Georgia, watch for whales from the ship's bridge, hear talks by our experts, enjoy a book or a board game in the observation lounge, or opt for a spa treatment.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 13-17: South Georgia Island

Spend five incredible days exploring stunning South Georgia, leisurely tracing the coast past towering cliffs and beaches peppered with penguins. Our schedule is flexible, and we anticipate opportunities to walk, hike, kayak, or explore by Zodiac every day. Our stops may include the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken, which played a part in the extraordinary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition and is now the explorer’s final resting place; and conditions permitting Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean, and Frank Worsley finally reached help after a year and a half stranded in Antarctica. Watch the antics of huge elephant seals hauled up on shore, and encounter a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 18-19: At Sea

Take advantage of the amenities on board as we make our way west to the Falklands. Attend talks by our experts and National Geographic photographer, and unwind in the spa, library, or on deck.

Days 20-21: Falkland Islands

Dock in Port Stanley, and stroll along the streets lined with Victorian-style houses. See an archway made of whalebone at the Anglican Cathedral, and visit the Falkland Islands Museum. Hike and kayak along rocky coasts, spotting Magellanic penguins burrowing in tussock grass, elephant seals, and one of the largest albatross colonies in the world.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
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 tonight.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 23-24: Ushuaia, Argentina/Buenos Aires, Argentina (National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic endurance) or Santiago, Chile (National Geographic Orion)

Disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before our charter flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endurance) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion). Continue on an overnight flight to the U.S.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch Daily

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Chilean Wine Country Extension
    3 days from $2,850
  • Easter Island Extension
    5 days from $4,680
  • Iguaçu Falls Extension
    4 days from $3,050
Chilean Wine Country Extension

Venture into Santiago’s charming colonial neighborhoods and get acquainted with Chile’s world-famous wines on an extension designed for cultural connoisseurs and oenophiles alike. Stroll down palm-lined boulevards and admire the intricate Spanish-style architecture of the city’s plazas and palaces. Enjoy the slower pace of the countryside during visits to renowned wineries in the Casablanca and Maipo Valleys, where you’ll learn about the winemaking process and savor unique vintages in unforgettable settings.

Days 1-2: U.S./Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight and arrive the following morning in Santiago. Check in to your hotel in the elegant city center, which offers views of the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. After settling in, head out on a guided tour of the city’s historic landmarks and hidden gems. Stroll in the shade of the verdant Plaza de Armas, surrounded by impressive structures such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the colonial Central Post Office. Continue to the Palacio de la Moneda, which was originally built as Chile’s royal mint and later became the seat of the government. Delight in delicious Chilean cuisine during dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch, Dinner)
Accommodations:Mandarin Oriental Hotel or similar
Day 3: Casablanca Valley/Santiago

Today, venture into the spectacular Casablanca Valley, one of Chile’s premier wine-producing regions. Visit the Casas del Bosque winery for a private tasting and enjoy lunch in the vineyard against a backdrop of rolling green hills. Then set out on a private tour and tasting at the Bodegas RE winery, family-owned and operated for eight generations. Go behind the scenes to learn about the traditional winemaking process from vine to bottle. Return to Santiago in the evening, and savor dinner with wine pairings at a restaurant in the heart of the lively Vitacura neighborhood.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mandarin Oriental Hotel or similar
Day 4: Maipo Valley/Santiago

Set out on a scenic drive through the colorful patchwork of fields that forms the renowned wine region of the Maipo Valley. Arrive in Alto Jahuel, a rural town situated at the feet of golden hills. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the vineyard of the Santa Rita winery, and visit a monument commemorating the discovery of the Carmenére grape variety in 1994. Explore the estate’s historic wine cellars, taste a selection of premier vintages, and enjoy lunch in the grand main house surrounded by lush gardens. Upon your return to Santiago, gather with fellow travelers for a welcome reception to kick off the start of your expedition cruise.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch