Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, Sea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by March 31, 2019. Please call for details.

  • See Patagonia by land and sea, exploring the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and setting sail into Chile’s coastal fjords aboard the National Geographic Orion.
  • Settle into Tierra Patagonia, a stunning National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on Lake Sarmiento.
  • A National Geographic photographer joins each departure, offering tips and techniques for capturing the majesty of the region.
  • Enjoy special access to remote wildlife reserves, including the Karukinka reserve in Tierra del Fuego and Argentina’s Isla de los Estados (Staten Island).

Itinerary

Itinerary

From soaring granite spires to glacier-sculpted fjords, immerse yourself in the wonders of Patagonia on a unique expedition by land and sea. Spend three days exploring the blue-ice lakes and razor-backed ridges of Torres del Paine National Park—a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Then set sail aboard the National Geographic Orion to discover Chile’s deeply indented coast, cruising through a mazelike wonderland of fjords, islands, and icebergs. Search for whales, dolphins, and penguins; take in panoramic views from the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn; and hike the windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Cap off the expedition on Argentina’s Staten Island, accessing remote wildlife preserves seen by few others on Earth.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

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

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago and check in to our hotel. Set out on a guided tour of the city to discover the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch)
Accommodations:Mandarin Oriental
Day 3: Puerto Natales

Fly to Punta Arena, and then drive to Puerto Natales, one of gateways to the wilderness of southern Patagonia. Settle into our hotel before an afternoon tour of the town.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Singular
Days 4-6: Torres Del Paine National Park

Settle into Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and spend three days discovering one of the most spectacular wildernesses in the Americas: Torres del Paine National Park. Tailor your exploration of the park’s towering mountains, turquoise lakes, and glaciers to your interests, choosing from a variety of excursions ranging from hiking and horseback riding to kayaking.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:This night includes a stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge.
On the banks of Lake Sarmiento, looking out on Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia celebrates its majestic surroundings, while offering a space where relaxation reigns.
Day 7: Puerto Natales

After a final morning in Torres del Paine, depart for Puerto Natales, where we embark the National Geographic Orion.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-9: Kirke Narrows/Chilean Fjords

We begin our exploration of the Chilean coastline. Spot elephant seals and other wildlife as you glide through the shimmering fjords and inlets of Estero las Montañas by Zodiac and kayak. If you wish, go for a hike to a stunning inland lake.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 10: Tierra Del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park

Explore Tierra del Fuego, one of Patagonia's crown jewels. We have special permission to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Exploring the Beagle Channel

Cruise into the fjords that line the coast and explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Then transit the Beagle Channel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Cape Horn

Today we round the southernmost tip of South America: Cape Horn. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore for a panoramic view.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 13-14: Isla De Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

By special permission, the National Geographic Orion is one of the few expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Spot 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 15-16: Ushuaia

Disembark in Ushuaia, and fly to Santiago by private charter to connect with your overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Day 15 (Breakfast, Lunch)

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Easter Island Extension
    4 days from $4,520
Easter Island Extension

Post-Voyage

Located more than 1,000 miles from its nearest neighbor, Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet. Spend several days uncovering the secrets of the isle’s mysterious history as you stand face-to-face with iconic moai statues and explore the legacy of ancient seafarers in this long-pondered enigma of the Polynesian world.

Important Note:

Flights to Easter Island are extremely limited due to airline schedules that service Easter Island and Santiago and will affect the length of your extension, making it either a 4 or 5 day experience. We recommend speaking with an Expedition Cruise Specialist in order to purchase appropriate flights immediately after booking.

The prices listed on the website are for the 4-day Easter Island extension. Departures with the 5-day extension will include an extra night in Buenos Aires (Explorer), or Santiago (Orion) and will cost an additional $530 (Explorer) or $830 (Orion).

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina/Santiago, Chile

Disembark the National Geographic Explorer in Ushuaia and fly to Santiago, where we check into our hotel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2: Santiago/Easter Island

This morning, depart for Easter Island. Native tradition holds that the island settlement was founded over a thousand years ago by a Polynesian chief named Hotu Matuʻa. While many of the famous moai statues have been toppled or destroyed over the centuries, most have since been restored to their original positions; we’ll visit several statue sites and explore the symbolism of each during our stay.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-4: Easter Island

Spend the next two days discovering astounding moai monuments across the island. Explore the ceremonial complex of Tahai, an archaeological site comprised of three ahu, or shrines, each presided over by giant moai. Stroll between restored stone and sod buildings at Orongo, a ceremonial village situated on the rim of the Rano Kau volcanic crater. At Ahu Te Pito Kura, marvel at the fallen form of the enormous Paro moai, considered the largest moai statue to be transported from the Rano Raraku volcano quarry. Visit the quarry to see where many of these giant statues were carved. Gaze up at towering the moai of Ahu Akivi and Ahu Tongariki—the largest ceremonial altar on Easter Island.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 5: Easter Island/Santiago

Spend a final morning exploring Easter Island before catching a flight to Santiago. From here, connect with your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch