Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands Cruise


  • Marvel at a king penguin colony with tens of thousands of individuals
  • Experience Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, and the haunting Lemaire Channel
  • See incredible wildlife in South Georgia and the Falklands
  • Experience three distinct regions

Sail for the Great White Continent of Antarctica on this 23-day Antarctic, South Georgia, and Falkland cruise! Encounter the rich wildlife of this region from zodiac or on shore. Antarctica promises to delight and entrance on this small ship expedition.

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago, Chile

Check in to your fine hotel, centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

In the morning, take a charter flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel before embarking on the National Geographic Orion. Depart port.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

In the morning, wake to views of the Drake Passage. Attend lectures and explore the ship. As you sail, hope to see whales as they swim with the ship.

Days 4-5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Falkland Islands

Arrive at the Falklands Islands, home to the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins, and herds of enormous elephant seals. Stroll through the charming Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley and visit the Anglican Cathedral and the Falkland Islands Museum. The cathedral features a large archway made entirely of whale bones.

Days 6-7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Set sail for South Georgia Island and view whales and seabirds from the decks of the ship. Join naturalists on board for presentations about the wildlife of South Georgia and the inspiring story of Ernest Shackleton and his ship, the Endurance.

Days 8-12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Georgia Island

Arrive on South Georgia Island, the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Toast to this famous explorer at his gravesite before heading off to explore the breathtaking scenery and view abundant wildlife. Take a zodiac to see a fur seal colony and vast amounts of penguins.

Days 13-14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Continue to voyage south on your way to Antarctica! As you sail, take the chance to 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. Enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse the library's collection of books. Attend lectures and briefings as you sail each day.

Days 15-19

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Explore the Antarctica Peninsula. The long hours of daylight allow you to make the most of your days. The schedule for these days is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of the unexpected opportunities. Sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the 'White Continent.' Explore the area via Zodiac, kayak and on foot.

Days 20-12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Begin the journey back to Ushuaia. As you sail, hope to glimpse an albatross or two as they escort the ship back to shore. Share your wealth of photographs with the onboard National Geographic photographer and take in the final days of your Antarctic exploration.

Days 22-23

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark in Ushuaia / Fly to Santiago, Chile

In the morning, disembark in Ushuaia with time to explore before our charter flight to Santiago. Board a charter flight back to Santiago and connect with your flights home.

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* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

Aboard ship:
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of expedition staff

- Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- Transfers to and from group flights
- The expertise of expedition staff

- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

- International and internal airfare

Pre- and post-expedition:
- Additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Expedition extensions
- Gratuities

Aboard ship
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spa treatments
- Gratuities
- Scuba diving
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature