Day 1Buenos Aires, Argentina*Guided tour of Buenos Aires
Day 2Embarkation UshuaiaFly to Ushuaia, Catamaran cruise on Beagle Channel
Day 3At SeaCrossing the Southern Ocean
Days 4 - 6Falkland IslandsFour species of penguins, black-browed albatross, numerous bird species and dramatic Falklands scenery
Days 7 & 8At SeaSouthern Ocean
Days 9 - 13 South GeorgiaMillions of penguins, hundreds of thousands seals with a magnificent backdrop of snow-capped mountains
Days 14 & 15At SeaAlbatross, prions, shearwaters and whales
Days 16 - 19AntarcticaGentoo, Adelie & chinstrap penguins, seals and dramatic scenery
Days 20 & 21At SeaAlbatross, prions, shearwaters and whales
Day 22Disembark Ushuaia Fly to Buenos Aires*Farewell your expedition team and board your charter flight to Buenos Aires

*On board the Resolution, the voyage starts and ends in Santiago, rather than Buenos Aires.

Falklands South Georgia and Antarctica World Explorer


National Geographic Endurance ship view

The National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose built for polar navigation. The Category A vessel is a fully stabilized, highly strengthened ship designed to navigate polar-passages and uncharted waters all year round. Designed to provide an extremely smooth ride in even the most adverse of conditions, reduced spray on deck and wave-splicing action making for superior observation.

Made for exploration, the National Geographic Endurance is outfitted with kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing crafts, underwater cameras, video microscopes to explain elements of the surrounding environments, a hydrophone to listen to the vocalisations of marine mammals, an open bridge to constantly talk to your captain and expedition crew along with snorkeling gear and wet suits for underwater excursions. Please Note: As the National Geographic Endurance is still being built, all images featured are rendered and actual images may vary.

National Geographic Explorer at Sea

National Geographic Explorer was completely redesigned and rebuilt prior to being relaunched in 2008. The ship is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment making it ideal for Antarctic expeditions, and offers a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions explored. The Explorer accommodates guests in 81 spacious outside cabins, most with feature windows and some with balconies. Public areas include a lounge and bar, a spa, fitness centre and sauna, and a choice of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine.


National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation for 128 guests. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. Restaurants on board feature local, sustainable choice and unassigned seating for flexible inclusive dining; plus a chefs table for intimate, small group dining. All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls with 53 of them having balconies. Cabins are eqquiped with expedition command centres with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connection and hair dryers. There is a focus on wellness on board with specialists in the area along with a glass-enclosed yoga studio, a gym, treatment rooms and a spa relax area and high and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to your centrally-located hotel for overnight. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour that gives you an overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.


*Note: This pre-voyage night is part of a charter flight package and is at an additional cost. 

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

Ushuaia Port, Argentina

In the morning fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. The National Geographic charter flight is at an additional cost. Alternatively you can book a regular domestic flight. Please contact us regarding what your preferred option is.

The morning’s flight offers some rare views as you fly over the starkly rugged terrain of Patagonia to land in Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world (although, with a population of around 60,000, really more of a large town). Set on the shores of the Beagle Channel, ‘Ushuaia’ actually means “the bay facing westward” in the language of the original Yamana inhabitants. Once a penal colony for political prisoners as well as hardened criminals – the Presidio (prison) was closed in the late 1940s – Ushuaia is now a major tourist centre, particularly for people cruising to Antarctica.

This afternoon you will embark on the National Geographic Endurance. 

Day 3 At Sea

Crossing the Drake

Awake well into your journey sailing across the Drake Passage toward Antarctica. While at sea you have the chance to spend plenty of time with your on-board polar experts whose presentations will prepare you for the exciting days ahead. You will also start to identify the seabirds that glide alongside the ship.

Days 4 – 6 Falkland Islands

Rockhopper Penguins Falklands

Everything we love about expedition travel seems to come together in the western Falkland Islands. Where else can you land on a beach tucked into a rocky cove, hike out across a rolling green pasture, and suddenly find yourself at the crest of a sea cliff looking out over the South Atlantic surf? Just a few steps further and you’re standing at the edge of a breeding colony of black-browed albatross, so close that you can hear the wind on their wings as they swoop in to land beside you. Check out the thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins that congregate here, along with fur seals.

Stanley, the bright, pretty capital of the Falkland Islands, is a wonderfully unexpected place: a charming outpost of British culture tucked into a small bay on the shore of these windswept islands in the far South Atlantic. Many Falkland Islanders still live in very traditional ways, and we’ll have a chance to visit a small farm to see some expert sheep shearing and learn about the best techniques for cutting blocks of peat.

The rocky hills and white sand beaches outside town offer some excellent hikes, and afterward, a cup of tea or a pint at the local tavern goes down very nicely.

Days 7 & 8 At Sea

Whale, Antarctica

With whales beneath and birds above, we continue toward South Georgia Island. 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.

Days 9 -13 South Georgia

South Georgia

Explore the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your schedule is flexible with opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions, making stops every day as you leisurely circumnavigate the island. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery farewell the ship as your Zodiacs make landfall. Plan to visit Grytviken, part of the extraordinary story of the Endurance and the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as Stromness Bay where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached aid at a whaling station. See huge elephant seals, and, on a single beach, you will visit a vast colony of tens of thousands of king penguins!

Days 14 & 15 At Sea

Wandering Albatross 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.

Whales beneath and birds above, as you continue on your journey. Naturalists will prepare you for the exciting days ahead with presentations on wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.

Days 16 -19 Antarctica

Gentoo Penguins Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, the most will be made of the time spent around the Antarctic Peninsula and cruising among the surrounding islands. Dazzling wildlife sightings await you on excursions to some of these islands and the scenery is breathtaking, from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet. The schedule is flexible, allowing the opportunity to take advantage of the unexpected, exploring by Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using the vessel’s arsenal of tools for exploration. If the ice conditions permit, you might sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the White Continent itself.

Day 22 Ushuaia, Buenos Aires

Disembark in Ushuaia, and fly by charter to Buenos Aires, then transfer to the airport for your flight home.


*Note: This flight is part of a charter flight package and is at an additional cost. 

To book this cruise call 1300 784 794 or email

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.