Day 1Santiago, ChileGuided tour of Santiago
Day 2Embarkation in UshuaiaFlight from Santiago to Ushuaia, Cruise the Beagle Channel
Day 3At SeaCrossing the Drake Passage
Days 4 - 9Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland IslandsAntarctic Peninsula outer Islands
Days 10 & 11At SeaCrossing the Drake Passage
Day 12Ushuaia to Santiago Disembark. If joining the group flight transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago


National Geographic Resolution

The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation for 128 guests. It is identical to National Geographic’s first polar new build, the Endurance, she is a fully stabilised, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Class 5 (PC5) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. 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. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

Day 1 Santiago, Chile

santiago, chile

Check in to the hotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar), centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly completely surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided tour 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. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia


The morning’s charter 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.

You will have lunch aboard a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking your ship in the mid-afternoon. As you board the vessel, you cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead. In the early evening set sail, leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel, the historic channel that transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America.

Day 3 Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake

Awake well into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying south between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore, sometimes rough, misty and grey, other times calm and clear – the crossing is unpredictable and constantly changing but the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable. You’ll spend this time getting to know your shipmates, while your polar experts will provide insights into what excitement lies ahead. When you cross the Antarctic Convergence you will notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Days 4-9 Antarctic Peninsula

Adelie penguins taking the plunge

With long hours of daylight, the most will be made of the time spent around the Antarctic Peninsula, while maintaining a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected – perhaps watching a huge whale surface off the bow. You will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. One day you may make a foray among towering bergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next you’ll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You’ll learn from the on-board naturalists how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, the team’s undersea specialist may present a video from that day’s dive – rare images taken up to 300 metres below the surface using the ship’s ROV (remotely operated vehicle). Your expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more.

Days 10-11 Drake Passage

Drake Sunset

As you leave the continent and sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds that cross the ship’s bow, and your spotters will keep an eye out for marine life. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym, or catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read. Final presentations from the expedition staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned.

Day 12 Ushuaia

Ushuaia, Hayley

In the early morning, arrive back in Ushuaia. After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers.

If you have chosen to take the Charter Flight Package join the charter flight from Ushuaia to Santiago on the day of disembarkation. Alternatively you may wish to spend a bit more time exploring this region.

NOTE: It is possible to arrange alternate flights if you want to explore other areas of Argentina or Chile before or after the voyage.  Please ask at time of booking.

To book this cruise call 1300 784 794 or email

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.