The southernmost realms of the planet are places of unimaginable beauty: Patagonia and Antarctica. Humpback whales breach and penguins gather by the thousands. Icebergs shimmer and sapphire-hued fjords harbor snowcapped peaks and virgin forests. Join us on an odyssey aboard the National Geographic Orion that combines the celebrated wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, southern Patagonia, and the Chilean fjords—all in a single epic voyage. Follow in the wake of legendary explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Ferdinand Magellan to encounter otherworldly ice scapes and calving glaciers, remote reserves and pristine parks, and the incredible creatures that thrive at the edge of the world.
- Seek out Antarctica’s iconic wildlife—including penguins, seals, and killer whales—and marvel at incandescent icebergs using our fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs.
- Navigate Chile’s coastal fjords and explore spectacular Glacier Alley, where monumental glaciers calve into the sea.
- Hike among the snowcapped “horns” of Torres del Paine National Park, and enjoy special access to Karukinka Natural Park, the largest protected land area in Tierra del Fuego.
- Cruise the waters of Francisco Coloane Marine Park, searching for the humpback whales and dolphins that inhabit this vast marine reserve.
|NOV 02 – 21, 2021||
National Geographic Explorer (148 Guests)
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|OCT 22 – NOV 10, 2022||National Geographic Explorer (148 Guests)||Call 407-571-9336 for pricing & availability|
|DEC 12-31, 2022||National Geographic Resolution (126 Guests)||Call 407-571-9336 for pricing & availability|
Book by July 31, 2021 on select departures for free round-trip economy group airfare between Miami/Santiago, return Buenos Aires/Miami. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability.
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
- Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages.
- Your bar tab and WiFi** are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Islander or National Geographic Endeavour II voyages.
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of our expedition staff
- The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
- Transfers to and from group flights
- Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- International and internal airfare
- Travel Insurance Protection
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Private transfers
DAY 1-2: U.S./ Santiago, Chile
Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago. Settle into the Mandarin Oriental (or similar) before a guided overview of the vibrant Chilean capital backed by the Andes.
Meals: (Day 2: L)
DAY 3: Punta Arenas/Embark
Today we fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southern gateway to Patagonia.
National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Resolution.
DAY 4: Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park & Ainsworth Bay
Cruise to Tierra del Fuego and venture into the archipelago’s largest protected land area: Karukinka Natural Park. Visit this private reserve by special permission, searching for Andean foxes, guanacos, black-browed albatross, and more. Then sail to Ainsworth Bay, a stunning fjord surrounded by subpolar forest, keeping an eye out for elephant seals.
DAY 5: Francisco Coloane Marine Park
Today, we enter the Strait of Magellan to explore Francisco Coloane Marine Park. The park covers more than 165,000 acres of land and sea and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including humpback whales, two species of sea lions, and Magellanic penguins. Cruise along the coastline by Zodiac and kayak to spot black-and-white Peale’s dolphins, the endangered Chilean dolphin, and Andean condors.
DAY 6: Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine Park
Early this morning we dock in picturesque Puerto Natales before heading out to explore majestic Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Set out by foot or by vehicle across the windswept, rugged landscape, which spans more than 550,000 acres and harbors an astounding variety of geological forms, from the soaring granite pillars of the “horns” to windswept grasslands to rivers, glaciers, and gem-colored lagoons. Keep an eye out for guanacos, rheas, foxes, and armadillos.
DAY 7: Puerto Natales/Kirke Narrows
Local pilots will join our Captain on the Bridge to guide us through the winding Kirke Narrows, accessible only to small expedition ships. We then continue our discovery of the Chilean fjords where we may explore by ship or take a forest walk.
DAY 8-9: Exploring the Chilean Fjords
Sail into southern Patagonia’s vast wilderness of forested isles, mirror-like lakes, and snowcapped peaks. Myriad fjords cut between soaring granite walls and waterfalls tumble from high above. Explore the region known as Chile’s “Glacier Alley,” part of the UNESCO- recognized Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Cruise into the secluded Pia Fjord, admiring views of its massive glacier; and glide into Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park, where the Andes meet the sea. Get up close to the monumental wall of ice that marks the edge of Garibaldi Glacier, exploring by Zodiac or kayak. Continue to Agostini Fjord, where numerous glaciers originate from the nearby mountains, for a chance to witness thunderous glacial calving.
Meals: (B,L,D Daily)
DAY 10: At Sea/Drake Passage
Sail to Antarctica via the Drake Passage, named after 16th-century English admiral Sir Francis Drake. Watch for dozens of species of seabirds gliding alongside our ship—including the albatross, which boasts the longest
wingspan of any extant bird—and enjoy talks from our onboard naturalists about the wildlife and geology that
await us on the Antarctic Peninsula.
DAY 11-16: Exploring Antarctica
With long hours of daylight at this time of year, we have ample opportunities to explore. Our schedule
is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected, whether we’re watching whales at play off the bow of our ship or enjoying an evening Zodiac cruise amid glittering icebergs.
One day, we might set out by kayak to encounter towering icebergs at water level; embark on a Zodiac
excursion in search of seals and blue-eyed shags; or walk on a beach amid thousands of Adélie and
gentoo penguins. The next, we might experience the thrill of the ship crunching through pack ice.
Our expert expedition team will enrich our experiences.
Meals: (B,L,D Daily)
DAY 17-18: At Sea
Relax onboard and enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coast of Antarctica disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America at Cape Horn and witness the dramatic meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans en route to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Meals: (B,L,D Daily)
DAY 19-20: Ushuaia/Disembark/Buenos
Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Resolution)/U.S.
Disembark in Ushuaia and board our flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago to connect with your
overnight flight home.
Meals: (Day 19: B,L)