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South Atlantic, Antarctica and Patagonia

18 days
17 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 7,185.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Nov 22, 2017 - Dec 09, 2017 

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Itinerary:

Day 1  : Montevideo, Uruguay

You start the voyage with an overnight stay in Montevideo. Visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings, the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums and art galleries, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city.

Day 2  : Montevideo, Uruguay

The next morning you embark the MS Midnatsol, and your voyage begins!

Day 3  : At sea

When we spend a day at sea you can get to know your fellow adventurers, have fun in the Explorer Room, or just enjoy the views from deck.

Day 4  : Peninsula Valdés

You can look forward to our one and half day stay in the Valdés region, one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina where you can see some of the largest marine animals on Earth in their natural environment. We will also visit the amazing Puerto Madryn.

Day 5  : Peninsula Valdés

The Valdés Peninsula is a fauna reservation that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina's barren, eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly-shaped peninsula is home to some of the country's richest wildlife, with elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, the southern right whale, and a great vatiety of birds.

Day 6  : Peninsula Valdés

Spend a relaxing, but also exciting, day at sea.

Day 7  : Falkland Islands

The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and approximately 700 smaller islands, with an estimated 3,000 inhabitants. As we reach the westernmost, settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. We will visit a local farming family and enjoy cakes and refreshments.

Day 8  : Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces, and stunning white-sand beaches. Penguins may approach you, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way.

Day 9  : Falkland Islands

Stanley, the Falkland Islands’ capital, is a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is small enough to discover in a day on foot, as shops and services are all near the port, including Stanley's lively pubs.

Day 10  : At sea

Tomorrow we are in Antarctica! You will soon find out soon enough if your inner image of Antarctica fits reality. We will fill the day with preparatory exercises – information that gives you the best possible ‘canvas’ on which to paint your experiences. Our curated polar film festival will continue in the lecture hall.

Day 11  : Antarctica

Now you are in one of the most remote areas of the world! We will visit research stations, places that were used in the old whaling days, landings with great surroundings, and have theme days on board. Among the places we will see are Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins, and Neko Harbour, which is beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has spectacular scenery and is often called ‘Whale-mina Bay’, because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here in December. The Antarctic Sound offers an astounding assortment of floating ice. Brown Bluff is recognizable by the cliffs that dominate the landscape, soaring more than 2,400 feet high. Come ashore and join our Expedition Team to see penguins and seals up close, and enjoy field days, kayak, or explore the water and ice in small boats. After exploring this incredible continent, we set course for South America again.

Day 12  : Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 13  : Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 14  : Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 15  : Drake Passage

The Drake Passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have had the opportunity to experience. You can spend this day at sea recapping your experiences or simply relaxing on deck.

Day 16  : Cape Horn and Chilean fjords

Of all mythical places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions.

Day 17  : Chilean fjords

As we set course for Punta Arenas, we sail through some of the wildest and most impressive nature on earth. The Chilean fjords are deep, with high mountains and glaciers that calve into the sea. Enjoy the amazing views from deck, or come ashore to explore the area like Darwin did more than 180 years ago.

Day 18  : Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile

When we reach Punta Arenas, on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, it is time to say goodbye to all your new friends and the crew. Your journey home continues with a flight to Santiago de Chile.