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Antarctica, Patagonia & Falklands Special

Antarctica, Patagonia & Falklands Special 17 Days

Prices From £4,837pp
26 OCT, 2019 | Up to 16 nights

Antarctica, Patagonia & Falklands Special 17 Days

Aboard: MS Midnatsol

Join us for this unique adventure that gives you the rare opportunity to experience South America, Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in one thrilling itinerary. Enjoying fantastic wildlife and adventure opportunities at every turn, you will travel from the vibrant Uruguayan capital of Montevideo to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdes to discover its abundant marine wildlife, before venturing to the remote and beautiful Falkland Islands for 3 days of wildlife, scenic and cultural experiences. Then it’s time to sail south through the Drake Passage to explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, you will have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the White Continent, marvelling at incredible scenery and delighting in the myriad bird and marine wildlife. Throughout your journey you will enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises through the iceberg-rich waters and come ashore to see the wildlife up close including thousands of penguins and an abundance of seals and whales. Travelling in the company of a high class expedition team you can make use of the first class lecture and presentation programme, as well as enjoying the interactive onboard science centre. Or if you prefer you can simply sit back and watch the icebergs float by as you soak up the sights in this remarkable pristine paradise at the bottom of the world.

Highlights

  • Discover the hidden gems of the Falkland Islands
  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Peninsula Valdes
  • Step foot on the Antarctic continent
  • Spectacular scenery throughout
  • Marine wildlife and myriad birds including thousands of penguins
  • Exciting Zodiac landings and excursions
  • High-tech science centre and informative lecture programme
  • Kayaking options

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • One hotel night in Montevideo before the voyage including breakfast and sightseeing tour
  • Economy flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires at end of voyage
  • Transfers from hotel to ship and ship to airport
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Too much to choose from? This is where we come in

Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Antarctica, Argentina, Falklands adventure for you.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Having amassed a host of extraordinary adventures in destinations all over the world, Zoe’s experience, skills and enthusiasm for helping clients plan their ideal itinerary will help make your holiday unforgettable, action packed and life-changing.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

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Montevideo
1 - 2Days

Montevideo

Your exciting itinerary will begin in Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay, where after having arrived independently you will make your way to your included hotel for an overnight stay. After a great night’s sleep, on day 2 you can enjoy an included sightseeing tour of this colourful and picturesque city before embarking the MS Midnatsol in the afternoon. After boarding and familiarising yourself with the ship you can enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and spend some time on deck as we sail towards Peninsula Valdez.



At Sea
3 - 4Days

At Sea

These 2 days will be spent at sea as we make our way south towards Puerto Madryn. Make sure to spend some time enjoying the sun on deck or in the observation lounge watching the myriad seabirds that follow the ship and looking out for whale sightings. Your programme of expert lectures and presentations will begin, covering everything from the environments and wildlife of the regions we will be exploring to historic polar exploration. As the excitement builds we will gather for talks and briefings preparing you for your time on land.



Puerto Madryn
5Day

Puerto Madryn

Today we will arrive in Puerto Madryn, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Valdez Peninsula. This beautiful nature reserve overlooking the huge natural amphitheatre of Nuevo Gulf is one of the most vibrant cities in Patagonia and is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats, with elephant seals, Magellan penguins, the southern right whale and a great variety of birds. We have a number of optional activities and excursions available today including horseback riding, snorkelling or kayaking with sea lions, whale watching or a visit to Estancia San Lorenzo where you will see wildlife including rheas (flightless, ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas) and elephant seals.

At Sea
6Day

At Sea

As we make the short sea crossing towards the Falkland Islands your programme of expert presentations and lectures will continue along with bio-environmental briefings preparing you for your time on the islands. The Falklands are a haven for birdlife so keen birders will enjoy some time on deck or in the observation lounge. Your onboard photography expert may join you to offer some tip and hints on capturing the perfect pictures.



Falkland Islands
7 - 9Days

Falkland Islands

We arrive off the coast of the Falkland Islands on the morning of day 7 and prepare to make land to discover these remote and fascinating islands that are simply teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. The Falkland Islands are home to fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white beaches, and we will spend 3 days here exploring some of what the islands have to offer. Stanley, the islands’ charming capital town, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area and we expect to visit some of the smaller islands to see immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins, as well as striated caracaras and upland geese, residing alongside the sheep grazing on the grasslands. The photographic opportunities here are endless, with curious penguins likely to approach you to take a closer look and beautiful scenery providing the perfect backdrop. Stanley itself is easy to explore on foot and you will have time to visit some of the shops, welcoming pubs and take a stroll along the harbour.

While we are here, you can join several optional excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft. There will also be chances for hikes in the hills or along the coastline or kayaking in the clear waters surrounding the islands.

At Sea - Drake Passage
10 - 11Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

After our exciting time in the Falklands there is time for more adventure as we make our way across the famous Drake Passage towards Antarctica. Spend time on deck spotting our first sightings of icebergs and looking out for the seabirds and whales following the ship, or attend some of the interesting presentations on the history, wildlife and environment of Antarctica. We will cruise across the Antarctic Convergence and the temperatures will start to drop, raising the anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead.



Antarctica
12 - 14Days

Antarctica

Today we have reached one of the most remote areas on earth…Antarctica! A land of superlatives, Antarctica will without doubt take your breath away. We will spend our days here exploring by Zodiac and on foot to get up close to one of nature’s most remarkable areas. As you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice it is not uncommon to feel sense of euphoria as you discover a land where few have been and experience unforgettable scenery and wildlife encounters. Throughout your time here you are likely to see thousands of penguins along with numerous seals, whales and seabirds, all set amongst the most picture perfect landscapes you could imagine.

Any expedition to Antarctica requires an element of flexibility as ice and sea conditions can often dictate the routes taken, and your captain will choose each day the best route to take to ensure you experience everything that this amazing region has to offer, with each day offering a new and exciting experience. The first area we expect to visit will be the often mist-shrouded volcanic islands of the South Shetland Islands group, and make sure to have your cameras ready as we visit the staggeringly photogenic Half Moon Island, home to the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, and Yankee Harbour to visit its large colony of Gentoo penguins. As we sail to the Peninsula itself we will stop at Cuverville Island to see another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins, the aptly named Paradise Bay and beautifully scenic Neko Harbour. For whale spotting we will visit Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales that are often spotted here.

Each day will bring a new adventure and focus, with planned activities designed to ensure every moment is memorable. And the fun isn’t restricted to land, as your expert expedition crew will deliver activities and talks to suit a wide range of interests. Your onboard photography expert will offer hints and tips for capturing the perfect pictures and if you prefer to stay on board there will be excellent viewing opportunities from the deck or observation lounges.

From hiking across the snowscapes and optional kayaking excursions to wildlife Zodiac cruises and expert lectures and discussions, this may be the pinnacle of your trip of a lifetime.

At Sea
15 - 16Days

At Sea

After an in-depth exploration of these remarkable areas it’s time to head back towards civilisation as we sail through the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia. Spend some time on deck looking for more seabird sightings, relax in the welcoming lounge and share tales of your adventures or enjoy the final presentations and lectures. Whatever you choose to do with these last few days you can be sure that you will be filled with contentment as you dissolve the fact that you have just visited some of the most impressive and remote regions on the planet.



Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
17Day

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Sailing through the beautiful Beagle Channel towards Ushuaia it’s sadly time to bid a fond farewell to your expedition team as we disembark and take our included flight to Buenos Aires. If you’re itching for more adventure there are ample opportunities for extensions either in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires and we would be more than happy to help arrange these for you.

A view from Above

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MS Midnatsol
Mid range vessel

MS Midnatsol

Midnatsol is one of the larger vessels sailing in the Antarctic. The ship has a 1X ice classification and advanced technology. There is a mixture of cabins and suites with options for singles, doubles/twins and family groups. Public areas include panorama lounge, bars, two restaurants, library, fitness room, sauna & jacuzzi and lecture theatre.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.

Dr Lorna Mairs

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

Mr J Borg, Malta

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