Antarctica & Falklands Special 17 DaysAboard: MS Midnatsol
Join us for this unique adventure that gives you the opportunity to experience South America, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in one thrilling itinerary. Enjoying fantastic wildlife and adventure opportunities at every turn, your itinerary will begin in Buenos Aires where after an included overnight stay you will fly to Ushuaia 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. Next it will be time to head to the remote and beautiful Falkland Islands for 3 days of wildlife, scenic and cultural experiences before ending our journey in the vibrant Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. 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.
- Discover the hidden gems of the Falkland Islands
- 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
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
- Economy flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
- Transfers from hotel to airport and airport to ship
- 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
So much to experience
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Your itinerary will begin in Buenos Aires, the bustling and vibrant capital of Argentina, where after having arrived independently you will make your way to your included hotel for an overnight stay. The day is yours to do with what you please, and we can arrange an optional city tour in the afternoon if you wish. In the evening you can spend some time sampling the city’s unique atmosphere before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
After breakfast it will be time to join your transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina, where your ship awaits. After boarding and familiarising yourself with the ship you can enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and spend some time on deck as we sail through the scenic Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage.
At Sea - Drake Passage
Today your adventure truly begins as we spend 2 days traversing the famous Drake Passage towards mighty Antarctica. Make sure to spend some time 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 Antarctica to historic polar exploration. As the excitement builds we will gather for talks and briefings, and as we pass the Antarctic Convergence we will spot the first of many icebergs.
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. Areas we expect to visit on the Peninsula itself include Cuverville Island to see one 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. We will also stop at 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 another large colony of Gentoo penguins.
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.
After our thrilling time in Antarctica there is time for more adventure as we make our way back north across the Drake Passage 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 birding pictures.
We arrive off the coast of the Falkland Islands on the morning of day 11 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.
As our fantastic adventure comes to an end it’s time to head back towards civilisation as we sail towards Montevideo and the conclusion of our journey. 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.
As we sail into Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay, it’s sadly time to bid a fond farewell to your expedition team as we disembark and head our separate ways.
A view from Above
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
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.Steve Sutton
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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