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Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent

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Set sail from Ushuaia, at the southern tip of South America to the end of the world aboard the MS Midnatsol. Discover the unparalleled highlights of Antarctica on this unforgettable voyage to the White Continent, with its vast expanses of snow and ice and seemingly endless blue-white horizons. Crossing the famous Drake Passage leads you to Antarctica, with its spectacular photo opportunities and incredible wildlife. Sail into the natural harbour of Deception Island and explore the abandoned whaling station and the relics of a British base. Visit the gentoo penguins of Cuverville Island and admire the stunning scenery of Wilhelmina Bay. Every day offers something different on what promises to be an adventure of a lifetime.

 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACTSHFC7

Location: Antarctica

Ship: MIDNATSOL

CRUISE ITINERARY

This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fly to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome-on-board dinner.

Ushuaia – Embarkation

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage and trust us - it will overwhelm you! MS Midnatsol is designed especially to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. As we cruise south, we start our “Young Explorers Antarctica” classes. There will also be several lectures on the environment around us; films about Antarctica and the Explorer room will be buzzing with activity. This will be the heart of the expedition community, where we gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, mingle and share stories.

At Sea – Drake Passage - Day 3 & 4

You are now in one of the most remote areas on earth! There have been spectacular photo opportunities so far, but Antarctica itself is in a whole different category. Come ashore to explore the breath taking Antarctic scenery and to come close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck there will be ample opportunities to sight whales.

Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base.

We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of Gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. Cuverville Island is home to another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay.

Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December. We have planned plenty of activities to make you experience Antarctica in the best way. This might mean that one day you will go shore to see penguins and hear the crackling noise of glaciers.

Next day, you get to feel the salt and wind as you cruise between the sea ice, looking for leopard seals taking a snooze on the ice. Third day, kayaking or a longer hike or walk. Back on board we also have activities that will satisfy a whole range of interests in the explorer room. The on board photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography.

Join gatherings where the various members of the expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and the expedition leader discusses the next day’s plan. These gatherings are great opportunities for sharing and shared memory making and mingling with the expedition community.

Antarctica- Day 5 to 10

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Activity Center or just relaxing on deck.

At Sea – Drake Passage - Day 11 & 12

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you haven't had enough adventures, you have the possibility to extend your stay and enjoy our optional post expedition programmes.

Disembarkation: Ushuaia- Buenos Aires
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration Price
10 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019 13 AUD 10,330
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AUD 10,330
20 Nov 2019 03 Dec 2019 14 AUD 9,887
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AUD 9,887
02 Dec 2019 14 Dec 2019 13 AUD 10,330
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AUD 10,330
10 Feb 2020 22 Feb 2020 13 AUD 9,709
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AUD 9,709
21 Feb 2020 04 Mar 2020 13 AUD 7,255
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Save up to 30%AUD 7,255
03 Mar 2020 15 Mar 2020 13 AUD 7,005
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Important Information

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
    One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
    Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
    Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
    Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
    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

     

    Exclusions
    International flights
    Airport arrival or departure taxes
    Travel insurance
    Luggage handling
    Optional Excursions and Gratuities
    Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

As a member of IAATO we follow guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE