Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Argentina
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  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Set sail from Ushuaia, at the southern tip of South America to the end of the world aboard the MS Midnatsol or the MS Fridtjof Nansen. 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.

** Travel dates on the MS Midnatsol is 13 days and on the MS Fridtjof Nansen is 12 days **

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Various small boat and kayaking tours to explore the most beautiful parts of Antarctica.

Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics.

Professional English-speaking Expedition Team giving lectures on the environment.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires

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.

Day 2
Buenos Aires Ushuaia

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

Day 3-4
At Sea - Drake Passage

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.

Day 5-10
Antarctica

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 breathtaking 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. The 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 onboard 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.

Day 11-12
At Sea - Drake Passage

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.

Day 13
Ushuaia Buenos Aires

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.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Included Copy 20 One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
  • Included Copy 7 Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Excursions and Gratuities
  • Included Copy 7 Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
Transportation
MS Midnatsol | Antarctic Cruise Ship

970 Passengers

MS Fridtjof Nansen | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

530 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Hiking
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Duration

13 days

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$7,521 USD

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