Southern Hemisphere Adventure - Northbound

From Buenos Aires to Montevideo
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Argentina
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

This 17-day adventure introduces you to the highlights of the southern hemisphere as you fly from historic and vibrant Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to board the MS Midnatsol, bound for Antarctica and the Falklands. Five days are spent exploring the stunningly beautiful ice wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, with its abundance of penguins, seals and whales, amazing carved icebergs and glaciated mountains. Then its north to the isolated yet ruggedly beautiful Falkland Islands with their vast open spaces that are a haven for wildlife. Disembark in Uruguay’s colonial capital of Montevideo, one of South America’s most interesting cities.

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Cross the Drake passage where Antarctic and Pacific Oceans meet provoking a heavy sea

Witness the abundant wildlife with huge penguin colonies, vaulting whales, and seals laying on the beach.

Have a tour in Buenos Aires and discover the "Paris of South America".

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 the ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

Day 2
Buenos Aires Ushuaia

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits. Once on board, 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 to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. There will be lectures on the environment around us, films about Antarctica and the Activity Center provides the latest technology for preserving your memories. This Center is the heart of the expedition community, a friendly place to gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, and a warm area to mingle and share stories.

Day 5-9
Antarctica & South Shetland

Antarctica is sure to overwhelm your senses, with endless white horizons above oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species as you come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Enjoy close encounters with Antarctic wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations are non-stop.

We will land several times for unforgettable excursions. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice.

Day 10
At Sea Drake Passage

The Expedition team will continue the lecture programme, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as we make out way north to the Falklands.

Day 11-13
Falkland Islands

When we arrive the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline or kayaking clear waters. New Island is an adorable inlet, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if the sun was a little stronger. We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several 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.

Day 14-16
At Sea

Days at sea are full of activity. By now, our Expedition team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fascinating and fun! We can promise first class edutainment.

Day 17
Montevideo

Montevideo boasts colourful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America's most interesting cities, you can 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 after disembarking on MS Midnatsol.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 Economy flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer airport to ship in Ushuaia
  • 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
  • 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

Activities

  • Included Lectures on the environment
  • Included Films about Antarctica
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Hiking
  • Included History tours
  • Included Bird watching tours
  • Included Scenic plane tour
  • Included Nature walks
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Duration

17 days

Price from

$7,395 USD

Per person, twin share

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