Patagonia & Antarctica: From Urban Adventures to Polar Wilderness - 2019

Montevideo • Puerto Madryn • Falkland Islands • Antarctica • Ushuaia • Buenos Aires
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Captivating urbanity and otherworldly natural beauty combine on this thrilling adventure cruise. Two fascinating South America capital cities bookend this cruise, Montevideo and Buenos Aires, where you’ll have time to explore and soak up the local culture. Nature lovers will delight at visits to Puerto Madryn and the Falkland Islands, both incredible wildlife paradises. Then, watch as your surroundings transform into endless white horizons as we reach the most remote destination in the world: Antarctica.

What’s more, you’ll explore these bucket-list destinations aboard the brand new ms Fridtjof Nansen. This state-of-the-art hybrid vessel is designed to bring you to the most spectacular destinations in a way that is not only beneficial to the environment, but also delivers luxury in an unimaginable way. Imagine relaxing in a hot tub on the top deck as you sail silently along the shimmering ice banks of Antarctica, the thrill of these otherworldly vistas uninterrupted by the normal sounds of machinery . . . Cruising aboard this unique ship will be an experience truly unlike any other. Come aboard a one-of-a-kind vessel and discover Earth's final frontier at a small group value you never imagined.

Itinerary at a Glance

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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Montevideo, Uruguay

Our adventures in the Southern Hemisphere begin with an overnight flight to Montevideo.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Montevideo

Upon arrival, take some time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before returning for a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:


DAY 3:

Delve into Uruguay’s capital city

Boasting a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian, and art deco styles, Montevideo is one of South America's most interesting centers. We'll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city after breakfast this morning, where we'll spot such highlights as the 18th-century buildings of Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the numerous theaters of Avenida de Julio, and the white, sandy beaches that surround the city. This afternoon, we embark the ms Fridtjof Nansen; after settling into your cabin, join your fellow travelers for a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail prior to your first dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 4-5:

Relax on board with two days at sea

Enjoy some relaxing time on board this one-of-a-kind vessel. The Expedition Team will start their lecture program during this time, which will cover anything from history and its great explorers to marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and enjoy the sun and the warm temperatures. Be sure to watch for wildlife as we make out way south; this time of year, you have an excellent chance of spotting whales on the horizon!

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 6:

Experience the wildlife haven of Puerto Madryn

This morning finds us on the Península Valdés, a gorgeous nature reserve that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina's barren eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly shaped peninsula is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats, from elephant seals, Magellan penguins, and whales to a great variety of birds. Puerto Madryn’s rich wildlife is not its only allure; this city is also known for its rich Welsh traditions and history. Founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865, Puerto Madryn is now one of the most vibrant cities in Patagonia, with a beautiful coastal avenue that overlooks the huge natural amphitheater of Nuevo Gulf. You’ll have your choice of a wide variety of optional excursions offered by Hurtigruten during your time here; active travelers can partake in horseback riding, snorkeling with sea lions, kayaking with sea lions, or whale watching. You can also choose to visit Estancia San Lorenzo, where you will see wildlife including rheas (flightless, ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas), and elephant seals.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Sailing towards the Falkland Islands

With our bow pointed south, we voyage next toward the Falkland Islands. As we cruise, we have a chance to learn more about the history and the spectacular wildlife of the “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean” that we’ve left behind, and hear about the magnificent wildlife of the destination that lies ahead.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 8-10:

Seeking civilization — and nature — in the Falkland Islands

We'll spend the next several days exploring the unique ecology of the Falkland Islands. With around 70 different animal species and wild, majestic landscapes, there's plenty for us to uncover. We plan to land in the northwest area of Falklands, where we'll admire our fascinating surroundings before continuing to Port Stanley. Our first sign of civilization in about a week, Stanley is indeed civilized with its British air, including red phone booths and village pubs. This tiny town of just over 2,000 people is in fact the Falklands’ capital, and it is pure pleasure to explore by foot. Unforgettable Moment: During our visit, you might join an excursion to see penguins, hike through stunning scenery, or kayak along the shore.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAYS 11-12:

Cruising the Drake Passage

We make our way past fjords and into the open sea. For the next two days, we cruise south via the Drake Passage, the ocean waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. The passage is named for Sir Francis Drake, an English sailor who discovered the link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Drake Passage is steeped in history and filled with legendary stories, as we discover during onboard lectures that you can attend during our crossing. Our presentations also prepare you to make the most out of the unique experience of exploring Antarctica over the next several days. As we proceed farther south, the air turns crisper and colder, icebergs begin to appear in the water, and our excitement builds.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 13-15:

Discovering Antarctica’s inimitable beauty

We spend three full days taking in the stark landscapes of heady breathtaking terrain that make up Antarctica. Simple words cannot convey the feeling of being here, with its crisp air, towering icebergs, and endless white mountain ranges — this is a travel experience unlike any other. Be sure to keep your camera at the ready as our highly maneuverable small ship wends its way among islands, bays, and channels. We’ll marvel at our striking surroundings — vast tundra and jagged icebergs mirrored in frigid seas — as we cruise through a part of the world so remote and extreme that it has no permanent residents.

As we cruise, we enjoy a rewarding balance of onboard lectures that enlighten the mind and onshore excursions that thrill and invigorate. Ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, just as they dictate our route and our landings. As such, we determine our landings as our adventure progresses. Unforgettable Moment: Where conditions allow, we go ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile landing craft to explore such sites as Cuverville Island, Half Moon Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, and Wilhelmina Bay to better experience the incredible wildlife and landscapes found here. One thing is certain: no matter which of these magnificent spots we explore, your team of onboard naturalists will help you view the nature and beauty of Antarctica as never before.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAYS 16-17:

Sailing back through the Drake Passage to Ushuaia

As we head back north for Ushuaia, the final stop of our adventurous loop, you can join our Expedition Leader to recap everything we’ve explored over more than two weeks, taking in beautiful sea vistas as we cruise. The last evening, we gather for an onboard Farewell Dinner and Celebration.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 18:

Disembark in Ushuaia for a flight to Buenos Aires

After a final breakfast on board, we’ll disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, and transfer to the airport for a short flight back to Buenos Aires. After checking into your hotel this evening, you can relax with an evening at leisure or enjoy a night out on the town during an optional fiery tango dinner show.

Included Meals:

Optional Tour: Tango Argentina Evening

Tango Argentina Evening

  • Approximate Cost: $119 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • When: Evening — Includes Dinner & Show

Argentina is the birthplace of tango, and a visit to Buenos Aires without seeing an authentic tango show would be unforgivable. The rich sounds and warm atmosphere will charm you as you enjoy an included meal and one of the most popular tango shows in Buenos Aires.

The tango and dinner show takes place in one of the most traditional clubs of Buenos Aires: El Viejo Almacen (“the old general good store”). In contrast to other more touristy tango-houses, here you’ll see the tango being danced in its purest form. International tango and ballroom tango generally steer towards a more showy and overstated style, going for the effect and not the form. The style of tango you’ll see here is how porteños (“port people”) dance the tango — the way the Argentine experts are dancing it today. 

DAY 19:

Tour the Highlights of Buenos Aires

Today, we set out on a panoramic city tour that reveals to us the highlights of Buenos Aires, from the waterfront vistas of Puerto Madero to the European-flavored La Boca district, full of colorful homes. Along the way, we’ll stop to explore the city’s opulent Recoleta neighborhood, passing grand mansions and green oases. We’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the renowned La Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Perón and other luminaries are interred. After lunch on your own, the rest of your day is at leisure. Tonight, rejoin your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner back at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 20:

A final day at leisure in Buenos Aires before your flight home

After breakfast, you can choose to join an optional polo excursion at an estancia (ranch), where we’ll learn about the sport’s rich history and watch an exhibition before continuing to the airport. If you choose to enjoy your final day at leisure, you will transfer to the airport this evening and board an overnight flight to the U.S.

Included Meals:

Optional Tour: Polo Experience

Polo Experience

  • Approximate Cost: $199 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • When: Afternoon tour
During your time in a country well known for its champion athletes and rich sports culture, it’s only fitting that you enjoy an illumination introduction to one of Argentina’s most beloved sports: polo. We’ll delve into the sport’s rich history and traditions as we head to a renowned polo estancia (ranch). We’ll learn about the specifics of the sport and horses, as well as witness some impressive horsemanship during a private exhibition — the best way to be introduced to the game. We’ll also enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and a sampling of traditional mate tea at the ranch before continuing to the airport.

Please note: On the Patagonia & Antarctica: From Urban Adventures to Polar Wilderness adventure, this optional tour is only available for passengers on the base tour. Passengers taking the post-trip extension to Iguassu Falls will not be able to book this tour.

DAY 21:

Your return flight home

After arriving in the U.S. and clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs, connect to a flight to your home airport.

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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