Antarctica, the Falklands & Cape Horn - 2017

Falkland Islands • Antarctica • Chilean Fjords
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January Itinerary at a Glance

New for 2017, we invite you to join our most comprehensive adventure ever to the farthest reaches of the world. Join Vantage Adventures in a signature small group and combine Chile’s spectacular fjords, the mysterious and magical White Continent, the wildlife-strewn shores of the Falkland Islands and the Strait of Magellan all on one thrilling itinerary. You’ll embark the state-of-the-art ms Midnatsol in Punta Arenas, the world’s southernmost continental city. Then, set off on a wondrous journey into towering fjords whose shores are blanketed in pristine wilderness and colossal glaciers. If conditions allow, you’ll step onto the legendary Cape Horn, the “End of the Earth.” The highlight of this breathtaking adventure is the five days you’ll spend amidst the white wonderland of Antarctica, an entrancing and untouched paradise where penguins and seals frolic and icebergs seem to glow a turquoise blue. Then it’s on to the Falklands, where countless bird species crowd the shores and beg you to grab your binoculars. A tranquil cruise through the Strait of Magellan closes our unforgettable loop.

Throughout, you’ll disembark and explore – by tender, by foot or even by kayak if you’d like – so you can fully experience this majestic natural world up close. Along the way, our naturalist guides provide riveting commentary about the wilderness you’re witnessing, enhancing your adventure immeasurably as your ship, purpose-built for waters such as these, navigates you through a magnificent world you never could have imagined at a small group value you never dreamed.

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight / Santiago, Chile

Our adventures in the Southern Hemisphere begin with an overnight flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, we get acquainted with this cosmopolitan capital during a walking tour. We see the city’s major highlights, then visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, a rich repository of fine art that embodies the spirit of the cultures that once dominated the region.

DAY 3:

Santiago / Punta Arenas / Embark ms Midnatsol

We fly by privately chartered plane to Punta Arenas this morning, the world’s southernmost continental city. Though this frontier town looks unassuming, it has long been an important outpost for Chile for its location as the gateway into the magnificent Chilean fjords. We embark out ship upon arrival and settle in for an incredible adventure. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Isla Tucker

We awake to the scenic splendor of the Chilean fjords this morning, a magnificent labyrinth of waterways that slices through the southern reaches of South America, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Our first port of call is Isla Tucker, a small island famed for its Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions. After time to observe this menagerie, we continue into the narrow Canal Gabriel, a natural passage formed by towering mountains around us. The beauty is awe-inspiring here – and pristine, as we’re likely to not see a single person on shore, just endless wilderness.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Chilean Fjords

Today, we cruise into the Chilean Fjords, a spectacular array of waterways overseen by enormous massifs. As we pass through Garibaldi fjord to the far side, we encounter the beautiful Garibaldi glaciers. To get a closer look, we board our small boats and head to shore. The mountains and valleys are steep here and the forests are green and teeming with wildlife. We might see sea lions, Andean condors and other bird species found only here.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Cape Horn

We make our way out of the fjords and into the open sea. We always hope for good weather and good sea conditions so that we can go ashore and step foot on Cape Horn, the “End of the Earth” and southernmost point of the six major continents. The legendary cape is named for the Dutch town of Hoorn, the home town of the man who first crossed this stretch of sea around the land mass of South America, Willem Schouten. It is truly a travel milestone to make landfall here.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 7-8:

Cruising the Drake Passage

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

DAYS 9-13:


We spend five days taking in Antarctica’s white-blue icebergs; towering walls of ice; snowy mountain ranges; and amazing land and sea life. We’re always sure to keep our cameras at the ready as our highly maneuverable small ship wends its way among islands, bays, and channels. This is a stark landscape of heady breathtaking terrain and a travel experience unlike any other. Almost as large as the entirety of North America, Antarctica is actually a desert—it only receives about 8 inches of precipitation every year. 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. Where conditions allow, we go ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile PolarCirkel craft to explore such sites as Deception Island, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbor, Port Lockroy, Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctic Sound, and Brown Bluff. One thing is certain no matter which of these magnificent spots we explore: your team of onboard naturalists will help you view the natural beauty of Antarctica as never before. With an open mind and spirit of adventure, you will enjoy the most rewarding of journeys.

Included Meals:

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

DAYS 14-15:

At Sea

We leave the White Continent behind and voyage 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 lies ahead.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 16:

Stanley, Falkland Islands or “Malvinas”

Our first sign of civilization in about a week, Port Stanley is indeed civilized with its British air, 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. During our visit, you might join an excursion to see penguins, hike through stunning scenery or kayak along the shore.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 17:

Falkland Islands or “Malvinas”

Our continued exploration of the Falklands takes us to charming New Island, once a center for whaling. Today, much of it is a nature reserve with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. On our way to shore, we pass an old shipwreck, then spend time mingling with penguins, seals and elephant seals. Later, we continue to Carcass island, a paradise for bird lovers. It is rare in that trees grace its landscape. Rare still is the enormous bird population of ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses and wrens. We go ashore to explore and get close-up views of this incredible aviary.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 18:

Cruising the Strait of Magellan

We make our way back to Punta Arenas today via the Strait of Magellan. As complete our adventurous loop, you can join our Adventure Leader to recap everything we’ve explored over more than two weeks, taking in beautiful sea vistas as we cruise. This evening, we gather for an onboard Farewell Dinner and Celebration.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 19:

Disembark ship / Punta Arenas / Santiago / Return home

After breakfast, we disembark the ms Midnatsol in Punta Arenas and transfer to the airport for our flights to Santiago. There, we connect to our overnight flights to the US.

Included Meals:


DAY 20:

Arrive home

After arriving in the US and clearing US 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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