Antarctica, the Falklands & Cape Horn - 2017

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

New for October 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 Montevideo, the lively capital of Uruguay. Then, set off on a wondrous journey into towering fjords whose shores are blanketed in pristine wilderness and colossal glaciers. You’ll explore Puerto Madryn and learn about the welsh heritage in Patagonia. Then it’s on to the Falklands, where countless bird species crowd the shores and beg you to grab your binoculars. The highlight of this breathtaking adventure is the four 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. If conditions allow, you’ll step onto the legendary Cape Horn, the “End of the Earth.” 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 / Montevideo, Uruguay

Our adventures in the Southern Hemisphere begin with an overnight flight to Montevideo. After clearing customs, we’ll transfer to our hotel, where we’ll enjoy lunch before having an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a Welcome Dinner.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Montevideo / Embark ms Midnatsol

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll explore Montevideo on a city tour. This unique city has a sly sophistication and surprising cultural diversity for such a small population, boasting a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco styles. Montevideo may be the only large city in Uruguay, but it's also one of South America's most interesting centers. Home to almost half of the nation's population, Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital and a modern metropolis with a historical center dating back to colonial times. Visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums and art galleries, and stretches of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city. Our tour conveniently stops at our boarding port for lunch; after begin greeted by the Captain and ship staff, you’ll have some time to settle into your room before our Welcome Dinner aboard the MS Midnatsol

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4:

At Sea

We cruise south toward Puerto Madryn and the Peninsula Valdez today, the first highlight of our journey at sea. Our absorbing presentations on the region’s history and biology en route will help you prepare for the incredible journey ahead.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 5-6:

Puerto Madryn

You can look forward to our one and half day stay in the Valdés region, one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina, where you can see some of the largest marine animals on Earth in their natural environment. We will also visit the amazing Puerto Madryn.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 7:

At Sea

We leave Puerto Madryn behind and voyage toward the Falkland Islands. As we cruise, we have a chance to learn more about the history and the magnificent wildlife of the destination that lies ahead during an onboard presentation.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 8-10:

Falkland Islands or “Malvinas”

Consisting of two large islands and roughly 700 smaller ones, the Falklands has a population of 2,967 inhabitants. The islands are known for their unique ecosystem of about 70 different sub-Antarctic animal and bird species. The black-browed albatross, striated caracara, elephant seal, sea lion and five different species of penguin (including King penguin) are just a few of note. The landscape is majestic, with cliffs and needle-like stones decorated with over 300 wild plant species. We’ll see all of this as we explore the North West part of the Falklands before continuing to Stanley, the islands’ capital and a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional excursion or explore the town on your own.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 11:

At Sea

Today, we will be on course for the northern tip of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula. While we cross the sea to Antarctica, a number of presentations will be given about various topics concerning Antarctica’s history and wildlife, as well as guidelines for visitors to Antarctica. The Antarctic Treaty has made the continent an area free of military activity, instead regulating activity through treaty to ensure the vulnerable environment will remain protected. Our program of presentations on board helps to prepare you for this unique experience, ensuring you derive the greatest possible benefit from your Antarctic experience.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 12-15:

Antarctica

We spend four 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; truly, this is a travel experience unlike any other. 99 percent of the planet’s ice is here, as much as 4000 meters thick in spots. In winter, these lands are isolated even further by the sea ice forming off the coast - virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica becomes a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales, and seals that, for the rest of the year, spend their time at sea. Most wildlife species here thrive on the cornerstone species krill. The krill population in the Southern Ocean, in total, represents the largest biomass from one species on Earth — including human beings.

People often find themselves humbled in the grand presence of Antarctica. Imagination alone is not a sufficient tool to “get the picture” — as many Antarctic travelers have noted, “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.” It is important to remember that every visit to the continent of Antarctica is an expedition. Even the MS Midnatsol, one of the most comfortable Antarctic expedition platforms in existence, needs to be pragmatic; landing adjustments, route alterations, and plans may change we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often excellent conditions — spend time ashore, on the water with kayaks, or simply cruise amongst groups of whales. On land, our expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing the surrounding nature and wildlife.

Included Meals:

4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners

DAY 16:

At Sea / Drake Passage

With our bow pointed north and unforgettable images and experiences in our souls, we travel on with a new understanding of the Antarctic. As we journey on, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 17-18:

Chilean Fjords

For the next two days, we cruise into the Chilean Fjords, a spectacular array of waterways overseen by enormous massifs. These magnificent fjords are practically unknown to all but a few expedition vessels. While we sail through the Beagle Channel, you can see traces of the glaciers’ inexorable journey from rugged valleys to the sea – huge pieces of ice carving glacial routes. The Magellan Strait lies right in the south of the continent of South America. The area comprises the strait itself and all channels and fjords around the Brunswick peninsula. Named for the Portuguese seafarer who discovered the southern passage in 1520, the Magellan Strait is of permanent significance for navigation between the oceans. Depending on weather conditions, one possible landing site during this portion of your adventures is legendary Cape Horn, the southernmost point of Chile and South America. The region is of great significance on account of its location, history, discoveries and trade routes. Another, Puerto Williams, is one of the world’s southernmost towns and lies on the little island of Navarino. The town was named Williams after the prominent Chilean admiral who founded Fort Bulnes in 1845.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 19:

Disembark ship / Punta Arenas / Santiago / Return home

After disembarking the ship, we’ll have some time to tour Punta Arenas before flying to Santiago. From there, we’ll depart Santiago on an overnight flight back to the US.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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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