Antarctica, the Falklands & Cape Horn - 2018

Falkland Islands • Antarctica • Chilean Fjords
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We invite you to explore the most remote and mysterious continent in the world: Antarctica. Join Vantage Adventures in a signature small group adventure that combines 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 your state-of-the-art ship 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.” A sure 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. Then it’s on to the incredible Falkland Islands, where a variety of penguins, albatrosses, and countless other bird species crowd the shores and beg you to grab your binoculars. A visit to picturesque Montevideo 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. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital of Chile since colonial times. Upon arrival, you'll have a fee afternoon to explore and get acquainted with this cosmopolitan capital. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. 

Included Meals:

Dinner

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. Founded in the mid-1800s, Punta Arenas spread its influence over the region as it developed steadily into a center for trade and culture. We embark our ship upon arrival and settle in for an incredible adventure. Tonight, we'll enjoy a Welcome Dinner aboard the ship.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 4-5:

Chilean Fjords/ Tierra del Fuego

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. On Day 4, we'll sail through the Magellan Straight, one of the worlds most undisturbed and beautiful places in the world. A site of permanent navigational significance, it serves at the separation of the American Continent from Tierra del Fuego. Unforgettable Moment: On Day 5, possible landing sites include Puerto Williams, a small town with a stunning backdrop of mountains, and Cape Horn, the southernmost point of the six major continents and romantically known as "the end of the world." It is truly a travel milestone to make landfall here.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAYS 6 & 7:

At Sea/ Drake Passage

We make our way out of the 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

DAYS 8-11:

Antarctica

We spend four full 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. Unforgettable Moment: Where conditions allow, we go ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile PolarCirkel 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. With an open mind and spirit of adventure, you will enjoy the most rewarding of journeys.

Included Meals:

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

DAY 12:

At Sea / Drake Passage

With our bow pointed north and unforgettable experiences in our souls, 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:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 13-15:

Falkland Islands or “Malvinas”

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, 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 16-17:

At Sea

As we head for Montevideo, 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. This evening, we gather for an onboard Farewell Dinner and Celebration.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 18:

Montevideo / Disembark ship 

After breakfast onboard, we disembark the ms Midnatsol in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city. Boating a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art deco styles, this city is one of South America's most interesting centers. We'll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city on our way to the hotel, 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. Later, you'll enjoy lunch on your own before checking into your hotel. Tonight, reminisce about your remarkable journey with your fellow passengers at a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 19-20:

Montevideo / Depart Home

After breakfast in the hotel this morning, enjoy the last day of your adventure at leisure. For one last cultural discovery, join a full day optional tour to an authentic gaucho ranch, complete with a barbecue lunch. This evening, you'll transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the U.S.

After arriving in the U.S. and clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs on Day 20, connect to a flight to your home airport.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch
Optional Tour: Gaucho BBQ Lunch

Gaucho BBQ Lunch

  • Approximate Cost: $ USD per person
  • Approximate Time:
  • Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • When: Full-day tour

Learn about Uruguay’s proud cowboy traditions during a visit to an authentic working estancia (ranch). You’ll enjoy a full day of activities, including a carriage ride around the property, interacting with real gauchos (cowboys), and a fascinating insider’s look at their rich traditions. You’ll also enjoy lunch here with a traditional asado, a gaucho-style barbecue, as well as a demonstration of how to make mate, a South American herbal tea.



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 Expedition Leader or regional expert.

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