Antarctica, Falklands & Southern Ocean - 2019

Falkland Islands • Antarctica
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Ready for a thrilling expedition truly unlike any other? Set sail on a remarkable voyage to some of Earth’s most mysterious — and most beautiful — destinations. Your adventure begins with a stay in fiery Buenos Aries, one of South America's cultural hubs, before boarding the ms Midnatsol for the voyage of a lifetime. Step foot on the most elusive continent in the world, an untouched paradise where penguins and seals frolic and icebergs seem to glow a turquoise blue: Antarctica. You’ll also spend two days exploring 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. Hurtigruten's Expedition Team will enhance your explorations 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. With 17 included features, you’ll enjoy close encounters with astounding wildlife and lustrous glaciers, old whaling stations and fascinating relics, and more on this unforgettable bucket-list adventure!

 


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DAY 1:

Fly to Buenos Aires

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

DAY 2:

Arrive in lively Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital is a heady mix of European inspiration and an undeniably Argentinean spirit. Upon arrival, you'll have a fee afternoon to explore and get acquainted with this colorful city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Fly to Ushuaia before embarking the ms Midnatsol

Transfer to the Buenos Aires airport this morning for our flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Otherwise known as the “city at the end of the world,” it’s been a naval base, a missionary hub, and a penal colony, but today it is an epicenter of adventure travel in one of the world’s most fascinating regions. There will be time to wander here and have lunch independently. This afternoon, we’ll transfer to the pier and embark the ms Midnatsol to begin our Antarctica cruise. After being welcomed on board by the ship's captain, officers, and staff, you’ll attend a safety briefing and have some time to settle into your cabin. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and our first dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 5-6:

Cruise the legendary Drake Passage

With our bow pointed south, we head towards the White Continent through 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. Yet it wasn’t until 40 years later that this treacherous stretch of sea was actually crossed by a Dutch navigator named Willem Schouten. The Drake Passage is steeped in history and filled with legendary stories, several of which we’ll learn from our expert Expedition Team as we start our lecture series on the adventures ahead.  

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 7:

Step foot on the last great wilderness on Earth: Antarctica

Unforgettable Moment: As the most remote destination in the world, stepping foot on the seventh continent is a truly astonishing achievement. We'll spend six full days taking in Antarctica’s clear, crisp air, pearl-colored mountain ranges, and amazing land and sea life. Penguins, fur seals, icebergs tall as skyscrapers and endless expanses of white are among the breathtaking sites we’ll see. Where weather conditions allow, we will we go ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile expedition boats and further explore the plethora of wonders found here. 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. After all, this is a stark landscape of heady breathtaking terrain and a travel experience unlike any other. One thing is certain no matter where we make landfall: your team of onboard naturalists will help you appreciate the natural beauty of Antarctica as never before. With an open mind and spirit of adventure, you will enjoy the most rewarding of journeys.

Please note: Possible landing sites are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of the captain and crew. Itinerary is subject to change.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 8-12:

Spend the next five days exploring otherworldly Antarctica

With its endless white horizons and iceberg-studded waters, Antarctica is sure to keep you astounded over the next few days. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be the experience of coming face to face with huge colonies of penguins. They are, simply put, not afraid of humans; you can look forward to true close encounters with this charming bird species. Even during your time on deck, there are excellent chances of spotting majestic whales breaking the surface. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world, after all, and the sensations are non-stop.

Where weather conditions allow, we will make landfall at several different sites for unforgettable experiences. Among the possible landing sites are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of Gentoo penguins. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice. You may also land at Neko Harbor, beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbor, a spot named aptly by whalers who walked these shores long ago. When Antarctic storms were at their worst, Paradise Harbor was where they would seek shelter.

Please note: Possible landing sites are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of the captain and crew. Itinerary is subject to change.

Included Meals:

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

DAY 13:

Soak in the scenery with a day at sea

Enjoy a relaxing day onboard your ship, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos, and films with your fellow adventurers. Be sure to spend some time on deck to fully enjoy the feeling of being at sea.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 14-15:

Explore the wildlife paradise of the Falkland Islands 

Our next two days are spent exploring the Falkland Islands, one of the last untamed areas on the Earth. Full of ruggedly beautiful landscapes, the Falklands consist of two main islands and hundreds of smaller ones, collectively home to an incredible array of wildlife including King penguins and albatrosses. As we make our way to shore, we pass an old shipwreck, then spend time mingling with penguins, seals and elephant seals. One site we’ll visit during our time here is Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Having just come from Antarctica, Stanley is a surreal contrast but a delight to explore on foot; this peaceful town looks just like a miniature England, with its red phone boxes, red buses, and English pubs. Another landing site is West Point Island, located in the northwest corner of West Falkland. A working sheep farm with a spectacular cliff-filled coastline, this island is home to numerous species of plants, birds and marine mammals, from black-browed albatross to Rockhopper penguins.

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.

Please note: Possible landing sites are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of the captain and crew. Itinerary is subject to change.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAYS 16-18:

Enrich your exploration with discoveries 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.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 19:

Disembark the ms Midnatsol in Montevideo for a city tour 

After a final breakfast onboard, we’ll disembark the ms Midnatsol and enjoy a city tour of Montevideo. The 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 style.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 20:

A day at leisure in Montevideo, or an optional authentic cowboy adventure

After breakfast in the hotel this morning, enjoy the last day of your adventure at leisure. Perhaps you’ll 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, or enjoy the white, sandy beaches that surrounding the city. Or, 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Gaucho BBQ Lunch

Gaucho BBQ Lunch

  • Approximate Cost: $179 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • 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.


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 Expedition Leader or regional expert.

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