18-day South Atlantic, Antarctica and Patagonia
Expedition ship: MS Midnatsol
2 FOR 1 FARES
AVAILABLE LIMITED TIME
Arctic Superior Cabins from $5,717*
*Prices are per person double occupancy, based on Cat U and subject to limited availability.
Departure: Oct. 22, 2017
Explore the South Atlantic, Antarctica and Patagonia
Experience untouched landscapes and dramatic icebergs at their best early in the season. This extraordinary wildlife adventure is an incredible opportunity to see whales, sea lions with their pups, dolphins, and migrating penguins. From Montevideo, MS Midnatsol takes you on an 18-day expedition to Península Valdés and then to the Falkland Islands before reaching the final frontier – Antarctica. On our return journey we visit Cape Horn and the wild fjords of Chile en route to our final destination, Punta Arenas.
Starting in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, you have the opportunity to take a city tour before heading toward Antarctica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Península Valdés is the first stop. This is one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina, where you have the opportunity to see some of the largest marine animals in the world in their natural environment.
Next, we stop in Puerto Madryn, where you can join excursions such as whale watching or hiking in the wonderful surroundings here. Then we set our course for the Falkland Islands, where we use small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking, or birdwatching safaris around the small islands, and visit Stanley, the capital of the Falklands.
In Antarctica, you will experience everything from landings in great surroundings to theme days on board. You also have the opportunity to enjoy kayaking and exploring the water and ice in small boats.
Returning from Antarctica, we pass Cape Horn, where seafarers had to pass in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other before the Panama Canal. We will try to make a landing here, despite its reputation of high seas and challenging conditions. After traveling through the Chilean fjords we reach Punta Arenas, where the journey ends before your flight home.
Days 1-2: Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo boasts colorful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America’s most interesting cities. There is 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, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city.
Day 3: South Atlantic Ocean
Spend a day at sea sailing south toward Península Valdés. Take the time to get to know your fellow adventurers, check out the Explorer room, or just enjoy the views from the deck. Your expedition team will offers fascinating and informative briefings about the history of the places you will visit and the wildlife you will see.
Days 4-5: Península Valdés
Day 6: South Atlantic Ocean
We set course south to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, located 480 miles north of Cape Horn and about 994 miles from Antarctica. While we are at sea a number of presentations will be given about the history and wildlife in the region.
Days 7-9: Falkland Islands
Day 10: South Atlantic Ocean
Days 11-14: Antarctica
Now you are in one of the most remote areas of the world! We will visit places that were occupied by whalers in the past and explore the endless white surroundings. Go ashore with our expedition team to see penguins and seals up close, enjoy field days, and explore the waters and ice in kayaks and small boats. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land at several sites. You will see Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. Among the places we will try to see and explore are Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay; Paradise Harbour, which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century; Wilhelmina Bay, or ‘Whale-mina Bay’, as it is called, due to its spectacular scenery and the humpback whales who visit in December; the floating ice of the Antarctic Sound; and Brown Bluff, recognizable by the 2,460-foot-high cliffs that dominate the landscape. Weather, wind, and ice conditions dictate our program and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. After exploring this incredible continent, we set course back to South America.
Day 15: Drake Passage
Day 16: Cape Horn and the Chilean fjords
Day 17: Chilean fjords
Day 18: Punta Arenas, Chile
About the MS Midnatsol
The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship is dedicated to the Norwegian summer.
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both upper and middle deck, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee -making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, where one doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.
Upper deck with limited view (QJ)
Lean back in these large, relaxing cabins with double beds. Most cabins have sofa groups. You will also find TV and minibar at your disposal. These cabins are situated on upper decks with limited or no view.
Top deck (U)
Enjoy these comfortable outside cabins, situated on top/upper decks. These cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa.
Upper deck for 2 persons (P)
Enjoy these comfortable outside cabins, situated on upper or middle deck. These cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa
Our cosy Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.
Inside cabin (I)
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated mostly on middle or lower deck and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Some have double beds, others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.
Middle deck (O, N)
Lower decks (L)
Upper deck with limited view for 2 travelers (J)
* All prices listed are per person, double occupancy, in USD, in an inside cabin, unless otherwise specified, and valid for new FIT bookings. Prices are subject to change to change without notice. This offer can be combined with the Ambassador discount for past passengers and the Child discount. Offer is not combinable with Canada discount.