Day 1: Australia – – Buenos Aires
Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Antarctic adventure! On arrival into Buenos Aires, please make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Please note: Some flight may depart 1 day prior.
Day 2: Buenos Aires – – Ushuaia (B,D)
Today, meet your fellow travellers as you are transferred from your hotel to the airport to board your flight to the Patagonian city of Ushuaia. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your expedition ship the MS Midnatsol. After time to relax, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner tonight on-board.
Day 3: Ushuaia – Drake Passage (B,L,D)
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage! MS Midnatsol is designed especially to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. As we cruise south, we start our “Young Explorers Antarctica” classes. There will also be several lectures on the environment around us; films about Antarctica and the Explorer room will be buzzing with activity. This will be the heart of the expedition community, where we gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, mingle and share stories.
Day 4: Drake Passage (B,L,D)
We continue our journey south today. Whilst we cross the sea towards Antarctica, a number of presentations will be given on board about various aspects of the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be given a thorough introduction to the current guidelines for visiting this vulnerable environment.
Day 5: Antarctica (B,L,D)
This is it! Come ashore by zodiac to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, penguins and fur seals. From deck there are lots of chances of seeing whales as well. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world, but trust us: you will not be bored for one single second! Weather, wind and ice conditions dictate our programme and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck there will be ample opportunities to sight whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of Gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. We may also explore Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay; Paradise Harbour which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century; and Wilhelmina Bay or “Whale-mina Bay” as it is called due to its spectacular scenery and humpback whales in December.
Day 6 – Day 10: Antarctica (B,L,D)
Explore Antarctica with the expedition team, through the Antarctic waters.
Day 11: Drake Passage (B,L,D)
After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Explorer room or just relaxing on deck.
Day 12: Drake Passage (B,L,D)
We continue our journey north today as we cross the sea towards South America.
Day 13: Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – – Buenos Aires (B)
Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. On arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to begin your next 2 nights in the colourful Buenos Aires.
Day 14: Buenos Aires (B)
Today enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires. Here you will discover the heart of the city: the Plaza de Mayo and surrounds like the historic Cabildo (Town Hall) where the movement for independence from Spain was first planned; the Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), and other old buildings. Near the Plaza you can find theatres and busy commercial areas. Then you will discover the 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world. You will also discover the main avenue of Buenos Aires: Corrientes Avenue (known as the entertainment center) which is a street of many theatres and great night life. Also visit de Mayo Avenue, Florida Street, where you may enjoy a tango demonstration on the street. Visit one of the most residential neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, La Recoleta: Here one gets to know why Buenos Aires is considered “Paris of the South”. Exquisite and refined, this place offers a lot of monuments and museums. You will visit the Cemetery where Evita Perón is buried. Many of the monuments of this cemetery were declared National Monuments.
Day 15: Buenos Aires – – Australia (B)
Today after breakfast at the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.
Day 16: Australia
Arrive home today