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Explore the South Atlantic, Antarctica and Patagonia

Starting in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, on this tour you will visit The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdés. In Puerto Madryn you can join excursions such as whale watching or hiking. Then we set our course to the Falkland Islands, where we use small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking, or birdwatching safaris. In Antarctica, you will experience everything from landings in great surroundings to theme days on board. You also get the chance to enjoy field days, kayaking, and exploring the waters 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. After traveling through the Chilean fjords we reach Punta Arenas, where the journey ends before your flight home.

Duration: 17 nights, Departure: October 22, 2017

Price: See below

Highlights

  • Wildlife highlights of Argentina
  • The Falkland Islands
  • Antarctica
  • Cape Horn and the Chilean fjords

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Included

- Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
- One hotel night in Montevideo before the voyage, including breakfast
- Transfer from hotel to ship in Montevideo, including an orientation tour
- Transfer from ship to airport in Punta Arenas
- Economy flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
- Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
- Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included

 - Flights from US
 - Travel Protection Plan
 - Luggage handling
 - Optional excursions and gratuities

Notes:
 - Prices are in USD per person
 - All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
 - All itineraries are subject to change
 - Medical declaration form is mandatory
 - Single cabins on request 

 


Starting in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, you have the opportunity to take a city tour before heading towards Antarctica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdés is the first stop. This is one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina, where you get 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 to the wonderful surroundings here. Then we set our course to the Falkland Islands, where we use small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking, or birdwatching safaris on 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 get the chance to enjoy field days, kayaking, and exploring the waters 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.

 

 

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition is unique.

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Day 1

Montevideo, Uruguay

You start the voyage with an overnight stay in Montevideo. 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, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city.

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Day 2

Montevideo, Uruguay

The next morning you embark the MS Midnatsol, and your voyage begins!

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Day 3

At Sea

When we spend a day at sea you can get to know your fellow adventurers, have fun in the Explorer Room, or just enjoy the views from deck.

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Day 4

Peninsula Valdés

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.

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Day 5

Peninsula Valdés

The Valdés Peninsula is a fauna reservation that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina's barren, eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly-shaped peninsula is home to some of the country's richest wildlife, with elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, the southern right whale, and a great vatiety of birds.

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Day 6

Peninsula Valdés

Spend a relaxing, but also exciting, day at sea.

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Day 7

Falklands Islands

The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and approximately 700 smaller islands, with an estimated 3,000 inhabitants. As we reach the westernmost, settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. We will visit a local farming family and enjoy cakes and refreshments.

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Day 8

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces, and stunning white-sand beaches. Penguins may approach you, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way.

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Day 9

Falkland Islands

Stanley, the Falkland Islands’ capital, is a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is small enough to discover in a day on foot, as shops and services are all near the port, including Stanley's lively pubs.

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Day 10

At Sea

Tomorrow we are in Antarctica! You will soon find out soon enough if your inner image of Antarctica fits reality. We will fill the day with preparatory exercises – information that gives you the best possible ‘canvas’ on which to paint your experiences. Our curated polar film festival will continue in the lecture hall.

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Day 11

Antarctica

Now you are in one of the most remote areas of the world! We will visit research stations, places that were used in the old whaling days, landings with great surroundings, and have theme days on board. Among the places we will see are Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins, and Neko Harbour, which is beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has spectacular scenery and is often called ‘Whale-mina Bay’, because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here in December. The Antarctic Sound offers an astounding assortment of floating ice. Brown Bluff is recognizable by the cliffs that dominate the landscape, soaring more than 2,400 feet high. Come ashore and join our Expedition Team to see penguins and seals up close, and enjoy field days, kayak, or explore the water and ice in small boats. After exploring this incredible continent, we set course for South America again.

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Day 12

Antarctica

Continue your voyage in Antarctica.

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Day 13

Antarctica

Continue your voyage in Antarctica.

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Day 14

Antarctica

Continue your voyage in Antarctica.

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Day 15

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have had the opportunity to experience. You can spend this day at sea recapping your experiences or simply relaxing on deck.

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Day 16

Cape Horn and Chilean Fjords

Of all mythical places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions.  

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Day 17

Chilean Fjords

As we set course for Punta Arenas, we sail through some of the wildest and most impressive nature on earth. The Chilean fjords are deep, with high mountains and glaciers that calve into the sea. Enjoy the amazing views from deck, or come ashore to explore the area like Darwin did more than 180 years ago. 

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Day 18

Punta Arenas

When we reach Punta Arenas, on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, it is time to say goodbye to all your new friends and the crew. Your journey home continues with a flight to Santiago de Chile.

Departures:  October 22, 2017.

Hurtigruten uses variable pricing and prices depend on cabin availability. As cabin availability decreases, prices increase. Contact us for current prices and special offers that may apply.

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Highlights

  • Wildlife highlights of Argentina
  • The Falkland Islands
  • Antarctica
  • Cape Horn and the Chilean fjords

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