Discover the highlights of the Great White Continent on this unforgettable expedition.  Be one of the few to have ever set foot on land in Antarctica and see thousands of penguins up close.  Zodiac cruise through ice floes in search of leopard seals, see enormous calving glaciers and beautiful ethereal icebergs.  This trip is sure to leave you with incredible stories to last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore an enchanting world of towering icebergs and ice sculptures
  • See penguin rookeries up close
  • Keep watch for Antarctic wildlife, including seals, whales and seabirds
  • Witness the massive calving glaciers aboard Zodiacs
  • Visit Latin America’s most enchanting city, Buenos Aires

Quick itinerary

Day 1 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 – Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 3-4 – Drake Passage
Days 5 – 10 – Antarctica
Days 11 – 12 -Drake Passage
Day 13 – Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive at the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires, known as the ‘Paris of South America.’  You will be greeted on arrival by your representative and transferred to your pre-cruise hotel.  Full of Latino energy and colour, you will have the opportunity to explore this exciting city in the afternoon and evening, perhaps taking in a Tango show or simply enjoying the wonderful ambience of the many bars and restaurants.

Day 2 Ushuaia
You will fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, and transfer onto the MS Midnatsol where a warm reception awaits.  After settling into your cabin, enjoy the stunning views surrounding the Beagle channel as the ship sets sail, relax and unwind with a sumptuous welcome-onboard dinner.

Days 3-4 Drake Passage
Over the coming few days, the ship heads south across the infamous Drake Passage, en route to Antarctica.  You can enjoy fascinating lectures, from the expert polar team which will prepare you for your first landings, learning about the unique world of Antarctica and the wildlife that inhabits this magical continent.  Or simply relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery and onboard facilities, keeping watch for the first icebergs as you enter scenes from another world.

Days 5 to 10 Antarctica
Welcome to Antarctica!  Your Captain and expert expedition crew will create a unique itinerary to ensure you get the very best from your time in this spectacular environment, based on the local weather and ice conditions.   The crew aim to guide you to Deception Island, infamous for its breath-taking active volcanic and glacier-covered landscapes and one of the few places on earth where ships can navigate directly into a flooded caldera.  The region is also home to eight varies of seabirds including huge colonies of chinstrap penguins, an abandoned whaling station and a derelict British base.  

You may visit stunning Half Moon Island, a real favourite for photographers with its otherworldly landscapes and chance to spot a varies of seals, chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns.  Other possible landing spots include Cuverville Island, with its sizable colony of Gentoo penguins and the beautiful Neko Harbour, located on Andvord Bay.  Neko Harbour is where you can witness enormous glaciers calving chunks of ice into the bay, creating majestic icebergs and mystical ice sculptures.  The expedition team will continue to guide you to the highlights of the Great White Continent with further landings, such as to the aptly named Paradise Bay.  Visit the stunningly crystal-clear waters of Wilhelmina Bay, cruising through incredible landscapes rich with icebergs, keeping watch for its famous visitors, the humpback whale.   Throughout the expedition you can experience a varied range of activities, from setting foot on the Antarctic ice sheet and getting up close to penguins, hiking to panoramic vantage points for photographs, kayaking into serene icescapes spotting basking leopard seals or Zodiac cruising past massive glaciers and icebergs, admiring the sheer magnificence of the environment around you. 

Back onboard, the array of activities continues, with the Science Room welcoming guests for deeper discovery, and the onboard photographer is on hand to help you capture the perfect Antarctic shots.   Your expedition team will organise presentations to discuss the day’s highlights and brief you on exciting plans for the next day.  These gatherings are always fascinating as you share your memories with your fellow travellers and crew, leaving you with stories to last a lifetime.

Days 11-12 Drake Passage
Feeling enriched with breath-taking experiences, the Captain steers the ship northbound as you head back to civilisation.  Enjoy the free time to relax, edit photos, partake in the onboard guest lecture programme and recap your experiences with your newfound friends and crew.

Day 13 Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
As your amazing adventure comes to end, you say goodbye to the crew and fellow explorers.  You are transferred to Ushuaia airport, where you will fly to Buenos Aires in preparation for your onward travel.

Midnatsol

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Comfort
Capacity
500

One of the larger ships in the polar region, MS Midnastol (Midnight Sun) is one of the best-equipped vessels available with many amenities rarely found on other expedition cruise ships including a dedicated science centre.

Midnatsol from 10th November 2019 to 22nd November 2019

Polar Inside: unavailable
Polar Outside: unavailable
Arctic Superior: £6,269.00
Expedition Suite: £9,139.00

Midnatsol from 21st November 2019 to 3rd December 2019

Polar Inside: £6,159.00
Polar Outside: £6,499.00
Arctic Superior: £7,019.00
Expedition Suite: £10,299.00

Midnatsol from 2nd December 2019 to 13th December 2019

Polar Inside: £5,919.00
Polar Outside: £6,499.00
Arctic Superior: £7,019.00
Expedition Suite: £9,502.00

Midnatsol from 28th December 2019 to 9th January 2020

Polar Inside: unavailable
Polar Outside: unavailable
Arctic Superior: unavailable
Expedition Suite: unavailable

Midnatsol from 10th February 2020 to 22nd February 2020

Polar Inside: £5,039.00
Polar Outside: £5,159.00
Arctic Superior: £5,699.00
Expedition Suite: £6,829.00

Midnatsol from 21st February 2020 to 4th March 2020

Polar Inside: £4,939.00
Polar Outside: £5,049.00
Arctic Superior: £5,589.00
Expedition Suite: £6,689.00

Midnatsol from 3rd March 2020 to 15th March 2020

Polar Inside: £4,939.00
Polar Outside: £5,049.00
Arctic Superior: £5,589.00
Expedition Suite: £6,689.00

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  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.