Day 1 Buenos Aires
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the Paris of South America for yourself.
Day 2 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome on board dinner.
Day 3-4 Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us – it will overwhelm you! MS Midnatsol is designed to make polar exploration available to all ages and learning levels. Lectures and films about Antarctica will be presented, and the Activity Center will provide the latest technology for preserving your memories. This Center is the heart of your expedition community; a great place to gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, and is the ideal place to mingle and share stories.
Day 5-9 Antarctica
Antarctica is sure to overwhelm your senses, with endless white horizons above oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species as you come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Enjoy close encounters with Antarctic wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations are non-stop.
We will land several times for unforgettable excursions. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice.
Day 10 At sea
The Expedition team will continue the lecture programme, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as we make out way north to the Falklands.
Day 11-13 Falkland Islands
When we arrive the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline or kayaking clear waters. New Island is an adorable inlet, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if the sun was a little stronger. We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins and seals. 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.
Day 14-16 At sea
Days at sea are full of activity. By now, our Expedition team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fascinating and fun! We can promise first class edutainment.
Day 17 Montevideo
Montevideo boasts colourful 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, you can 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 after disembarking on MS Midnatsol.