Montevideo – Patagonia – Falkland Islands – Antarctica – Ushuaia
On this amazing adventure you will experience South America, Patagonia, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica. See penguins, seals, and whales, and take hikes on the frozen continent and kayak among icebergs. And on board, you can take advantage of our Activity Center for exciting lectures and workshops designed to enhance your trip.
- Experience Antarctica, Patagonia, the Falklands, and South America
- See the amazing wildlife of the southern hemisphere, sometimes up close
- Go ashore in Antarctica and kayaka in the most remote place on Earth
- Wide-ranging science program
From Urban Adventure to Polar Wilderness
Enjoy a taste of big city life in Montevideo before embarking on MS Midnatsol. After two days at sea, we arrive Puerto Madryn, the gateway to the Península Valdés. This area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its abundant wildlife. Here you can encounter some of the largest marine animals in the world in their natural environment.
A starkly contrasting wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falklands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies in the countryside, while red English buses trundle by cozy pubs in the town.
Travel period: October 26th, 2019
Duration: 17 days
Welcome to South America!
Location : Montevideo
Enjoy an overnight stay in Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay, before you explore the city the following day.
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, 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-sand beaches surrounding the city before embarking on your adventure.
Wildlife and Lectures
Location : At Sea
Enjoy the first day on board! The expedition team will start the lecture program, which covers history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and enjoy the sun and the warm temperatures and look out for wildlife as we make out way south.
World Heritage Highlights
Location : Puerto Madryn, Argentina
The first highlight on this expedition is our visit to the Península Valdés. This is a nature reserve 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 most dramatic wildlife habitats, with elephant seals, Magellan penguins, the southern right whale, and a great variety of birds. Puerto Madryn is known as the gateway to whales, penguins … and Welsh traditions! Founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865, Puerto Madryn is now one of the most vibrant cities in Patagonia, with a beautiful coastal avenue that overlooks the huge natural amphitheatre of Nuevo Gulf. Enjoy our wide variety of excursions such as horseback riding, snorkelling with sea lions, kayaking with sea lions, or whale watching, or visit Estancia San Lorenzo, where you will see wildlife including rheas (flightless, ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas), and elephant seals.
Relaxing on MS Midnatsol
Location : At sea
Enjoy a day at sea sharing experiences, and exchanging stories, photos, and videos with your fellow adventurers.
Pubs, Penguins, and Perfect Wilderness
Location : Falkland Islands
When we arrive the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital of Stanley to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline, and kayaking in crystal-clear waters. New Island is an lovely inlet, with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if only it was just a little warmer!
We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day among penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions such as history tours, birdwatching tours, nature walks, and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.
Enjoy the Onboard Activities
Location : Drake Passage
Days at sea are full of activity. By now, our expedition team will have convinced everybody on board that science is fun! We can promise first class ‘edutainment’! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will notice that the air becomes crisper and colder. From the deck, you might start seeing icebergs in the water, and maybe even whales as well.
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals, and Whales
Location : Antarctica
Antarctica is sure to inspire you with its beauty: endless white horizons and oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be meeting the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to truly close encounters with this most charming of bird species. You’ll go ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. You’ll enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and old whaling stations and its relics. And from the deck, there are great opportunities to spot whales.
You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations will be non-stop. We will land several times for unforgettable experiences as weather and ice conditions allow. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbor is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbor 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.
The Beginning of the End of the Adventure
Location : Crossing the Drake Passage
After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Spend time with family, old friends, new friends, and the expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner on the last evening.
The Southernmost Town in the World
Location : Ushuaia
Arriving in Ushuaia, it’s time to say goodbye. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you want to have a bit more fun before going home, you are more than welcome to join an optional post-cruise Land Adventure.