Antarctica & The Falklands At Christmas
Begin this unforgettable adventure in Chile's capital, Santiago, before boarding the MS Roald Amundsen. You'll then follow in the explorer's footsteps to the last continent virtually untouched by humans – Antarctica. If conditions are right, the captain will attempt a landing on Cape Horn - the end of the world - before you cross Drake Passage, see magnificent icebergs, and witness wondrous wildlife, from seals to whales. A visit to the Falkland Islands completes this unique voyage experienced by very few travellers.
Beginning in Chile's capital, Santiago, this once-in-a-lifetime expedition takes you to the unique and awe-inspiring land of Antarctica. Following in the footsteps of great explorers, you'll discover breathtaking scenery and wondrous wildlife before a visit to the Falkland Islands completes this incredible adventure.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Expedition Guides
- Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM & internal flights
- 2 nights in a 5-star hotel plus 2 nights in flight
- 16 nights aboard the MS Roald Amundsen
- 51 meals: 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 18 dinners
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Discover the beauty of the Chilean fjords & the Beagle Channel
- Attempt a landing at Cape Horn
- A voyage through Drake Passage
- Enjoy onboard lectures from Antarctica experts
- In Antarctica, attempt landings at several sites on the South Shetland Islands & on the Antarctic Peninsula
- Look out for an array of incredible wildlife including penguins, whales, seals & many types of seabird
- Visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands
- Sail through the Magellan Strait
All landings will be dependent on weather conditions
- Day 1 UK - Santiago
- Depart on your overnight flight to Santiago, the capital of Chile.
- Day 2 Santiago - at Leisure
- Santiago occupies a wonderful setting beneath the Andes and after we have transferred you to your hotel, you will be free to relax and explore at leisure.
This evening we'll get to know one another better over a welcome dinner.
- Day 3 Santiago - Punta Arenas
- Early this morning we'll fly to Punta Arenas, where one of the Hurtigruten fleet of ships, the hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen, is waiting to take you on your expedition cruise to Antarctica.
- Day 4 Beagle Channel
- Our thrilling voyage begins as we cruise the scenic Beagle Channel. Surrounded by mountains that plunge straight into the icy water, this wild and remote area seems to be virtually untouched by human activity. Here, in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes, you can admire isolated islands and hidden bays, and look out for an array of magnificent wildlife.
- Days 5 & 6 Cape Horn & the Drake Passage
- Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and if weather conditions allow, the Captain will do his best to make a landing here. Heading ashore to explore this deserted piece of land at the end of the world is a truly unique opportunity.
Our route then takes us through the famous Drake Passage, a deep waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific, which was notorious among the early polar explorers and offers us a voyage few people get to experience. As we cruise, the Expedition Team in the state-of-the-art Science Center will deliver fascinating lectures, and you can make the most of the onboard facilities which include an elegant lounge, a gym and wellness centre.
We should arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula on day 7.
- Days 7 - 13 Antarctica
- Our Antarctic expedition now begins in earnest as we spend the next seven days exploring this awe-inspiring continent.Isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents, Antarctica contains more than 90 per cent of all the ice on the planet, and at times it can be more than 4,000 metres thick. The only human habitation is in the various scientific research stations, and vegetation is restricted to mosses, lichen and algae. However, the wildlife is prolific with millions of penguins, whales and seals coming here to feed on fish and krill, and to breed. Our route will be dictated to an extent by weather conditions and we'll attempt to land on several sites so that you can step ashore for some exciting activities. We follow very strict environmental guidelines to ensure we leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!
- Day 14 At Sea, Antarctica - Falkland Islands
- Enjoy the facilities on board the ship as we spend the day at sea heading to the Falkland Islands. This archipelago comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and more than 700 smaller islands, and is home to diverse wildlife including king penguins and albatross.
- Days 15 - 17 Falkland Islands
- On day 15 we reach Stanley, the capital of the archipelago, located on East Falkland. This seaside town is dotted with colourfully painted houses and boasts red phone boxes, old pubs and a picturesque natural harbour. The ship will dock here for the day and as everything is centred around the port, it's an easy place to discover on foot. We'll spend the next two days exploring the archipelago. Our itinerary will evolve as we go and will hopefully include the chance to enjoy hikes and see remote family-owned farms. We'll take in beautiful scenery of white-sand beaches and rocky clifftops, and if luck is on our side, discover Magellanic and gentoo penguins.
- Day 18 At Sea, The Magellan Strait
- As we make our way back to Punta Arenas through the Magellan Strait, there's plenty of time to enjoy further onboard lectures in the Science Center and look out for more wildlife on deck.
- Day 19 Punta Arenas - Santiago
- We'll disembark the ship in Punta Arenas this morning and fly back to Santiago for an overnight stay.
- Day 20 Santiago - UK
- Today we'll transfer you to the airport in Santiago for your overnight flight back to the UK.
- Day 21 UK
- You'll arrive in the UK today.
- Sheraton Santiago Hotel
- The Sheraton Santiago Hotel offers 5-star luxury accommodation and is located in the neighbourhood of Providencia near San Cristobal Hill and Pablo Neruda''s House. All rooms are en-suite with free toiletries, a flat-screen TV and a great view of the pool or the Andes Mountains. Various meals and drinks can be enjoyed at the hotel''s award-winning El Cid Restaurant and a lobby bar.
- MS Roald Amundsen
- Hurtigruten''s MS Roald Amundsen is named after the Norwegian explorer who was the first to reach both the North and South Poles. This state-of-the-art hybrid expedition ship will cut emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion, offering you the unique chance to experience the wonders of Antarctica at times in near-total silence. On board your ''basecamp at sea'' you will find a stylish and comfortable interior featuring natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool. All the well-designed cabins on board are outside, and half feature a private balcony. There are welcoming public areas, three restaurants, a lounge-bar, pool deck with three pools, wellness centre, gym, sauna and a two-level, indoor/outdoor observation deck. You''ll also find a lecture space/library called the Amundsen Science Center, featuring hi-tech gadgets which will help you to gain a greater understanding of Antarctica. Imagery courtesy of Hurtigruten | Oscar Farrera | Dan & Zora Avila
- Noi Vitacura
- Set within a sleek landmark building, Hotel Noi Vitacura merges stunning modern architecture, contemporary luxury and vibrant urban energy with incomparable views of the Andes Mountains. Find the best of Santiago’s exclusive Vitacura neighborhood, famous for the fashionable boutiques. Stunning 360º views of the Andes and Santiago skyline from the rooftop Tramonto Bar & Terrace, Hotel Noi Vitacura ensures the ultimate in 5-star comfort, service and luxury.