Highlights
  • Explore Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Traverse Cape Horn
  • See the spectacular South Shetland Islands
  • Explorations by Zodiac (Small Boat)
  • Antarctic Peninsula is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales
  • Explore Drake Passag get close to Penguins & Seals
  • Hear the Roar of the Glaciers
  • Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island

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Itinerary

Day 1:Depart USA

Your unforgettable journey to Antarctica begins as you depart Miami today.

Day 2: Arrive in Buenos Aires

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel

Today, arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This cosmopolitan city has a strong European influence which is reflected in its refined cuisine, luxurious boutiques, and in the elegance of its inhabitants. You’ll be met by your tour director at the airport and escorted to your deluxe hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner where you’ll have the opportunity to savor some delicious Argentinean beef.

Day 3: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires! Begin at the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, known as the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Next, visit Plaza de Mayo, the main square, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Cabildo (first City Hall), and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Inside the Cathedral you’ll find that the walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful frescoes, while the floor features Venetian-style mosaics. Continue to San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the eldest district of Buenos Aires. Next, visit La Boca, a colorful area filled with painted houses and home to the famous street Caminito. Continue to the northern districts where you’ll see the green area of Palermo with its parks and artificial lakes. Then visit Recoleta, which offers elegant boutiques and restaurants. Visit the cemetery of Recoleta where you’ll find the grave of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Peron (Evita). This evening, consider an optional Tango Show with dinner (see Optional Tours section).

Day 4: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to charming Ushuaia located at the southern tip of Argentina. Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will be met and transferred to the MS Midnatsol cruise ship for your Antarctic Cruise. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner aboard the ship. MS Midnatsol

*Note: The MS Midnatsol will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. Weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding the route and shore landings.

Day 5: Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you’ll travel through the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, located on the southern tip of South America. You’ll enter Drake Passage, named for the privateer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in the 16th century. This body of water is where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet and divides the sub-polar conditions of South America from the polar climate and conditions of Antarctica. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to see whales and numerous seabirds like the black-browed albatross and white-chinned petrels. Today you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the area’s wildlife and history from your expedition team.

*Note: The Drake Passage is known for rough waters.

Day 6: Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Continue through the Drake Passage today and watch for your first glimpses of Antarctica’s penguins and seals. From the observation deck, learn about the rich diversity of Antarctica from its whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds.

*Note: The Drake Passage is known for rough waters.

Days 7-12: Antarctic Cruise: Highlights of Antarctica Landings

The MS Midnatsol will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Note: Weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The cruise itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible landings and sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding your route and shore landings.

Day 7: Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

See the spectacular South Shetland Islands which consist of eleven major islands and some minor ones with a total land area of 1,424 square miles. Despite the harsh climate, the South Shetland Islands serve as a wildlife haven for seabirds, seals, and penguins, and support vegetation like algae, mosses and lichens. Weather permitting, enjoy a hike at one of the minor islands, Half Moon Island, a stunning crescent-shaped island with serrated cliffs. Identified as an Important Bird Area, this island is home to a breeding colony for south polar skuas. Here you may also see kelp gulls, chinstrap penguins, Antarctic terns, antarctic fur seals, and whales swimming near the island’s shores. You may also visit Deception Island, a caldera of an active volcano which was first explored by American sealer, Nathaniel Palmer.

Day 8: Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island. Early sealers used Yankee Harbour as a base of operations and evidence of their time here remains today. Today, you’ll find a large Gentoo penguin colony with approximately 4000 breeding pairs!

Day 9: Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Travel through the spectacular Errera Channel, navigating between the icebergs to Cuverville Island where you’ll see colonies of chinstrap penguins.

Day 10: Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visit Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay, one of the few places where you can land on the Antarctic mainland. This harbor is surrounded by glacier walls and mountains, and is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins.

Day 11: Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visit the aptly named Paradise Bay. Here you’ll have another rare opportunity to land on the Antarctic mainland for breathtaking views of the Antarctic. You’ll also find the Argentinean Almirante Brown Antarctic base, and the Chilean Gonzalez Videla Antarctic base.

Day 12: Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, travel through the pristine waters of Wilhelmina Bay, named for the Queen of the Netherlands. This area is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales, earning the nickname “Whale-mina Bay”.

Day 13: Antarctic Cruise: Returning

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, begin the return route back to Ushuaia, sailing through the Drake Passage. Enjoy some of your last glimpses of Antarctica’s beauty, and consider joining the activities available on board.

Day 14: Antarctic Cruise: Returning

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Continue sailing through the Drake Passage, passing Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego archipelago’s southernmost headland. Cape Horn was named by Dutchman Willem Schouten after the city in the Netherlands, and served as a major landmark for ships sailing around the world. Consider taking part in the activities on board the ship, and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 15: Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel

After you disembark, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 16: Depart Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at your leisure to explore Buenos Aires indpendently. You might consider a half-day Tigre tour. Later today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Day 17: Arrive in USA

Arrival back to the USA. Welcome Home!

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Ship Name

MS Midnatsol

Ship Description

Built in 2003, the MS Midnatsol features nine decks which include an outdoor Jacuzzi area, fitness room and sauna, library, restaurant, bars, shop, and more! Enjoy exciting lectures led by your Expedition Team, or take in the stunning views of pristine Antarctica either from the indoor, two-story panorama lounge with its wall-to-wall windows, or from the uncovered deck viewing area which offers unobstructed views.

Typically breakfast and lunch will be served buffet style while dinners may be seated dining or buffet style. The food on board is locally sourced with a Scandinavian influence. Complimentary water, tea, and coffee is provided. Soda and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Wifi is available for purchase and can be used in common areas (when available).

Your cruise will include a water or wind-resistant jacket (yours to keep!), landings and activities on board, a professional English-speaking Expedition Team, and complimentary use of muck rubber boots during landings (if you have very small or very large feet, require special orthopedics, or have very wide calves you should bring your own calf-high muck boots). For packing recommendations, please check the “Trip Preparation” section by scrolling down this tour page.

Deck & Cabin Plans

MS Midnatsol

Trip Includes
  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • 3 nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic expedition
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Ushuaia Orientation Tour
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Experienced Cruise Expedition Team
Trip Excludes
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature
Meals Included:

14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 13 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Buenos Aires
End City
Buenos Aires
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 120 days before departure: $1000

119-100 days before departure: $3500

99-80 days before departure: $4500

79-60 days before departure: $5500

60 days or fewer before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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