To experience the sheer untouched magnificence and astounding natural beauty of the Great White Continent may leave you speechless. Indeed visitors to this region, incredibly rich with wildlife and mesmerising landscapes would agree that if you can describe Antarctica with words - you have probably never been there. With more types of penguin than anywhere else on earth, leopard and crabeater seals, many whale species, and countless sea birds, the Antarctic Peninsula is alive with nature that thrives within this surrealistic and beautiful landscape. Sail aboard the excellent MS Midnatsol in 2018, and for 2019 sail on Hurtigruten’s brand new, custom-built expedition ship - MS Fridtjof Nansen. Antarctica’s spring, summer and autumn each provide glimpses into the lives of Antarctic species - in December, the continent wakes from its winter slumber and busy Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins rush around nesting and feeding their young; whilst in January and February you may see older chicks chasing after their parents. Whales, weddell seals and leopard seals can be seen throughout the season, hauled out on icebergs or feeding on the vast supplies of krill and squid, so whenever you choose to visit, your experience will be no less than breathtaking.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Buenos Aires.
Upon arrival, you are met by a Hurtigruten representative and transferred to the Emperador Hotel (4T+) or NH City Buenos Aires (4T+), where you will meet the rest of your fellow cruise companions.
Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for a flight to Ushuaia. On arrival, we transfer to embark MS Midnatsol (3T+) or MS Fridtjof Nansen (4T) to begin our unforgettable voyage to Antarctica. This afternoon we enjoy a delicious welcome dinner, to welcome us into life on board.
We spend two days crossing the mighty Drake Passage (named after Sir Francis Drake), which connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Here the warm waters from the north meet the cold, less-salty waters from the south, making the ocean particularly rich in nutrients and forming the basis of the unique marine life in the region. Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, we transition to the crisp, colder air and mighty icebergs begin to appear on the horizon. Breathtaking wildlife, including penguins and possibly magnificent whales may soon be spotted.
Spend six astounding days in one of the most remote places on earth, Antarctica. During this time we step ashore many times to discover breathtaking scenery, get close to native wildlife including penguins, whales and seals, experience walking on the endless glistening snow and ice, visit old whaling stations and join adventurous activities including kayaking and hiking. Weather, wind, ice and local conditions will determine the exact nature of your programme and schedule. Safety is paramount and the ship’s captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Possible landing sites are shown as follows:
Deception Island, South Shetland Islands - A captivating volcanic island, home to a natural harbour, an abandoned whaling station and volcanically-warmed sand and waters - sometimes possible to swim in!
Half Moon Island - One of the most beautiful areas of the South Shetlands, featuring majestic Antarctic scenery, this stunning island is home to a large Chinstrap penguin colony as well as Antarctic terns, Kelp gulls, Snowy sheathbills, Wilson’s storm petrels and several species of seal. Step ashore to get close to the beautiful wildlife residing here, and put your photography skills to the test.
Yankee Harbour - Arrive in this small inner harbour, to discover a large colony of Gentoo penguins estimated to consist of around 4,000 breeding pairs.
Neko Harbour - Nestled in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, Neko Harbour was discovered by the Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache, and is one of the places that you can place your feet on the Antarctic mainland. A mighty glacier calves here every so often and an array of wildlife including Minke whales, Gentoo penguins and leopard seals can call it home.
Paradise Bay - The bay received its name by whalers operating during the early 20th century. Magnificent glaciated mountains, ice floes, breathtaking ice cliffs and icebergs. Disembark to admire the icy scenery and discover the typical Atlantic wildlife residing here, including Gentoo penguin, crabeater seal and whale.
Wilhelmina Bay - Often named ‘Whale-mania Bay’ due to the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here, Wilhelmina Bay not only has an abundant whale population, but also outstanding scenery and peaceful waters.
We continue our adventure with two days retracing our steps back through the Drake Passage. This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have the chance to experience. Join the onboard lectures, or simply take the time to reflect on your wonderful expedition.
Our Antarctic adventure over, we disembark and transfer to Ushuaia Airport for a flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival we are transferred to the Hotel Melia Buenos Aires (4T+) or The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery by Sofitel (4T+), where we enjoy dinner this evening.
This morning, a city tour of Buenos Aires takes us along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world and Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo. In historic San Telmo, there is time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops, before we continue to La Boca - home to colourful Caminito Street. Our tour finishes in the glamorous Recoleta area. A visit to the city’s impressive cemetery will allow us to visit the grave of Eva Perón (Evita). After lunch, we continue to the airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Why Titan Travel?
Scooping 21 awards at the 2016 British Travel Awards, you can be sure that a touring holiday with Titan Travel will be something special. Among others, Titan received gold awards for Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company and Best Special Interest Holiday Company, so they are perfectly placed to provide that exceptionally epic tour to any corner of the globe.
A Titan holiday begins and ends at your front door with chauffeur-driven transfers, scheduled international flights and the most memorable form of touring transport. Where this is a coach, they provide the best available. Titan pride themselves in providing tours that enable you to see all the sights of the area you visit as well as giving you the option for plenty of free time, optional excursions and extra nights here and there to tailor-make your holiday and make it extra special. The choice of destinations and interests are extensive including gems such as a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka, exploring the musical history of the Deep South, grand tours of North America, China, South America, Italy, Asia and Kenya, searching for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Norway, and a cruise to discover Japan and Russia.
Escorted tours are not simply limited to coaches. Titan is also one of the UK’s leading rail specialists and a number of their holidays incorporate journeys on iconic trains that transport you not only through some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the world, but also back in time to a nostalgic ‘golden age’ of luxurious and stylish travel. If you are undecided between the elegance and relaxation of a cruise and the enthralling insight of an escorted tour, Titan’s Cruise & Tour holidays could be the perfect choice. You can cruise with some of the most respected names in the industry, including Fred.Olsen and Holland America, around regions of awe-inspiring beauty and then head ashore for an extra land-based touring adventure. The waterways of Europe, Egypt and China link the most spectacular cultural gems in picturesque fashion and a river cruise is an excellent way to appreciate wonderful destinations from a different and more relaxed perspective.