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, during Antarctica’s spring, summer and autumn - each providing 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.
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.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Buenos Aires.
Upon arrival, you are met by a Hurtigruten representative and transferred to the Emperador Hotel (4.5-star) or Hilton Buenos Aires (5-star), 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 (3.5-star) 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 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.
We continue our adventure with two days retracing our steps back across 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 (4.5-star) or The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery by Sofitel (4.5-star), 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 your return flight back to the UK.
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
20-Feb-2020 for 8 Nights
Touring with Titan Travel
As one of the UK’s leading escorted holiday companies, Titan Travel offers an award-winning collection of holidays and tours in incredible destinations on all seven continents. In addition to scooping 20 British Travel Awards, 4 British Cruise Awards and a Telegraph Travel Award in 2018, the company won a Globe Travel Award and achieved Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status in 2019, meaning you can have complete confidence in booking your escorted holiday and experiences with this great travel brand.
With a vast array of destination choices and so many carefully planned escorted tours available, it’s easy to find your perfect holiday with Titan Travel. The company does, in fact, offer over 400 exciting itineraries visiting around 100 destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, India, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America, South America and Central America. And as your Titan Travel holiday includes a VIP door-to-door service, your escorted holiday starts and ends at your front door. This means planning your touring holiday is super easy, so the only hard part is choosing where to go!
One of the best things about Titan Travel is that they cover all holiday types and have something for everyone, from coach tours, escorted train and rail holiday tours and short UK breaks to Christmas holidays and a wide variety of river and ocean cruises. Whether you want to explore the Slovenian coast from the bow of a boat, see the monumental glaciers and snow-dusted mountains of the Alaskan fjords or even attend a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, Titan Travel boasts an unbeatable collection of touring holidays and unique solo and group travel experiences. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind that everything’s taken care of - including any airport transfers, excursions and chosen escorted tours.
If you want to travel on your own, Titan Travel welcomes thousands of single travellers every year and offers escorted holidays that are reserved exclusively for solo guests, like trips to Russia, escapes to Portugal, rail journeys in Switzerland and Greek island-hopping adventures. Not only will you discover new destinations but you’ll also meet new people and make unforgettable memories while fulfilling your solo travel wishes. Titan Travel also offers small group escorted tours so that you can meet like-minded travellers and enjoy a more intimate and social atmosphere on your holiday. Small group tours are limited to 25 travellers and include South Africa safari adventures, Thailand and Cambodia discovery tours and cruising to the temples and villages in Burma.
No matter which type of escorted touring holiday you pick, your Titan Travel holiday is ABTA and ATOL protected and the brand’s price promise protects you against any price drops after you’ve made a booking. What’s more, Titan Travel uses experienced tour managers and expert local guides who will ensure you don’t miss a thing while visiting a new destination.