London - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a scheduled Air France or Iberia Airlines flight to Santiago, via Paris or Madrid.
Upon arrival, you are met by a local guide and transferred to the Sheraton Hotel (4T) where you will meet the rest of your fellow cruise companions.
Day 3 - Santiago - Punta Arenas
An early morning start as we transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magellan region. On arrival, we transfer to embark MS Midnatsol (3T+) to begin our voyage towards Antarctica.
Days 4-6 - Chilean Fjords - Tierra del Fuego
Our voyage through Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean fjords begins in earnest, and over the next two days we pass vast areas of endless wilderness, formed by the extremely deep Chilean fjords and surrounding mountains; it is a truly magnificent place. We pass Isla Tucker, an idyllic island home to a colony of Magellanic Penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions and the captain’s navigational skills excel as we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel. Cape Horn is the southernmost point of Chile and South America and (if weather conditions allow) our ship will anchor off Cape Horn, for an opportunity to disembark and explore this deserted piece of land at the end of the world.
Days 7-8 - At sea (Drake Passage)
The Drake Passage (named after Sir Francis Drake) 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.
Days 9-13 - Antarctica
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:
Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands - In 1819, a powerful storm drove the British merchant William Smith’s ship southwards from Cape Horn and brought about the discovery of the South Shetland Islands. A small yet spectacular island, Half Moon is a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. The serrated and crevassed cliffs are home to a colony of Chinstrap penguins as well as Antarctic terns, Kelp gulls, Snowy sheathbills, Wilson’s storm petrels, and several species of seal are regular visitors.
Cuverville Island - Home to one of the largest known colonies of chinstrap penguins, the shallow water between Cuverville and Danco islands often causes icebergs to become stuck here, offering a fantastic spectacle when it occurs.
Neko Harbour - Andvord Bay is surrounded by the mountains and alpine glaciers of the peninsula and, with inhabitants that include a colony of Gentoo penguins, produces beautiful images. Neko is one of the very few places where one can go ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula mainland.
Paradise Harbour - Named by the whalers of history, as they sought shelter from the storms; on the northern tip lies the well-known Waterboat Point - a base for historical expeditions and today the base for the Chilean station Gonzàlez Videla.
Wilhelmina Bay - The mountains and high glacier walls of the Antarctic Peninsula around Wilhelmina Bay convey a mighty impression of ice and water - everything from calving glacier fronts to floating ice. The bay is also a popular feeding ground for whales and seals.
Day 14 - At sea (Drake Passage)
As we return north, we once again cross the Drake Passage towards the Falkland Islands. This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have the chance to experience.
Days 15-17 - Falkland Islands
Having just been in the heart of the Antarctica, it might seem surreal to arrive in a town that appears as a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Our time spent visiting the Falkland Islands will vary according to weather conditions, but possible landing sites may include Carcass Island and West Point Island - both a birder’s paradise with inhabitants including penguins and black-browed albatross. Travel by small boat to reach the shore to enjoy the birds, along with breathtaking lush green landscapes and yellow gorse. In Stanley, you might want to roam the waterfront and visit some of the treasured attractions here including the Historic Dockyard Museum and the Cathedral - constructed in the 1800s. Or, if you seek even more time admiring the astonishingly-beautiful wildlife and wilderness, there are a number of optional excursions to choose from.
Day 18 - At sea (Magellan Strait)
As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait we will have a recap of everything we have explored, seen and discovered. Celebrate these experiences with a farewell dinner and party.
Punta Arenas - Santiago
We disembark in Punta Arenas this morning and transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Santiago. On arrival, we are met and transferred to the Solace Hotel Santiago (4T) where we enjoy dinner tonight.
Santiago - In flight
Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since the colonial era. It is filled with 19th century neo-classical architecture, with winding side streets dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles, and punctuated with gorgeous hillside parks. This morning we enjoy a tour of this cosmopolitan city followed by free time, before we are transferred to the airport for a scheduled Air France or Iberia Airlines flight to London, via Paris or Madrid.
Day 21 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.