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 LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago, via Sao Paulo.
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 LAN Airlines 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 4-5 - Chilean Fjords - Tierra del Fuego
Beginning in one of the world’s most remote, undisturbed and beautiful places, we cruise through the Strait of Magellan, situated in the far south of the continent of South America. The area comprises the strait itself, all the channels and fjords around the Brunswick Peninsula. It separates the continent from Tierra del Fuego and is also the main gateway to Antarctica. The Beagle Channel was named after the ship which carried Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery - HMS Beagle. Near the southern tip of Chile the southern Andes Mountains plunge into the icy water creating the Chilean fjords that slowly move between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays. Possible landing sites are shown as follows:
Puerto Williams - one of the world’s southernmost towns on the little island of Navarino, the remote mountainous town was founded as a radio station in 1953 and later developed into a naval base.
Cape Horn - This is the southernmost point of Chile and South America - 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 (only possible if weather conditions allow).
Day 6 - At sea (Drake Passage)
The Drake Passage (named after Sir Francis Drake) connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Here the warm water from the north meets the cold, less-salty water from the south, making the ocean particularly rich in nutrients and forming the basis of the unique marine life in the region.
Days 7-12 - 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.
Yankee Harbour, South Shetland Islands - Used as a frequent base of operations by early sealers, the spit is a favoured rest area for tired weddell, crabeater, fur, and elephant seals now that the hunters are gone. Remnants from the sealing era can still be found, but the main attraction for most is the terraced Gentoo penguin colony with an estimated 4,000 breeding pairs.
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 13 - At sea (Drake Passage)
As we return north, we once again cross the Drake Passage towards Cape Horn, a distance of approximately 800km. 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 14-15 - Chilean Fjords
Ports of call on days 14-15 will be dependent upon those visited on the outbound route.
Punta Arenas - Santiago
The capital of the Magellan region, Punta Arenas was the centre for trade, seafaring and culture. We disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our charter LAN Airlines flight to Santiago. On arrival, we are met and transferred to the Sheraton Hotel (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 LATAM Airlines flight to London, via Sao Paulo.
Day 18 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.