On board MS HANSEATIC from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia

Expedition Antarctica – white Christmas guaranteed

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Travel through Chile’s fjord landscape past the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in the direction of the Antarctic Peninsula and spend the festive season and a wonderful New Year in a glistening ice landscape. Surrounded by panoramic views of glaciers, you will see how the animal kingdom prepares for the arrival of its offspring. You will finish in style at Cape Horn.


from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 15.12.2016 to 07.01.2017 (23 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1700

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Itinerary

Thu, 15.12.2016

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Santiago de Chile

Fri, 16.12.2016

Overnight stay with breakfast

Sat, 17.12.2016

Flight to Puerto Montt/Chile, departure 18.00 hrs

Sun, 18.12.2016
- Wed, 21.12.2016

Cruising through the Chilean fjords and the Strait of Magellan
Relaxation at sea

Thu, 22.12.2016
- Fri, 23.12.2016

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Just as moving as the history of the British overseas territory, the abundant bird life becomes apparent as soon as the Zodiac lands on the coastline. With more than 60 different species including rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses, the island is a paradise for ornithologists. During natural history walks along the coast, your experts will provide fascinating information about the head-high tussock grass and the Victorian houses in Stanley.

Sat, 24.12.2016
- Sun, 25.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 26.12.2016
- Tue, 27.12.2016

South Georgia

South Georgia
Days of breathtaking expedition experiences lie ahead when glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords on the horizon signal your approach to this unique animal paradise. Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special wildlife sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to almost 200,000 animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain, which is covered by birds begging for food, or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals sleep through your visit. The biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you will intensify your unique natural experiences with surprising details about the masses of animals. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by. Making a heroic effort, he once saved his team after the ship was forced to spend winter in the pack ice. It is an example of the lifelines of the polar explorers you will cross on every expedition.

Wed, 28.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 29.12.2016
- Mon, 02.01.2017

South Orkney Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

South Orkney Islands
For researchers, the Antarctic is an enormous natural laboratory – and that includes this largely glaciated island group. You will also gain an insight into the everyday lives of polar researchers when, weather permitting, you will be taken in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas research station (subject to authorisation). Enjoy the pure fascination of the drifting icebergs which, with any luck, you will see off Signy Island, for example. The bizarre blocks that have broken off the shelf ice and their huge archways shimmer a mystical shade of blue in the icy polar light. And the HANSEATIC will pass close by – simply breathtaking.

Tue, 03.01.2017

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Wed, 04.01.2017

Cape Horn/Chile

Cape Horn
On this Christmas cruise, you will attempt a landing on the legendary cape with the Zodiacs. If the weather is good, you will be able to climb up to the Cape Horn Memorial with the albatross and add another unforgettable expedition moment to your collection.

Thu, 05.01.2017

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast

Fri, 06.01.2017

City tour
Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany

Sat, 07.01.2017

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SANTIAGO – THE METROPOLIS OF THE ANDES


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: INSIDER’S TIP: ISLA CHILOE – TRADITIONS, MYTHS AND LEGENDS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IGUACU

Experts on board

On every expedition, you will be accompanied by renowned experts in various fields. Biologists, glaciologists, geologists and historians will make you experience the wonders of the sixth continent even more intensely. In-depth on-board preparation and follow-up sessions for trips ashore, interesting pointers during Zodiac rides and compelling expert knowledge on your natural history excursions ashore will broaden the horizons of your knowledge.