On board MS BREMEN from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Antarctica expedition - a guaranteed white Christmas

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Where the spectacular nature dominates the holidays and your new year starts amidst a glittering ice landscape, experience an unforgettable expedition. Be delighted by the tremendous glacier panoramas and ice-covered islands, while a virtually undisturbed animal kingdom prepares for a new generation.


Itinerary

Thu, 18.12.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Fri, 19.12.2014

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Sat, 20.12.2014

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 22.00 hrs

Sun, 21.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 22.12.2014
- Tue, 23.12.2014

Falkland Islands

Fascinating bird paradise of the Falkland Islands
The Zodiac fleet will be launched for the first time heading into the Falkland Islands. On multiple landings, experts accompany you on walking tours through the dwarf shrubs and grasses, which are typical of the islands. Marvel at the head-high tussock grass and the diverse species of the bird kingdom: rockhopper and Magellanic penguins welcome you, and there is also the chance of seeing black-bellied storm petrels, silver teals, albatrosses or peregrine falcons. In Stanley, the small island capital, a decidedly British atmosphere greets you.

Wed, 24.12.2014
- Thu, 25.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 26.12.2014
- Sun, 28.12.2014

South Georgia

Unforgettable encounters in South Georgia
Three days of expeditions full of superb experiences lay before you as glaciated peaks on the horizon herald this unique animal paradise. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins populate the coastline and slopes of the island and bring the stunning landscape to life. On up to three daily excursions and Zodiac landings you will see this rich animal kingdom up close and may discover elephant seals fighting over a harem or thousands of king penguins as well as gentoo penguins just hatching – or you may observe the adults rearing their young. Outstanding experts, who have extensive Antarctic experience, will familiarise you with the fauna and flora. In Grytviken, you can immerse yourself in the exciting history of polar research: visit the small church of the former whaling station dating from 1913 and the grave of the polar researcher Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose legendary Endurance expedition to South Georgia had a happy ending. 

Mon, 29.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 30.12.2014
- Sun, 04.01.2015

South Orkney Islands , Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

Gain an insight into the everyday life of modern polar researchers when, weather permitting, you visit by Zodiac the Argentinian research station Orcadas on the South Orkney Islands (subject to approval). And with a little luck, you will see majestic icebergs off Signy Island for the first time. Breathtaking: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Your expedition leads you directly into an adventure through the Weddell Sea. The ice crunches and cracks on the strengthened bow of the ship, and you get much more of an idea of what hardships the pioneers of polar research had to endure. Where the weather and ice conditions determine the course, the experienced crew react flexibly and spontaneously to bring you unforgettable moments in the wondrous world of the Antarctic. The experience determines which day the BREMEN presses further south. Look forward to sights such the caldera of Deception Island and an incomparable start to the year in Paradise Bay: the glaciers tower hundreds of metres high and snow-covered peaks surround the bay, where icebergs the size of a house float by. Your accompanying expert team reveal new worlds of knowledge and will set foot on the Antarctic mainland with you if the weather and ice conditions permit a landing. Regarded as being one of the most spectacular ship passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains of up to 1,000 metres high flank the waterway and appear within your reach, while a mystical calm prevails. In the Penola Strait, the excitement on board increases once again: how far can the BREMEN push south? A question that can only be answered on board. But you will certainly enjoy the full beauty of this Antarctic world of wonder on Zodiac landings. Between icebergs and large colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins, it is easy to be amazed – and makes for unforgettable expedition moments. 

Mon, 05.01.2015

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Tue, 06.01.2015

Cape Horn/Chile

The memorable conclusion to your cruise is provided by the legendary Cape Horn, which was circumnavigated for the first time in 1616. A final landing with the Zodiacs will be possible in good weather and if the current is favourable. Then you can climb up to the famous albatross monument, which commemorates the seamen of earlier times – and look back on an unforgettable Antarctic expedition.

Wed, 07.01.2015

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
charter flight to Buenos Aires
overnight stay with breakfast

Thu, 08.01.2015

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Fri, 09.01.2015

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to Antarctica. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the weather and ice 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: IGUACU

Geology specialist in the expert team

Even when studying mineralogy and geology, Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein set

out into the world to find unfamiliar landscapes and people. With his

knowledge of geology, passion for exploring and fascinating lectures, he

will enrich your Antarctic expedition.