Day 1 To Buenos Aires: Fly to Buenos Aires via Madrid with Iberia. (N)
Day 2 Buenos Aires: Morning arrival. Transfer to the Intersur Recoleta for one night. (N)
Day 3 To Ushuaia: Fly to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. Transfer to the Hotel Albatross for one night. (B)
Day 4 Tierra del Fuego: Morning at leisure. Afternoon embarkation of the M/V Antarctic Dream.
The M/V Antarctic Dream was formerly named the Piloto Pardo and was built in 1957 in Haarlem, Holland to serve to Chilean Navy, which she did until the 21st century. The ship has a capacity for 78 passengers and 43 crew. There is a very large lounge, dining and bar area, with large windows that are perfect for viewing the scenery. There are large deck areas, many sheltered, from which to get some fresh air, as well as a well stocked library, charts on the walls, a small gym, and every day films and documentaries are shown on the in cabin cctv system. The ship is ice strengthened for this type of voyage.
Evening departure through the scenic Beagle Channel. (B, D)
Days 5–6 Drake Passage: Navigation to the Southern Ocean. You may see albatross, petrel and other seabirds. (B, L, D)
Day 7 South Shetland Islands: Visit Aitcho Island, largest of the South Shetland Islands for your first encounter with Antarctic wildlife and scenery. In the afternoon cross the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Antarctic Peninsula: Arrive in Antarctica and land on Neko Bay, and later at Port Lockroy, a British base that also serves as a fascinating museum, and from where it's possible to send postcards home. Abundant wildlife includes Weddel, crabeater and leopard seal, mink and humpback whale, and seabirds such as blue-eyed shag and Antarctic tern. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Paradise Bay & Culverville Island: Turn north and, weather permitting, take zodiacs through the ice of Paradise Bay. Evening visit to the rocky Cuverville Island on the Errera Channel with its colony of gentoo penguins. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Petermann Island: Sail through the sheer cliffs of the stunning Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island, the ship's most southerly land point. See gentoo and adelie penguins and take zodiacs to see the ice formations. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Deception Island, Pendulum Cove & Livingstone Island: Deception Island is the largest active volcano in this part of Antarctica. Livingstone Island is a habitat for chinstrap and gentoo penguins and sometimes sea elephants. (B, L, D)
Days 12–13 Drake Passage: Head north towards Cape Horn. In clear conditions, you may see the southernmost tip of South America. (B, L, D)
Day 14 To Buenos Aires: Morning arrival in Ushuaia. Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires. Stay overnight at Intersur Recoleta. (B)
Day 15 To London: Fly to London via Madrid with Iberia. (B)
Day 16 London: Afternoon arrival. (N)
2012/ 2013 Cruise Departure Dates (Day 4 of the above itinerary):
5, 15 & 25 Feb 2012
6 Mar 2012
6, 16 & 26 November 2012
5, 15 & 25 February 2013
7 March 2013
Note: Antarctic Dream also offers new 8 Day / 7 Nights cruise itineraries including a flight to/from Punta Arenas in Chile. Please enquire for dates and prices.