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Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia with Circle Crossing

Antarctica Cruise

  • Le Soleal Antarctica
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • approx. 199 Capacity
  • 17 Days
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Summary : Go beyond the Antarctic Circle on this expedition cruise to the heart of a very special place that is like nowhere you've ever been before. After experienceing the wildlife of the Falkland Islands and its undulating hills and moors, sail to South Georgia for an incredible wildlife experience. This sub-Antarctic region offers a wide variety of landscapes—long mountain chains and black sandy beaches—where huge colonies of king penguins have taken refuge. But the best is yet to come as you sail south to reach the Antarctic Peninsula! Floating ice floes, tabular icebergs, and high snow-capped peaks await as you immerse yourself in this enchanting polar desert. To top it all off, you'll endeavor to cross the Antarctic Circle and enter a region that few have had the opportunity to visit, especially in such luxurious style!

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins, Antarctic Circle

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina

Board your flight in Buenos Aires and fly to Ushuaia. Considered to be the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, lying at the very tip of Argentina looking out over the Beagle Channel. This surprising little town of 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. Tierra del Fuego's forests cover the lower slopes of the Andean mountains which are crowned with snow-capped peaks - a unique and unforgettable sight!

Upon arrival in Ushuaia, transfer to the Arakur Hotel for lunch before embarking the vessel. Or join an optional tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park (must pre-book).

Day 2
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 3
Falkland Islands

This remote collection of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean is home to remarkable bird life and marine mammals as well as stunning landscapes. You may hike to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, spot Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters, or watch penguins in the surf as they prepare to come ashore on an expansive sandy beach.

In Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands and the center of its culture, you’ll be treated to a charming mix of colorful Victorian-era homes, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs.

Day 4 – 5
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 6 – 8
South Georgia

Often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, South Georgia is one of the planet’s most significant biological hotspots. Imagine tens of thousands of King penguins—stretching as far as the eye can see from the ocean to the base of alpine peaks—and going ashore at pivotal historic sites from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is simply spectacular and not to be missed.

Landing sites on South Georgia are varied and are largely determined by the weather and sea conditions on your voyage. Whatever sites you visit—such as Grytviken, Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Fortuna Bay, and Stromness—you’ll have wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

Day 9
At Sea

As you voyage farther south, ever nearer to the Antarctic Peninsula, your expedition leaders and naturalist guides continue their lecture series, expanding your knowledge of this unique part of the world.

During your days at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 10 – 12
Antarctic Peninsula

As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.

Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.

Day 13
Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Weather permitting, cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.

Day 14 – 16
Drake Passage

The forecast for conditions across the Drake Passage will determine when you’ll say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back to South America. Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coastline drifts out of view, take time for bird watching and searching the horizon for whales, and enjoy final presentations by the expedition staff as you relax and reflect upon your Antarctic adventure.

Day 17
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark the vessel, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase medical evacuation insurance, and a primary health insurance policy. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Included:
Round-trip flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; transfers between Ushuaia airport/Arakur Hotel/ship on embarkation day; transfer between ship/airport on disembarkation day; lunch and beverages during lunch (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee) at Arakur Hotel in Ushuaia on embarkation day; walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and leaded by English speaking guide on embarkation day; shipboard accommodations; parka; gear on loan (boots); Wi-Fi onboard ship; all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service is included for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; kayaking; optional Tierra del Fuego tour (if you take this tour it replaces the included lunch at Arakur Hotel and walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve); spa charges; premium beverages; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; required travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.


Photos ©: Olivier Blaud, Nathalie Michel, Ponant, Clement Vial

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