Luxury Antarctic Peninsula 11 daysAboard: L'Austral
A classic 11 day expedition on board a luxury expedition ship down to the Antarctic Peninsula. See colonies of chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins, along with seals and whales. Experience magnificent scenery and visit remote research stations on this unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
Note: the itinerary shown is a typical voyage, however all sailings are dependent on ice, sea and weather conditions and no routes or destinations are guaranteed
- Spectacular icebergs and scenery
- Marine mammals including whales and seals
- Amazing birdlife
- Historical sites
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flights Buenos Aires - Ushuaia and return
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Meet at Buenos Aires airport for flight to Ushuaia, the world's southern-most city and also the main town in Tierra del Fuego.
Transfer to ship, board and set sail in the afternoon.
At Sea - Drake Passage
Take time as we cross the Drake Passage to watch albatrosses an petrels from the deck or lounge and keep an eye out for your first whale sightings.
Neko Harbour & Paradise Bay
A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac® excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.
With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.
Pleneau Island & Port Charcot
Named after talented photographer Paul Pléneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island.
Port Charctot, a natural harbour located in Salpêtrière Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Français. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones—an eerie, mystical site like none other.
On the small island of Goudier, you will have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. You will be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins. Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment.
One of the best known of the South Shetland Islands because of its horseshoe shape, Deception has the black sand of volcanic beaches and the remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Excursions aboard our Zodiacs will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, elephant seals and fur seals live side by side.
Weddell Sea, Brown Bluff
This calm area on the other side of the Peninsula is home to the Weddell seal, known for its ability to stay submerged for up to an hour at a time. It is also recognisable because of its spotted belly. Beautiful ice scenery here and myriad seabirds, especially albatross and petrels.
At Sea - Drake Passage
Last chances to relax and spend time looking for more seabirds and mammals.
Arrive and disembark. Transfer to airport for flight back to Buenos Aires.
A view from Above
L'Austral is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambience with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, I-pod docks, WiFi and direct dial satellite telephone. Public areas and amenities include passenger lifts fore and aft, restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar, reception desk, shop, leisure area with Wii and slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hammam and balneo treatments, grill and buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, panorama lounge and terrace with bar, library and internet room and plenty of deck space. The ship has a 1C ice classification for cruising in polar waters.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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