The White Continent in Luxury 12 daysAboard: L'Austral
This classic Polar itinerary will see you step on board a luxury expedition ship to sail all the way 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. Travelling in the company of an experienced and knowledgeable expedition team, you will enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises and shore visits throughout.
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
- Discover the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula aboard a luxury expedition vessel
- Spectacular scenery including icebergs, imposing glaciers and snow-covered mountains
- Marine mammals including whales and seals
- Amazing birdlife including an abundance of penguins
- Historical sites and research stations
- Thrilling Zodiac excursions and hiking opportunities
- Informative and interesting lecture and presentation programme
- Kayaking option available
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- One night hotel stay in Buenos Aires pre-voyage, with breakfast and early check-in included
- Flights Buenos Aires - Ushuaia and return
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Your adventure will start in Buenos Aires where after having arrived independently you will make your way to your hotel for your included overnight stay. An early check-in is available and the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure, giving you time to sample some of this incredible city. After breakfast the following morning your transfer will take you to the airport for your included flight to Ushuaia in southern Argentina. The flight will take approximately 3.5 hours and upon arrival in Ushuaia you can choose to either spend some time at leisure, join your fellow passengers for lunch, or join an additional excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. (Please note, Tierra Del Fuego excursion incurs an additional charge and should be booked when you book your cruise).
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the port to begin embarkation. As you settle in to your luxury ship, we will set sail through the scenic Beagle Channel where some time on deck should reward in multiple seabird sightings.
At Sea - Drake Passage
The next two days will be spent at sea sailing through the legendary Drake Passage. These days can be spent relaxing in your comfortable surroundings, availing of the luxury onboard facilities, and enjoying some time on deck searching for whale and seabird sightings including albatrosses and cape petrels.
Your informative and entertaining lecture programme will begin, covering everything from Antarctic wildlife and geology to historical polar explorations, and there will be briefings around the strict IAATO rules that must be adhered to during your visit to the natural wonderland of Antarctica. There will also be briefings for the Zodiac (small inflatable boat) excursions, and as the icebergs begin to appear on the horizon and we reach the awe-inspiring Antarctic continent we will prepare to put these skills into action as we get ready to make our first of many landings.
Your discovery of the magical Antarctic Peninsula begins in earnest and the sheer beauty of this remarkable and remote wilderness wonderland will be sure to astound. As with all Polar expeditions, your exact route and itinerary in Antarctica will be flexible, with your experienced captain and crew charting the best course for unrivalled scenic and wildlife experiences. Each day we will explore by Zodiac boat or on foot around some of the Peninsula’s most impressive landing sites on a constant search for the wildlife that abounds here.
We will search for sightings of numerous breeds of penguins including Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo, whales including minke, humpback and orca, various species of seals and abundant birdlife. You will visit spectacularly scenic bays and harbours, volcanic beaches, research stations and sites of historical significance. Each day will bring a new adventure as you enjoy a thorough exploration of this breathtaking region. Sites you are likely to visit include, but are not limited to, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy and the South Shetland Islands amongst many other places.
At Sea - Drake Passage
Leaving Antarctica in our wake we will now sail back into the Drake Passage to make our way back to Ushuaia. Enjoy the final lectures and presentations delivered by your expert team and some final whale watching and birdwatching from the deck. Or simply relax on your luxurious ship and catch your breath after what will have been an incredibly exciting voyage.
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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