Antarctica & South Georgia to Montevideo in Luxury 17 DaysAboard: L'Austral Le Lyrial
This late season luxury expedition will take you to the enthralling Antarctic Peninsula and then to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. Sailing aboard a luxury expedition vessel you will depart from Ushuaia and make your way through the legendary Drake Passage for three days of thrilling exploration on the white continent. You will explore each day on foot and by Zodiac boat searching for wildlife sightings, visiting enchanting landing sites, experiencing breathtaking scenery and visiting remote research stations and historical sites. This is a great time of year for whale watching as well as seeing penguins, elephant seals and other native fauna. You will then sail on to beautiful South Georgia for three days of discovery amongst millions of penguins, including king penguins in the hundreds of thousands, and awe-inspiring scenery, before sailing to Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay.
Please note: your itinerary begins in Buenos Aires where you will enjoy an included overnight stay before flying to Ushuaia to embark. Before embarkation you can choose to either take an excursion into Tierra del Fuego National Park (costs apply) or enjoy lunch in the city.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels. This itinerary may also operate in reverse. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Exciting exploration of the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula
- The wildlife paradise of South Georgia where abundant birdlife and mammals, glacial scenery and rich history combine
- Dramatic scenery throughout of imposing icebergs, glaciers, mountains and volcanic beaches
- See an incredible array of various breeds of penguins including kings, adelies and chinstraps
- Sight marine mammals including whales and seals
- Amazing birdlife
- Visit historical sites and modern research bases
- Enjoy Zodiac cruises and hiking opportunities
- Kayaking options available (select departures - costs apply)
- Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- One night's accommodation in Buenos Aires pre-voyage with dinner and breakfast included
- Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia pre-voyage
- 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 to 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.
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.
Leaving Antarctica in our wake we will now spend two days at sea sailing north towards South Georgia. Your informative and entertaining lecture programme will continue, along with bio-environmental briefings for your time on the island. Take some time to relax after a busy few days in Antarctica and enjoy some of the fantastic hospitality on board. Some time on deck should reward with multiple seabird sightings and possibly some whale sightings.
We will now spend three exceptionally enjoyable days sailing around the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. We hope to make land at some enchanting landing sites to discover up-close what makes this remote island so remarkable. Millions of penguins, including king penguin colonies numbering up 300,000, crowd the beaches alongside enormous elephant seals, various breeds of seals and abundant seabirds, all surrounded by the most spectacular glacier and mountain scenery you could imagine. Places we hope to visit during our time here include Fortuna Bay, Gold Harbour, Salisbury Plain and Grytviken to visit the grave of the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
As your thrilling adventure comes to an end you can now spend a relaxing four days at sea sailing towards Montevideo. 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.
Your adventure ends in Montevideo, the beautiful capital city of Uruguay. Disembarkation will begin in the morning. Numerous tour extensions are available so please enquire for details should you wish to extend your stay.
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.
A sleek new luxury ship with 122 cabin/suites, each with private balcony. There are lifts to all decks, dining room, theatre/presentation room and all the facilities to be expected of a five star yacht. The sip enters service in April 2015 and full details will be available after that date.
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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
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.Steve Sutton
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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