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The Austral Loop with National Geographic

Luxury Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica 17 Days

Prices From £10,320pp
November to February | 16 nights

Luxury Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica 17 Days

Aboard: Le Boreal L'Austral Le Lyrial

In collaboration with National Geographic, this truly memorable journey will see you discover the remarkable lands of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. This luxury expedition gives a taste of the Falkland Islands with landings on New Island and Grave Cove, where there is not only some of the most beautiful scenery, but also lots of wildlife viewing with four species of penguins, albatross and dolphins. Then it's on to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, home to millions of penguins and outstanding landscapes, before continuing to the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula for some unforgettable Polar exploration.

Travelling in the company of an experienced and knowledgeable expedition team, as well as special guest photographers and experts from National Geographic, you will enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises and shore visits throughout. Exploring each day by ship, on foot and by Zodiac, this is the ultimate expedition in the southern region. An incredible voyage that is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.

This trip operates on various dates aboard 3 different vessels. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Some departures are in conjunction with National Geographic. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Highlights

  • Exciting exploration of the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula
  • Discover the beauty of some of the rarely visited areas of the Falkland Islands
  • 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
  • Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise (costs apply)
  • Optional kayaking excursions (select departures - costs apply)
  • Special National Geographic expedition – enrichment programme with a National Geographic photographer and experts onboard (select departures)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
  • One night's accommodation in Buenos Aires pre-voyage with dinner & breakfast 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 to Ushuaia
1 - 2Days

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.

At Sea
3Day

At Sea

Today will be spent at sea sailing towards the Falkland Islands. Days at sea 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 the wildlife and geology of the areas we’ll visit to historical polar explorations, and there will be bio-environmental briefings regarding the rules that must be adhered to during your visit to the wildlife-rich Falklands.

Falkland Islands
4Day

Falkland Islands

Having arrived along the western coast of the Falklands overnight, this morning the excitement will build as we prepare for the first of many landings of our trip. Our first stop in this scenic and wildlife-rich archipelago will be the distinctive jagged landmass of New Island, where we will make land to enjoy a walk across the golden sand of the flower-lined beaches to discover more of this remote natural paradise. A short walk through the typical Falkland moorlands will bring the first of many wildlife encounters of our trip as we reach a colony of southern rockhopper penguins. In this location we will also have the opportunity to observe large colonies of imperial shags and the mighty black-browed albatross as they swoop majestically from the cliffs to the waves.

After an enjoyable exploration of New Island, we will get back onboard to sail through the Woolly Gut strait to arrive at the rarely-visited Grave Cove to gain another perspective of these beautiful lands. Stepping off the boat and on to the white sandy beach you may well be greeted by the Commerson's dolphins that are often found here! More wildlife awaits as we make our way across the grassy dunes to one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area that resides here alongside the famous Falkland Islands sheep. We may also have good chances of spotting sea lions here.

At Sea
5 - 6Days

At Sea

Sailing south 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 day in the Falklands and enjoy some of the fantastic hospitality on board. Some time on deck should reward with multiple seabird sightings and possibly some whale sightings.





South Georgia
7 - 9Days

South Georgia

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.



At Sea
10 - 11Days

At Sea

Over the course of the next two days we will enjoy a gentle sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Your lecture programme will continue 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 in this icy wilderness.



Antarctica
12 - 14Days

Antarctica

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
15 - 16Days

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.



Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
17Day

Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires

A view from Above

All Aboard

Le Boreal
Luxury vessel

Le Boreal

Le Boreal is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambiance with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites are and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, Ipod 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 ans slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hamman 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.

L'Austral
Luxury vessel

L'Austral

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.

Le Lyrial
Luxury vessel

Le Lyrial

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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