Weddell Sea, South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands in Luxury – 19 DaysAboard: Le Commandant Charcot
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- One night 5* hotel stay in Santiago pre-voyage, with breakfast, dinner and early check-in included
- Flight: Santiago to Ushuaia
- Transfers between airports, hotel and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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Santiago to Ushuaia
Arrive independently to the Chilean capital of Santiago and join your transfer to your 5* hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city before joining your fellow passengers for dinner.
After breakfast on day 2 you will take your transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia in southern Argentina where upon arrival you will transfer to the port to board your luxury expedition vessel. Settle into your beautiful stateroom and watch as we sail into the scenic Beagle Channel and begin our journey to Antarctica.
At Sea - Drake Passage
The next two days will be spent at sea sailing towards Antarctica and into 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 the excitement will build even more!
South Shetland Islands
Your first taste of Antarctica will be in the often mist-shrouded South Shetland Islands which offer a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to this remarkable continent. As with all Polar expeditions, your time in Antarctica will be flexible and dependent on weather and ice conditions, with your experienced captain and crew choosing the best course each day for thrilling adventures and unforgettable experiences.
Today the plan will be to land at some of the South Shetland’s isolated volcanic islands to discover their unique landscapes, important scientific research stations, and a large number of animal species including crabeater, elephant and Weddell seals, chinstrap penguins, Antarctic terns and giant petrels.
North Antarctic Peninsula
We now head deeper into Antarctic realms as we make our way towards the spectacular Antarctic Sound area north of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Sound is known as the gateway to the Weddell Sea and it is a wildlife haven which is home to bountiful Adelie penguins and leopard seals, and is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward.
Welcome to the wild and remote Weddell Sea area, where we will spend our time winding through a labyrinth of dense ice floes and majestic table-top icebergs to discover a landscape like no other. Explore around in search of fur seals and the iconic Weddell seals, wandering albatross and lots of penguins, whilst being surrounded by huge ice platforms at every turn. An unforgettable experience!
South Sandwich Islands
Zavadovski Island, South Sandwich Islands
A view from Above
The truly luxurious, brand-new (2021) Le Commandant Charcot is the latest addition to the stunning fleet of high-class Ponant expedition ships. Re-imagining luxury Polar cruises, the ship is the very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by liquefied natural gas and has been designed with the greatest attention to detail in terms of safety and respect for the environment. Offering more comfort and luxury than any other expedition ship on the market, Le Commandant Charcot features a beautiful indoor swimming pool, a fantastic spa, gym and wellness area, and truly elegant common areas including a panoramic indoor restaurant, Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, lounge bar, observation lounge and conservatory. Every element of the ship has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement. The 135 exceptional suites and staterooms, ranging in size from20 to 115 m², provide ultimate relaxation after a long day of exploring. With private balconies or terraces, each room allows for incredible views of your surroundings, and with their unique understated design each room exudes the feeling and sense of sailing on a private yacht. Large comfortable beds, air-conditioning, minibars, satellite TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Wi-Fi, bathrobes and top-of-the-line toiletries are just a few of the room features. Premium rooms also feature a butler service, and some even have their own private jacuzzis.
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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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