The classic Antarctica expedition voyage itinerary, aboard the most sophisticated ships sailing with a distinctive French flavor aboard Ponant.
Tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice… the Antarctic has its own language, which you’ll soon speak fluently! We are offering you a chance to sail through the Heart of the Peninsula which offers travelers an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic ice sheet. This is a fascinating journey to the heart of this remote land, Penguins live in the thousands, waddling on the shores, whilst Humpback Whales come and swim alongside your ship.
2018 – January 14 to 26 (B); January 24 to February 5 (B); February 23 to March 7 (B); November 16 to 28 (L); November 18 to 30 (S); December 02 to 14 (B); December 08 to 20 (S); December 27 to January 08 2019 (B); December 28 to January 09 2019 (A)
2019 – January 03 to 15 (S); January 07 to 19 (A); January 13 to 25 (S); January 15 to 27 (B); January 17 to 29 (A); January 23 to February 04 (S); February 05 to 17 (A); February 12 to 24 (S); February 15 to 27 (A); February 19 to March 03 (L); February 20 to March 04 (B);
DURATION – 13 days
EMBARKATION – Ushuaia (Argentina)
DISEMBARKATION – Ushuaia (Argentina)
SHIP – LE BOREAL (B); LE LYRIAL (L); LE SOLEAL (S); LE AUSTRAL (A)
ABUNDANT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE
- The highest concentration of Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins in Antarctica; Minke and humpback Whales, Weddell seals, sea Leopards, and numerous sea birds: Cape Petrels, Albatrosses, imperial Shags, and snow Petrels.
- Landscapes: A multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe (or pack ice), calving of imposing icebergs, tall snow covered mountains.
- Visits: to research stations and former whaling stations.
- Hiking possibilities: Deception Island, Neko, Paradise Bay.
- Outings in Zodiac® dinghies: The Weddell Sea, Neko Bay, Paradise Bay.
- Promise of an extraordinary journey in the footsteps of Great Explorers.
- Educational discovery with respect for the environment: Exceptional landing sites. In these areas you also have the opportunity to appreciate modern human ingenuity at scientific research stations of various nationalities. Some of these stations, such as Port Lockroy, even boast a museum, gift shop, and post office.
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will be met and transferred to your deluxe hotel. Remainder of the day is free.
Day 2: Buenos Aires Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of Buenos Aires, “Paris of South America”, arranged exclusively for Explor Cruises’ guests. Visit the unique neighborhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo. Lunch is included. This evening, you will be taken to a Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño, Includes round trip transfers and a tango lesson of 1hr before the dinner. Return to your hotel late.
Day 3: Flight to Ushuaia – Embarkation
Transfer from your hotel to the city airport for your included flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Meet and transfer to ship. Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel, at the country’s southernmost tip. Its colorful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike.
Day 4-5: Drake Passage
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.
Days 6 – 10: Exploration Of Antarctic Peninsula And South Shetland Islands
The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby South Shetland Islands provide exceptional opportunities to discover the unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Depending on weather and ice conditions, the captain and expedition team will direct your ship to a variety of secluded bays and harbors to optimize Zodiac landings and wildlife viewing. While we have a plan, flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising. With the help of our expedition team, look for the four penguin, six seal and several whale species on your Antarctic checklist. We’ll also find a time for our most adventurous travelers to take a polar plunge, perhaps in Neko Harbor or the relatively warm waters of volcanic Deception Island.
As we head south along the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll understand why the imposing, snow-covered Lemaire Channel is called “Kodak Alley.” We’ll also try to visit a research station during the voyage, although the work schedules of the scientists may not always permit this. A Zodiac cruise of Paradise Bay, with its many glaciers, offers an experience like no other on the globe.
Cruise by massive icebergs, with cracks and crevices reflecting an amazing spectrum of blue colors. Conditions permitting, we’ll set foot on the actual Antarctic Continent at Hope Bay or perhaps another site.
In 1996, the Port Lockroy base was renovated and is now a museum and post office operated by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations for cruise-ship passengers in Antarctica. Proceeds from the small souvenir shop fund the upkeep of the site and other historic sites and monuments in Antarctica.
Visit Pleneau Island and its colony of Gentoo penguins.
DAYS 11-12: At Sea – Drake Passage
Cross back across Drake Passage.
DAY 13: Ushuaia – Disembark
Transfer from ship to included flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires. Connect with flight home, or stay longer in Argentina.
2017-18 Season - EMBLEMATIC ANTARCTICA - Le Boreal - Le Soleal
DOUBLE PER PERSON
|PUBLISHED RATES||DATES WITH SPECIAL EXPLOR CRUISES' RATES
|MOST 2017 - 2018 DATES||Dec 07-19, 2017 (S)||Nov 26-Dec 08, 2017 (B); |
Dec 16-28, 2017 (B)
|Dec 6-18, 2017 (B);
Feb 23-Mar 07, 2018 (B)
|PRESTIGE DECK 4||$16,085||$11,110||$12,160||$12,811|
|PRESTIGE DECK 5||$16,755||11,580||$12,620||$13,311|
|PRESTIGE DECK 6||$17,435||$12,050||$13,100||$13,831|
|PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE||$26,595||$18,510||$19,560||NA|
|PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE||$27,835||$19,330||$20,380||$21,631|
2018-19 Season - EMBLEMATIC ANTARCTICA - Le Lyrial - Le Soleal - Le Austral - Le Boreal
DOUBLE PER PERSON
|PUBLISHED RATES||DATES WITH SPECIAL EXPLOR CRUISES' RATES|
|MOST 2018 - 2019 DATES||Nov 16-28 2018 (L); Nov 18-30, 2018 (S); |
Dec 02-14, 2018 (B); Dec 08-20, 2018 (S);
Dec 28, 2018-Jan 09, 2019 (A);
Jan 03-15, 2019 (S); Jan 07-19, 2019 (A);
Jan 13-25, 2019 (S): Jan 15-27, 2019 (B);
Jan 23-Feb 04, 2019 (S); Feb 05-17, 2019 (A);
Feb 12-24, 2019 (S); Feb 15-27, 2019 (A);
Feb 19-Mar 03, 2019 (L); Feb 20-Mar 04, 2019 (B)
|Dec 27, 2018-Jan 08, 2019 (B);||Jan 17-29, 2019 (A)|
|PRESTIGE DECK 4||$16,085||$12,160||$12,630||$12,820|
|PRESTIGE DECK 5||$16,755||$12,450||$13,140||$13,350|
|PRESTIGE DECK 6||$17,435||$13,160||$13,680||$13,900|
|PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE||$26,595||$20,030||NA||$21,260|
|PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE||$27,835||$20,910||$21,820||$22,210|
|GRAND DELUXE SUITE|
|GRAND PRIVILEGE SUITE|
|OWNER SUITE||$38,695||$32,640 (S) (B) (A)|