Antarctica Expedition Cruise including South Georgia and Falkland Islands

17 Days
Category:
  • Gentoo Penguins and Ponant ship
  • South Georgia King Penguin
  • Antarctica Zodiacs and iceberg
  • Antarctica Hump Back Whale
  • Antarctica Le Boreal zodiac
  • Antarctica ship and zodiac
  • Antarctica ship and sea lions
  • Antarctica Adelie Penguins
  • Antarctica landing
  • Antarctica Gentoo Penguins and ship

Blue Dot Travel brings you this Ponant Antarctic expedition cruise.  

You will set sail from the fascinating city of Ushuaia, which the Argentinians call El fin del mundo (the end of the world).

First, you will chart a course for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty and lush moors are sure to captivate you, before heading to South Georgia, its impressive glaciers and its black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence. 

You will then sail to the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds: these are some of the encounters you will most likely have the chance to experience in the Antarctic Peninsula, creating indelible memories. 

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides

  2. Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection

  3. Wildlife galore including black-browed albatrosses, snowy albatrosses, Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins and southern rockhopper penguins.  Landscapes of moors scattered with moss and lichen, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the Falkland Islands 

  4. King penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins plus alpine landscapes, lush green plains and suspended glaciers in South Georgia

  5.  Humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crab-eater seals and Weddell seals along with drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula

 

DEPARTURE DATE 19 January 2022
DURATION 17 days – 15 nights onboard the ship
TOUR COST


Deck 3: 
Superior Stateroom $18,920 per person  * 

Deck 3 : Deluxe Stateroom $20,390 per person  *

Deck 4: Prestige Stateroom $22,700 per person  *

Deck 5:  Prestige Stateroom $23,760 per person *

Deck 6: Prestige Stateroom $25,020 per person *

* Enjoy Blue Dot Travel’s special group rate prices

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Share basis only (enquire if solo cabin available)

 

INCLUDED
Twin-share accommodation on board Le Boreal
Meals as listed on the Ponant itinerary
Internal flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia
4-star hotel in Buenos Aires night before embarkation
Transfers mentioned in the itinerary
Tips included unless otherwise stated
Lunch at Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa on embarkation day
Free parka, free boot rental
Outings and shore visits in Zodiacs
Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Add on a Blue Dot Travel small group tour to Argentina + Iguazu Falls + Walking in Patagonia
  • Or add on a Blue Dot Travel small group tour to Bolivia, Paraguay & Uruguay
  • Options to book sea kayaking excursion and pre-departure tour to Tierra del Fuego
  • International flights can be arranged
  • Blue Dot Travel Group terms and conditions apply – Click here to read
  • Blue Dot Travel Antarctica Booking Form – Click here

 

Map of Antarctica Expedition

Itinerary:

USHUAIA

Embarkation 20/1/2022 from 16h00 to 17h00 - Departure 20/1/2022 at 18h00

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

AT SEA

Arrival 21/1/2022 - Departure 21/1/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

NEW ISLAND

Arrival 22/1/2022 - Departure 22/1/2022

This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes, you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

GRAVE COVE

Arrival 22/1/2022 - Departure 22/1/2022

Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson's dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white.  A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island, you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you'll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

AT SEA

Arrival 23/1/2022 - Departure 24/1/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

SOUTH GEORGIA

Arrival 25/1/2022 - Departure 27/1/2022

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

AT SEA

Arrival 28/1/2022 - Departure 29/1/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Arrival 30/1/2022 - Departure 1/2/2022

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

Arrival 2/2/2022 - Departure 3/2/2022

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

USHUAIA

Arrival 4/2/2022 early morning - Disembarkation 4/2/2022 at 07h00

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary.

With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Next Steps

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