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Antarctica Land of Extremes

A luxury expedition voyage from Ushuaia through the famous Drake Passage to the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula, with expert guides and zodiac landings to see the spectacular Antarctic wildlife.

Cruise Only - Package Possible
10 nights from £5995pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • King penguins in Antarctica
  • Le Boreal in Antarctica
  • Summer night in Antarctica
  • Chin Strap Penguin

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Join your luxurious expedition ship and embark on an unforgettable voyage to the White Continent. Discover snow-capped mountains, spectacular icebergs and an abundance of wildlife

Cross the famous Drake Passage to Antarctica and enjoy a series of zodiac landings led by an expedition team of naturalist guides. Explore Paradise Bay, home to an abundance of wildlife, including seals, orcas and sea birds and visit Port Lockroy on the picturesque island of Goudier.

See the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula on Deception Island, before cruising the Weddell Sea and crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, where this fascinating expedition comes to an end.

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Nov 2017 - Feb 2018 Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Take a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embark your luxurious expedition ship. Ushuaia is regarded as the world's southern-most city and the capital of Tierra del Fuego. It is surrounded by mountains and the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is rich in flora and fauna - beavers, albatross and penguins.

Days 2-3 - At Sea

To reach the magnificent White Continent we cross the famous Drake Passage named afer the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters in 1578. We then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

Day 4 - Neko (Antarctica) - Paradise Bay (Antarctica)

At the end of Andvord Bay is a truly heavenly spot at the foot of a vast glacier; Neko Bay is without doubt one of most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Gerlache, during his Antarctic expedition from 1897. Mountains, snow, ice and nature in the wild combine to offer a unique landscape. The wildlife here is as abundant as it is exceptional, with gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants, as well as sea mammals such as seals, orcas and whales. Zodiac excursions bring you into the closest contact with the icebergs, or take you into the heart of the penguin colonies, or to observe a sea elephant lounging on the shore as the Antarctic terns wheel about overhead.

Day 5 - Pleneau Island (Antarctica) - Port Charcot (Antarctica)

South of the Lemaire Channel, Pleneau Island is the site of a large colony of gentoo penguins. We may be lucky enough to spot leopard seals, which hunt the gentoo.

Day 6 - Port Lockroy (Antarctica)

Port Lockroy on the small island of Goudier was discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Today, it is home to the United Kingdom Heritage Trust Station, an area surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and one of the most visited destinations in the Antarctic.

Day 7 - Deception Island (Antarctica) - Half Moon Island

Deception Island is nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands. Landing by zodiac, we will see the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. The island is volcanic and has an interesting flooded caldera which opens to the sea. Later, cruise to Half Moon Island in the heart of the Shetland archipelago. Argentina's former geopolitical base is situated in the centre of the island and offers refuge for many animal species.

Day 8 - Cruising the Weddell Sea

See fur seals, penguin colonies, wandering albatross and giant petrels as you cruise the Weddell Sea.

Days 9-10 - At Sea

Relax and enjoy the luxurious facilities on board as we cross Drake Passage to Ushuaia.

Day 11 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the ports of call listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the captain. His decision will be based on advice from expert pilots who are present on board during the cruise. Zodiac landings depend on the weather conditions, ice and wind.

Jan - Feb 2017 Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Take a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embark your luxurious expedition ship. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego and surrounded by mountains and the Tierra del Fuego National Park, rich in flora and fauna.

Days 2-3 - Drake Passage

Cross the famous Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake.

Day 4 - Port Lockroy (Antarctica)

Port Lockroy was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903 and is home to the United Kingdom Heritage Trust Station, an area surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.

Day 5 - Pleneau - Port Charcot

Located south of the Lemaire Channel, Pleneau Island is the site of a large colony of gentoo penguins. Keep an eye out for leopard seals.

Day 6 - Neko - Paradise Bay

Neko Bay is without doubt one of most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. Discovered by Belgian explorer Gerlache, mountains, snow and ice combine to offer a unique landscape. Look out for gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants, as well as sea mammals such as seals, orcas and whales. Zodiac excursions take you into the heart of the penguin colonies and allow you to observe sea elephants lounging on the shore.

Day 7 - Weddell Sea

Keep an eye out for fur seals, penguin colonies, wandering albatross and giant petrels as you cruise the Weddell Sea.

Day 8 - Deception Island - Half Moon

Deception Island is nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands. See the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula on a Zodiac excursion. The island is volcanic and has an interesting flooded caldera which opens to the sea. Later, visit Half Moon Island.

Days 9-10 - Drake Passage

Cross the famous Drake Passage en route back to Ushuaia.

Day 11 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the ports of call listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the captain. His decision will be based on advice from expert pilots who are present on board during the cruise. Zodiac landings depend on the weather conditions, ice and wind.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board cruise on Le Soleal, Le Lyrial or Le Boreal
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Return charter flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Zodiac landings, moderate walks and active hikes accompanied by an expedition team
  • French/English speaking guest speakers
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, selection of wines served with meals.
  • Open bar serving unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • The use of a parka for shore visits

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights to and from Buenos Aires. These flights can be added.
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional Open Bar package
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Le Boreal
Nov 28; Dec 08£7785£7785
Dec 18£7785£7099
Dec 28£8129£7399
Le Lyrial
Dec 03£7785£5995

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Le Boreal
Jan 26£7785£6619
Feb 25£7785£7099

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double cabin
  • Port charges and taxes: from £470pp
  • Includes return charter flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
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