Discover the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere where icebergs dominate the horizon on this fascinating expedition, combining the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia.
Zodiac excursions accompanied by experienced naturalist guides allow you to get up close to colonies of penguins and seals basking on the beaches, while guided hikes enable you to explore the dramatic landscapes.
Explore the Falkland Islands, carved by the South Atlantic and important breeding grounds for Rockhopper and Gentoo penguins, before heading to South Georgia. See thousands of King Penguins on the Salisbury Plain, follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton during your time in Fortuna Bay, and see the remains of the Norwegian whaling industry in Grytviken.
Spend three days exploring the wildlife and scenery of Antarctica, the spectacular White Continent. Highlights include Elephant Island, a refuge for Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team following a terrifying ordeal in the Weddell Sea, and Neko Bay with its glistening icebergs and colonies of penguins. Le Soleal then crosses the polar line, a unique experience, before cruising the legendary Drake Passage en route to Ushuaia.
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Beyond the Polar Circle Itinerary
Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
Take a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Transfer to the port and embark Le Soleal or enjoy time at leisure at the Arakur Resort. There is an optional excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Day 2 - At Sea
Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.
Day 3 - New Island (Falkland Islands) - Saunders
The Falkland Islands were discovered by a Spanish expedition at the beginning of the 16th century. The islands are carved by the South Atlantic and home to an abundance of wildlife. New Island is an important breeding ground for Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins as well as black-browed albatross. Continue to Saunders, the fourth largest island in the archipelago and home to Falkland steamer ducks, ruddy-headed geese and white-bridled finches.
Days 4-5 - At sea
Relax on board Le Soleal during a couple of days at sea.
Day 6 - Salisbury Plain (South Georgia) - Fortuna Bay
Salisbury Plain is a breeding ground for thousands of King Penguins and located on the north coast of South Georgia. Continue to Fortuna Bay at the foot of the Breakwind Ridge Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton who landed here during his famous Antarctic expedition.
Day 7 - Grytviken - St Andrews Bay
See remains of the Norwegian whaling industry as Le Soleal calls at Grytviken. Visit the museum and learn about the history of South Georgia and admire the beautiful church. Later, cruise to St Andrews Bay, home to the world's largest King Penguin colony.
Day 8 - Gold Harbour - Cooper Bay
Admire majestic glaciers, volcanic black beaches and cascading waterfalls in Gold Harbour. Plus keep an eye out for fur seals, elephant seals and colonies of king penguins which congregate on the beaches. Continue to Cooper Bay at the entrance of Drygalski Fjord. It was discovered by explorer James Cook and is home to a variety of sea birds and penguins.
Day 9 - At sea
Spend a day at sea.
Day 10 - Elephant Island (Antarctica)
Elephant Island is located off the coast of Antarctica. Ernest Shackleton and his team reached Elephant Island after a terrifying ordeal in the Weddell Sea. They spent time on the island before heading to South Georgia.
Day 11 - Astrolabe Island
Astrolabe Island was discovered by Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville's expedition. See the thousands of chinstrap penguins and the Dragon's Teeth, a small group of rocks.
Day 12 - Neko - Petermann Island
Neko Bay was discovered by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-99 expedition. With dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife including cape petrels and orcas, this is one of the most beautiful sites in the Antarctica peninsula. Continue to Petermann Island just north of the Antarctic Circle and the perfect place to observe Crabeater and Elephant seals, as well as Adelie penguins.
Day 13 - Crossing the Polar Circle
Le Soleal crosses the Antarctic Circle for the very first time.
Days 14-15 - At sea - Drake Passage
Le Soleal cruises the Drake Passage on her return to Ushuaia.
Day 16 - Ushuaia (Argentina)
Ushuaia is situated on the shores of the Beagle Channel and the southernmost city in the world. It is the gateway to the Tierra del Fuego National Park with its diverse flora and fauna.
Day 17 - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Disembark Le Soleal and transfer to the airport for your return 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.