Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Great Adventure

From the Antarctic Peninsula and its stunning panoramas, set off in the wake of great explorers towards South Georgia on this superb luxury expedition, with Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Cruise Only - Package Possible
15 nights from £7060pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Paradise Bay
  • Chin Strap Penguin
  • Scenery in Antarctica
  • Scenery in Antarctica
  • Whalers Church, South Georgia
  • Penguins in South Georgia
  • Summer night in Antarctica

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Ponant Luxury Expeditions

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The Great Adventure Special Offer

Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers, including Sir Ernest Shackleton, on this unique expedition from the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula to the imposing landscapes of South Georgia.

Join luxurious ship Le Soleal in Ushuaia, the fascinating capital of Argentina, and cruise the famous Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula with its snow-covered peaks and majestic icebergs. Observe leopard seals basking on the shores of picturesque Neko Bay, visit the world's southernmost post office at Port Lockroy, and see the remains of abandoned huts on Deception Island, a former whaling port and home to one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins in the peninsula.

Leave the breathtaking White Continent behind and head to South Georgia. Visit Gold Harbour with its black-sand beaches which play host to thousands of king penguins and learn about the Norwegian whaling industry in the early 20th century on a visit to Grytviken. Zodiac excursions allow you to glide past glistening icebergs and get up close to the diverse wildlife, from elephant seals to colonies of penguins and pods of whales.

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The Great Adventure Itinerary

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

Take a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Transfer to the port and embark your ship or take the optional excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park is available.

Days 2-3 - At Sea - Drake Passage

Cruise the legendary Drake Passage en route to Antarctica, the White Continent.

Day 4 - Neko Bay (Antarctica) - Paradise Bay

Neko Bay is one of the most beautiful sites in the Antarctic peninsula with mountains, snow and ice creating a unique landscape. Observe colonies of penguins on the shore and Antarctic terns flying overhead. Continue to the calm waters of Paradise Bay, home to penguins, seals and whales.

Day 5 - Port Lockroy - Whilhelmina Bay

Port Lockroy was discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Today, it is home to the United Kingdom Heritage Trust Station. Admire the spectacular scenery, before Le Soleal heads to Whilhelmina Bay, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Keep an eye out for humpback whales and crabeater seals.

Day 6 - Deception Island

Deception Island is nestled in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula and offers volcanic beaches and remains of abandoned huts. It was once an important whaling port and refuge where sailors could wait for storms to pass. The island is home to one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 7-8 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a couple of days at sea.

Day 9 - Cooper Bay (South Georgia) - Gold Harbour

Cooper Bay located at the entrance of Drygalski Fjord was discovered by explorer James Cook and is home to a variety of wildlife, including sea birds and penguins. Continue to Gold Harbour with its spectacular glaciers, volcanic black beaches and cascading waterfalls. Keep an eye out for fur seals and colonies of king penguins basking on the beaches.

Day 10 - Grytviken

Go back in time and discover the Norwegian whaling industry in the early 20th century during a call at Grytviken. Visit the museum devoted to the history of South Georgia and the beautiful church.

Day 11 - Fortuna Bay

Fortuna Bay is at the foot of the Breakwind Ridge Mountains. Cliffs plunge into the frozen sea while the surrounding plains are covered in grassland. Retrace the steps of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton who visited the bay during his famous Antarctic expedition and meet the colonies of king penguins.

Days 12-15 - At sea

Spend four days at sea en route to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

Day 16 - Montevideo (Uruguay)

Disembark your ship in Montevideo.

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

  • 15-night full board cruise on Le Soleal, L'Austral or Le Lyrial
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Open bar serving unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, selection of wines served with meals
  • Zodiac landings, moderate walks and active hikes accompanied by an expedition team
  • 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 Buenos Aires and return from Montevideo. These flights can be added - please contact us
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Montevideo to Ushuaia

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Le Lyrial
Nov 03£8825£7060

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Ushuaia to Montevideo

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Feb 27£8825£8385

Price Information

  • Above prices are a guide and may fluctuate due to the exchange rate.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Prestige cabin (2018) or Superior cabin (2019).
  • Cabin upgrade supplements are available - please contact us
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