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The Great Austral Loop

Discover the undulating hills of the remote Falkland Islands, the majestic glaciers of South Georgia and ice-covered peaks of the Antarctic Peninsula on this superb roundtrip expedition from Ushuaia with Zodiac excursions. Includes direct flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Cruise Only - Package Possible
15 nights

  • Antarctica scenery
  • Falkland Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • South Georgia penguins
  • Whalers Church, South Georgia
  • Fur Seals
  • King Penguins
  • Weddell Sea iceberg

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A fascinating expedition exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica Peninsula, home to an abundance of wildlife.

Join your ship in Ushuaia and head to the remote Falklands archipelago, home to a variety of bird species as well as sea lions, fur seals and black-browed albatross. Discover majestic glaciers and the remains of abandoned whaling ships on the island of South Georgia and explore the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula, home to the largest Penguin populations.

Zodiac excursions allow you to get up close to dramatic glaciers and colonies of penguins basking on the shores. Accompanied by naturalist guides, every trip offers a unique experience.

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November Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Board your direct flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and transfer to your ship. You may wish to take the excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park and board your ship later.

Day 2 - At sea

Relax on board during a day at sea.

Day 3 - New Island - Grave Cove (Falklands)

New Island is located in the far west of the Falklands archipelago. The island is a Nature reserve and home to a variety of bird species as well as sea lions and fur seals. Later, head to Grave Cove.

Days 4-5 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board.

Day 6 - Salisbury Plain - Fortuna Bay (South Georgia)

The Sailsbury Plain is located on the north coast of South Georgia and is home to thousands of king penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. Later head to Fortuna Bay, named after the ship Fortuna used in a whaling expedition.

Day 7 - Grytviken - St Andrews Bay

Grytviken was established in 1904 as a whaling station. See the remains of abandoned whaling ships. L'Austral continues to St Andrews Bay, home to colonies of king penguins.

Day 8 - Gold Harbour

Gold Harbour is backed by spectacular glaciers and soaring cliffs. It is a breeding ground for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and sooty albatrosses.

Days 9-10 - At sea

Spend two days at sea.

Day 11 - Weddell Sea (Antarctica)

Experience absolute silence as you sail across the Weddell Sea. Keep an eye out for majestic icebergs, the Weddell Sea and Giant Petrels.

Day 12 - Gerlache Strait

Your ship cruises the Gerlache Strait.

Day 13 - Deception Island - Half Moon

Deception Island is a former volcano whose crater collapsed to form a caldera. Walk along the black sandy beach past Chinstrap penguins to the old station, Water Bay and Neptune's Window. Later, head to Half Moon island where you can see the remains of old whaling boats.

Days 14-15 - Drake Passage

Cruise the Drake Passage, feared by many sailors. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you head to Ushuaia.

Day 16 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Buenos Aires.

The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may force the Captain to change course at the last minute. His decision will be based on advice from expert pilots who are present on board in South Georgia and Antarctica. Zodiac landings will be dependent on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state.

December Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and transfer to your ship. There is the opportunity to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park on an excursion before boarding your ship.

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 3 - New Island - Grave Cove (Falklands)

Located in the far west of the Falklands archipelago, New Island is a Nature reserve, home to a variety of bird species as well as sea lions and fur seals. Later, cruise to Grave Cove.

Days 4-5 - At sea

Enjoy a couple of days at sea.

Day 6 - Salisbury Plain - Fortuna Bay (South Georgia)

The Sailsbury Plain on the north coast of South Georgia is home to thousands of animal species including king penguins and elephant seals. Later cruise to Fortuna Bay, named after the ship Fortuna used in a whaling expedition.

Day 7 - Grytviken - St Andrews Bay

See the remains of abandoned whaling ships in Grytviken, established in 1904 as a whaling station, before cruising to St Andrews Bay, home to colonies of king penguins.

Day 8 - Gold Harbour

Gold Harbour is surrounded by majestic glaciers and impressive cliffs. It is a breeding ground for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and sooty albatrosses.

Days 9-10 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during time at sea.

Day 11 - Deception Island (Antarctica) - Half Moon

Deception Island is a former volcano, which after the crater collapsed became a caldera. See Chinstrap penguisn as you walk along the black sandy beach to the old station, Water Bay and Neptune's Window. Later, cruise to Half Moon island where you can see the remains of old whaling boats.

Day 12 - Willhelmina Bay - Paradise Bay

Admire breathtaking scenery and keep an eye out for humpback whales and crabeater seals in Willhelmina Bay, before cruising to Paradise Bay.

Day 13 - Pleneau Island

The island was named in honour of the photographer who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his expedition in 1903. It is home to Gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. At the heart of the island is Port Charcot, a bay which served Captain Charcot during his expedition.

Day 14 - Neko - Port Lockroy

Neko Bay was discovered by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache and is home to an abundance of wildlife, from cape petrels to orcas and colonies of penguins. Zodiac excursions allow you to get up close to icebergs and basking leopard seals. Continue to Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Take the opportunity to visit the world's southernmost post office.

Days 15-16 - At sea

Your expedition ship cruises the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.

Day 17 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Buenos Aires.

The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may force the Captain to change course at the last minute. His decision will be based on advice from expert pilots who are present on board in South Georgia and Antarctica. Zodiac landings will be dependent on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state.

Price Includes

  • 15 or 16-night cruise on board Le Boreal or Le Soleal
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Direct flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Zodiac landings and moderate walks accompanied by an expedition team
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary boot rental
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep

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
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