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The Great Austral Loop

Discover the wild beauty of the rugged Falkland Islands, meet the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia and admire the majestic icerbergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 15-night luxury expedition voyage. Includes flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Cruise Only - Package Possible
15 nights from £8299pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • 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 Antarctic Peninsula, home to an abundance of wildlife, on board stylish megayacht L'Austral or Le Boreal.

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 colonies.

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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The Great Austral Loop Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Board your direct flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and transfer to L'Austral or Le Boreal. You may wish to take the optional 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. A pathway showcases the moorlands and takes you into the heart of a southern rockhopper penguin colony. Later, head to Grave Cove on the northern edge of the rugged Falkland Islands. It is home to a large colony of gentoo penguins.

Days 4-5 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during days at sea.

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. You'll have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton and may be lucky enough to to meet the 50,000 king penguins who live here.

Day 7 - St Andrews Bay - Grytviken

The bay's sand beach, home to fur seals, offers superb views of a large glacial trough which is enclosed by the majestic Ross Glacier. At the heart of the valley, you'll find South Georgia's largest colony of King Penguins. Later, cruise to the former whaling station of Grytviken where remnants of shipwrecks and whale bones can be found. You can also visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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 and the Weddell Seal which has a distinctive cry.

Day 12 - Wilhelmina Bay

Wilhemia Bay was discovered by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache during an Antarctic expedition. He named it in honour of Wilhelmina of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch queen. Admire the soaring mountains and abundant wildlife, including humpback whales.

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. The island is home to chinstrap penguins and Antarctic terns.

Days 14-15 - Drake Passage

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

Day 16 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires

Disembark L'Austral or Le Boreal 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-night cruise on board L'Austral or Le Boreal
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • 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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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
L'Austral
Nov 20£16355£12269
Dec 05£20005£15005
Le Boreal
Dec 14£11065£8299

Price Information

  • Above prices are a guide and may fluctuate due to the exchange rate.
  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Superior Cabin (Dec 2018 departures) or a Prestige Cabin (Nov 2018 departure).
  • Cabin upgrade supplements are available
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