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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

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 icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 16-night luxury expedition voyage. Includes flights between Buenos Aires or Santiago and Ushuaia

Cruise Only
16 nights from £11368pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Antarctica scenery
  • Falkland Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • South Georgia penguins
  • Whalers Church, South Georgia
  • Fur seals
  • Gentoo penguins

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The Great Austral Loop Special Offer

A fascinating expedition exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula, home to an abundance of wildlife, on board stylish megayachts L'Austral, Le Boreal and Le Soleal.

Enjoy a hotel stay in the Chilean capital of Santiago or lively Buenos Aires (selected departures), before flying to Ushuaia to join your ship. Cruise to the remote Falklands archipelago, calling at New Island, home to a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags, before continuing to picturesque Grave Cove, named after the whalers' graves. You'll then spend two days in South Georgia, with possible landings including Gold Harbour, Fortuna Bay and Salisbury Plain.

An unforgettable three days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula awaits. Zodiac excursions allow you to get up close to dramatic glaciers and colonies of penguins basking on the shores. Accompanied by naturalist guides, this voyage promises to be a unique experience.

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The Great Austral Loop Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Santiago (Chile) - Ushuaia (Argentina)

On 19 Jan 2021 departure, the pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires is included. On 3, 28 Nov 2020 departures, there is a complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay in Santiago. For guests with a hotel stay, the following morning, transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Ushuaia and embark L'Austral, Le Boreal or Le Soleal. You may wish to take the optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park and board your ship later.

Day 3 - At sea

Relax on board during a day at sea.

Day 4 - 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 5-6 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during days at sea.

Days 7-9 - Gold Harbour - Fortuna Bay - Salisbury Plain (South Georgia)

Head to South Georgia, home to an abundance of wildlife, including Gentoo penguins and fur seals. You might get to see the glaciers of Gold Harbour, and visit Fortuna Bay, named after the ship Fortuna used in a whaling expedition. It may also be possible to land at Sailsbury Plain, home to thousands of king penguins, elephant seals and fur seals.

Days 10-11 - At sea

Spend two days at sea.

Days 12-14 - Antarctic Peninsula (Antarctica)

Spend an unforgettable three days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. You'll be surrounded by spectacular glaciers and exceptional wildlife, including penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels. Based on ice conditions, the Captain and Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac outings and landings.

Days 15-16 - Drake Passage

Cruise the famous Drake Passage between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands.

Day 17 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Santiago (Chile)

Disembark your ship in Ushuaia and take a short flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago.

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 expedition cruise
  • 3, 28 Nov 2020 departures: Complimentary pre-cruise hotel in Santiago
  • 19 Jan 2021 departure: Complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires
  • Flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia or Santiago and Ushuaia
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Zodiac landings and moderate walks accompanied by an expedition team
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • 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 or Santiago. These flights can be added.
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 19th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: LAustral From: £16137
      Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Deck 5 Owners Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £16137 Blue Water Price from: £22099 Blue Water Price from: £25080 Blue Water Price from: £30815

Price Information

  • A fluid pricing structure is in place and prices can change at any time
Map for The Great Austral Loop