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Featured Travel – Antarctica2019-08-05T15:09:39+00:00

ANTARCTICA

WELCOME TO THE COOLEST DESTINATION ON THE PLANET!

Antarctica is often considered the ultimate travel destination for Australians and there are few ways better than Antarctica Cruises to check this off your must-do holiday list. Many consider Antarctic Tours as exploring the last frontier and Antarctica Travel as the ultimate in travel experiences.

Antarctica is the fifth largest, the coldest and the driest continent on Earth. Antarctica Tours not only offer travellers the amazing opportunity to observe the abundance of wildlife it has to offer from the comfort of their expedition vessel, but also to gain inspirational insights from a dedicated and knowledgeable crew who spend their working lives traversing the icy ends of the globe. This is truly the very height of exciting travel and adventure holidays. Add the great, white continent to your travel itinerary and see for yourself what the most remote destination on the planet can offer you.

ANTARCTIC RESOURCES

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  • The Antarctic Continent
  • Scenery & Wildlife
  • Seasons & Weather
  • Cruise Types & Vessels
  • Specific Ports of Interest
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WILLIAM DOCHERTY – DIRECTOR & ANTARCTIC EXPERT
Whilst all of The Adventure Traveller consultants have travelled to Antarctica, William is the only one who has been twice. He is an Antarctic fanatic with an immense passion for helping others create their once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic adventure.

WILLIAM DOCHERTY RECOUNTS ONE OF HIS ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

My journey started in Ushuaia the southern most town in the world in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. I boarded the Polar Pioneer a Finnish ice strengthened research ship that holds 56 passengers. My journey was to take in The Drake passage known to all that sail as the Drake lake or the Drake shake as it can be either a smooth crossing or a choppy crossing depending on weather.

Heading firstly to the Antarctic peninsula for amazing photographic opportunities at Paradise Bay and Lemaire channel viewing Whales, Penguins, Seals and numerous species of birds including the 3m wing span of the Wandering Albatross and well as magnificent icebergs and huge glaciers.

After a few days down on the peninsula we cruised to South Shetland Islands including Elephant Island then on to the breeding grounds for the Sub Antarctic Fur Seals, the Elephant Seals and King Penguin colonies of 80,000 on South Georgia Island where Ernest Shackleton the great explorer is buried. After a few days exploring there we headed for the Falkland Islands and the infamous Port Stanley(for all the wrong reasons) where we visited Sea Lion colonies as well as the Magellanic Penguins that live in burrows and some rare species of birds (ornithologists dream).

An amazing opportunity that everyone should experience once in their lifetime.

M/V OCEAN NOVA: ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

Experience the extraordinary land of Antarctica aboard the amazing Ocean Nova. You’ll witness jaw dropping scenery, incredible wildlife, glaciers as well as visits to historic sites that will definitely tick off all your boxes. This outstanding vessel will ensure your landing on Antarctica is an experience you’ll never forget!

Itinerary Highlights

  • The Ocean Nova is a small expedition vessel operating in Antarctica where you can reach remote areas on this ship unlike that of larger ships.
  • Intimate group of no more than 68 people, personalised & accurate service due to high passenger-staff ratio.
  • 4-star boutique discovery journey: allows for an active voyage  with rich daily activities such as landings, zodiac cruising and lectures.
  • All-inclusive package: Ship cruise with expedition program, activities on-board and ashore.
  • See many colonies of penguins and various species of whales, seals and sea birds, where you’ll have amazing photography opportunities
  • Learn about early explorers and visit modern scientific research stations.
  • Optional activities of kayaking and snowshoeing offered at an additional cost.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Embark from Ushuaia
  • Day 2-3: Drake Passage
  • Day 4-7: Explore Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 8-9: Drake Passage
  • Day 10: Disembark in Ushuaia

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Please make your own way to the port today. If you wish to have a transfer included, please let your consultant know.

Board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctica.

Day 2-3: Cross the Drake Passage

Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en-route to South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds such as the albatross and petrels as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and first sight of Antarctic land.

Days 4-7: Exploring Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Possible Landing sites:

CUVERVILLE ISLAND
A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.

DAMOY POINT
If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor on which Port Lockroy is located.

DANCO ISLAND
This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.

ENTERPRISE ISLAND
Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.

LEMAIRE CHANNEL
This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you’ll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.

MELCHIOR ISLANDS
A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.

NEKO HARBOUR
Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor.

PETERMANN ISLAND
Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.

PORT LOCKROY
A ‘fun’ destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.

WATERBOAT POINT
Of historic interest, you may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site.

Days 8-9: Cross the Drake Passage

We invite you to relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by our Antarctic experts. Sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to your final destination.

Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Your cruise ends this morning upon arrival back in to Ushuaia port. No transfer is included today but please let your travel consultant know if you would like to book one.

Cabin Details

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Triple Cabin

14m², two single beds, one upper single bed, picture window, writing desk with chair, wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, private bathroom with shower.

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Twin Cabin

10m², two lower single beds, picture window, writing desk with chair, wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, private bathroom with shower.

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Single Cabin

8m², one lower single bed, picture window, writing desk with chair, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower

Ocean Nova (A21) Deckplan

deck plan

Specifications

  • Passengers: 72 maximum
  • Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines 2,000 horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water

Whats included?

  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula aboard of M/V Ocean Nova
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • Contingency Plan as described further on.
  • IAATO passenger fee

What’s not included?

  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities.
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses,
  • Any arrival and/or departure tax

Notes

*Passport, visa and immigration fees

The itinerary of this program visits Argentinean and Chilean territories. The authorities require visitors to carry a valid passport and, depending on nationality, may require a visa.

**Optional activities

  • Sea kayaking – US$895 per person
  • Snowshoeing – US$195 per person  
  • *Sea kayaking and snowshoeing activities are available to be booked on-board beginning the 2019-20 season. There will be 12 spots available per day, but will depend on how many spots are booked by guests once they board the ship.
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G EXPEDITION: QUEST FOR THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier, a mysterious and pristine paradise. Our exceptional ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness and its expert staff are on hand to ensure you fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. You’ll sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands and then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Be one of only a few to cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Zodiac Excursions to the Antarctic mainland and surrounding islands and icebergs to spend some time with many different breeds of Penguins, Seals and Whales
  • Learn about the nature and history of Antarctica from the expert guides
  • Opportunity to camp or kayak in Antarctica
  • Excellent service and staff on board

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia for your overnight stay
  • Day 2: Embark ship in Ushuaia
  • Day 3-4: Cross the Drake Passage
  • Day 5-6: South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 7-8: Antarctic Peninsula – Antarctic Circle
  • Day 9-11: Antarctic Circle
  • Day 12-13: Return via the Drake Passage
  • Day 14: Disembark in Ushuaia

Day 1: Arrive Ushuaia

Arrive at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city. If you are arriving in to Ushuaia airport today you will have a transfer included.

Day 2: Embark ship in Ushuaia

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4: Cross the Drake Passage

Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from your expedition team, and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the ship’s wake.

Days 5-6: Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

Encounter some of the region’s unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters.

This is what we’ve all been waiting for – a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions.

The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Days 7-8: The Polar Circle Crossing

With a close eye on weather conditions, continue southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, push on with the goal in mind – crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Few travellers have ventured this far south, but with our fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel and favourable sea conditions, the Expedition can access many remote locations other ships just can’t reach.

Day 9-11: The Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

We will turn north for the first time and head back through the ‘inside passage’ (depending on weather conditions) to continue our exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 12-13: The Drake Passage

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales!

Day 14: Ushuaia

After breakfast on board, you will disembark the G Expedition in Ushuaia. Upon completion of disembarkation in Ushuaia, passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

Cabin Details

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Category 1A – Quadruple Cabin

Located on the lower level, 2 x bunk beds, private bathroom, porthole window, closer & desk.

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Category 1 – Triple Cabin

Located on the lower level, 1 x bunk, 1 single bed, private bathroom, porthole window, closet & desk.

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Category 2 – Twin Cabin

Located on the lower level, 2 x single beds, private bathroom, porthole window, closet & desk.

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Category 3 – Twin Cabin

Located on mid level, 2 x single beds, private bathroom, window, closet & desk.

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Category 4 – Twin Cabin

Located on the upper level, 2 x single beds, large private bathroom, large window, closet & desk.

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Category 5 Suite – Double Cabin

Located on the upper level, double bed, second room / office, large Private bathroom and shower, large windows, walk in robe & desk.

G Expedition Deckplan

deck plan

Specifications

  • Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 (2009)
  • Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B
  • Length: 105m (345 ft)
  • Breadth: 18.6m (61 ft)
  • Max Draft: 4.7m (15 ft)
  • Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots
  • Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG
  • Max Group Size: 132
  • (Max Passenger Capacity: 140)
  • Crew: 55

Whats included?

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
  • On-board accommodation
  • Transfers
  • All meals throughout the voyage
  • Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Expedition parka
  • Waterproof boots on loan

What’s not included?

  • International and internal airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Optional activities*
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

*Optional activities

  • Sea Kayaking – AU$1549 per person
  • Ice Camping – AU$449 per person (not available for departures in March)
  • Tierra del Fuego visit – AU$94 per person

GREAT SOUTHERN LANDS – ANTARCTICA & PATAGONIA

Itinerary Highlights

  • Take a tour of the city’s most famous places and enjoy insights that only a local guide can provide
  • Experience one of Argentina’s best known contributions to culture – the Tango. Enjoy a traditional Argentinean meal while watching the spectacular show
  • Visit the best of South America’s glaciers, the spectacular Perito Moreno
  • Challenge yourself on day treks to Argentina’s most spectacular mountains, Mount Torre and Mount Fitzroy
  • Try local cuisine, including the famous lamb of Patagonia
  • Spend a day at the 'end of the world', discovering the hidden secrets of Tierra del Fuego National Park and paddle a canoe to the Beagle Channel along Lapataia Bay
  • Intimate cruise group of no more than 68 people, personalised & accurate service due to high passenger-staff ratio
  • See many colonies of penguins and various species of whales, seals and sea birds, where you'll have amazing photography opportunities

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Buenos Aires Arrival
  • Day 2: Buenos Aires City Tour: Centro, San Telmo & La Boca. Dinner & Tango Show
  • Day 3: Buenos Aires City Tour: Recoleta & Palermo
  • Day 4: Fly: Buenos Aires to El Calafate
  • Day 5: Perito Moreno Glacier incl. Nautical Safari
  • Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park - El Chalten
  • Day 7: Hike to Laguna Torre
  • Day 8: Hike to Mount Fitz Roy
  • Day 9: Fly: El Calafate to Ushuaia
  • Day 10: Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike & canoe Tour
  • Days 11-19: Antarctic Cruise on board the Ocean Nova
  • Day 20: Disembark Ocean Nova & Fly to Buenos Aires
  • Day 21: Buenos Aires Free Day
  • Day 22: Depart Buenos Aires

Tailormade Suggestions

  • Why not add on a visit to the iconic Iguazu Falls?
  • Sample the delicious wines of Mendoza and Cafayate
  • Extend your stay and venture into beautiful Torres del Paine National Park to hike the famous W trek
 Day 1 - Buenos Aires : Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires
On arrival at the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.Buenos Aires, capital of the Republic of Argentina and the country's largest city, is undeniably one of Latin America's hottest destinations. Located on the shores of the Rio de la Plata, the city's combination of European architecture and the passion of its people – the porteños (people of the port) – work together to create a colourful and dynamic modern city.
 Day 2 - Buenos Aires : Centro, San Telmo & La Boca Half Day Tour / Dinner & Tango Show
Centro, San Telmo & La Boca Half Day Tour
This morning's excursion will introduce you to the magic of the Argentine capital. After being picked up from your hotel we start with a visit of 'San Telmo', the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires which is famous for its historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops. We take our time and wander through the cobblestone streets learning about the history of the area and seeing its sights including its impressive old churches and its abundance of colourful street art.We leave San Telmo and the tour continues past the many architectural highlights of Buenos Aires including the Palace of Justice, the Argentine National Congress building, the 'Cabildo (old town hall) and the presidential palace 'Casa Rosada' (pink house).Next we visit ‘La Boca', the most picturesque of all neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. This extravagant zone is completely different to the old and to the modern Buenos Aires and romantic stories tell us that tango was born in this working class area. We wander its famous street “Caminito” where you will have the chance to view the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the chance to buy some local handicrafts.On our way back to your hotel we pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where you can choose to be dropped off at for a nice meal by the waterfront. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure with the chance to visit some of Buenos Aires' many great museums or do some shopping.Dinner & Tango Show
Tango expresses the heart and spirit of Argentina and no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without it. This evening you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to La Ventana where you will experience the intimacy of this dance in equally intimate surrounds while you indulge in delicious Argentinean cuisine. At the end of the show you will be taken back to your hotel.*Before the show you have the option of arriving before the others and taking a short tango lesson with a professional dancer or a wine tasting. This comes at an additional cost but if you would like to book either of these please let your consultant know.Dinner included.
 Day 3 - Buenos Aires : Recoleta & Palermo Half Day Tour
Recoleta & Palermo Half Day Tour 
This morning you will further discover what makes Buenos Aires great as we explore its better known and sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta. We start with a drive through Recoleta with its open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping, cafés, embassies and impressive architecture. We visit such landmarks as the Pilar Church and Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita's tomb can be found.We continue on to Palermo which is Buenos Aires' largest neighbourhood, and also its trendiest. Here you will walk the streets which are full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chic restaurants and bars, and high fashion stores. Throughout the morning your knowledgeable guide will give you an insight into local life and excellent local cuisine and on completion of the tour you will have the option of being dropped off at an excellent restaurant for lunch or being taken back to your hotel.*Another option on this day is to cross the Rio de la Plata into Uruguay and spend the day in the historic town of Colonia del Sacramento or visit a traditional estancia in the ‘Pampas' region. Supplements apply and these tours must be pre-organised.
 Day 4 - Buenos Aires : Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Departure
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport.Buenos Aires to El Calafate 
Fly from Buenos Aires to the gateway to Patagonia - El Calafate.Arrive in El Calafate
On arrival at the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.El Calafate, located on Lake Argentino, a green glacial lake covering over 1,600 square kilometres, hooks you with it's irresistible attractions including the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier and is a great option to access both Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks.Breakfast included.
 Day 5 - El Calafate : Perito Moreno Glacier incl. Nautical Safari
Perito Moreno Glacier incl. Nautical Safari
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for your excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most famous landmarks in South America and one of Patagonia's only advancing glaciers. The glacier is 5 kilometres wide, with an average height of 74 metres above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino and a total ice depth of 170 metres.You'll go first to the glacier's less frequented north face to marvel at its splendour. You'll observe and hear giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Your guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park, and then we'll continue on to the footbridges and take a break to enjoy the surroundings. You'll also have the opportunity to do a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from a closer viewpoint.After the thrilling encounter with the Perito Moreno, we'll drive back to Calafate where you will spend the evening.**For those after something a little more adventurous, we can offer a ‘Big Ice' excursion where you hike into the core of Perito Moreno Glacier and experience its surreal beauty. Let us know if you'd like more details on this excursion.Breakfast included.
 Day 6 - El Calafate : El Calafate – Los Glaciares National Park
El Calafate – Los Glaciares National Park
You will be picked up from your hotel for the 3 hour ride to your hotel in El Chalten. The drive covers isolated roads across the pampas (lowlands) and along the northern end of Lago Viedma. As you enter Los Glaciares National Park you will enjoy spectacular views of the impressive Mount Fitz Roy. The small village of El Chalten is located beside the Río de las Vueltas, at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for trekking.Breakfast included.
 Day 7 - El Chalten : Hike to Laguna Torre
Hike to Laguna Torre
Today you'll complete a full day hike along Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with majestic Mount Torre in the background. After breakfast, you'll walk eastward, following the trail through beech forests until you reach Fitz Roy River. You'll advance to DeAgostini Base Camp and from here you'll do a short hike to Laguna Torre, escorted by Cerro Torre and the Adela range to the west. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them to the coast. You'll stop at different points to take in the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic. Later, you'll return to Chalten following the same trail. When you return you will be taken to your hotel where the evening is yours to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.Breakfast and Lunch included.
 Day 8 - El Chalten : Hike to Mount Fitz Roy
Hike to Mount Fitz Roy
Today's hike is along Rio Blanco. You will be met at your hotel and driven to El Pilar, eleven miles north of El Chalten, and follow the Rio Blanco Trail to Piedras Blances Glacier, a hanging glacier descending from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. You'll picnic here, marvelling at the glacier and then continue up Rio Blanco Trail until reaching one of the best views of Mount Fitz Roy - the landmark in Los Glaciares National Park. You'll descend via another path heading past Laguna Capri, ending back in El Chalten.Breakfast and Lunch included.
 Day 9 - El Chalten : El Calafate to Ushuaia
El Chalten – El Calafate
After having breakfast, you will depart El Chalten on the shuttle bus back to El Calafate, with the option of airport drop-off for your afternoon flight or continuing on to El Calafate for more time exploring Patagonia.El Calafate to Ushuaia
Fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia, also known as Fin del Mundo - the End of the World.Transfer from Airport to Hotel
On arrival at the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.Ushuaia, the world's most southern city, is located in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, on the shores of the Beagle Channel with the spectacular snow-peaked Martial Mountains spanning the horizon. It's a great place to visit before setting off to other areas of Patagonia or starting a cruise to Antarctica.Breakfast included.
 Day 10 - Ushuaia : Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour
Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour
We depart from your Ushuaia hotel by minibus and head to Tierra del Fuego National Park with your guide and small group. Upon arrival, stop at Bahia Ensenada (Ensenada Bay) to enjoy beautiful views of the Beagle Channel before undertaking your hike up the easy coastal path.Your guide will choose the route—either the Pampa Alta or Senda Costera—depending on conditions and interests of the group. Pampa Alta, a 3-mile (5-km) trail that lasts approximately two hours, offers gorgeous vistas as well as bird watching. Senda Costera (Coastal Path) is a popular 4-mile (8-km) trail that takes you along the coast for about three hours. As you follow your guide, you'll learn about the geography of the area as well as the nature and wildlife found in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Note the diverse flora and fauna, such as Antarctic beech, and perhaps find traces of ancient Yámanas settlements.When you reach your destination at Lago Roca (Roca Lake), enjoy a complimentary lunch in the forest setting. Dine on chicken breast en papillote (baked in foil) with tomato and cheese, accompanied by mineral water, wine and soft drinks.After lunch, your guide will prepare your small group for the 1.5-hour canoe ride down the Lapataia River, which brings you to Lapataia Bay and the Beagle Channel. The remote bay, nestled amid snow-capped mountains, is a great place for spotting waterfowl such as ducks, geese and plovers that inhabit this region at the ‘end of the world'!Your tour culminates here at the Panamerican Highway, where you'll hop aboard your minibus for the return trip to Ushuaia with drop-off at your hotel.Breakfast and Lunch included.
 Day 11 - 20 - Ushuaia : M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer
Transfer from Hotel to Port
Today you will be picked up from your hotel by our representative and transferred to the port.M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer
Experience the extraordinary land of Antarctica aboard the amazing Ocean Nova. You'll witness jaw dropping scenery, incredible wildlife, glaciers as well as visits to historic sites that will definitely tick off all your boxes. This outstanding vessel will ensure your landing on Antarctica is an experience you'll never forget!Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia 
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Please make your own way to the port today. If you wish to have a transfer included, please let your consultant know.Board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctica.Dinner included.Day 2-3: Cross the Drake Passage
Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en-route to South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds such as the albatross and petrels as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and first sight of Antarctic land.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Days 4-7: Exploring Antarctic Peninsula
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.Possible Landing sites:CUVERVILLE ISLAND
A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.DAMOY POINT
If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you'll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor on which Port Lockroy is located.DANCO ISLAND
This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.ENTERPRISE ISLAND
Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.LEMAIRE CHANNEL
This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you'll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we'll hope for clear waters.MELCHIOR ISLANDS
A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.NEKO HARBOUR
Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor.PETERMANN ISLAND
Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.PORT LOCKROY
A ‘fun' destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.WATERBOAT POINT
Of historic interest, you may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Days 8-9: Cross the Drake Passage
We invite you to relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by our Antarctic experts. Sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to your final destination.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Your cruise ends this morning upon arrival back in to Ushuaia port. No transfer is included today but please let your travel consultant know if you would like to book one.Breakfast included.
 Day 20 - Ushuaia : Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Transfer from Port to Airport
Our representative will pick you up from the port and transfer you to the airport.Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Luggage varies and take approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.Arrive in Buenos Aires
Today transfer from the airport to your hotel.Breakfast included.
 Day 21 - Buenos Aires : Buenos Aires Free Day
Buenos Aires Free Day
Today you are at your leisure to enjoy Buenos Aires' excellent shopping, fantastic cafés and restaurants or maybe you would like to take a tour up the Tigre Delta or to Colonia, Uruguay. Please speak with your consultant to organise tours or activities for this day.Breakfast included.
 Day 22 - Buenos Aires : Buenos Aires Free Day / Depart Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Free Day
Today you are at your leisure to enjoy Buenos Aires' excellent shopping, fantastic cafés and restaurants or maybe you would like to take a tour up the Tigre Delta or to Colonia, Uruguay. Please speak with your consultant to organise tours or activities for this day.Depart Buenos Aires 
A representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport.Breakfast included.

Accommodation

Comfort

El Calafate, Argentina - Hosteria Sierra Nevada

El Chalten, Argentina - Hotel Lunajuim

Ushuaia, Argentina - Hosteria Patagonia Jarke

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica - M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Patios de San Telmo

Superior

El Calafate, Argentina - Alto Calafate

El Chalten, Argentina - Hosteria Senderos

Ushuaia, Argentina - Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica - M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Eurobuilding Hotel

Deluxe

El Calafate, Argentina - Xelena Hotel

El Chalten, Argentina - Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel & Spa

Ushuaia, Argentina - Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica - M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Hotel Madero

Whats included?

  • Internal airfares
  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula aboard of M/V Ocean Nova
  • All-inclusive package: Ship cruise with expedition program, activities on-board and ashore
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
  • IAATO passenger fee
  • Accommodation in single or twin rooms with private facilities
  • Small group city tours with English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Meals as specified

What’s not included?

  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Visas fees
  • Any arrival and/or departure tax
  • International airfares
  • Airport entrance/departure taxes
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotel rates are based on twin share in lead in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events. Single supplement will be applied if travelling alone or if you wish to have a room to yourself.

Season Type From Special Offer
31 Oct 2019 - 21 Nov 2019 Comfort $14519 AUD
$13026 AUD
Huge savings!
31 Oct 2019 - 21 Nov 2019 Superior $15073 AUD
$13580 AUD
Huge savings!
31 Oct 2019 - 21 Nov 2019 Deluxe $15502 AUD
$14009 AUD
Huge savings!

ANTARCTICA & PATAGONIA EXPLORER

Explore the magnificence of Antarctica and the awe-inspiring glaciers of Patagonia on this exciting 14-day itinerary which combines two of the most spectacular places in the world. The scenery will astound you, the wildlife will entertain you and the glaciers will be out-of-this-world amazing.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Cruise to Antarctica aboard the Ocean Nova, a small expedition vessel which allows you to reach remote areas unlike that of larger ships
  • See many colonies of penguins and various species of whales, seals and sea birds on your journey south to the white continent
  • Enjoy a tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park between cruises learning about the native flora and fauna
  • Explore Patagonia glaciers which stretch from mountain tops to the sea aboard the beautiful Stella Australis
  • Head out on walks through the enchanted Magellan Forest and discover endemic flora during your Patagonia cruise

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Embark the Ocean Nova from Ushuaia
  • Day 2-3: Drake Passage
  • Day 4-7: Explore Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 8-9: Drake Passage
  • Day 10: Disembark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego National Park tour, Stella Australis embarkation
  • Day 11: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
  • Day 12: Pia Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier
  • Day 13: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier
  • Day 14: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas disembarkation
 Day 1 - 10 - Antarctic Peninsula
M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer
Experience the extraordinary land of Antarctica aboard the amazing Ocean Nova. You'll witness jaw dropping scenery, incredible wildlife, glaciers as well as visits to historic sites that will definitely tick off all your boxes. This outstanding vessel will ensure your landing on Antarctica is an experience you'll never forget!Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia 
Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Please make your own way to the port today. If you wish to have a transfer included, please let your consultant know.Board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctica.Dinner included.Day 2-3: Cross the Drake Passage
Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en-route to South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds such as the albatross and petrels as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and first sight of Antarctic land.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Days 4-7: Exploring Antarctic Peninsula
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.Possible Landing sites:CUVERVILLE ISLAND
A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.DAMOY POINT
If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you'll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor on which Port Lockroy is located.DANCO ISLAND
This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.ENTERPRISE ISLAND
Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.LEMAIRE CHANNEL
This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you'll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we'll hope for clear waters.MELCHIOR ISLANDS
A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.NEKO HARBOUR
Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor.PETERMANN ISLAND
Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.PORT LOCKROY
A ‘fun' destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.WATERBOAT POINT
Of historic interest, you may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Days 8-9: Cross the Drake Passage
We invite you to relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by our Antarctic experts. Sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to your final destination.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Your cruise ends this morning upon arrival back in to Ushuaia port. No transfer is included today but please let your travel consultant know if you would like to book one.Breakfast included.
 Day 10 - 14 - Patagonia
Half day Tierra del Fuego National Park incl. Entrance Fee (Shared)
Leaving Ushuaia city Southwest, we will travel through national route number 3, towards Tierra del Fuego's National Park.Along the eleven kilometres that separate the entrance of the Park and the city of Ushuaia, we will make a stop near the Centro Hípico (Riding Club), where we will enjoy some excellent panoramic views of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia`s Peninsula and Bridges`, Willie's and Les Eclauriers' Islands. After crossing River Pipo's bridge, next to Ushuaia's Golf Club, we will arrive at the End of the World Station. Those passengers that would like to board the End of the World train will be able to take that optional tour. The rest of the group will await them at the end of the train trip. We continue our drive for 2 more kilometres and enter the National Park, an area reserved to protect the Subantartic Forest and its native flora and fauna. From this spot we will be able to take a glimpse of both Redonda and Estorbo Islands.Through a path surrounded by Lenga forests and peats, we will reach Lake Roca, a glaciar lake, with a surface of 5.50 square kilometres, and framed by mountains and forests, where we can likely be able to see different native birds. The last part of the excursion leads us to Lapataia Bay, crossing Cormorants Islands along the way where you will get to see other peats and also visit a beaver dam. Once in Lapataia Bay, besides the marine coast, rich in molluscs and mussels, we will find traces of the ancient native settlers that used to live in the region. We will have some time to walk through the footbridge, from which we will be able to take photographs and enjoy the feeling of being at the end of the world.From this spot, the end of National Route number 3, we will begin our journey back to the city of Ushuaia.Duration: 4.5 hrs.M/V Stella Australis: Patagonia Explorer
The M/V Stella Australis invites you to enjoy a unique experience with expeditions next to the fascinating landscape that Patagonia and Cape Horn offers. Immerse yourself in the magical scenery filled with turquoise glacial lakes, green hillsides and ice-capped mountains. This is an adventurer's paradise which really does have to be seen to be believed.Day 1: Ushuaia
Check in between 10:00 and 16:00 at 409 San Martín Street. Board the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 17:30. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the M/V Stella Australis will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our voyage will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.Dinner included.Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay 
We sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth'. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Day 3: Pia Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier
We navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark. We will then take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular Pia Glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. In the afternoon, we will enter Garibaldi Fjord where we will disembark for a hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall to enjoy the spectacular views. For those who choose to stay onboard, our Captain will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier so that they can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Day 4: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier
In the morning, we will be sailing through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Travelling in well-equipped Zodiac boats, we will explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. You will find yourself being drawn to the intense blue colour of Piloto Glacier, which is due to its compression and age. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the unexpected topography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels. In the afternoon, we will enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, right in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range – the perfect viewing point to appreciate glaciers that make their way down to the sea from the upper ice field. Later that afternoon, we will travel aboard Zodiacs to the Águila Glacier where we will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It's the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia's cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.Day 5: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, weather permitting, we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Finally, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30.Breakfast included.

Ocean Nova + Australis Package November 2019

Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica - M/V Ocean Nova: Antarctic Explorer

Patagonia, Argentina - M/V Stella Australis: Patagonia Explorer

Whats included?

  • Accommodation on board the Ocean Nova in a twin cabin
  • Accommodation on board the Stella Australis in an AA cabin
  • All meals during your voyage
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
  • Waterproof boots on loan
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with lunch and dinner
  • Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage material

What’s not included?

  • International and internal airfares
  • Passport, visa and immigration fees
  • Airport entrance/departure taxes
  • Optional activities*
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Premium alcoholic beverages
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

*Optional activities (Ocean Nova)

  • Sea kayaking - US$895 per person
  • Snowshoeing - US$195 per person
  • These activities are available to be booked on board. There will be 12 spots available per day but will depend on how many spots are booked by guests once they board the ship
Season Type From Special Offer
11 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019 Ocean Nova + Australis Package November 2019 $15728 AUD
$13128 AUD
Exclusive!

**Prices are per person based on twin / shared accommodation.

SEA SPIRIT: FALKLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTICA EX MONTEVIDEO

Early summer is an extraordinary time of year in Antarctica. Penguins and seabirds are returning to their breeding colonies, elephant seals are engaging in epic battles, and the thawing of sea ice invites you into an unspoiled polar wilderness. With this special itinerary departing from Montevideo, you can experience the highlights of the South Georgia & Falkland Islands as well as Antarctica.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the ship Sea Spirit and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come
  • An opportunity to keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales
  • Visit the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife

Itinerary in Brief 

  • Day 1: Overnight stay in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Day 2: Embarkation in Montevideo
  • Day 3-5: South Atlantic Ocean
  • Day 6-7: Falkland Islands
  • Day 8-9: Southern Ocean
  • Day 10-14: South Georgia
  • Day 15-16: Southern Ocean
  • Day 17-20: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 21-22: Drake Passage & Beagle Channel
  • Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1: Montevideo, Uruguay

Welcome to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is often described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life."

Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city

Day 2: Embarkation in Montevideo

We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5: Sail across the South Atlantic Ocean

Sailing south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands, we keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

Day 6-7: Falkland Islands

The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

We also intend to visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 8-9: Sail cross the Southern Ocean

From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 10-14: South Georgia exploration

South Georgia the premier destination for subantarctic wildlife viewing in a supremely scenic wilderness environment. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place. We also hope to offer a hiking expedition over part of the famous “Shackleton Walk” from Fortuna Bay to the abandoned whaling station at Stromness.

Our days in South Georgia are filled with meaningful activities, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 15-16: At sea

After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 17-20: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. Ice-strewn bays and channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. Antarctic research stations of various nationalities can also be found here.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites rich with wildlife, fascinating geology, and historical significance. Our first encounter with Antarctica will likely be Elephant Island, where men fr om Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. We also hope to visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic caldera containing the remains of a derelict whaling station.

Farther south, the Antarctic Peninsula itself contains sheltered bays, abundant wildlife, and fantastic vistas of mountains and glaciers. Weather and ice permitting, we plan to spend a day in the vicinity of the peninsula with the hope of making a landing on the continent of Antarctica.

Antarctica is a true wilderness and is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition wh ere we exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and Zodiac excursions.

Day 21-22: Cross the Drake Passage

From Antarctica we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to airport/town

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia. A group transfer to the airport or to the town centre will be arranged for you. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Cabin Details

cabin

Triple Classic

21m², located on oceanus deck, three single beds, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

cabin

Main Deck Suite

23m², located on main deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, minimum of two portholes, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

cabin

Classic Suite

21m², located on oceanus deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

cabin

Superior Suite

20m², located on club deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

cabin

Deluxe Suite

24m², located on sports deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, walk-in wardrobe.

cabin

Premium Suite

30m², located on sun deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area.

cabin

Owners Suite

43m², located on sun deck, king bed, sofa bed private deck, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area, game area, BOSE stereo system, jetted bathtub.

Sea Spirit Deckplan

deck plan

Specifications

  • Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
  • Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Passengers: 114
  • Crew: 72

Whats included?

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfers to/from ship
  • On-board accommodation
  • All meals during voyage
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Expedition parka
  • Gumboots on loan
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Port taxes
  • Pre-departure materials

What’s not included?

  • International and internal airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional sea kayaking - AU$1210 per person
  • Emergency evacuation insurance (minimum benefit USD$200,000)
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Dates Cabin From Special Offer
 20 Oct 2019 - 11 Nov 2019 $17395 AUD Save A$3570
Triple Classic $17395 AUD Contact us
Main Deck Suite $22195 AUD Contact us
Classic Suite $23895 AUD Contact us
Superior Suite $24295 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $27095 AUD
$23525 AUD
Save A$3570
Premium Suite $29095 AUD
$25525 AUD
Save A$3570
Owners Suite $36795 AUD
$33225 AUD
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LE LYRIAL: ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY

We invite you on an extraordinary 21-day adventure in the Antarctic. You will board Le Lyrial for an all-new polar expedition cruise with an extremely rich itinerary that will take you from Montevideo to Ushuaia.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the ship Sea Spirit and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come
  • An opportunity to keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales
  • Visit the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife

Itinerary in Brief 

  • Day 1: Overnight stay in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Day 2: Embarkation in Montevideo
  • Day 3-5: South Atlantic Ocean
  • Day 6-7: Falkland Islands
  • Day 8-9: Southern Ocean
  • Day 10-14: South Georgia
  • Day 15-16: Southern Ocean
  • Day 17-20: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 21-22: Drake Passage & Beagle Channel
  • Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1: Montevideo, Uruguay

Welcome to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is often described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life."

Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city

Day 2: Embarkation in Montevideo

We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5: Sail across the South Atlantic Ocean

Sailing south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands, we keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

Day 6-7: Falkland Islands

The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

We also intend to visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 8-9: Sail cross the Southern Ocean

From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 10-14: South Georgia exploration

South Georgia the premier destination for subantarctic wildlife viewing in a supremely scenic wilderness environment. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place. We also hope to offer a hiking expedition over part of the famous “Shackleton Walk” from Fortuna Bay to the abandoned whaling station at Stromness.

Our days in South Georgia are filled with meaningful activities, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 15-16: At sea

After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 17-20: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. Ice-strewn bays and channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. Antarctic research stations of various nationalities can also be found here.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites rich with wildlife, fascinating geology, and historical significance. Our first encounter with Antarctica will likely be Elephant Island, where men fr om Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. We also hope to visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic caldera containing the remains of a derelict whaling station.

Farther south, the Antarctic Peninsula itself contains sheltered bays, abundant wildlife, and fantastic vistas of mountains and glaciers. Weather and ice permitting, we plan to spend a day in the vicinity of the peninsula with the hope of making a landing on the continent of Antarctica.

Antarctica is a true wilderness and is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition wh ere we exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and Zodiac excursions.

Day 21-22: Cross the Drake Passage

From Antarctica we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to airport/town

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia. A group transfer to the airport or to the town centre will be arranged for you. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Cabin Details

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Triple Classic

21m², located on oceanus deck, three single beds, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

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Main Deck Suite

23m², located on main deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, minimum of two portholes, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

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Classic Suite

21m², located on oceanus deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

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Superior Suite

20m², located on club deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, sofa, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C.

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Deluxe Suite

24m², located on sports deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, walk-in wardrobe.

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Premium Suite

30m², located on sun deck, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, balcony, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area.

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Owners Suite

43m², located on sun deck, king bed, sofa bed private deck, window, private bathroom, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV, A/C, lounge area, game area, BOSE stereo system, jetted bathtub.

Sea Spirit Deckplan

deck plan

Specifications

  • Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
  • Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Passengers: 114
  • Crew: 72

Whats included?

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfers to/from ship
  • On-board accommodation
  • All meals during voyage
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Expedition parka
  • Gumboots on loan
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Port taxes
  • Pre-departure materials

What’s not included?

  • International and internal airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional sea kayaking - AU$1210 per person
  • Emergency evacuation insurance (minimum benefit USD$200,000)
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Dates Cabin From Special Offer
 19 Nov 2019 - 09 Dec 2019 $24300 AUD Save A$9480, Save A$13350, Save A$16120, Save A$1600
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $33780 AUD
$24300 AUD
Save A$9480
Deluxe Suite $49270 AUD
$35920 AUD
Save A$13350
Privilege Suite $60360 AUD
$44240 AUD
Save A$16120
Owner's Suite $94420 AUD
$92820 AUD
Save A$1600
 09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 $32830 AUD
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $32830 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $34440 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $36120 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $50250 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $54630 AUD Contact us
Privilege Suite $57310 AUD Contact us
Grand Deluxe Suite $70870 AUD Contact us
Grand Privilege Suite $73980 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $76170 AUD Contact us

LE SOLEAL: FALKLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTICA

Enjoy a 16-day itinerary between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. An exceptional polar expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful sites of these southern lands.

You will set sail from the fascinating city of Ushuaia, which the Argentinians call El fin del mundo (the end of the world). First, you will chart a course for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty and lush moors are sure to captivate you, before heading to South Georgia, its impressive glaciers and its black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence. You will then circumnavigate South Georgia, a real highlight of your cruise. Most notably, you will discover the island’s mysterious and wild West coast, and you could get the chance to disembark in the place where the British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton landed before beginning his great trek across the island. You will finally sail to the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds: these are some of the encounters you will most likely have the chance to experience in the Antarctic Peninsula, creating indelible memories.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Circumnavigation of South Georgia and, conditions permitting, discovery of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s landing site.
  • Landscapes: moors scattered with moss and lichen, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the Falkland Islands; alpine landscapes, lush green plains and suspended glaciers in South Georgia; drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Wildlife: black-browed albatrosses, snowy albatrosses, Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins and southern rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands; king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia; humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals and Weddell seals in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and embark ship
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3: New Island & Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
  • Day 4-5: At Sea
  • Day 6-9: South Georgia
  • Day 10-11: At Sea
  • Day 12-13: Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 14-15: Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 16: Ushuaia

Day 1: Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly from Buenos Aires on your private charter flight and enjoy a short tour of Tierra del Fuego before embarking. Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

This afternoon embark on the Le Soleal to start your expedition.

Day 2: At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3: New Island & Grave Cove, Falkland Islands

New Island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson's dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white. A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you'll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

Day 4-5: At Sea

Spend the next couple of days on sea towards South Georgia.

Day 6-9: South Georgia

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

Day 10-11: At Sea

Spend the next couple of days on sea towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 12-13: Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 14-15: Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 16: Ushuaia

Disembark the Le Soleal after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.

Cabin Details

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Superior Stateroom

21m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and internet access wifi.

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Deluxe Stateroom

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and internet access wifi.

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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and internet access wifi.

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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and internet access wifi.

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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service, internet access wifi and butler service.

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Deluxe Suite

27m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and internet access wifi.

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Prestige Suite - Deck 5

36m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, 8m² private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and internet access wifi.

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Prestige Suite - Twin (Deck 6)

36sqm, 2 single beds or 1 king bed, 8m² private balcony, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service, internet access wifi and butler service.

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Owner's Suite

45m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, located on deck 6, french design, panoramic views, individually-controlled airconditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service, internet access wifi, one private transfer (round trip: airport - hotel - port) and one hour free spa treatments.

Le Soleal Deckplan

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Specifications

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Ice class: 1 C
  • Classification: Bureau Veritas
  • Flag: French
  • Guest decks: 6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • A fleet of expedition Zodiac®: (Mark V HD)
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS
  • Electric motors: 2 x 2300 KW
  • Installed power: 7200 KW
  • Construction: Fincantieri-Ancône-Italy

Whats included?

  • Charter flights (Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires) & airport taxes where applicable
  • Transfers
  • Bilingual French/English expedition team
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep
  • Waterproof boots on loan
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages - house wine, champagne and beer
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Port charges

What’s not included?

  • International airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

*Water sports activities (except scuba diving) are included in the tour price, using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by shipmaster according to safety and sea conditions on-site

Dates Cabin From Special Offer
 14 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 $20240 AUD Save A$7920, Save A$8260, Save A$11040, Save A$1600
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $28160 AUD
$20240 AUD
Save A$7920
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $29480 AUD
$21220 AUD
Save A$8260
Deluxe Suite $40580 AUD
$29540 AUD
Save A$11040
Owner's Suite $56630 AUD
$55030 AUD
Save A$1600

LE BOREAL: EMBLEMATIC ANTARCTICA

Eclipse Travel invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Outings and shore visits in a Zodiac® with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Possibility of hikes.
  • Visits to scientific research stations and former whaling stations.
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
  • Wildlife: a multitude of gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, small fin whales, humpback whales, Weddell and leopard seals, and numerous sea birds.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1: Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina and embark ship
  • Day 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 9-10: Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 11: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
  • Day 12: Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1: Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you will take your included flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia where you will be taken taken to the Arakur hotel for free time and lunch. Embark on the Le Boreal between 4-5pm this afternoon for a 6pm departure from Ushuaia. Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the countryメs southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Days 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage

You will spend the next two days crossing the famous Drake Passage. During these two days you will opportunities to attend lectures about Antarctic wildlife and the continent's history from naturalist experts. Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including albatross and whales.

Day 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9-10: Cross the Drake Passage

We will spend the next two days crossing back over the Drake Passage, northbound. Join your lecturers and naturalists on deck as you search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past few days on your way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina

Sadly, you will arrive back in to Ushuaia this morning where you will disembark and bid farewell to your fellow cruise-mates. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires (included).

Cabin Details

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Superior Stateroom

21m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and WiFi access.

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Deluxe Stateroom

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and WiFi access.

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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and WiFi access.

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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and WiFi access.

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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

18m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service, WiFi access and butler service.

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Deluxe Suite

27m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and WiFi access.

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Prestige Suite - Deck 5

36m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, 8m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service and WiFi access.

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Prestige Suite - Deck 6

36m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, 8m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, deck with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service, WiFi access and butler service.

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Owner's Suite

45m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, located on deck 6, French design, panoramic views, individually-controlled air-conditioning, bathtub and shower, minibar, flatscreen, satellite TV, desk with stationery, iPod players, video on demand, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, satellite direct line telephone, 110/220V outlets, French bath products, 24-hour room service, WiFi access, 1 private transfer (round trip: airport - hotel - port) and 1 free hours of spa treatments.

Le Boreal Deckplan

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Specifications

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Ice class: 1C
  • Classification: Bureau Veritas
  • Flag: French
  • Guest decks: 6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy):  up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Fleet of expedition Zodiac®: (Mark V HD)
  • Gross tonnage: 10 944 UMS
  • Electric motors: 2 x 2300 KW
  • Installed power: 6 400 KW
  • Construction: Fincantieri-Ancône-Italy

Whats included?

  • Charter flights (Buenos Aires / Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires) & airport taxes
  • Transfers
  • Bilingual French/English expedition team
  • Activities/shore excursions as specified
  • Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep
  • Waterproof boots on loan
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages - house wine, champagne and beer
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Port charges

What’s not included?

  • International airfares
  • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

*Please note voyages are subject to ice and weather conditions. The itineraries described for expedition voyages illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

*Water sports activities (except scuba diving) are included in the tour price, using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by shipmaster according to safety and sea conditions on-site.

*The 25th January 2021 and 20th February 2021 departures are special cruises which are run in conjunction with National Geographic with their specialist photographers and experts on board.
Dates Cabin From Special Offer
 24 Nov 2019 - 04 Dec 2019 $15820 AUD
Superior Stateroom $15820 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $16950 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $18780 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $19620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $20520 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28030 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $32520 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $34050 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $38910 AUD Contact us
 08 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020 $15820 AUD
Superior Stateroom $15820 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $16950 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $18780 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $19620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $20520 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28030 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $32520 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $34050 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $38910 AUD Contact us
 27 Jan 2020 - 06 Feb 2020 $15820 AUD
Superior Stateroom $15820 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $16950 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $18780 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $19620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $20520 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28030 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $32520 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $34050 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $38910 AUD Contact us
 06 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020 $15820 AUD
Superior Stateroom $15820 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $16950 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $18780 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $19620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $20520 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28030 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $32520 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $34050 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $38910 AUD Contact us
 26 Feb 2020 - 07 Mar 2020 $13910 AUD Save A$4870, Save A$5030, Save A$5210, Save A$7610, Save A$7920, Save A$1600
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $18780 AUD
$13910 AUD
Save A$4870
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $19620 AUD
$14590 AUD
Save A$5030
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $20520 AUD
$15310 AUD
Save A$5210
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $32520 AUD
$24910 AUD
Save A$7610
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $34050 AUD
$26130 AUD
Save A$7920
Owner's Suite $38910 AUD
$37310 AUD
Save A$1600
 02 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2020 $16460 AUD
Superior Stateroom $16460 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $17620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $19480 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $20350 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $21260 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28930 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $31310 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $32770 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $40130 AUD Contact us
 12 Dec 2020 - 22 Dec 2020 $16460 AUD
Superior Stateroom $16460 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $17620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $19480 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $20350 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $21260 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28930 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $31310 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $32770 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $40130 AUD Contact us
 06 Jan 2021 - 16 Jan 2021 $16460 AUD
Superior Stateroom $16460 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $17620 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $19480 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $20350 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $21260 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $28930 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $31310 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $32770 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $40130 AUD Contact us
 25 Jan 2021 - 04 Feb 2021 $18620 AUD
Superior Stateroom $18620 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $19940 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $22090 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $23090 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $24140 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $32960 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $35690 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $37370 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $45830 AUD Contact us
 20 Feb 2021 - 02 Mar 2021 $18620 AUD
Superior Stateroom $18620 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Stateroom $19940 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 $22090 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 $23090 AUD Contact us
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 $24140 AUD Contact us
Deluxe Suite $32960 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 $35690 AUD Contact us
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 $37370 AUD Contact us
Owner's Suite $45830 AUD Contact us

SOLAR ECLIPSE ANTARCTICA 2021

Witnessing a total solar eclipse is truly awesome experience, and 2021 gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine it with an expedition cruise to Antarctica. The eclipse will occur in the Southern Ocean during the early hours of December 4, 2021 and will be visible from a selection of specially designed itineraries to be perfectly positioned for this stellar event. Our cruises have been carefully designed to ensure an uncompromised Antarctic experience as well as giving you the best chance to witness the eclipse.

2021 – Antarctica Solar Eclipse Cruises

RCGS Resolute: Antarctic Solar Eclipse 2021 | 23rd November – 12th December 2021

Join this 20 day cruise visiting Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. The vessel will be positioned directly under the path of totality to view the Solar Eclipse. Prior to the eclipse event we explore the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and remote South Georgia before reaching Antarctica.

Greg Mortimer: Antarctic Solar Eclipse 2021 | 24th November – 15th December 2021

This comprehensive 23-day cruise first heads to the historic Falkland Islands then sets course to South Georgia, home to one of the best wildlife viewing locations on earth with enormous populations of elephant seals and king penguins. You will finally make your way to the Antarctic Peninsula after witnessing uninterrupted views of the solar eclipse.

Sea Spirit: Solar Eclipse in Antarctica | 20th November – 12th December 2021

On this unique voyage, you will visit Antarctica and experience the incredible white continent in late spring, photograph glistening icebergs, witness thieving Adélie penguins stealing one another’s stones during nest-building, and orca whales hunting in packs. It’s a wonderful time to kayak and to snowshoe while the show is still pristine. Perched in a favourable position, we hope for clear skies and favourable weather conditions to witness the full solar eclipse.

M/V Plancius: Antarctic Solar Eclipse 2021 | 23rd November – 12th December 2021

The voyage to Antarctica is always an unforgettable experience, and in November 2021 a lucky few will have the chance to combine it with another natural wonder – a solar eclipse. Join us for a spectacular expedition to the end of the world, sailing to the historic Falkland Islands, the penguin and elephant seal packed beaches of South Georgia and along the glacier edged Antarctic peninsula. Marvel at the plentiful birdlife, enormous whales and feisty leopard seals before witnessing a total solar eclipse in one of the most remarkable and inhospitable regions of the world. An unmissable event.

M/V Hondius: Antarctic Solar Eclipse 2021 | 26th November – 15th December 2021

Make your next big adventure twice as extraordinary by combining two spectacular natural wonders – Antarctica and a complete solar eclipse! After crossing the Drake Passage, spend a few days taking in the breathtaking mountains, glaciers, feisty leopard seals and whales along the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail to the Weddell Sea Pack Ice to the ideal spot to experience the eclipse. It’s not over yet – next marvel at the thousand-strong penguin colonies of South Georgia, hear the roars of male elephant seals before discovering the turbulent history of the Falkland Islands. Truly unforgettable!

Vessel Maximum Passengers Cost (from) AUD Promotion Days Dates
RCGS Resolute (SE) 135 $23,583 20% off 20 23 Nov 2021
Greg Mortimer 120 $35,373 Save 10%
Save 5%
22 24 Nov 2021
Sea Spirit 114 $22,766 10% Early Bird
15% Early Bird
23 20 Nov 2021
Plancius 116 $23,255 Save 5% 20 23 Nov 2021
M/V Hondius 174 $23,255 Save 5% 20 26 Nov 2021

AIRFARES WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND

Return Economy Class Airfares with Air New Zealand from Australia* to Buenos Aires From $1660* including taxes

Return Business Class Airfares with Air New Zealand from Australia* to Buenos Aires From $4075* including taxes