This 16-day journey with PONANT will take you between the southernmost point of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, on 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 black-sand beaches await, where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence.
You will then sail to the White Continent, a realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.
You will likely encounter Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds each day and whether exploring on shore, enjoying your ship or exploring by Zodiac® you will be surrounded by picturesque landscapes, ancient glaciers and magnificent icebergs,
An itinerary that takes in the Antarctic Peninsula plus wildlife-rich South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
Outings and shore visits by Zodiac®
Onboard lectures and information sessions
Alpine landscapes, tabletop icebergs, glaciers and ice floes
Incredible wildlife from penguins to seabirds and whales
Arrive in the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Embark your ship here, ready to set sail in the early evening.
Make the most of the many services onboard your ship as you enjoy a day at sea, en route to the Falkland Islands
Step onto the golden sand, and flower-lined beaches of the Falkland Islands today and explore the typical Falkland moorlands. You'll soon 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.
Why not treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre as you enjoy sea days onboard your vessel. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. You can also take the opportunity to enjoy insightful talks by experts on board, or meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space.
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 and 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.
Take in the open season on your 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 on your sea days.
Sail back across the Weddell Sea as you make your journey back towards the Drake Passage. Marvel again at the amazing ice floes and massive tabletop icebergs.
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 spectacular landscapes, 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.
Today your ship will chart its course across the Drake Passage back to the southernmost point of South America
Disembark your ship today in Ushuaia and begin your journey home, or on further exploration of this fascinating continent
20th December 2023 - 5th January 2024
1st February 2024 - 17th February 2024
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