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A 17-day itinerary to explore the wonders of Antarctic passing by New Island in the Falklands to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula before heading back to the port of Ushuaia. You will observe breath-taking sites and see abundant wildlife like the majestic king penguins in Fortuna Bay.

Highlights

  • Visit 3 locations: the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula
  • Admire remarkable wildlife and see more than 300,000 king penguins in South Georgia
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle and explore the mesmerising sights of the Great White Continent
  • Go on excursions and hike in the majestic snow-covered landscapes

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: New Island & Grave Cove
Day 4-5: At Sea
Day 6-8: South Georgia
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10-12: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 13: Crossing the Antarctic Circle
Day 14: At Sea
Day 15-16: Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 17: Ushuaia

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000


Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000

Day 1: Ushuaia

You will arrive in the busy port of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is the gateway to the Great White Continent. The region also thrives with sites that deserved to be explored like the sublime Tierra del Fuego National Park.
You will embark the ship between 4 to 5 pm and depart for the adventure of your life at 6 pm!


Day 2: At Sea

As you will spend this day at sea, the ship offers many activities to enjoy. Take some time in the spa or, depending on the season, relax in the swimming pool while looking at the open sea. Alternatively, you can go to the upper deck and take advantage of the views and observe marine species.

Day 3: New Island & Grave Cove

New Island is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands where only two families inhabit a small village. This little paradise is covered with golden sand beaches. Beside you will find an old stone house still standing, if you follow the narrow pathway you will have the opportunity to encounter a colony of rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses and imperial shags.
You will make your way through Woolly Gut Strait and arrive in Grave Cove. This sheltered bay was named after vestiges of whalers’ grave on the beach. Off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you could be followed by the elegant back and white Commerson's dolphins. The dunes will lead to a vast plain of lush green grass. Once you will get on the other side of the island, you will encounter what you have been waiting all along – the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. If you are lucky, you might also spot sea lions looking for their next meal in the sea.

Day 4-5: At Sea

As you will spend this day at sea, the ship offers many activities to enjoy. You can take some time in the spa or, depending on the season, relax in the swimming pool while looking at the open sea. Ideally, you can go to the upper deck and take advantage of the views and observe marine species.

Day 6-8: South Georgia

You will approach South Georgia, an island where an abundant wildlife can be seen from the king and gentoo penguins to elephant and fur seals. You will get the opportunity to discover the impressive glaciers of Gold Harbour Fortuna Bay. If conditions alloy, you can land at Salisbury Plain and admire what you came for: 300,000 king penguins waddling on the vast plain with their chicks.

Day 9: At Sea

As you will spend this day at sea, the ship offers many activities to enjoy. You can take some time in the spa or, depending on the season, relax in the swimming pool while looking at the open sea. Ideally, you can go to the upper deck and take advantage of the views and observe marine species.


Day 10-12: Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica is like no other place on Earth and every expedition cruise is a unique adventure. From the majestic glaciers to the volcanic beaches and towering icebergs, the region will certainly surprise you. Words will not be enough to describe what you are about to see.
Depending on weather and ice conditions, the Captain and his team will decide which places to visit. You will be landing in mesmerising sites and go on cruises in a Zodiac to discover the incredible ice-covered landscapes of the peninsula and its remarkable wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are spotted in the area as well as many marine species like elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orca.
As this is Ponant you will be sailing in the wake of famous francophone explorers like Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache as well as the more familiar names like Sir Ernest Shackleton and.

Day 13: Crossing the Antarctic Circle

The ship will cross the iconic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle (66°33’ south of the Equator). Crossing the line is an experience known to only a few people, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience, it is where the cold currents meet warmer waters, a pristine place with diverse marine fauna.

Day 14: At Sea

As you will spend this day at sea, the ship offers many activities to enjoy. You can take some time in the spa or, depending on the season, relax in the swimming pool while looking at the open sea. Ideally, you can go to the upper deck and take advantage of the views and observe marine species.

Day 15-16: Crossing the Drake Passage

The ship will sail back through the Drake Passage where the cold currents meet warmer waters, hence the diverse marine fauna. This will also be your last chance to observe the incredible wildlife of the Southern Ocean!

Day 17: Ushuaia

You will disembark in the port of Ushuaia. You can either decide to fly back home or spend extra days and enjoy what the region has to offer. Ask our Travel Specialists for places to go and what to see in this part of the world.

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Le Soleal

Rating
5
Standard
Luxury
Capacity
264

Le Soleal is one of the most elegant expedition ships currently operating in Polar regions. It combines luxury, intimacy and wellbeing. It embodies Ponant’s signature and can carry up to 264 guests in 132 staterooms and suites. This magnificent yacht is a sister to the L’Austral and Le Boreal and offers a welcoming intimate atmosphere.


Le Soleal from 3rd February 2020 to 19th February 2020

Superior Stateroom: £12,399.00
Deluxe Stateroom: unavailable
Prestige Deck: £14,799.00
Deluxe Suite: unavailable
Prestige Deck Suite: £25,799.00
Owner’s Suite: £40,599.00

Le Soleal from 7th February 2021 to 23rd February 2021

Superior Stateroom: £12,399.00
Deluxe Stateroom: £13,599.00
Prestige Deck: £14,799.00
Deluxe Suite: £20,569.00
Prestige Deck Suite: £25,799.00
Owner’s Suite: £40,599.00



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  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

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