Expedition to Antarctica Aboard L’Austral or Le Boreal
Retrace sea lanes navigated by storied explorers Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that includes 2 nights in vibrant Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a 9-night, 5-star cruise to “The White Continent.” Be among the fortunate few to set foot on this pristine wilderness. Enjoy guided excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists aboard sturdy Zodiac crafts amid floating ice sculptures, intricate ecosystems, and abundant wildlife—including humpback whales, leopard seals, and Adélie penguins.
Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jan 17, 2024 - Jan 30, 2024
Feb 13, 2024 - Feb 26, 2024
Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazú Falls, among the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, is situated in one of South America’s last remaining virgin rainforests. Spanning nearly the entire Argentinian border of Brazil, Iguazú Falls is 3 times as wide and nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. Visit Parque das Aves jungle reserve, home to more than 350 species of birds, 66 varieties of mammals, and an array of reptiles, fish, and flora. Enjoy accommodations for 3 nights in 5-star hotels. Includes economy class Buenos Aires/Iguazú Falls round-trip airfare.
The Post-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply
Depart the U.S.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark L’AUSTRAL or LE BORÉAL
day 5 & 6
Cruising the Drake Passage
Cross the legendary Drake Passage and watch for wandering albatrosses, diving petrels and breaching fins of humpback whales feeding from nutrient-rich waters formed by the Antarctic Convergence. Your expedition team of naturalists will present insightful lectures, preparing you for your first landing in Antarctica. During the evening, enjoy the lingering twilight of the Antarctic summer.
Port Lockroy/ Jougla Point
Visit Port Lockroy, built as a British intelligence port during World War II, then converted into a whaling station and scientific base. Observe the daily activities of past researchers at the living museum known as “Base A” and mail a postcard with an Antarctica postmark from the official British Post Office. Jougla Point on Wiencke Island offers a rare opportunity to view the skeletal remains of an adult blue whale and view populous colonies of gentoo penguins and kelp gulls that inhabit the region.
Petermann Island/ Lemaire Channel
Call at Petermann Island and watch its rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins and blue-eye shags. Flanked by towering glacial cliffs between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island, cruise through the Lamaire Channel, where seven miles of mountains and interweaving patterns of ice floes brim with wildlife.
Neko Harbor/ Paradise Harbor
Listen for the low rumbling of Rudolf Glacier as it calves slabs of ice into Neko Harbor for a continental landing. Surrounded by soaring glaciers and snow-covered mountains, this spectacular harbor is one of the most dramatic sights on your expedition. In Paradise Harbor, crystal cliffs of ice descend from sky-bent mountains into the iceberg-laden waters along the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast. Named by 19th-century whalers who sought shelter in its coves, it is an ideal sanctuary for marine wildlife including humpback whales, crabeater seals, and Cape petrels.
Deception Island, South Shetland Islands/Half Moon Island
Deception Island encircles the Port Foster caldera. In Pendulum Cove, see the geothermically heated shallows. The crescent-shaped Half Moon Island is known for its volcanic rock formations and tranquil lagoons. It houses Cámara Station, a base monitored by Argentine biologists studying regional wildlife. Here, observe the island’s colony of chinstrap penguins. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.
Cruising the Wendell Sea
Cruise below the 60th parallel south to the outer shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, Earth’s last frontier. Witness towering mountains of ice and volcanic rock create precipitous coastlines and islands. A vast array of marine wildlife flourishes, including millions of penguins, countless seabirds, and thousands of seals and whales. An otherworldly topography of volcanoes and glaciers, populated with gistoric outposts, captures the nuance of Earth’s most inaccessible continent for the complete Antarctic experience.
Cruising the Antarctic Convergence/ Beagle Channel/Ushuaia,Argentina
Cross the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn; the graveyard of hundreds of ships that once battled the westerly winds. Here, the ship will go East then turn north toward Beagle Channel back to Ushuaia.
Ushuaia/Disembark ship/Fly to Buenos Aires/Depart for home city
Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires. Continue on the Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires or depart for home city.
Depart for home
Arrive in home city.
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