Expedition to Antarctica Aboard L’Austral

Expedition to Antarctica Aboard L’Austral

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Join us for this spectacular 12-day journey featuring a nine‑night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate L’Austral, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the 110 deluxe, ocean‑view Suites and Staterooms. Experience the White Continent in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales. Accompanied by the ship’s expert team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe Antarctica’s abundant wildlife.

Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!

Pricing from
$9,995

Reserve early & SAVE up to $4,600 per cabin!

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jan 11, 2022 - Jan 24, 2022

EXTENSIONS

Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option*
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazú Falls is among the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, situated `in one of South America’s last remaining virgin rainforests. Spanning nearly two miles along the Argentinian border of Brazil, with more than 275 waterfalls cascading from heights of 270 feet, Iguazú Falls is three times as wide and nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. Visit Parque das Aves jungle reserve, a nature lover’s paradise, home to more than 350 species of birds, 66 varieties of mammals and an outstanding array of reptiles, fish, butterflies and flora. This exclusive, three‑night Post‑Program Option features one night in the Five-Star InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel and two nights in the Five‑Star Meliá Iguazú Falls. Buenos Aires/Iguazú round-trip airfare is included.

Double at $1,645 per person
Single at $2,145 per person

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

TERMS & CONDITIONS

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
61 days or more prior  – Full refund
60-45 days prior* – 50% of program price
44-0 days prior* – 100% of program price

TOUR MAP

Antarctica map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    U.S.

    Depart the U.S.

  • day 2

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and check into the Five‑Star InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel, ideally located within walking distance of the Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada) and the fin-de‑siècle Avenida de Mayo. This evening, attend the Welcome Reception. (r)

  • day 3

    Buenos Aires

    Birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires is a city of diverse and dynamic barrios (neighborhoods). See the erstwhile Italian district of La Boca, Monserrat’s grand public buildings, historical Plaza de Mayo, Palermo’s lavish parks, Puerto Madero’s fashionable riverfront community and the authentic old quarter of San Telmo. Discover the elaborate vaults and majestic mausoleums of Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Argentina’s iconic former First Lady, Eva Perón. (b)

  • day 4

    Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

    Fly to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the gateway to Antarctica. Embark L’Austral this afternoon and cruise through storied Beagle Channel, named for the research vessel in which Charles Darwin surveyed the coast of South America from 1861 to 1865. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening. (b,r,d)

  • 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. (b,l,d)

  • days 7-11

    Cruising Antarctica

    Cruise below the 60th parallel south to the outer shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, Earth’s last frontier. Here, explore some of the world’s most pristine wilderness, where towering mountains of ice and volcanic rock create precipitous coastlines and islands, and ever changing patterns of ice stretch toward the boundless blue horizon. In this seemingly harsh environment, a vast array of marine life flourishes, including millions of penguins, countless seabirds and thousands of seals and whales. An otherworldly topography of volcanoes and glaciers, populated with riveting wildlife and historic outposts unfolds, completely immersing you in the irresistible nuances of Earth’s most inaccessible continent for the complete Antarctic experience. Journey through breathtaking, glacier‑lined Neumayer Channel to rugged Goudier Island. Visit historic Port Lockroy, an intelligence post for British espionage during World War II converted to a scientific base in the 1950s. Nestled among serene mountain peaks as high as 6,000 feet, the surrounding grounds and islands are populated by blue-eyed shags and gentoo penguins. At the living museum known as “Base A,” gain insight into daily life at the former research station and mail a postcard with an Antarctica postmark from the official British Post Office. Rocky Jougla Point on Wiencke Island offers a rare opportunity to view the skeletal remains of an adult blue whale and to see
    populous colonies of gentoo penguins and kelp gulls that inhabit the entire region. Call at Petermann Island, the southernmost point of your journey, where you can observe thriving rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins, blue-eyed shags, leopard seals and humpback whales. Flanked by sheer glacial cliffs between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island, pass through the translucent waters of the seven‑mile-long Lemaire Channel, known as the “Kodak Gap” for its breathtaking mountain scenery. Listen for the low rumbling of Rudolf Glacier as it calves colossal icebergs into Neko Harbor, named for an early‑20th‑century Scottish whaling boat. Surrounded by soaring glaciers and snow‑covered mountains, this spectacular harbor is one of the most dramatic sights on your expedition. Here, make your continental landing in Antarctica. In Paradise Harbor, crystal cliffs of ice descend from glaciated mountains into iceberg‑laden waters along the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast. Named by 19th‑century whalers who sought shelter in its coves, it provides an ideal sanctuary for marine wildlife including humpback whales, crabeater seals and Cape petrels. The rim of a dormant volcano crater, Deception Island encircles the Port Foster caldera. The ship enters through Neptune’s Bellows, a sublime harbor ringed by snowcapped peaks and sheer cliffs. In Pendulum Cove, see steaming, geothermally heated shallows. Observe the astounding colony of over 100,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins at Baily Head. Walk along the black-sand beaches of Telefon Bay to nearby craters for firsthand insight into the pivotal volcanic activity that created the island and shaped the natural history of the region. One of the smallest but most alluring of the South Shetland Islands, crescent‑shaped Half Moon Island is known for its craggy volcanic rock formations and tranquil lagoons. It is also the site of Cámara Station, a base monitored by Argentine biologists studying regional wildlife. Observe the island’s colony of chinstrap penguins. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception. (b,l,r,d)

  • day 12

    Cruising the Drake Passage/ Ushuaia, Argentina

    Cross the Drake Passage and enjoy informative discussions about your Antarctic experience with the ship’s naturalists. (b,l,d)

  • day 13

    Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires. Continue on the Iguazú Falls Post‑Program Option or depart for the U.S. (b)

  • day 14

    Arrive in the U.S.

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