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 Le Boreal or  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 $5,000 per cabin!

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jan 4, 2023 - Jan 17, 2022
Jan 17, 2023 - Jan 30, 2023

EXTENSIONS

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 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.

Price per person, based on double occupancy:
Jungle View $1,695
Falls View $1,795
Price per person, based on single occupancy:
Jungle View $2,195
Falls View $2,395

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

TERMS & CONDITIONS

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE! No cancellation fees for new bookings until 96 days prior to trip departure.

TOUR MAP

Antartica 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

    Buenos Aires is a city of diverse barrios (neighborhoods). See the colorful La Boca district, Monserrat’s grand public buildings, historical Plaza de Mayo, Palermo’s lavish parks, Puerto Madero’s lively riverfront community and the charming old quarter of San Telmo. Visit the city’s historical Recoleta Cemetery, famous for its ornate vaults and sculptures and as the final resting place of the legendary Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • day 7

    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.

  • day 8

    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.

  • day 9

    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.

  • day 10

    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.

  • day 11

    Day at 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.

  • day 12

    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.

  • day 13

    Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    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.

  • day 14

    Depart for home

    Arrive in home city.

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