Antarctica, S. Georgia and the Falklands

Le Boreal Cruise Ship
Le Boreal
199 Passengers

South Georgia adds another dimension to your Antarctic adventure: see king penguin, fur seal and elephant seal, with a focus on Sir Ernest Shackleton's explorations. On the Falkland Islands, spend time leisurely hiking to penguin rookeries and other unspoiled wildlife habitats, or perhaps stroll the village streets of Stanley.


Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and European-style buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s optional tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You may drive past the colorful La Boca District or San Telmo, the birthplace of tango. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. Take in some sightseeing (time permitting) and enjoy a Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, board ‘Le Boreal’ and settle in for a first night on the water. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home during your Antarctic voyage. You may even want to toast your journey in the bar with your fellow guests.

Day 3: At Sea

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your expert lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region. In the past, lectures have covered diverse topics such as seabirds and penguins of the Southern Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands of years, and personal accounts of living and working in Antarctica. Although a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist you with specific camera and composition questions and lead lectures on various s kills, the January departure in particular focuses on photography. The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from ‘Le Boreal’s’ deck.

Day 4: Falkland Islands

Spend the day exploring the Falklands. Depending on your itinerary, you either visit Stanley, the Falklands’ capital, strolling its charming streets and exploring the surrounding wilderness areas; or you discover the southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion or Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.

Days 5 - 6: Cruising the South Atlantic

As the ship approaches South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales, seals and other wildlife become more frequent. The time spent cruising to South Georgia is once again filled with informative lectures — as well as casual talks with your guides — that soon have you scanning the seas like an expert.

Days 7 - 9: South Georgia

South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbor, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as fur and elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken alongside your on-board historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.

Days 10 - 11: Cruising the Scotia Sea

During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also enlighten you with more enriching lectures of what’s to come once you set foot on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this forbidding but beautiful environment.

Days 12 - 14: Antarctica Peninsula

The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking, picture-perfect beauty. You also enjoy additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Boreal,’ you may view whales and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony.

Days 15 - 16: Drake Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where there are plenty of opportunities to observe more marine and birdlife. Reflect and compare notes on your incredible journey with your fellow guests.

Day 17: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport to fly to Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires,  connect to your independent flight home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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