Antarctica, S. Georgia and the Falklands
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 Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Day 2||Ushuaia | At the Edge of the World|
|Day 3||At Sea | Riches of the Southern Ocean|
|Day 4||Falkland Islands | Remote and Rugged Archipelago|
|Days 5 & 6||Cruising the South Atlantic | Abundant Wildlife|
|Days 7 to 9||South Georgia | Footsteps of Ernest Shackleton|
|Days 10 & 11||Cruising the Scotia Sea | Antarctic Anticipation|
|Days 12 to 14||Antarctica | The White Continent|
|Days 15 & 16||Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage|
|Day 17||Depart Buenos Aires|
Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and classical 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.
Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and, time and weather permitting, take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply stroll the lively streets of Ushuaia. Later, board Le Boreal and settle in to your cabin, where you can take in views right from your own private balcony. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home for the next 15 nights at sea. You may even want to toast to your journey in the bar with your fellow guests.
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. 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.
Spend the day exploring the Falklands. Depending on your itinerary, you either visit Stanley, the Falklands’ capital, and stroll its charming streets, or explore the surrounding wilderness areas. You may also discover the southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion or Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.
As you approach South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales and other wildlife become more frequent. Time spent cruising is once again filled with informative lectures and casual talks with your guides. Scan the seas like an expert on Day 6, as the ship cruises the rich waters along shag rocks.
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 onboard historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.
During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also share more enriching lectures, revealing more of what is to come on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.
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. Additional opportunities for exploration include a stop at a scientific research station. While on board Le Boreal, look for whales and birdlife from the deck or your own private balcony.
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where you find more opportunities to observe marine and birdlife. Reflect on your incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends.
Disembark Le Boreal after breakfast and transfer to the airport, where you board your international flight home.
Please note: This itinerary is provisional and subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond our control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
|Per Person USD|
Cat 1 - Classic
Cat 2 - Deluxe
Cat 3 - Premier
Cat 4 - Superior
Cat 5 - Premier Suite
Cat 6 - Prestige
Cat 7 - Prestige 2-Room
Cat 8 - Owner's Suite
Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single cabin prices are 1.5 times the cost of the appropriate cabin prices listed above except Cat 5-8 which are 2x the price listed above. Triple Rates Upon Request.
There is no share option available on this ship. In addition, singles are not entitled to Early Booking Discounts. Cat 5 and Cat 7 Cabins are available for 3 or 4 people.