Antarctica is a corner of the world, very few are privileged to experience. This unforgiving continent is characterised by harsh temperatures, spectacular landscapes, unexplored islands and a rich diversity of wildlife.

We will begin our expedition to the White Continent in the world's most southernmost city, Ushuaia in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego. Alongside a National Geographic Expert and photographer, this 10-day expedition will introduce you to some of the world’s most majestic and awe-inspiring panoramas.

Our journey to Antarctica will follow in the footsteps of many intrepid explorers as we cross the infamous, and often unforgivable Drake Passage.

Upon arriving in the White Continent, we’ll be met by vast and boundless landscapes populated with otherworldly icebergs, large glaciers, towering mountain peaks, mysterious islands and volcanic beaches. For the next three days, the captain and Expedition Leader will plan various landings based on ice and weather conditions. From hiking up pristine snow-covered mountains to exploring old research and whaling stations to kayaking in iceberg littered waters and witnessing wildlife in epic proportions; this will be an expedition of a lifetime.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Boréal ship, part of the Sisterships fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here.

Overnight in Buenos Aires + roundtrip flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires + visit + transfers

Trip highlights

Experience the wonders of Antarctica and its diverse landscapes that include otherworldly icebergs, gigantic glaciers and endless expanses of ice floe.

Enjoy Zodiac® outings and landings on some of the most unexplored and intrepid islands in Antarctica that will allow you to explore abandoned research centres and disused whaling stations.

Witness a plethora of wildlife including penguins, whales, leopard seals and Antarctic birds.

Be joined on board by a National Geographic Expert and photographer who will enrich your expedition with insightful lectures and workshops. There will also be a team of Naturalists who will offer insight into local wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate and environmental protection.

Take in the incredible landscapes of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.

Itinerary - 8 Days

1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is a busy port situated in Argentina's southernmost tip. The adventurous city is nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains and the shores of the Beagle Channel. The Tierra del Fuego National Park is a must-visit for those disembarking or a why not opt for a cruise on Ushuaia Bay which is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

2-3 Crossing the Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, and is the shortest route to Antarctica.
Harbouring unique and diverse marine fauna, the Drake Passage is where the cold currents of the South Pole meet with the warmer equatorial waters, making for a sometimes-rough voyage, but it is completely worth it for what awaits once you reach the Antarctic Peninsula.

During the voyage, take a look up to the sky you may be lucky enough to see albatross and Cape petrels, playfully flying above the ship.

During your time crossing the Drake Passage, make the most of your time on board. Catch up with our onboard National Geographic Expert and Photographer as they give greater insight into the destination via lectures and workshops or visit the photo gallery area where you can take a look at some of the professional photos that have been taken during your trip so far. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or head to the observation lounge to enjoy some reading whilst taking in your surroundings, where you may be lucky enough to spot some wildlife in the waters below.

The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings.

4-6 Antarctic Peninsula

The White Continent is an incomparable region that is covered in more than 85% of ice, ensuring an utterly spectacular experience.

Each day, based on weather and ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will plan Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry.

Antarctica is home to an abundance of wildlife who call this remote and hostile region home. During our time in Antarctica, you may be lucky enough to spot various species of penguin, whales including humpback, blue and killer whales as well as seals and a rich diversity of birdlife.

7-8 Crossing the Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands and is the shortest route to Antarctica.

Harbouring very unique and diverse marine fauna, Drake Passage is where the cold currents of the South Pole meet with the warmer equatorial waters making for a sometimes-interesting voyage. Looking up to the sky you may be lucky enough to see albatross and Cape petrels, playfully flying above the ship.

During your time at sea, make the most of your time on board Le Boreal. Catch up with our onboard National Geographic Expert and Photographer as they give greater insight into the destination via lectures and workshops or visit the photo gallery area where you can take a look at some of the professional photos that have been taken during your trip so far.

9 Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark from where you started in Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. Take the opportunity to explore the city some more, riding on the heritage railway which can take you on an excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the End of the World Museum which showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history.

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