Begin your adventure in the so-called ‘Fin del Mundo’ (or end of the world in English) in Ushuaia and discover the southern islands, its incredible landscapes and wildlife. Be captivated by the beauty of the Falkland Islands and the breath-taking glaciers full of king penguins in South Georgia before heading to the unspoilt White Continent. From turquoise waters and white-sand beaches to suspended glaciers and snow-capped mountains, experience a diverse landscape on your journey. Discover the most beautiful secrets and wildlife of this extreme land, weather and ice conditions permitting, which will make this adventure utterly unforgettable. *Return flight from Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + transfers included. SPECIAL OFFER First-time PONANT cruisers can enjoy £450 discount on expedition cruises when booked before 31st March 2019. Full T&C’s apply.
Get closer to nature and wildlife with a team of experienced naturalist guides in one of our Zodiac® inflatables.
Circumnavigation of South Georgia and, conditions permitting, discovery of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s landing site.
Discover the Antarctic Peninsula with a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.
Take part in the lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides about wildlife, history, geopolitics, climate and environmental protection.
Itinerary - 16 Days
1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Start at the very southern part of Argentina in Ushuaia, the capital of the Tierra del Fuego province. The contrast of its colourful houses against the great mountain background makes this city unique. Discover the natural and indigenous history of Tierra del Fuego at the End of the World Museum, explore the National Park or sail along Ushuaia bay for the best views of the city and the chance of spotting some sea lions and Magellanic penguins.
2 At Sea
Le Soleal is an innovative and environmentally-friendly ship that embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. This day at sea will give you the chance to explore the ship and enjoy all the services and activities on board.
3 New Island and Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
New Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Falkland archipelago. Enter this natural paradise characterised by golden beaches, high cliffs and moorlands. It’s home to a tiny village of two families and all kinds of wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags.
After this visit, make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the white sandy beach.
4-5 At Sea
During these days at sea aboard Le Soleal you’ll have a unique, intimate and comfortable experience. From treating yourself in the spa to exercising in the fitness centre or having a swim in the swimming pool, there’s a choice for everyone. You can also enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, or simply visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
6-9 South Georgia
South Georgia is a region formed by a huge underwater mountain chain, extending from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Aboard your ship, discover all the great diversity of wildlife that can be found in this area. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a superb spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.
10-11 At Sea
Enjoy your last days at sea making the most of all the services Le Soleal offers. If there are still some activities for you to try, you will be able to do it during this day at sea. Remember to check the shows and activities programme, as it offers different and unique experiences every day. If you haven’t done so yet, try visiting the National Geographic photographers and experts on board to make the most of your experience.
12-13 Antarctic Peninsula
The magical Antarctic Peninsula is Antarctica’s major breeding ground for seabirds, seals and penguins. It holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Ice and weather conditions permitting, embark in one of our Zodiac® for a unique adventure in this icy realm, enjoying the exceptional blue and white landscapes and the local wildlife.
14-15 Crossing the Drake Passage
If there is one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. The waters of this route to Antarctica can be rough because of the strong winds and the merge of cold currents from the South Pole and warmer equatorial water masses. But this very special place can also offer you a very diverse marine fauna, and albatross and Cape petrels flying around your ship.
16 Ushuaia, Argentina
End your Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Formerly a missionary base, penal colony and naval base, Ushuaia is now a great tourist destination where you’ll find all king of hikes, tours, ski trails and boat trips to fill your days. Food is also a highlight of this town, with local lamb and fresh seafood from the surrounding waters.