Package duration: 19 night Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 13th January 2020 from Australia
Cruise starts: 15th January 2020 from Ushuaia
Cruise ends: 31st January 2020 to Ushuaia
Package ends: 1st February 2020 in Buenos Aires
Back in Australia by: 3rd February 2020
This cruise is in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an expert specialised in the destination onboard. Enjoy outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides. Onboard you will hear lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection. Enjoy a wide variety of landscapes, from the moors scattered with moss and lichen, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the Falkland Islands. To alpine landscapes, lush green plains and suspended glaciers in South Georgia. Not to mention the drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula. Expect to see much in the way of wildlife with black-browed albatrosses, snowy albatrosses, Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins and southern rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands; king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia; humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals and Weddell seals in the Antarctic Peninsula.
PRICES per person in AUD from
Twin Category PR4 Prestige Balcony was $36,183 - NOW from $32,260*pp
Twin Category PR5 Prestige Balcony was $37,695 - NOW from $34,030*pp
Twin Category DS6 Deluxe Suite was $52,620 - NOW from $46,685*pp
Single Category PR4 Prestige Balcony was $60,550 - NOW from $40,540*
BEYOND THE POLAR CIRCLE Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires inc. taxes
- One way private car transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel
- FREE* 2 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Buenos Aires with daily breakfast
- One way private car transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport
- Return economy class airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia inc tax
- One way shuttle transfer from Ushuaia airport to port with meet and greet by Ponant staff
- 16 night EXPEDITION cruise with L`Austral round trip from Ushuaia to South Georgia, The Falklands & Antarctica including: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation); Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request); Evening entertainment and events; Room service 24h (special selection); Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; Zodiac excursions; Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable), Port taxes
- A warm water-proof parka will be provided onboard (for adults only)
- One way transfer from Ushuaia port to airport
- One way transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel by private car
- 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Buenos Aires including breakfast
- One way transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport by private car
16 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard L'Austral.
Cross the mythical line of the Antarctic Circle during this 17-day polar expedition cruise to the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere, brought to you by PONANT.
After boarding your ship in Ushuaia, you will set sail for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty is sure to captivate you.
You will then make your way to South Georgia. This subantarctic region formed by an underwater mountain chain is home to a diverse and wild fauna. King penguins, fur seals and elephant seals are its most emblematic representatives.
Before crossing the Antarctic Circle, the highlight of your cruise, you will be dazzled by your stops in the Antarctic Peninsula, realm of the unexpected.
Weather and ice conditions permitting, the White Continent, an extreme environment where nature reigns supreme, will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries. Here, it is likely you will have the chance to observe Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds.
Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.
Highlights of this cruise:
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.
This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.
Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful 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.
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single), in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (02Oct19) and ends 31Oct19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. Prices based on 10% off Ponant bonus fares which may change by the cruise line without notice. All rates based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All air/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Highlights are^Just for example. Given the inaccessibility of the White Continent, please choose your insurance company carefully. It is mandatory to return the medical questionnaire, provided at time of booking, between 90 and 45 days prior departure. This questionnaire is very important in order to respect mandatory safety rules in polar zones. Any false information on this questionnaire may lead to a refusal of your embarkation at the port of departure. These voyages include activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Australian entering/exiting Argentina must have a valid passport and pay a Reciprocity Tax. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.