Luxury Expedition
L'Austral - 264 Guests
EMBLEMATIC ANTARCTICA
Antarctica Expedition

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
  • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
  • New: for your comfort and convenience, an optional premium package including one night in Ushuaia on the eve of boarding your ship and an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park (Please contact us for more information and bookings).

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateSuperior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Deck 4Prestige Deck 5Prestige Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Deck 5 SuitePrestige Deck 6 SuiteOwner\'s Suite
Nov 28, 2020Dec 08, 202010,23010,89011,96012,46012,97017,35018,72019,55032,900
Dec 08, 2020Dec 18, 202010,23010,89011,96012,46012,97017,35018,72019,55032,900
Jan 09, 2021Jan 19, 202110,23010,89011,96012,46012,97017,35018,72019,55032,900
Feb 22, 2021Mar 04, 202110,23010,89011,96012,46012,97017,35018,72019,55032,900
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation Day – Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance) 

Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

Departure from the airport for your transfer to the Arakur Hotel, one of the newest hotels built in Ushuaia. It overlooks the town and its bay.

In the Yamanas’ language, “Ushuaia” means “the bay which looks towards the east”. This native tribe was established here long before the arrival of the “white” people. At the tip of the Beagle Channel, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Ushuaia is a unique place in this world and is proud to be the southernmost city. Rising on an island, it seems to float between two oceans. The snow-capped mountains draw the border with Chile in the background. Here you truly feel at the end of the world…

After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and/or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares (248 acres); this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

The walk is selected in order to suit most guests’ walking ability. You will be escorted by a guide to discover the park.

OR

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

– Cruise on board your ship

Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Disembarkation.

Meet and great at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Your programme includes:

  • Transfers, flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
  • Lunch at Arakur Hotel and beverages during lunch (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee) on embarkation day
  • English-speaking local guide during the transfers.
  • The walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and leaded by English speaking guide (except if you select optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion)

For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with Arakur Hotel programme and therefore replaces it.

  • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
  • The lunch with the beverage package including: 1 mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + tea or coffee
  • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
  • The services of a local English speaking guide

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme. 

Please note:

  • The local currency is the Argentinian Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
  • Summer season: temperatures vary between 41F and 65F
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes either for the visit to the Reserve or if you book the optional excursion to the National Park.
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Superior Stateroom
(Mid-range)
Prestige Deck 6
(High-end)
Owner\'s Suite
Nov 28, 2020Dec 08, 202010,23012,97032,900
Dec 08, 2020Dec 18, 202010,23012,97032,900
Jan 09, 2021Jan 19, 202110,23012,97032,900
Feb 22, 2021Mar 04, 202110,23012,97032,900
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation Day – Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance) 

Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

Departure from the airport for your transfer to the Arakur Hotel, one of the newest hotels built in Ushuaia. It overlooks the town and its bay.

In the Yamanas’ language, “Ushuaia” means “the bay which looks towards the east”. This native tribe was established here long before the arrival of the “white” people. At the tip of the Beagle Channel, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Ushuaia is a unique place in this world and is proud to be the southernmost city. Rising on an island, it seems to float between two oceans. The snow-capped mountains draw the border with Chile in the background. Here you truly feel at the end of the world…

After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and/or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares (248 acres); this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

The walk is selected in order to suit most guests’ walking ability. You will be escorted by a guide to discover the park.

OR

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

– Cruise on board your ship

Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Disembarkation.

Meet and great at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Your programme includes:

  • Transfers, flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
  • Lunch at Arakur Hotel and beverages during lunch (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee) on embarkation day
  • English-speaking local guide during the transfers.
  • The walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and leaded by English speaking guide (except if you select optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion)

For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with Arakur Hotel programme and therefore replaces it.

  • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
  • The lunch with the beverage package including: 1 mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + tea or coffee
  • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
  • The services of a local English speaking guide

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme. 

Please note:

  • The local currency is the Argentinian Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
  • Summer season: temperatures vary between 41F and 65F
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes either for the visit to the Reserve or if you book the optional excursion to the National Park.


ITINERARY

Day 1: USHUAIA
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Day 2: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. 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. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 4: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
To learn more about ecosystems, fauna and landscapes in Antarctic regions, go to the section “Discover Antarctica” of your cruise.

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  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: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

Day 11: USHUAIA

L'Austral (Luxury Expedition, 264-guests)

This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Gratuities are included
  • Free Expedition Jacket to Keep and boots are available for rent
  • Bottled Water, Bar Drinks, Beer, House Wines and Soft Drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary onboard WiFi (beginning in 2019)
  • Complimentary Traveler's Valet laundry servicce (beginning in 2019)

 
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